From CBS Sacramento:
New Trend: Gyms Banning Slim Clients To Foster Comfort For Overweight Patrons
A new fitness trend appears to be sweeping the nation – one that expressly excludes those on the more slender side of the scale.
Multiple reports have surfaced recently about gyms that cater exclusively to zaftig clients looking to lose weight in a place free of potential judgment from other, smaller patrons.
Though some all-inclusive gyms have attempted in the past to create a safe haven for anyone interested in exercising – for example, Planet Fitness, a national chain of gyms with a “judgment-free” motto and mentality – some creators of obese-only gyms feel it’s not enough.
Um . . . yeah, this one isn’t that hard to figure out. From the perspective of the fitness center’s business model, the ideal client is one who buys an expensive membership . . . and then seldom uses it, allowing the gym to carry a larger membership relative to its capacity. These fat-people-only gyms are calculating, probably correctly, that such clients are overrepresented among the obese.
Although my employer has always operated exceptional fitness facilities, this development kind of sucks for people like me who unthinkingly rely on a lazy fitness center subscription base to keep the price down. What will a gym membership cost when everybody who buys one actually shows up 3+ times a week?