A plus-size friendly gym in Vancouver is banning skinny people from working out in their facilities.
Body Exchange hopes to help plus-size people feel less self-conscious during their workout by creating a more comfortable environment.
Body Exchange’s founder and CEO Louise Green believes that her gyms will become a safe-haven for overweight people battling weight loss. The gym has a strict policy of only welcoming plus-size women.
“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,” Green told reporters. “People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn’t a model that offered camaraderie.”