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   Dallas gym caters only to obese people who need to drop at least 50 pounds. 'The owners figured Texas was a ripe market.'

29 Nov 2012 11:42 AM   |   2696 clicks   |   WTKR
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Frederick     
I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.

29 Nov 2012 06:34 AM
PainInTheASP    [TotalFark]  

Frederick: I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.


I totally agree. This sort of thing may not work everywhere, but I know of a whole shiatload of Midwestern cities where they'd make out like gangbusters. Er, excuse me...fatbusters.

29 Nov 2012 07:11 AM
Kredal    [TotalFark]  
"Hi there, I need to lose 50 lbs, please give me a membership"



Sorry sir, you only have 48 lbs to lose now, and you're no longer eligible for membership. Buh-bye. Come back after you eat a few more cheeseburgers."

29 Nov 2012 07:38 AM
Elvis_Bogart    [TotalFark]  
How long before they get sued by some skinny twit from the ACLU?

29 Nov 2012 08:11 AM
wxboy     

Elvis_Bogart: How long before they get sued by some skinny twit from the ACLU?


How many skinny people really want to hang out with fat people at the gym?

Also, fat people sweating at the gym? "Ripe" is certainly the right word.

29 Nov 2012 09:49 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

Elvis_Bogart: How long before they get sued by some skinny twit from the ACLU?


Everyone hates the ACLU until they need them.

29 Nov 2012 10:03 AM
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.

29 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

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?

29 Nov 2012 10:35 AM
Tax Boy     
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Note: build gym on the ground floor.

29 Nov 2012 11:45 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
Everything's bigger in Texas.

29 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
Target Rich Environment

29 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
natazha     
I doubt the business model is tossing people when they hit 49.9 lbs over. If it's working, people will probably stay until THEY are ready to go.

I'd give them badges as they lost weight. Having a bunch of people in the gym that are still heavy, but are sporting "Down 40" badges could only help in recruiting.

29 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
FatherChaos     
Discrimination lawsuit in 3...2...1...

29 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
Disposable Rob     

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.


The news report on TV said that formerly obese members who lose weight can stay.

29 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
doczoidberg     

wxboy: Elvis_Bogart: How long before they get sued by some skinny twit from the ACLU?

How many skinny people really want to hang out with fat people at the gym?

.



I do.

Makes me feel better about myself.

29 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
Treygreen13     

PainInTheASP: Frederick: I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.

I totally agree. This sort of thing may not work everywhere, but I know of a whole shiatload of Midwestern cities where they'd make out like gangbusters. Er, excuse me...fatbusters.

 

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RIDE THE SNAKE!

29 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
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.

29 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
one_eyed_willie     
Why is the article formatted like this?

This reads like an elementary school book.

It makes my head hurt.

29 Nov 2012 11:52 AM
Litig8r     

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.


That's a 23.6 BMI. Not exactly svelte, but not wildly out of the norm.

29 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
theesir     
Just to help you get the image of fat Texans out of your head.....

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29 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
Headso     
redstate = fatstate

market accordingly...

29 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
The One True TheDavid     

PainInTheASP: Frederick:

I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.

I totally agree. This sort of thing may not work everywhere, but I know of a whole shiatload of Midwestern cities where they'd make out like gangbusters. Er, excuse me...fatbusters.


I'm not fat enough. Yet. But then I ain't in Texas neither.

They should still open up in Lexington. Compared to most of my neighborhood I'm almost anorexic .

29 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker     
I feel bad for the exercise equipment at this gym.

29 Nov 2012 12:03 PM
theorellior     
For additional lulz the owners should open a Cracker Barrel or Sizzler right across the street from the gym.

29 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
Doom MD     

Frederick: I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.


It's called Planet Fitness

/shudders recalling the notion of lunk alarms

29 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
kvinesknows     
uhh.. us fat people join a gym to maybe lose some weight so that the hot young thing working out in front of us will want to be with us.

even fat people dont want to have sex with fat people

29 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
mjohnson71     

theesir: Just to help you get the image of fat Texans out of your head.....

