Canadian Gym Bans Skinny People

You could be too fit for one fitness center.

A fitness center in Vancouver is creating a stir by solely catering to customers who are considered to be plus size.  An article in the New York Daily News details how the Body Exchange gym is dedicated to creating a “safe haven” for people who are overweight.  Their policy only allows plus size women to join their center.

“Many of our clients have not had successful fitness pasts so I can see the anxiety before we get started and I can see the relief and happiness after we finish,” said Body Exchange founder, Louise Green. “People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn’t a model that offered camaraderie.”

But it’s not just a Canadian trend.  A former contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser started a fitness center in Nebraska that targets overweight customers.  Other similar centers exist in Dallas, Chicago and Las Vegas.

At the YMCA, everyone is welcome, regardless of your fitness level.  We know that taking the first step to a healthier you can be hard and even intimidating.  We have programs for beginners and we welcome those with six-pack abs. But the Y is about so much more than health and wellness.

Dads and daughters at the start of a piggy back race in the Y Guides and Princesses program

Dads and daughters at the start of a piggy back race in the Y Guides and Princesses program

The YMCA’s impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At the Y, we know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together.

Child care. Family programs. Human trafficking assistance. Diabetes prevention. Youth sports. Teen programs. Refugee resettlement. Swim lessons. Seniors’ programs. Bible study. That’s the Houston YMCA.

So bring us your skinny, curvy, young, old, rich, poor and everyone else in between.  We’re here for you.  All of you.

Read the New York Daily News story here.  Learn more about some of the YMCA’s community services here.


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