remember gyms are scary places for people that are over weight - don't make it worse
in a town with massive health problems - we need to help more people not scare them off
We need to make sure that when people are brave enough to enter a gym, its a positive experience, not a frightening experience because they feel they are been mocked or even worse, people making fun of them, making gyms totally intimidating places to be, as if they are not already for those that are in desperate need of help.
Hartlepools is one of the unhealthiest towns in the UK, massive obesity problems, and a small town with plenty of narrow mindedness, but those that really need help with their weight and health find walking into any gym something that they would rather not do, because they think these places are just full of really fit people and thats the last place anybody thats feeling this way wants to be, even tho if they honest most would admit that they would benefit from been in such a place, a place where you would think that they could get real help. Unfortunately how the fitness industry is in the uk and especially the commercial gym set up, then this just isn't the case, one of the reason that obesity climbs and the fitness industry is failing people.
One thing that we do in our fitness business is make sure that no matter who comes in then everybody is made to feel very welcome and very comfortable in their new surroundings, we have a zero tolerance approach to anybody stepping out of line with what our business stands for which is helping people become better, healthier, happier versions of theirselves through health and fitness and also through the associations of others, that all have the same goals, simply to be better and healthier than we were .
Before signing any gym membership, go and have a look round, go meet people, ask for a trail session to see if your comfortable there, any gym that's really serious about helping you will offer you this, how else will we be able to really help those that need it if we don't start making gyms friendlier places to be, making them more appealing to those that are petrified of asking for help if we cant even get them through the gym doors, and if they do get through the doors there has got to be a level of friendliness and real help awaiting them.
So this January or any other month that you find anybody thats new struggling, go offer them help and encouragement, don't make fun anybody trying to improve their self and become a better, healthier, happier version of themselves.
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