[cowboyblog.com image 323x480]


I still laugh how every 3rd or 4th billboard in the North Texas Metroplex is for gastric bypass or some other sort of cosmetic surgery.

29 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
Heist     
The snarky side of me wonders if they came up with the idea assuming that obese people aren't going to ever use the gym, even if it caters to them exclusively. Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.

29 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
machoprogrammer     

Headso: redUS state = fatstate

market accordingly...


Fixed.

And hasn't Planet Fitness already taken this idea?

29 Nov 2012 12:09 PM
theorellior     

Heist: The snarky side of me wonders if they came up with the idea assuming that obese people aren't going to ever use the gym, even if it caters to them exclusively. Sign only obese people up for the gym + obese people rarely use the gym = huge profit margins.


That's actually a funny thought... an empty gym that is still making money for its owners.

29 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
ltdanman44     

PainInTheASP: Frederick: I like the concept; not sure its a viable business model though. Sort of a catch-22.

I totally agree. This sort of thing may not work everywhere, but I know of a whole shiatload of Midwestern cities where they'd make out like gangbusters. Er, excuse me...fatbusters.


This is a great idea.

People are ashamed enough that they are fat. They know they are fat and they want to join a gym but have feelings of worthlessness and being judged by the fit people inside it. Irrational thinking? Yes, but that is what happens with these people and it keeps them from engaging themselves. This also provides a nice support group and and meet people who are in the same boat as you are.



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Not this boat, though

29 Nov 2012 12:13 PM
CreampuffCasperMilktoast     
A Curves gym opened up near me last year, which I've been told is for overweight middle aged women. Within 2 months, a Fudge shop and a Dunkin Donuts opened up on either side of them....and this....will forever be my example illustrating supply and demand.

29 Nov 2012 12:13 PM
Nogale     
Good idea. I hope the facilities also provide dietary advice.

29 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
Albert911emt     
"Do these chaps make me look fat?"

29 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
Jubeebee     

Disposable Rob: 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.

The news report on TV said that formerly obese members who lose weight can stay.


You say that as if I am supposed to RTFA instead of sneaking in a GWBush joke.

29 Nov 2012 12:22 PM
flyinghouse99     
Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a fat person at the gym, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a fat person really belong in a gym? It doesn't take a whole lot to be not fat. An obese person can make huge changes by watching what they eat and working basic physical activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be fat people going to the gym for physical rehabilitation under the watch of a personal trainer.

29 Nov 2012 12:48 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.

29 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
tblax     
Is your membership revoked if you're successful and you lose 50+ lbs?

29 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     
obese pound wise or obese body fat wize

pound wise is smarter cause it opens your gym to a larger market. but why not open to everyone since your gonna have skinny people with low body fat percentages that are still obese

29 Nov 2012 12:55 PM
profplump     

flyinghouse99: Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a fat person at the gym, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a fat person really belong in a gym? It doesn't take a whole lot to be not fat. An obese person can make huge changes by watching what they eat and working basic physical activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be fat people going to the gym for physical rehabilitation under the watch of a personal trainer.


Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a poor person at the bank, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a poor person really belong in a bank? It doesn't take a lot to not be poor. A poor person can make huge changes by watching what they spend and working market labor activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be poor people going to the bank for financial rehabilitation under the watch of a financial advisor.

29 Nov 2012 12:59 PM
AustinFakir     

Litig8r: 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.

That's a 23.6 BMI. Not exactly svelte, but not wildly out of the norm.


She'd have to put on a lot of muscle for that to be an ideal weight. At that weight she'd be built about like a typical Olympic heptathlete, maybe a little heavier. (I chose the heptathlon because it doesn't include an endurance element, and two of the six events are raw power throwing events that as individual competitions are dominated by burly athletes. You won't see women with unhealthy levels of body fat scoring well on the javelin or shot put.)

When my friend imagines her "ideal weight," she doesn't imagines herself being as powerfully built as an Olympic athlete. I know that from the way she talks about other women. I might think those women are hot, but my friend does not. For another athletic comparison, at 5'9" and 160 lbs, she'd fall somewhere in the middle of the BMI range for the US Olympic women's softball team. Those girls 1) robustly built, 2) enormously strong, and 3) not what my friend wants to look like, no matter how many men might like her like that.

