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As an athlete it is important for me to stay in good shape and maintain a high level of fitness. For this reason, I recently joined Urban Active gym in Legacy Village. As gym’s go, it’s pretty impressive. A huge weight section is accompanied by a swimming pool, luxury changing rooms, spinning rooms, fitness studios, a cardio cinema, and day care center where parents can leave their children in safe hands while they work out.

Three or four times per week a friend and I enjoy working out on the gym’s first rate equipment. A wide variety of people attend the facility, people of all shapes and sizes. There are your stereotypical “meathead” types, youngsters trying to get stronger, the 40+ crowd whose metabolism has slowed and requires a higher level of activity, and women aiming to keep slim and trim.

However, it has come to my attention recently how obvious it is when a different type of person enters the gym. A few weeks ago, a man weighing in at what must be close to 300 pounds was seen walking around the gym. Now don’t get me wrong, I have huge respect for anyone even stepping inside a gym, as it is not always the most enjoyable experience. But for this guy I found a new level of admiration.

With mirrored panels covering every inch of the four walls, the gym is no place for people with low self confidence or negative perceptions of their body. Every aspect of your body, good or bad, is magnified by the multiple angles that reflect your frame to fellow members. The thought of lining up alongside these size zero women and “buff” men must be a daunting task for someone with a polar opposite body composition.

It was clear that this man was a little apprehensive about the weight he was carrying, and the stares of model-like people probably did little for him releasing his inhibitions. Yet he gathered himself and threw himself fully into the program that had been designed for him. He was clearly putting forth a huge effort and earned a great deal of respect from myself and others around me.

First he attempted the treadmill, then stepped onto the cross trainer, and finally entered the weights section usually reserved for Schwarzenegger-like muscle men. In total, he must have been in the gym for over an hour and, judging by the soaking nature of his undershirt, burned a load of calories!

I really do hope that he continues to work out and achieve his weight loss goals. As I said before, I have a lot of respect for anyone striving to become fitter, as I know how hard it can be. As I continue on my weekly trips to the gym, I look forward to seeing his weight go down and his self-confidence increase due to his body becoming as impressive as the gym he attends.