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Plus-sized Woman Makes a Difference at the Gym

Plus-sized Woman Makes a Difference at the Gym
April 25
18:49 2016

Often plus-sized individuals at the gym are ridiculed for their weight. Instead, they should be applauded for making an effort to live a healthy life.

Kenlie Tiggeman is proud to be plus-sized and has a passionate for exercising. She was interested in starting a career in the fitness industry and applied at her gym for a position. She was then quickly hired due to her upbeat personality and knowledge of the gym facilities.

Working at the gym keeps her more motivated than ever to keep her fitness goals. “I’m constantly around people working towards the same goals as I am: to be healthier, fitter, and happier,” said Tiggeman to Shape.com. “I’ll do my BodyPump and BodyCombat classes first thing when I get to work. Being there eliminates any excuse I could ever think of.”

Not to mention, she feels much more comfortable at the gym as an employee. But, it doesn’t mean that she still doesn’t attract unwanted attention. “People see my size and automatically assume it’s my first day,” said Tiggeman. “I’ve had people give me all kinds of unsolicited advice about diets or exercise. People do try and be nice about it, but they still sound really condescending. While I appreciate any encouragement, I didn’t start exercising yesterday!”

Luckily, this doesn’t get her down. She has a solid support system. Her own boss often works out with her. She has lost over 120 pounds so far.

But, what she loves the most about her job is that she can help others who are struggling with feeling uncomfortable at the gym. She knows first-hand what it’s like to go through that. With her encouragement, she is helping others feel less intimidated.

“I get calls all the time from people saying they want to get healthy but they don’t know where to start,” said Tiggeman. “I just tell them, ‘Come in and I’ll stop whatever I’m doing and work out with you!”

She says it’s all about taking baby steps and that people shouldn’t dwell on their weight. “You don’t have to get to your goal weight or have the ‘perfect’ body to start feeling good; you can start feeling better right now!”

Ultimately, it shouldn’t matter what others think of your body. You are your own worst enemy. Staying active, will not only make you feel better about yourself, but you will ultimately be healthier.

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