a Size-Friendly Gym
off, don't get frustrated if there simply is NO size-friendly
gym in your area. It happens. You CAN make your own fitness class
for plus size people! Just gather two or three friends together
who are committed to working out. Decide on a time that you will
get together in someone's family room, apartment complex rec
room, church social hall, or any large space. If you each buy
two or three fitness videos you will build a great selection
of plus size fitness videos. You can work out together in your
own little plus size fitness class! Check out the Video
section of my Plus Size Yellow Pages for lots of choices.
You will find plus size yoga, tai-chi, aerobics, sitting workouts,
Now, what characteristics should a size-friendly
Are there armless chairs or loveseats in the
waiting room and the locker rooms?
- Do they have LARGE towels available (to cover large bodies)?
Is there diversity in the body size of the instructors?
Do they offer classes SPECIFICALLY designed for
the unique bio-mechanics of the plus size exerciser?
- Do you see other plus size people at the gym?
These are some of the things to look for
when you seek a size-friendly gym.
If you have a gym in your area that you
wish were more size-friendly, YOU can make a difference by requesting
in writing that they implement the ideas in #1 through #4 above.
You can request that your gym contact me, Kelly Bliss (1-877-KellyBliss),
and I will coach them in the process of becoming more size-friendly.
If many, many plus size people ASK for
these changes, then the fitness industry may get the idea ...
our money is just as green as any other. If they want the MAJORITY
of Americans to participate in fitness, then the fitness industry
must make size-friendly gyms.
When you patronize
size-friendly gyms or buy size-friendly fitness products, YOU
become part of the "fitness
for all sizes" movement! You are part of changing the way plus
size people are treated.
(If you happen to live in the Philadelphia
out my classes in Lansdowne, PA, just twenty minutes west
TEN different videos to meet individual needs...
(click link below for more information)
Fill out this questionnaire to see Which
Workout for YOU,
or CALL me 1-877-KellyBliss! I will be glad to help.
(an excerpt from Kelly's book Don't
Let's start with how you dress yourself. If you
are plus-size you probably have flesh that jiggles. (At the right
time, and in the right place, I hope you learn to appreciate
and enjoy your jiggling self. There is nothing wrong with flesh
that moves! Actually, it can be quite delightful. Jiggling flesh
can be like a wave of life, laughter, moving, and being, that
stirs through your whole body.) However, when you walk, jiggling
can cause discomfort or chaffing.
talk about your thighs. Both men and women have thighs that rub
together when walking. You can tell if this applies to you by
looking at your pants. If your pants wear out in the inner thighs,
then you need this next bit of advice. When walking, wear shorts
or tights that are slippery and supportive. For guys, these are
sometimes called biker shorts or biker pants. For women they
are called shorts, capris, or leggings. There are many fabrics
that are slippery, elastic, and supportive. A familiar fabric
is nylon spandex. There are others like Cool Max(tm), Quick Wick(tm),
and others. The important thing is that the fabric helps support
soft flesh, prevent rubbing / chaffing, and is comfortable. You
will find many options for supporting your body at Junonia.
it comes to softness that needs support, you must wear a supportive
sports bra, even for non-impact activities. The MOST supportive
bra I ever tried is the Enell Bra, sold at Junonia.
I literally tried over a dozen brands of bras, and Enell was
by far the best.
And what about our bellies? We need support there
too. Your bike shorts or leggings will help, but wearing a leotard
can add extra support to both belly and breasts. When you add
a leotard to your supportive tights or leggings, you get double
support for your belly. Over your support layer of choice, you
can wear any T-shirt, sweatshirt, or pants you want. You can
choose baggy or fitted. There are no rules except your comfort.
You can cover-up or uncover. It is up to you.
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people
to click on it daily to meet their quota of donating at least
one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes
less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating
a mammogram" for
free (pink window in the middle). This doesn't cost you a thing.
Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily
visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising. Please
tell ten friends to tell ten today! Here's the web site! Pass
it along to people you know. http://www.thebreastcancersite.com