Michelle Gibson, 41, has been a fitness instructor for 12 years. Standing at 5’4, and a size 14, Gibson described her physique to The Washington Post as “thick.” To her credit, Gibson teaches 10 aerobics classes a week. “I’m a full-figured woman who would run circles around the average person, and I know it,” she says. “I kind of think it’s my secret weapon.”
A common misconception about being full-figured versus thin is that there’s always an issue with being unhealthy. There are plenty of full-figured people who don’t suffer from health issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Just as there are thin people who have these ailments and others related to poor health.
Arnold Gaither, a personal trainer in D.C thinks that it’s great that Gibson is out there teaching a class and showing that fitness doesn’t have to look a certain way.
“By Michelle Gibson teaching a fitness I think it shows that fitness breaks all rules and boundaries. You don’t have to be scared or afraid. Many people are self conscious once they get a certain size or weight, then constantly compare themselves to the ‘fit’ or the ‘fit look’” Gaither said.
The “fit look” is what usually varies from person to person. Just because a person is plus size doesn’t mean they can’t run with the best of them. Literally. If you take a look at the recent rise of black women running, you’ll see various sizes of women participating in 5ks and marathons.
Would you take a fitness class with a plus-size instructor?