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Getting laughed at in the gym

I got laughed at in the gym the other day because of my wieght. They were two young girls and I guess they didnt think I saw them. Does anyone have any experience with this and are you willing to share with me how you got over your gym phobia. I am constantly worried people are watching me. They do though sometimes so my fear is valid.
Anyone's help is very appreciated!

Wed. Oct 29, 3:27pm

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I am guilty of people watching at the gym, but I would NEVER laugh. That is horrible. I actually had to report a woman who verbally made fun of me in a gym class to the management. The manager thanked me and assured me that the primary goal of the gym, next to fitness, is a comfortable environment.


I know how it hurts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:32 PM

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Yeah I think I will tell the gym about the girls. I feel embarrased to even say anything. Thanks for your help :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:38 PM

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Don't be embarrassed, you are a paying member, and regardless of weight, are just as important if not more, then those stupid girls.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:39 PM

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It's not OK behavior and definitely not good sportsmanship. Do say something because it's not just you they're being mean about.

To a certain extent we're all people watchers in the gym. Quite frankly you're stuck there for 30-60 minutes probably doing something fairly monotonous so you're looking around you, or you're doing something that you don't know how to do so you're looking to others for clues. I have occasionally wanted to offer someone encouragement or advice (tho I keep it to myself), and I've often been inspired by some of the very good athletes there, but I've NEVER felt the urge to laugh at anyone. Anyone at the gym is doing their body some good and more power to them! So believe me when I say, yes - there may be some snots out there, but not everyone is out to tear others down.

In the meantime - be glad you're not such a mean-spirited person!!! Karma is a bitch.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:48 PM

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I just hope that one or both of those girls puts on weight in their future and gets laughed at themselves.

OP are you very overweight? When I see larger men and women at the gym I think "good for them for making the effort to change".

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:50 PM

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Hi -- I think I read your blog this morning and left you a comment on your page. *hugs*

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 4:15 PM

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what was the gym name? Was it a national chain?


Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 4:19 PM

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Are you certain that the girls were really laughing at you? Maybe they were laughing for a totally different reason but you perceived them to be laughing at you because you feel uncomfortable and automatically thought they must be making fun of you.

Here's what I would do. Forget about reporting them because if the management says anything to them they will then say you are just angry because you are fat and will then probably snobby little brats every time you are there. If I were you, I would call them out myself. Go up to them the next time you're at the gym and say something to their faces. They will stop them and maybe shame them into not acting like that toward you or anyone else in the future. The lesson they will learn might be more valuable if it comes directly from the one they hurt.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 4:56 PM

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How awful. I always workout at home, but I have used a gym a few times before. I actually like seeing heavier people in the gym. I like seeing that people are either working to lose weight or at least are heavy but fit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 5:21 PM

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I disagree about reporting them. If these girls were truly laughing, then my guess it's not the first time they've been unprofessional, and so it's better to report it..and possibly have them dismissed from the gym than to have to subject herself to that. Also, what if they do that to other people? *She* is the person paying for a membership..she is essentially paying for their salary. So they technically work for her (in my opinion). So she should be treated with respect.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 5:46 PM

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