A fitness instructor has spoken of her shock after a woman said she was “too fat” to be a good trainer.
Zara Groves was upset when she heard why the woman, who had seen a picture of the 51-year-old, decided not to sign up for her.
Zara from Llandudno, who runs Zara Groves Fitness and has worked in countries around the world for more than 20 years, had been surprised that her expertise was so easily rejected.
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Zara told NorthWalesLive said: “My friend who told me about what the woman said was horrified when she realized how upset I was.
“Apparently the woman knew all about me and wanted to sign up for one of my online courses, but saw a picture of me on social media and immediately rejected me when she thought I was too fat and therefore I could not not be a good coach. “
The next day, Zara dusted herself off and decided to write about what happened to her on Facebook.
It was not only a brave move, but also a knowledgeable one, as she has gotten more people to sign up for her courses. She has also had female fitness trainers contact her and say similar things have happened to them.
“In my Facebook post, I clearly say I know I’m not fat, I’m a size 12 who is not fat at all,” Zara said.
“I may have taken on my 20s since, but the thing is, I’m 51 now and I’m also menopausal.
She continued: “I’m just really shocked at how judgmental people can be and also how tough.
“I’m very confident, I really am, but I know some younger fitness trainers who would have felt crucified by someone who did not go to them because they were considered fat.
“I have had some of them contact me and say that similar things have happened to them and how terribly outrageous it has made them feel.
“I think people have a very unrealistic vision of what women and fitness trainers should look like, some seem to think we should all be like waifs.”
Zara added: “Just because I’m not a stick does not mean I’m not a good coach, I know I am, as I’m still in the industry after 20 years.
“And the thing is with me, I keep it very real and natural. I have not received Botox, fillers, fake breasts or a lift, other instructors do it, even though they are only in their 20s, it is important for me to try to keep things realistic. “
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