20-Somethings - a fat girl working at a gym??

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11-18-2013, 07:46 PM
I lost my job just over a month ago. Despite constantly applying and networking, nothing has worked out yet and the bills are piling up. My boyfriend's dad is a physical therapist, and he owns a small chain of fitness centers in my area. They do PT, chiropractic services, wellness training, and operate a 24 hour gym facility. I finally agreed to put in an application, and bf's dad got me an interview right away. I'm incredibly grateful and definitely need the work, but... well... I'm fat. I definitely do not fit in to the image, and this job would require me to be surrounded by people getting their fitness on while i sit at a desk and continue to be plump. Am I wrong to be hesitant about this? I'm trying yo look at the positives... It's a job, and I would get a free membership, and since I'd be staff i'd be able to tell when its pretty empty.... But I just can't get past the fact that I am pretty much the opposite of who you would think you'd find in a gym for 8 hours a day. I am very worried about how this may affect me mentally. Are my concerns valid, or am I just being dumb about this?

11-18-2013, 08:05 PM
I can understand your concerns but just look at the opportunity. You won't be this way forever and just think how people that viewed you as the plump girl is now the Super fit girl. Yes you can do this. Who knows where this could lead?

11-18-2013, 08:08 PM
When I see a plus size women working at a gym I appreciate it. Everyone needs to exercise no matter the size. And from my experience over time you get to witness the changes in them and they can be a big inspiration helping other plus size women feel more comfortable and work through some issues that may come up.

Congrats! I think it's great!!:D

11-18-2013, 08:30 PM
they can be a big inspiration helping other plus size women feel more comfortable

Quoted for truth!

Having an overweight person working at the gym could do a lot to decrease the intimidation factor

11-18-2013, 08:35 PM
How about loosing weight, getting fit, documenting your progress and using it for a commercial campaign in support of the gym?

11-18-2013, 08:40 PM
Your concerns are valid, definitely! Though, I think changing your mindset on the matter would make this more of an awesome opportunity than something to be afraid of or worry about. I've been to plenty of gyms where the employees are overweight, and honestly, why should it matter? The gym is to get in shape and be healthy, so everyone should be there. Plus, like you said you can use the facility at no charge! I feel really uncomfortable when all I see are people who look like they spend 6 hours on a treadmill, and I feel more at home and like I can be myself when I see people on the same page as me.

Sounds like an awesome opportunity, take advantage of it and have confidence! :)

11-18-2013, 10:50 PM
When I see a plus size women working at a gym I appreciate it.

Agreed! You'll be a welcomed sight to many. Do it!!

11-19-2013, 01:31 PM
I think this is a great opportunity for you to 1) have a job obviously and 2) use the free gym membership! I have nevet met anyone who thought anything bad about "thr overweight girl who works here". Be confident! You're very pretty, you don't need to be worried.

11-19-2013, 02:00 PM
I would feel so much better if there was a plus sized person working at my gym!!! Don't feel hesitant! :)

11-19-2013, 05:13 PM
I go on a lot of bodybuilding sites and most of the time, they are people who used to be very large and they find that happy medium of eating a lot (but healthy, usually with a cheat day) and working it off.

I don't think that anyone will have a negative attitude, since they were likely a much different shape pre-gym!

11-19-2013, 07:23 PM
When I see a plus size women working at a gym I appreciate it. Everyone needs to exercise no matter the size. And from my experience over time you get to witness the changes in them and they can be a big inspiration helping other plus size women feel more comfortable and work through some issues that may come up.

Congrats! I think it's great!!:D

I agree with this!

11-19-2013, 07:25 PM
I used to work out at our school gym before I graduated. Honestly, I don't remember thinking about any of the employees' physiques. The only time I interacted with them was to get a sweat towel before beginning my workout. I was more concerned with how other people were looking at me than with how they looked to me.

Another thing... I think this is a pretty common fear among overweight people with going to the gym for workouts. It's hard to be surrounded by people who all look fit, who are lifting more than you, running faster than you, etc. When I lost weight in 2011/2012 and was finally one of the "fit people," I never looked down on overweight people in the gym. The only thought I ever had was, "Great for them! I remember how hard that was, and it's awesome that they're able to get started and keep going."

