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(WTKR)   Dallas gym caters only to obese people who need to drop at least 50 pounds. 'The owners figured Texas was a ripe market.'   (wtkr.com) divider line 70
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2012-11-29 02:02:06 PM
BMI is idiotic. I mean I guess it works for majority of people but my daughter's peditrician ALMOST said the word obese in front of my 8 year old daughter. Because her weight is 75 and her height is 4'6. No matter that since she plays 2 soccer seasons a year and 1 basketball season, her legs are hella muscular, but nooooooo the BMI SCALE IS NEVER WRONG

/practically threw a book at the doc to get her to NOT say obese in front of her
//slashies are calorie free
 
2012-11-29 02:09:48 PM

Diogenes: Jubeebee: It does seem that if it's successful, it will go out of business, doesn't it? But if it stays in business, that means it fails.

This sounds like the sort of thing W should be running.

Presumption that in this country we're going to run out of obese people?


Or that the gym couldn't change its policies overnight the moment that catering to the obese only isn't more profitable than allowing anybody to join.
 
2012-11-29 02:13:22 PM
"I need a gym to lose weight and be healthy"

Sounds exactly like an excuse a fat person would make.
 
2012-11-29 02:15:15 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: It's a very sizable market (pun intended) here. You cannot go anywhere without seeing extremely heavy people, of all ages, ethnicities, etc. There are giant people all over DFW.

The question is, how many of them actually want to lose weight enough to bother going to a gym.


There is also extremely heavy people in San Diego derp...Had a condo in Carlsebad for years. some of the people were a bit large to be wearing what they were on the beach...But I certainly did not poke fun at them, maybe I am not cool like you.

/learn to swim!
 
2012-11-29 02:42:36 PM

AustinFakir: The catch is that the potential customers don't know who they are. I know a >200 lb 5'9" woman who thinks she needs to lose 40 pounds to be at her ideal weight. Have you ever seen a 160 pound woman that height who was at her ideal weight? Wishful thinking rules the day. They really do believe in big bones, or something of that sort. Not that it would be easy to put an exact number on it. Personally, I don't know what my ideal weight is. I'm losing again, just passing my previous best and closing in on how much I weighed as a freshman in high school, but I have no idea what weight I'm shooting for. (I was already pretty chubby at thirteen.) I'll figure it out when I get closer.


I grew up referring to the Metropolitan Life Insurance weight tables. I found a copy on the internet. Metropolitan Life Insurance Tables (hope it works) I'm smack dab in the middle of that chart for my height and no one has ever called me "fat". My weigh range is 15 pounds, depending on how sick or wired I have been lately.

"Ideal" weight for another human being is not supermodel weight, photography subject weight, or some other aesthetically based metric. Since the camera adds 20 pounds (the old rule of thumb) models have had to be lighter. Unfortunately, this resulted in a kind of arms race where photogs living among already underweight women had expectations of women 20 pounds lighter than that. It resulted in some kind of arms race where 5'11" models are expected to be 115 pounds, which is frightening.

Unfortunately, a lot of guys who don't get out enough, think that women presented as "beautiful" in the media are a realistic metric for women in reality. Women in reality do things like menstruate, walk a mile without passing out, and don't look like a bag of coat hangers. We also don't wear makeup everyday, don't have stylists, and are unable to find a meatspace form of Photoshop. It might be good to recalibrate your expectations of the distaff sex.
 
2012-11-29 02:49:22 PM

Disposable Rob: Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.

I think that's why Planet Fitness is only $10 a month.


I go to my Planet Fitness 5x a week and it's a ghost town. People probably don't feel guilty skipping it at $10 a month. I think of it as them subsidizing my gym experience and I am grateful for it. Prepaid for 12 months for only $99. Thanks Planet Fitness!

/5'9", 167lbs - Membership not limited to obese only
//uncompensated spokesperson
 
2012-11-29 02:58:28 PM
The standard fitness advice doesn't work for obese people, so this guy is gold if he carries the standards.

/It's been tuned to get you to spend more.
 
2012-11-29 02:59:07 PM

Contents Under Pressure: AustinFakir: The catch is that the potential customers don't know who they are. I know a >200 lb 5'9" woman who thinks she needs to lose 40 pounds to be at her ideal weight. Have you ever seen a 160 pound woman that height who was at her ideal weight? Wishful thinking rules the day. They really do believe in big bones, or something of that sort. Not that it would be easy to put an exact number on it. Personally, I don't know what my ideal weight is. I'm losing again, just passing my previous best and closing in on how much I weighed as a freshman in high school, but I have no idea what weight I'm shooting for. (I was already pretty chubby at thirteen.) I'll figure it out when I get closer.

I grew up referring to the Metropolitan Life Insurance weight tables. I found a copy on the internet. Metropolitan Life Insurance Tables (hope it works) I'm smack dab in the middle of that chart for my height and no one has ever called me "fat". My weigh range is 15 pounds, depending on how sick or wired I have been lately.

