Friday 22 September 2017

Fitness blogger shares defiant reaction to being fat-shamed at the gym

Image: Julieanakim/Instagram
Image: Julieanakim/Instagram

Beth Timmins

This fitness blogger had the perfect response to being fat-shamed at the gym.

Julie Ana Kim, a fitness blogger from LA, was met with an unexpected reaction when working out at the gym on Monday.

In an Instagram post shared on Refinery29, Kim details the incident during which a stranger at the gym felt it was appropriate to congratulate her for being there.

The unidentified man said he was "proud" to see Kim at the gym, before continuing to say that Kim was brave to be her size and still come there, motioning her size to her whilst saying he could not imagine coming to the gym were he that size.

A reminder to myself that this is no longer me. Not just in size, but in my mindset and strength. Today, I was at the gym with Sophie doing #gracefitguide when a man walked up to me and told me how "proud" he was that I was there. He proceeded to tell me how brave I was for being my size and still coming to the gym. And KEPT talking and had to stop himself from calling me fat. Thank you sir 🙄 he did however use his hands to motion how big I was while saying he himself couldn't imagine coming to the gym while being that big. It doesn't help that this week, I've been super bloated and feeling bigger than usual and down on myself, and then this man just makes me feel like absolute shit. I wish I could say I was like fuck you and kept on with my workout. Instead I just smiled in shock until he left and cried in the bathroom with Sophie. I was hurt, embarrassed, and mortified. If he said this to me at the beginning of my journey, I would never come back to the gym. I was always scared to workout at the gym for this reason. That people would judge me. Everyone is at the gym to better themselves and become healthier so PLEASE refrain from going up to someone and belittling them. I honestly don't think his words came from a good place, I can't explain the way he said it to me. How do you practically call someone fat to their face and think that it's encouraging? I refuse to let this deter me from going to the gym. I've learned to love going to the gym and it's my happy place and it will continue to be. FUCK WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS OF ME. I know why I'm there and I know how much progress I've made. K rant over. I can't believe I cried on my insta story but it's raw and real. Anyways I'm off to meal prep!!!! Macros start tomorrow! Thank you everyone for already dming me sweet messages. I'm okay just need a little time to recover ❤️

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"It doesn’t help that this week, I’ve been super bloated and feeling bigger than usual and down on myself, and then this man just makes me feel like absolute shit," says Kim.

After the encounter, Kim posted an old photograph of herself. On her Instagram, Kim often shares pictures of her routines as well as before-and-after shots to show how her body has changed.

Kim said that she wished she could have reacted impolitely but "instead I just smiled in shock until he left and cried in the bathroom."

"I was hurt embarrassed and mortified. If he said this to me at the beginning of my journey, I would never come back to the gym," says Kim.

"Everyone is at the gym to better themselves and become healthier so PLEASE refrain from going up to someone and belittling them. I honestly don't think his words came from a good place, I can't explain the way he said it to me. How do you practically call someone fat to their face and think that it's encouraging?" she added.

However, reassuringly Kim remains undeterred and will continue to promote body-positivity through her Instagram.

 "I've learned to love going to the gym and it's my happy place and it will continue to be. F*** WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS OF ME. I know why I'm there and I know how much progress I've made."

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