The Judgment Zone: Prejudice and Discrimination Against Bodybuilding
Posted on May 11 2012 at 11:30:56 AM in Fitness
In 1992, fitness center Planet Fitness opened their doors (to some). In the last few years they have created controversy in the world of fitness and bodybuilding by establishing the business as overtly ‘anti-bodybuilding.’ It almost seems like yesterday’s news, but certainly the underlying issues inherent in the ideology of Planet Fitness are by no means idiosyncratic. The exclusionary methods enforced by the gym certainly existed prior to their establishment and unequivocally exist in many gyms today, which simply aren’t as overt in their segregation.
Planet Fitness’ motto is: “The judgment free zone.” This means that no members are allowed to judge others; it is a safe space, free from denigration and void of insecurity. I don’t want to a beat a dead horse, but the fundamental ideology of “the judgment free zone” is inherently violent, because it is predicated on judgment....
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