"I have always had a personal interest in fitness. As a child my parents were strict. I couldn't say 'I am going out to play' — I had to do something. That something was tennis, going for walks with friends, running, cycling or practicing some form of sport. I put on weight in my late teens and wanted to teach exercise as a way to get fit myself and motivate others."
"I qualified as a personal trainer over a year ago [Lauretta first became an Exercise to Music Instructor 16 years ago]. I wanted to qualify because I couldn’t find an instructor to train me the way I wanted to be trained. I wanted to be taken seriously and be on par with other fitness professionals."
I wanted to shift the focus off weight loss and being an unobtainable size and self-hate, to focus on fitness, healthy living, eating nutritious meals and creating sustainable lifestyle changes.
"I knew my experience was not unique and wanted to create a space where every body could exercise. I wanted to shift the focus off weight loss and being an unobtainable size and self-hate, to focus on fitness, healthy living, eating nutritious meals and creating sustainable lifestyle changes."
"I have heard a lot about experiences like these — including my own! I have heard of people attending classes where the instructor tells the class what to do and then looks at the individual and gives them another set of instructions. In my classes all instructions are integrated with modifications, so the class receives the same instructions.
"No, because it is advertised — there were a few surprises in the early days, though. I was once asked, 'Do you know when the instructor will arrive?' I can still picture the woman’s face when I told her I was the instructor."
I once saw a comment saying, "this is promoting obesity". I am not sure how encouraging overweight and obese people to exercise is promoting obesity. Surely it’s the opposite?
"Overall the comments have been 99% positive, but I once saw a comment saying, 'This is promoting obesity.' I am not sure how encouraging overweight and obese people to exercise is promoting obesity. Surely it’s the opposite?
"'Congratulations' when the plus-size person has just done a class or a gym session and they are the only one being congratulated, patted on the back, or given a high five. Also, unsolicited dietary advice like, 'I always make sure I eat loads of salad [smile].'
"We live in a society where calorie intake is up and calorie output is down, a society where over 63% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese.