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Size 12 fitness instructor said she was ‘too fat’ to train people


A fitness instructor spoke of her shock after a woman said she was “too fat” to be a good trainer.

Zara Groves was devastated when she learned why the woman, who had seen a photo of the 51-year-old man, decided not to register with her.

Zara, from Llandudno, who runs Zara Groves Fitness and has worked in countries around the world for over 20 years, was surprised that her expertise was so easily dismissed.

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Zara told NorthWalesLive: “My friend who told me what the woman said was mortified when she realized how upset I was.

“Apparently the woman knew all about me and was going to sign up for one of my online classes, but then saw a photo of me on social media and immediately fired me because she thought I was too fat, and therefore, I couldn’t possibly be a good trainer. “

The next day, Zara dusted herself off and decided to post on Facebook what had happened to her.



Zara Groves from Llandudno judged ‘too fat’ to be a fitness instructor

It was not only a courageous gesture, but also a wise gesture, as more and more people signed up for his classes. Fitness trainers have also reached out to tell her similar things have happened to them.

“In my post on Facebook I make it clear that I know I’m not fat, I’m a size 12 which is not fat at all,” Zara said.

“I may have gained weight since I was 20, but the point is, I’m 51 now and I’m in peri-menopause as well.

She continued, “I am really shocked at how judgmental people can be and also how harsh they are.

“I’m very confident in my body, I really am, but I know younger fitness coaches who would have felt crucified by someone who wasn’t right for them because they were considered fat.



Zara Groves has worked as a fitness instructor around the world for the past 20 years.
Zara Groves has worked as a fitness instructor around the world for the past 20 years.

“Some of them contacted me to tell me that similar things happened to them and how it upset them.

“I think people have a very unrealistic view of how women and fitness trainers should look, some seem to think we should all be like wrecks.”

Zara added: “Just because I’m not a stick doesn’t mean I’m not a good coach, I know I am because I’m still in the business 20 years later.

“And the thing is, with me, I keep it very real and natural. I haven’t had any Botox, fillers, fake breasts or butt lift, other instructors even do. ‘they’re only in their twenties, it’s important for me to try and keep things realistic. “

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