I don't want to pre-clean for the cleaning lady, either
April 11, 2012 11:19 AM Subscribe
I am a chubby (5'6", sz 14-16), out-of-shape lady living in thin-and-super-fit New York City. I want to lose weight and get back in shape, and I would like to do that by going to exercise classes — zumba, yoga, spinning, pilates, boxing, whatever — but I don't want to go to a class that's going to make me feel like crap about my weight.
Here's the thing: whenever I've gone to one of these classes — even the ones that claim to be "judgment-free" or "open to all levels" and the like — I'm the heaviest and most out-of-shape person there by orders of magnitude. I get looks. There are whispers. This is not in my head.
Where in Manhattan can I find beginner-level, instructor-lead group classes where I won't feel like I have to get in shape in order to get in shape? (My dream scenario would be a class called something like Fat Lady Pilates, but that seems unlikely.) Bonus points if the studio/gym is in midtown or lower.
Please don't tell me that I'm beautiful or that I should get over my self-consciousness and those other ladies should shove it. I know all that. I am looking for alternatives, not coping mechanisms. Thank you!