"Ideal" weight for another human being is not supermodel weight, photography subject weight, or some other aesthetically based metric. Since the camera adds 20 pounds (the old rule of thumb) models have had to be lighter. Unfortunately, this resulted in a kind of arms race where photogs living among already underweight women had expectations of women 20 pounds lighter than that. It resulted in some kind of arms race where 5'11" models are expected to be 115 pounds, which is frightening.

Unfortunately, a lot of guys who don't get out enough, think that women presented as "beautiful" in the media are a realistic metric for women in reality. Women in reality do things like menstruate, walk a mile without passing out, and don't look like a bag of coat hangers. We also don't wear makeup everyday, don't have stylists, and are unable to find a meatspace form of Photoshop. It might be good to recalibrate your expectations of the distaff sex.


BMI is fairly reliable for most people that are not high-end athletes. You're living in a country where 80% of people are overweight or obese (Im assuming you're from the USA) so please consider the relativity of the situation.
 
2012-11-29 03:04:54 PM

Contents Under Pressure: "Ideal" weight for another human being is not supermodel weight, photography subject weight, or some other aesthetically based metric.


Here's an idea: ideal weight for another human being is what that human being wants it to be. But if you want to come up with a single standard, I think the elements would be aesthetics, functionality (athleticism or simply dealing with daily life), and health. If you eliminate aesthetics, you're left with health and functionality. By those standards, people should be a lot leaner than they are.

Women in reality do things like menstruate, walk a mile without passing out

This is just deeply ignorant. First of all, because endurance athletes are at much greater risk of amenorrhea. They're virtually the only women in the world who are likely to experience amenorrhea outside of people with a physical or mental illness. Being dangerously lean ENHANCES your ability to walk a mile without passing out. Second of all, because being overweight doesn't enhance your physical abilities at anything except maybe carrying a heavy load. Have you ever been on vacation with a big group of friends? After six hours of walking around Paris, who's still having a ball and who's miserable and begging to sit down for a while? You see some really strong overweight people at the gym who rock at functional fitness, but they aren't strong because of their extra weight. They're strong because they work out, and thanks to their strength, they can handle the extra weight in a way that most overweight people can't.

Women in reality... don't look like a bag of coat hangers.

As you pointed out, it's only people who face a camera who need to look that way.
 
2012-11-29 03:07:51 PM

AustinFakir: They're virtually the only women in the world who are likely to experience amenorrhea outside of people with a physical or mental illness


Or people who are starving because of external circumstances, I should add.
 
2012-11-29 03:15:50 PM
What if you're heavy because of muscle?

I'm about 40 pounds heavy but pretty toned for that because I pack a lot of muscle as well as the extra fat. In fact, I work with a lady who is barely smaller than I, it's an elderly woman I help, and I gave her some of my shirts which still fit me...that fit her too. Of course when I say barely smaller, I mean visually. I outweigh her by about 70 pounds.
 
2012-11-29 04:07:26 PM
If all the fat people lose weight, where will we get new stock footage of fat people walking from the tits down?
 
2012-11-29 04:51:53 PM

Pangea: Disposable Rob: Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.

I think that's why Planet Fitness is only $10 a month.

I go to my Planet Fitness 5x a week and it's a ghost town. People probably don't feel guilty skipping it at $10 a month. I think of it as them subsidizing my gym experience and I am grateful for it. Prepaid for 12 months for only $99. Thanks Planet Fitness!

/5'9", 167lbs - Membership not limited to obese only
//uncompensated spokesperson


Enjoy no deadlifting, squats and dumbbells that only go up to 50 lbs. Oh and the lunk alarm if you cough a bit too loud or happen to drop a weight accidentally.

insert sarcastic comment: BMI is idiotic. I mean I guess it works for majority of people but my daughter's peditrician ALMOST said the word obese in front of my 8 year old daughter. Because her weight is 75 and her height is 4'6. No matter that since she plays 2 soccer seasons a year and 1 basketball season, her legs are hella muscular, but nooooooo the BMI SCALE IS NEVER WRONG

/practically threw a book at the doc to get her to NOT say obese in front of her
//slashies are calorie free


You do know it is possible to be obese even if you play soccer and basketball, right? And I am so sure your 8 year old daughter is just so ripped to the point where BMI doesn't apply.
 
2012-11-29 04:59:36 PM

machoprogrammer: Pangea: Disposable Rob: Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.


insert sarcastic comment: BMI is idiotic. I mean I guess it works for majority of people but my daughter's peditrician ALMOST said the word obese in front of my 8 year old daughter. Because her weight is 75 and her height is 4'6. No matter that since she plays 2 soccer seasons a year and 1 basketball season, her legs are hella muscular, but nooooooo the BMI SCALE IS NEVER WRONG

/practically threw a book at the doc to get her to NOT say obese in front of her
//slashies are calorie free

You do know it is possible to be obese even if you play soccer and basketball, right? And I am so sure your 8 year old daughter is just so ripped to the point where BMI doesn't apply.