In general, I think we all should keep in mind that other people are much more critical of themselves than of us. (Unless they're just really ugly, horrible people.) Just think about how you think of others. I personally never really think about how others look. I'm more concerned with myself. So I say take the job! You can't beat a free gym membership!

Moving Forward
11-19-2013, 10:17 PM
I am one of those people intimidated by the gym. An overweight person at the front desk with a friendly smile would actually be rather welcoming to me. Go for it!

11-20-2013, 12:17 AM
As a fat and now relatively fit person, I can tell you than anytime I go to the gym, I look for a friendly smile from the staff. To be honest, other than the trainers always trying to sell training sessions, I don't remember the body types of the others.

11-20-2013, 01:41 AM
Much needed income? A free gym membership? Consistent inspiration to maintain your plan? Ummm... not seeing the downside. ;-)

11-21-2013, 01:00 PM
I echo those who said they look for a friendly smile from the workers at the gym. Plus, you get a free membership? Go for it!

11-21-2013, 05:28 PM
One thing that I really like about my gym is that there are average-looking, REAL people who work there...and they are friendly....and they have a sweet dog who hangs out at the gym too :)

when I first walked in years ago to assess whether I wanted to go there, the first thought I had was that any gym that lets their dog be a part of it, is a good gym to go to lol

11-23-2013, 11:10 AM
I think I would feel more at ease working out around plus sized women and women more like myself. I actually just returned to the gym last night for the first time in a year or more and I distinctly remember noticing how fit everyone was who worked there; the management clearly values attractiveness in its employees... I found it a little discomforting. There was nothing wrong with anyone who worked there, don't get me wrong, it just stood out to me.

I say go for it and walk in confident with a smile on your face. :)

Velvet bean
01-11-2014, 01:32 PM
This may come as a shock to you, but everybody in the gym is so preoccupied with themselves, that nobody will even pay attention to you. Seriously. If I ever saw a fat girl in the gym, I never thought anything special of her, even back in the days when I had no weight problems myself.

It's not a stage, you know. :)

01-11-2014, 01:43 PM
I'm a little late into this conversation, but I hope you got the job!

I weigh over 300 lbs. and I'm the manager of a fitness studio. I am not tooting my own horn here, but everyone loves seeing me there. I am easily the largest person at the studio, and I workout there twice a day, right next to the tiny, fit women, and I feel completely at home there.

My boss is a huge part of my commitment to my health. She's one of my biggest supporters. She convinced me to become a fitness trainer as well, and I'm studying for this now.

Let's break this stereotype! Lots of fat people exercise and lots of fat people need to be seen in the fitness industry.

01-12-2014, 11:22 AM
Look at it this way...you're getting paid, you have a free membership, and you can work out too! All pluses in my book!

01-12-2014, 11:43 AM
I totally get your concerns.

And I can only speak for myself, but being someone who is STILL intimidated at the gym, I only care if the employees with whom I interact are friendly.

01-12-2014, 11:58 AM
I think you're probably overestimating how fit and skinny everyone else is going to be. Every member of a gym isn't shredded and running 5 minute miles. A few of the girls at the front desk at my gym are a bigger, but I'd never really thought anything of it…

01-12-2014, 04:50 PM
I am far less bothered by overweight gym desk workers than I am by overweight doctors who tell me I need to loose weight. In fact, it wouldn't even bother me.

I think its great, gyms arent just for the thin. How else would we get smaller? Good luck.

01-13-2014, 05:49 PM
I wouldn't even think about the negatives! I've worked at a gym when I was fat and I've seen other fat people working at gyms. I think most people can respect if a fat person is working at a gym they are at least working on being active and living a better life than they were before. Also, for a lot of people it's way better to see a friendly overweight person at first rather than an intimidating body builder at the front desk. Don't be self-conscious, think of yourself as the person who helps people feel welcome!

01-14-2014, 04:14 PM
I understand your concerns, but I also think it is great motivation. You could always become a spokesmodel for the gym showing how you can get healthy and in shape :)

01-23-2014, 11:37 AM
I think it would be a great thing! I find gyms soooo intimidating because everyone is so fit and i feel like they are judging me. It would certainly make me more comfortable joining/going to a gym where there were employees who were on a weight loss journey too...