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.”
Body Exchange is not the first of its kind to place restrictions on their clientele. Gyms like Buddha Body Yoga in New York and Downsize Fitness in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dallas adhere to specific client restrictions.
Marty Wolff, owner of Square One in Omaha, Nebraska only recruits people who want to lose 50 pounds or more.
”Clients want a place where they can get fit without feeling like they’re being stared at or criticized,” Wolff said. “My whole life, I have always wished there was a place for other big people. So I created one.”