Bullying someone is unacceptable, Period. Society places so much emphasis on how looking good is important in the 21st century especially if it's after Christmas, it's time to burn of those calories and get fit for summer. But these same people forget that in the run up to Christmas, there were adverts all over the place encouraging you to indulge in carb loaded foods. Comedy duo who run Mothers Ruined Facebook page literally sums up what I'm talking about, see the video here.
Back to the story, Reddit user JohnSnow1982 shared this story of this encounter at his gym where a woman who was trying to lose weight …
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I felt this story would be appropriate for this chain.
Copied from a friends post on FB…
For all of those "annoyed " with the New Year Newbies overcrowding the gyms this month and next, a real post from a group I'm in from today….
"Well… it happened. I was at the gym this morning and a group of two women and a man were very obviously laughing at/talking about another woman who was clearly new and nervous about being there. I didn't realize that this was happening at first because I had my headphones in, but then I saw one of the women pull out her phone to take a video. The woman they were making fun of knew it was happening and was almost in tears… she got off the treadmill and went back towards the locker room. I put my weights back and followed her, told her to wait right there, and reported the group to the manager. When I went back to the locker room, the woman was crying and she quietly told me that she didn't know what she was doing but was trying to learn. She explained that she had recently lost her parent to a weight-related heart attack, and the doctors said that she was headed down the same path if she wasn't careful. I told her that we all start somewhere, and after talking for a bit, I told her that her somewhere starts today and helped her up. I asked her to finish working out with me and that I would help her learn what I know, because I was in her place a year ago. For the remainder of the workout… she had a smile on her face. In the end…three members got permanently banned today, and I made a new friend.
The point of this is simple. I know we all get frustrated when the gym is busier at the beginning of the year, but it's hard to really understand how much of an impact we can have on other people's journeys. I have no doubt in my mind that this woman would not have returned to the gym if her only experience had been being made fun of.
Please, PLEASE help others feel welcome… you don't even have to talk to them. Just give them a smile or a nod. We're all there to better ourselves, no matter how quiet or busy the gym gets. Spread the love and positivity, y'all. You could be changing somebody's life."
Users on Reddit were quick to share their views and thanked him for what he done.