Way to miss my point.
 
2012-11-29 05:15:17 PM

machoprogrammer: Pangea: Disposable Rob: Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.

I think that's why Planet Fitness is only $10 a month.

I go to my Planet Fitness 5x a week and it's a ghost town. People probably don't feel guilty skipping it at $10 a month. I think of it as them subsidizing my gym experience and I am grateful for it. Prepaid for 12 months for only $99. Thanks Planet Fitness!

/5'9", 167lbs - Membership not limited to obese only
//uncompensated spokesperson

Enjoy no deadlifting, squats and dumbbells that only go up to 50 lbs. Oh and the lunk alarm if you cough a bit too loud or happen to drop a weight accidentally.

insert sarcastic comment: BMI is idiotic. I mean I guess it works for majority of people but my daughter's peditrician ALMOST said the word obese in front of my 8 year old daughter. Because her weight is 75 and her height is 4'6. No matter that since she plays 2 soccer seasons a year and 1 basketball season, her legs are hella muscular, but nooooooo the BMI SCALE IS NEVER WRONG

/practically threw a book at the doc to get her to NOT say obese in front of her
//slashies are calorie free

You do know it is possible to be obese even if you play soccer and basketball, right? And I am so sure your 8 year old daughter is just so ripped to the point where BMI doesn't apply.


obese is also a synonym for muscular

it's one of those "gay" words that's thrown around so much it's lost all meaning
 
2012-11-29 05:57:57 PM

insert sarcastic comment: BMI is idiotic. I mean I guess it works for majority of people but my daughter's peditrician ALMOST said the word obese in front of my 8 year old daughter. Because her weight is 75 and her height is 4'6. No matter that since she plays 2 soccer seasons a year and 1 basketball season, her legs are hella muscular, but nooooooo the BMI SCALE IS NEVER WRONG

/practically threw a book at the doc to get her to NOT say obese in front of her
//slashies are calorie free


That's a BMI of 18 which isn't remotely close to obese. BMI also doesn't apply to children who are usually skinnier, it's used for full grown adults. It's hard to imagine a pediatrician making these mistakes, but if he did he's retarded. Either (a) find a new doc or (b) tell better stories.
 
2012-11-29 06:03:24 PM
I love Planet Fitness. Its normally empty and I've never had an issue with the alarm or the weights. I pay $20 a month and that lets me bring a friend for free each time I go and includes unlimited tanning (which I rarely use but its a nice option).

/not fat
//wants to check out the gym for fat people
 
2012-11-29 06:36:14 PM

Woot_Gawd: Smelly Pirate Hooker: It's a very sizable market (pun intended) here. You cannot go anywhere without seeing extremely heavy people, of all ages, ethnicities, etc. There are giant people all over DFW.

The question is, how many of them actually want to lose weight enough to bother going to a gym.

There is also extremely heavy people in San Diego derp...Had a condo in Carlsebad for years. some of the people were a bit large to be wearing what they were on the beach...But I certainly did not poke fun at them, maybe I am not cool like you.

/learn to swim!


Lighten up, Francis. I wasn't poking fun, just stating fact. There are hugely obese people all over the Dallas area. And I'm sure some of them would like to lose weight, but given how many of them there are, I'm guessing many don't want to or don't want to badly enough to make the effort of going to this particular gym. That was my point.

Not sure what your point is, other than there are fat people in southern California, too, which I would have been able to guess. I didn't say Dallas had ALL the fat people in America, just that there are lots of fat people here.

Maybe work on your reading comprehension, and you'll do better next time. It's a learning process.
 
2012-11-30 05:10:07 AM
Lifting weights while losing weight helps maintain lean body mass. Once I got past my noob gains my Big 4 lifts have essentially stalled for at least 6 months, meanwhile I'm down 88 pounds compared to 1 year ago. Having a gym like the one mentioned in the article would have helped me get over my babbies first gym autism, by which I mean feeling self-conscious working out next to bodybuilders who warmed up with my 1 rep max.

Planet Fitness was out because they only recently opened a close location, they weren't open 24 hours (I work the nightshift), and I like to deadlift.

So from one recovering fatty to the article's gym owner, good luck and godspeed, the world could use less flab.
 
2012-11-30 06:21:43 AM

machoprogrammer: Enjoy no deadlifting, squats and dumbbells that only go up to 50 lbs. Oh and the lunk alarm if you cough a bit too loud or happen to drop a weight accidentally.



That's the point.

It's giving me an opportunity to realize that I actually enjoy working out and developing technique before going to a musclehead gym where people are screaming and dropping weights in order to draw attention to their max deadlift.
 
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