I don't think anyone needs to get to their ideal weight to be healthy, or that perfection is even the right proximate goal for someone over 200 pounds, but if you use it as a reference point like my friend does, it's best not to be wildly off.

29 Nov 2012 01:07 PM
Nogale     

flyinghouse99: Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a fat person at the gym, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a fat person really belong in a gym? It doesn't take a whole lot to be not fat. An obese person can make huge changes by watching what they eat and working basic physical activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be fat people going to the gym for physical rehabilitation under the watch of a personal trainer.


Losing weight and getting in shape are not the same thing. If they're going to drop the pounds at last, they might as well start working out. Also, in the case of severely obese people, a dramatic weight loss will result in a loss of strength - because their bodies had to be strong enough to haul all that extra mass around all the time.

From your point of view, they're damned if they do and damned if they don't. All the more reason to establish a gym for the obese.

29 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
Oliver Twisted     
Please don't have pictures, please don't have pictures, please don't have pictures...

'click link'

OMG it's a video.

(don't click play, don't click play, don't click play...)

29 Nov 2012 01:14 PM
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Link

Did anyone else get this ad banner? Made me chuckle.

29 Nov 2012 01:17 PM
electronsexparty     

flyinghouse99: Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a fat person at the gym, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a fat person really belong in a gym? It doesn't take a whole lot to be not fat. An obese person can make huge changes by watching what they eat and working basic physical activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be fat people going to the gym for physical rehabilitation under the watch of a personal trainer.


Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a lame troll on Fark, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a lame troll really belong in this thread? It doesn't take a lot to not be a troll. A troll can make huge changes by not being an asshole, or at least not posting. DIAF and GTFO work too. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be trolls trying to prove a point by using clever statire. But, let's face it. This is Fark.

29 Nov 2012 01:18 PM
litespeed74     
Thats one locker room I'm happy to never ever ever visit.

29 Nov 2012 01:20 PM
AustinFakir     

flyinghouse99: Maybe I am a douche for saying this, but here goes. When I see a fat person at the gym, I try to tell myself "good for them", but does a fat person really belong in a gym? It doesn't take a whole lot to be not fat. An obese person can make huge changes by watching what they eat and working basic physical activities into their lifestyle. If you had never been on a skateboard in your life, would your first stop be the skatepark? No, you'd just get in everyone's way and put yourself in danger. Stick to your driveway until you can at least do an ollie.

Maybe the exception would be fat people going to the gym for physical rehabilitation under the watch of a personal trainer.


Losing weight is mostly about diet, but the gym really is a good place for fat people to work out. Overheating is a bigger issue for them, partly because they work much harder when walking or running than someone who doesn't weigh as much. Having them walk or run or ride a skateboard just rubs their face in how fat they are. I think the best thing is to bring them inside into the A/C and teach them to lift weights. Might as well start them out on something they can be as good at as any other beginner. It can be a big confidence booster to see improvements from week to week even if they aren't losing weight. That confidence and feeling of control might even carry over to how they control their eating.

Plus, long term, people who carry a lot of extra weight tend to develop knee and back problems. Teaching them to lift correctly will help them avoid hurting themselves and help them deal with those problems when they do inevitably arise.

29 Nov 2012 01:24 PM
machoprogrammer     

litespeed74: Thats one locker room I'm happy to never ever ever visit.


Probably less naked, fat old guys than a regular gym locker room

29 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
Disposable Rob     

Heist: The snarky side of me wonders if they came up with the idea assuming that obese people aren't going to ever use the gym, even if it caters to them exclusively. 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.

29 Nov 2012 01:29 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
This seems like a decent enough idea. I've heard more than a few overweight acquaintences state that they'd like to join a gym but feel like they need to get into "gym shape" first.

I try to convince them that no one at the gym is going to judge them and that everyone has to start somewhere, but maybe something like this is a better option.

Seriously though, if you're overweight, just go to the gym! No one is going to point and laugh, or even notice you most likely.

29 Nov 2012 01:58 PM
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