Downsize Fitness is modeled after ‘The Biggest Loser’ and eliminates the self-conscious, alienating atmosphere found in some gyms.
Downsize Fitness is a gym that only accepts members who are 50+ pounds overweight. Located in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Dallas, it provides exercise facilities, trained staff, and a customized nutritional program. Modeled after the TV show ‘The Biggest Loser,’ the gym aims to provide a welcoming environment that doesn’t make overweight people feel self-conscious or intimidated.
The owner, Francis Wisniewski, lost over 60 pounds in the last year and decided to open the gym when he realized he wasn’t alone in being uncomfortable at typical gyms. He says:
Our goal is to help members change their lifestyle. It’s not just about following a diet or working out; it’s about teaching members new habits they will embrace in and outside of the gym. Our goal is to give our members a new quality of life and we have the resources and unique trainer support to do that for everyone who walks through our door.
According to Oddity Central, the gym also includes modifications to help motivate their clients and make them feel comfortable, such as special machines designed for larger sizes, no mirrors, and frosted windows so they can work out in private.