In Brief

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:

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