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Fat People Who Exercise

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What do you folks think of fat people who exercise?

I ask this because a co-worker was complaining this morning about seeing a fat guy work out on a treadmill at the gym last night.

Being somewhat pudgy myself, I thought this was a rather crass statement to make. I mean, at least the guy is working out, right? The man is motivated enough to go to the gym and my co-worker has the gall to complain about seeing the guy?

Perhaps they need to build separate health clubs for skinny people only, just to keep the fat people out.
 

PlannerGirl

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yes there is this catch 22 if you need to loose some pounds folks tell you to join a gym-if you go your ignored, stared at, laughed at etc. gyms seem to be for the Ken and Barbie types here and its depressing

PG who could loose some winter weight too
 

SGB

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If the "metabolically challenged" don't exercise, how else are they supposed to lose weight?

[On a personally note, I consider myself more dietarily than metabolically challenged. Meaning I tend to eat all the wrong stuff in all the wrong quantities.]
 

el Guapo

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Beaner, please tell you co-worker he is a sucky human being. You were right to be put off.
 

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All right, let me try to explain the mentality here.

Those who are physically fit are not fat.

Gyms are crowded enough early in the morning and after work. There is a resentment towards "those of a larger carriage" in the gym, especially when it comes to treadmills, stairmasters, etc because there are so few of them and they usually require a sign-up sheet.

The way most people look at it is, this guy is going to hold me up for a half hour and he's going to give up on his program in 2 weeks.

This resentment is especially present during the month of January when all the "New Years Resolutions" start coming in.
 

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I feel the same way from the other end - I feel like if I go to the wrong gym everyone will laugh at my puny body struggling to pick up 20 lbs. I've been starting to get into it though (in the basement). Eventually I hope to move up to a real gym.

Across the street from City Hall here is a hole in the wall gym with nothing but bodybuilder types walking in. You can tell their going to the gym because they try to look tough by not wearing coats in teh winter. It looks like the type of place where you could buy steroids in the back room.
 

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Was the co-worker offended by what the guy was wearing, or just that he was overweight? If it is that later, he truly does suck...

If the guy was wearing spandex pants and no shirt...then maybe I might agree with the co-worker
 

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I said, "Great! At least the fat guy was working out." She said, "Yuck." I left it at that. This woman is dumb. I am beginning to slip in some subtle insults into my conversation with her, though I do try to avoid her. Slowly, she will begin to hate me...


El Guapo said:
Beaner, please tell you co-worker he is a sucky human being. You were right to be put off.
 

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I agree. Sorry, but you don't lose weight by just eating at Subway. You have to exercise, too. I admire the person for making the effort. The only one who looks bad is your co-worker.

Seabishop - I had a problem of not being able to build mass when I was in college. Now I have fifteen or twenty extra pounds I'd be glad to give you.
 

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I never knew that. Interesting. Very interesting. That's what those funny looks were. Hmmm...

If I were a more spiteful Fatso, I might take an extra ten minutes on the treadmill next time, just to piss off the beautiful people.

Just kidding, of course. Like everyone else, I have a busy schedule and don't have time to waste. The gym is a busy place and hate it when some bozo, fat or fit, takes a little too long on the exercise bike or treadmill.


Mike D. said:
All right, let me try to explain the mentality here.

Those who are physically fit are not fat.

Gyms are crowded enough early in the morning and after work. There is a resentment towards "those of a larger carriage" in the gym, especially when it comes to treadmills, stairmasters, etc because there are so few of them and they usually require a sign-up sheet.

The way most people look at it is, this guy is going to hold me up for a half hour and he's going to give up on his program in 2 weeks.

This resentment is especially present during the month of January when all the "New Years Resolutions" start coming in.
 

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Yeah, I know where you're coming from. But it shouldn't matter - why was she looking at the person anyway? Close your eyes and turn up the Walkman! It's a gym and you are inevitably going to see, smell, and hear some unpleasant things. My co-worker lives in a Lilly White world, and I guess she expects everything in her environment to be to her liking.



giff57 said:
Was the co-worker offended by what the guy was wearing, or just that he was overweight? If it is that later, he truly does suck...

If the guy was wearing spandex pants and no shirt...then maybe I might agree with the co-worker
 

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Beaner said:


This seems to be a true statement. Why is that?
Apparently guys have greater success at sticking with the program. There was an article in the Phila Daily News about this in January. Apparently this year the gyms were really over run by the resolution types.
 

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Did you see About Schmidt? Kathy Bates is nude - full frontal boobies!!

I didn't have a problem with it, but most people I talk to about the scene were repulsed. I wonder why?


Planderella said:
I say more power to the fat people!!!
 
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Beaner said:


This seems to be a true statement. Why is that?
This is a whole other thread, my friend.

As for the initial topic - your co-worker does suck. i say cheers to the fat guy - although i do agree that cultures do vary from gym to gym. last year i left a gym because i was too old to be there, and i'm 27 - the rates were extremely low, and accordingly it was all toothpick college and high school girls that were there to flirt on their crushes while it took them 25 minutes to do two reps on the leg press. bitches. anyway, i like my new gym so much better - lots of middle age folks, which has the added benefit of making me feel really good about myself and my young body. :)
 

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Mike, not sure if you replied to the post you wanted.

I was asking PlannerGirl that question in reply to her: "women seem to be worse about this than men btw"

What is it about women and their uncanny ability to put down and insult people?


Mike D. said:


Apparently guys have greater success at sticking with the program. There was an article in the Phila Daily News about this in January. Apparently this year the gyms were really over run by the resolution types.
 
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Beaner said:
Did you see About Schmidt? Kathy Bates is nude - full frontal boobies!!

