Why Fat Shaming Has No Place at Sync Fitness
If you have ever joined in on one of our bootcamps, you know that we take a completely positive approach to fitness. We’re all real people with real body types, and lots of our members have had bad experiences with fitness and exercise. We strive to change that, making our bootcamp classes as fun and motivating as we can. There is absolutely NO fat-shaming going on here!
In our experience, fat shaming doesn’t encourage weight loss or a motivation to exercise; it creates a negative approach to fitness that is entirely counterproductive. Not only that, but one study found that fat shaming may actually lead to weight gain! “Weight discrimination has also been shown to make people feel less confident about taking part in physical activity, so they tend to avoid it,” said Sarah Jackson, lead author of the study.
There’s enough negativity about our bodies already. Many of our Sync Superstars came to us hating exercise, but wanting to do something to improve their health or achieve specific goals. Others joined a bootcamp because wanted to lose weight in order to feel happier when they look in the mirror. Regardless, we always want to encourage our members to love their bodies, because when they do, they take a healthier approach to their fitness. This blogger put it excellently: “There is no incentive to take care of a body you hate. How good I feel about my fat body is absolutely and inextricably related to how well I take care of it, from the food I put in it to whether I go see a doctor when there’s something wrong… If you want fat people—or any people—to treat their bodies well, then encourage them to love their bodies, no matter what they look like.”
The Sync Fitness perspective on fitness is for better health and wellbeing, not just weight loss. We love to celebrate our members’ victories—large and small. Sometimes, that includes meeting weight loss goals, but the everyday victories are usually things like being able to do another repetition of push-ups or taking on a more challenging pose for planks and succeeding at it.