Tailor-made for battle of the bulge

NEW YORK — At Downsize Fitness health clubs, the treadmills are wider, the head trainers are weight-loss veterans and new members must be at least 50 pounds (22.7 kgs) overweight.

It’s all about creating a more welcoming environment to battle the bulge and drop the excess weight.

Francis Wisniewski started Downsize Fitness in 2011, when he was struggling to lose weight and found himself intimidated by one-size-fits-all gyms.

“I figured if I was uncomfortable, a lot of people must be. Overweight people feel like they’re on display,” said Wisniewski, who has gyms in Dallas and Chicago.

His inspiration came from the hit reality show The Biggest Loser.

“We wanted to make it the Biggest Loser in real life,” he said. “Most people would be successful if they could spend 15 weeks just exercising. In real life we have jobs. You go to the gym one hour, five times a week and change your diet.”

The gym provides nutritional counselling, and the equipment is built for heavier people. (Reuters)

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