My younger sister and I take a Zumba class at the local gym. She likes it a lot, and doesn't get out of the house often so I volunteer to take her. She feels she can lose 10 pounds (6'0 and 155 pounds) so she's there to better herself.
The Zumba group attracts a lot of mothers and older ladies, so I expected it to be chill. No comments about peoples bodies or their form. Wrong lol. I hear one of the women whispering about "why the hell is she here, she doesn't need to lose weight." The other lady agreed and said "this is a space for people to lose weight and not feel bad about themselves."
Uh, what. How is my body affecting your ability to work out? I didn't say anything to anyone. I was embarrassed so I let it slide, but I looked in their direction. Chatter suddenly stopped. Suprise suprise.
(Btw, at the gym I wear a t-shirt and capris. I don't want any dumbass remarks from these women about me showing off my body.)
These comments happen at least once in class. Either passive aggressive remarks about how "some people are just naturally thin and don't need a gym" or the classic "men like a little meat on their bones, don't feel bad!". I had one even flat out ask how much I weigh, and how come at 21 I'm so "small". She had her daughter with her in the class, she's a freshman and probably pushing 200 pounds. Mom mutters something about my body type being unreasonable and I make people uncomfortable. Lol
That was the last straw for me. These women were good at hiding rude comments from the instructor, who I took my complaints to. The woman who asked about my weight was banned from class. The other two have been warned.
God I get so many dirty looks in that class. I feel so uncomfortable sometimes. Then I remember I'd be sad and grumpy too if I looked dumpy.