I didn't have a problem with it, but most people I talk to about the scene were repulsed. I wonder why?


They were probably repulsed by their own inadequacies and decided to take it out on someone who had the gumption to show off her body for all the world to see.
 

Tranplanner

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Yeah, I think the co-worker is just being a little petty. At least the guy was making an effort.
 

Jeff

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Beaner said:
Mike, not sure if you replied to the post you wanted.

I was asking PlannerGirl that question in reply to her: "women seem to be worse about this than men btw"

What is it about women and their uncanny ability to put down and insult people?


My internet discussion skills are lacking today. I meant to say that a fat guy will get less looks than a fat girl because a guy is more likely to stick with his program, and therefore his acceptance at some gyms may be a little easier.
 

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Not being a gym person, but going to a xc ski club I find the slow, out of shape people on the trail in front of me annoying, especially when they don't know about track and other etiquette items. Maybe its the same way at the gym, they are new and you can tell they are new so they receive the brunt of criticisms because they don't know any better.

I have to be careful though, I am the fat out of shape guy among my friends.

As for body types, I would call mine newtonian, "a body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest". I can gain or lose 20 pounds relatively quickly and without changing my diet just by changing the amount of excercise I get. This winter was brutal due to the cold and some hip problems that have kept me off the wind trainer.
 

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Beaner said:
I said, "Great! At least the fat guy was working out." She said, "Yuck." I left it at that. This woman is dumb. I am beginning to slip in some subtle insults into my conversation with her, though I do try to avoid her. Slowly, she will begin to hate me...


Slowly, I am coming to love you. In a hetero way...;)
 

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Beaner said:
What is it about women and their uncanny ability to put down and insult people?
Because they're as bad as fags.


sorry fags.
 

Chet

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There is a definite clique at every gym. When first joined, I was mortified at being the 6' 175 lb. skinny guy with a belly. Self consciousness is the worst part about working out.

A few performance enhancers and 4 months later, damn I looked at 200 lbs. with an 18 inch...... neck... but I was a mess.

I'm back to being a happy 6' 175 skinny guy and I don't make fun of people at the gym.

Oh -and sorry about the fag comment.
 

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KMateja said:


Jesus brian. i just forwarded that to my brother. you're too much.
I love you, Kel! In a not sexual way of course.
 
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My gym has a separate room for women where I seek asylum. I also go later in the evening (8:30-10:00 p.m.) when the place in relatively empty.
 

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Planderella said:
My gym has a separate room for women
I hate those type of gyms ;)

I used to belong to a gym, but quit when we moved. Our condo has a half-decent workout room so I just use that.

We have a subsidized gym here at City Hall (I think it's about $10/month).
 

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Gyms are crowded enough early in the morning and after work. There is a resentment towards "those of a larger carriage" in the gym, especially when it comes to treadmills, stairmasters, etc because there are so few of them and they usually require a sign-up sheet.

The way most people look at it is, this guy is going to hold me up for a half hour and he's going to give up on his program in 2 weeks.
In my opinion, its the same people that bitch about fat people at the gym that bitch about them at McDonalds, Baskin Robbins, the mall, etc. Fat people just can't win.

There are two gyms here - one is full of mostly middle age people in all ranges of sizes, the other is full of buff 25 year old thong wearing, tan people. I belong to the first one ;)

The fire department also has a pretty good gym in the basement too, so I go there occasionally and not have to deal with anyone.
 

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Planderella said:


But the women that you're probably interested in seeing work out with the men. ;)
No, in my experience (when I was SINGLE, sweetie!) the ones I was most attracted to were the ones that went into the secret room.

I Always wondered what actually went on in there...
 

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SW MI Planner said:
The fire department also has a pretty good gym in the basement too, so I go there occasionally and not have to deal with anyone.
Sh*t. Our cops got the city to spring $35k for gym equipment and as a condition of approval, the Counciul made them open it to all City employees. Yeah, just try getting in there.
 

PlannerGirl

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my ex in his way was trying to get me to work out more (he was a total gym nut, ate all creitine shakes etc0 so he gave me this membership to a "womens only" gym thinking id feel more comfortable

it was HORRIBLE

Barbies in matching gym outfits

my 5 ft 6 huorglass shape was riduculed from day one-i went about a month before i gave up and joined the student rec center at my old college-i felt safe there.

Ive thought about joining a gym here but all that are near me are GOLDS and they tend to be more Barbie sort

sigh
 

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On the flip side...

Our paper has a "Ticked Off" column several days a week. One that stands out appeared a couple months ago. Some moron wrote in that he was ticked off at the two skinny women who had the audacity to power walk by his house every day. He was sure they were doing it to taunt him, since he's overweight. Is that paranoid or what?

As for me, I go to a Y in a fairly affluent Orlando suburb. All age ranges. Mostly family people, so most everyone over 30 is overweight. Lots of heavy mommies, and most of the guys are chunky, too. It seems to happen in a lot of marriages, everyone gains weight... The old people actually seem to be in better shape!
 
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Zoning Goddess said:
It seems to happen in a lot of marriages, everyone gains weight...
ugh. ain't that the truth. rob and i started weight watchers together because of our post marriage weight gain. blargh.
 

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Seabishop said:
Beaner, you just need some zubaz to fit right in.
To continue on the theme, those guys look like fags.

Sorry fags.
 

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Beaner said:
Did you see About Schmidt? Kathy Bates is nude - full frontal boobies!!

I didn't have a problem with it, but most people I talk to about the scene were repulsed. I wonder why?


Yep. I didn't have a problem with it either... I've seen much worse so that may have something to do with it. Great actress by the way.

(no pun intended)
 
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