A friendly place for people of all sizes to share, support, and succeed at fitness from a HAES (SM) perspective.

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Welcome to the Fit Fatty Forum, we’re glad you’re here! This forum was started by two fit fatties - Jeanette DePatie and Ragen Chastain - to be a space where people who are interested in fitness from a Health at Every Size® perspective can connect, get support, and make friends.  People of all sizes, ages, abilities, and activities have a place here.  You can participate in discussions, check out our photo gallery and video channel and add your own, and get answers to your questions from experts at Ask a Fit Fatty. 

The Fit Fatties Forum is an intentionally inclusive space.  We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable space for all people wishing to discuss fitness from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective, including people of color, people who are differently abled and LGBTQ people.  We are committed to building a space where all people feel safe addressing issues unique to their communities and cultures within the world of fitness.  We realize that from time to time, we may not get things right and/or could do things better.  We invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us at any time.

Before you get started, please take a moment to read our Community Commitments.  These are the commitments we make to each other to keep the community a safe, helpful, friendly space for everyone involved.  This is a moderated community and we are very serious about making sure that you have a great experience here so if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Community Commitments

·        Moving your body is great and wonderful at whatever level you do it. Fitness is a continuum, not a podium.

·        This community is open to people of all ages, sizes, fitness levels, and activities who are interested in discussing their fitness journey from a Health at Every Size® Perspective

·        Pro-Weight Loss Surgery, Pro-Diet Talk, Weight Loss Solicitation is strictly prohibited!  Fit Fatties promotes the HAES approach of “Health At Every Size”(R).   Promoting diet, weight loss, or weight loss surgery is prohibited.   While we respect the rights of all individuals to foster their own views, Fit Fatties regards dieting and diet-talk as both unhealthy and as a disparagement against fat folks. (Please note: Forum members are welcome to discuss these topics, as long they refrain from promoting them in any way.)

.      We are committed to maintaining a safe place to talk about fitness without negative body talk.  We understand that learning to love your body is a process, but we ask that you refrain from shaming your body or anyone else's while you are on this site.  All negative body talk will be moderated out.  If you're not sure what constitutes negative body talk, follow this link.

·        This community is fiercely anti-shame so if you don’t feel that you can be supportive and positive in a discussion then it’s best to walk away from it.

·        Do not give advice unless it is explicitly asked for.  If you want advice, ask for it explicitly.

·        Humans are imperfect. Sometimes we express our thoughts imperfectly, so we give each other the benefit of assuming good intentions in every post.

·        Have good intentions in every post that you make.

·        Respect that your experience not everyone’s experience.  Your mileage may vary. 

·        If you have any issues please let the mods know right away

·        This forum is awesome and the members are friendly and helpful so jump right in!

·        Do not spam the forum. Members are asked to join in the conversation. Simply posting links to products will get you suspended for spam.

Only Post What's Yours

Please make sure you hold all the rights to anything that you post.  You may only post pictures and videos for which you have express permission of both the subject and the photographer/ videographer.  Furthermore, Fit Fatties respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is Fit Fatties policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others.

A Word to Spammers

This forum is meant to be a communication by members for members.  This is not a place for you to post arbitrary links to your products.  If you find yourself writing posts like:

"try this: abitraryproductlink.com"

we will find you and suspend you.  Thanks!

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Strength Training Routine Ideas?

Started by Hillary Smith in Sample Title. Last reply by Robin Martinez Apr 12. 1 Reply

Hey everyone!I decided that I wanted to move out of the Nautilus circuit training room because I don't think the machines are terribly effective and do free weights. I was looking online for some…Continue

Tags: strength-training, lifting, weight

How do you feel about sweat?

Started by Jeanette DePatie in Uncategorized. Last reply by Ziggy Blum Mar 28. 112 Replies

Do you love to sweat, hate it or somewhere in between.  Let's have a conversation about perspiration!JeanetteContinue

Need reassurance I'm not alone

Started by Christa Levko in Uncategorized. Last reply by Debbie Golding Mar 25. 2 Replies

I've been browsing around this forum for a little while now and I'm just so glad to know I'm not alone in wanting to participate in fitness activities not for purpose of weightloss but for overall…Continue

Tags: crying, emotional, classes, group

Training for a 5K

Started by Nikki S in Uncategorized. Last reply by Mog Feb 14. 1 Reply

Hey guys!I'm new to the forum and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to train safely for a 5K, especially for someone like me who is not very active on a regular basis. The city where I live…Continue

Tags: help, training, 5k, running



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Welcome to the Fit Fatties Forum!

Welcome to the Fit Fatties Forum - a place for anyone who wants to discuss fitness from a weight neutral perspective. You can join the conversation here, and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fitfatties

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~Jeanette and Ragen

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Strength Training Routine Ideas?

Hey everyone!I decided that I wanted to move out of the Nautilus circuit training room because I don't think the machines are terribly effective and do free weights. I was looking online for some routines to follow, but they're all so loaded with the "do more of this, lose an inch," "do this and be thin," and I don't want their bullshit. I want to know if any of you have routines designed to get a total body strength-training workout?See More
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