Plus Size Friendly Fitness Centers & Blogs

Plus Size Friendly Fitness Centers & Blogs

For women, working out is very personal. From being comfortable to having user friendly equipment, there are many things that must be considered when deciding on a workout facility.

If you’re a plus size woman and you’re starting to develop your work out routine, selecting a fitness center that is curve friendly may be your key to success. The following fitness center’s offer women the perfect environment for fitness success.

Shapely Girl Fitness– An all women’s fitness facility. They have personal training, group fitness classes including Shapelygirl Fusion, Step, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Tae-Bo, Toning and Nutrition. They have all new equipment, treadmills, elipticals and nutritional counseling, and tanning. They welcome all women but specialize in PLUS SIZE FITNESS.

2439 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 773-7346

New Face Of Fitness– New Face of Fitness is a combination of movement, lifestyle modification, individualized assistance and support sessions. It is designed to emphasize that health and fitness come in all shapes and sizes, and that not everyone should or can be a size 3. It was founded by Dee Hakala, who once weighed over 360 pounds herself, and felt the intimidation of entering traditional aerobics programs and fitness clubs.

Locations Vary
(630) 854-0320

Plus Size Fitness @ Colonial Fitness Center– A popular program designed and run by Theresa O’Donnell (Certified Group Instructor and Personal Trainer) It’s Basic, Simple, Low-Impact & Fun! Expect to slim down, be fit and get healthy. Classes are designed especially for the plus-size person. It starts out slowly and progresses within your own individual limits.

172 Shillington Rd
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
(610) 777-7801

Curves– Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. In addition, club promotions and events encourage women to support charitable causes, learn about health-related issues and forge lasting friendships as part of the global Curves community.

Locations vary
(800) 848-1096

If you want daily inspiration, check out these plus friendly fitness blogs:

  • Fit Bottomed Girls– Launched in May 2008, the Fit Bottomed Girls website features multiple weekday posts with fresh fitness content for real women and girls (and even the guys) interested in increasing their health through physical activity and sensible eating. The FBGs pride themselves on their honest reviews and aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.
  • A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss– After losing over 100 pounds, Erika wanted to share her journey and things that worked for her. She admits that she doesn’t have all of the answers but she knows what worked for her.

View Comments (5)


  1. Kelly Bliss

    May 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am SOOOOoooo thrilled to hear of so many plus size fitness classes and locations. For most of my 30 years as a plus size fitness professional I have not had much company. It is wonderful to see so many businesses now addressing these important needs.

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I hope your readers will check out my 12 different plus size workouts on DVD (and VHS):

    In Philadelphia area? Check out “Move & Live(tm)”, my Lansdowne Group Personal Training & Lifestyle Lessons:

  2. ralph@fitness gyms near me

    July 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    It’s just good to know that fitness is now for everyone. Today’s anorexic standard to associate plus-size beauty with the lower classes is rubbish.

  3. Twin Fitness

    April 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    It is very important to feel comfortable when you are starting a work out plan. Thank you for the blog.

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