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Keep moving, skinny, this gym isn't for you

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:57 PM

Watch out fit folks: Some gyms are banning skinny people from their facilities.

In an effort to be more plus-size friendly, some fitness centers are banning — or at least discouraging — skinny people from working out at their facilities.

The Body Exchange in Vancouver, British Columbia, has a strict policy that only allows plus-size women to join their fitness center. No men or skinny gals.

Founder Louise Green told The Province newspaper that she started Body Exchange to create a safe haven for overweight women who wanted to become active.

"People are often too fearful to become active. There wasn't a model that offered camaraderie," she said. "I used to walk into fitness classes where nobody would even say 'Hi.' This has got to be fun, or it's not going to work."

The gym-rat ban isn't exclusive to Canada.

Marty Wolff and his wife, Amy, both of whom competed on season three of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," own and operate Square One health club in Omaha, Neb.

Their facility targets "people of size" — clients with at least 50 pounds to lose — or struggle with emotional eating and food addiction, according to a story in the New York Daily News.

The center doesn't turn away people who aren't overweight, however.

"My whole life, I have always wished there was a place for other big people. So I created one," Wolff told the Daily News.

One can't help but wonder, though. At gyms such as Body Exchange, what happens when the plus-size woman becomes a thin woman?

The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

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