A fitness instructor was “shocked” after being judged “too fat” to be a good trainer.
Zara Groves has been told by a friend that a woman, who has not been named, has decided not to register with her after seeing a photo of her, North Wales Live reports.
The 51-year-old said the “harsh” comment had “upset” her, but said people had an “unrealistic view” of how women and fitness trainers should look.
Zara, from Llandudno in North Wales, who runs Zara Groves Fitness, was surprised that her expertise was so easily dismissed, as she has worked in fitness all over the world, including Asia, Europe and Europe. Australia, for over 20 years.
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She said: âMy 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.
It was not only a courageous decision, but also a wise one, as she had more people enrolled in her classes.
Fitness trainers have also reached out to tell her similar things have happened to them.
âIn my post on Facebook I make it clear that I know I’m not fat, I am a size 12 which is not fat at all,â Zara said.
âI 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 much people can judge and also how hard people are.
âI’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.
âSome 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: âJust 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.
âAnd 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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