Plus-size personal trainers are trending on TikTok

Growing up as a chubby kid in her Long Island neighborhood, Mauritt Summers, 36, hated who she saw in the mirror.

She weighed over 200 pounds, and doctors applied diets and weight-loss surgery to her. It only made her feel worse.

Then, when she was 14, her family hired a personal trainer who worked with her in strength and movement training. She became stronger and her self-esteem improved. But the workout didn’t put her on the path to becoming a skinny gym rat.

Instead, set them on the path to helping others achieve their health and fitness goals without worrying about a number on the scale.

“I have no idea my weight. I haven’t been on a scale in three years. I haven’t been on a scale in three years,” Summers, now a certified trainer, told The Post. The 5-foot-6 strength estimated her to be somewhere in the 250-pound range. That’s good for her and her clients. .

“If your goal is to get shredded, not have body fat and cry during a workout session, I’m not the trainer for you,” Summers said.

As the owner of Brooklyn's Form Fitness gym, Morit Summer encourages clients to build muscle through strength training rather than cardio.

As the owner of Brooklyn’s Form Fitness gym, Morit Summer encourages clients to build muscle through strength training rather than cardio.


Morit Summers became a certified fitness trainer to help plus-size people understand fitness and gym activities.

Morit Summers became a certified fitness trainer to help plus-size people understand fitness and gym activities.


People aspire to become strong and healthy – however Don’t obsess about losing weight – They’re turning to plus-size personal trainers, both online and offline. In 2017, Summers opened Form Fitness in Brooklyn Heights, where she has trained more than 100 clients, including curvy model Ashley Graham. A recent TikTok video of Summer’s performance Push-up jumping jacks to a remixed hip-hop track, it has garnered over 561,000 alone, while the hashtag #PlusSizeTrainer has over 4.6 million.

“Everyone’s goal is not to be skinny when they do I walk in the gymsaid Summers, who charges $150 for one session. “Most people just want to feel better. They want their bodies to feel healthy and strong.”

Summers says many of her clients come to her for training because she understands the physical, emotional and mental challenges they may face due to weight.
Summers says many of her clients come to her for training because she understands the physical, emotional and mental challenges they may face due to weight.
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Summers has suffered criticism from cyberbullies He called her “Sumina” And the nasty question Why would anyone want to work with someone who looked like her, but her larger structure This is exactly why some break into it.

“A lot of my clients come to me because I look like them. I have a belly, too,” she said. “I know what they’re going through.”

Sarah Taylor The 38-year-old trainer in Toronto also uses her struggles with weight and self-esteem to connect with clients.

During her training sessions, Sarah Taylor promotes self-talk as the key to achieving overall health.

During her training sessions, Sarah Taylor promotes self-talk as the key to achieving overall health.


While leading clients in her hour-long virtual classes, Taylor provides modifications to ensure that each client, regardless of their weight or movement level, can complete the moves.

While leading clients in her hour-long virtual classes, Taylor provides modifications to ensure that each client, regardless of their weight or movement level, can complete the moves.


“I know what it’s like to absolutely hate yourself. I know what it’s like to work out three hours a day, six days a week, and puke after every workout because you hate yourself,” said Taylor, who weighs about 250 pounds and is 5-foot-11.

While working at a commercial gym before becoming a trainer in 2018, Taylor recalled being shamed by a woman who gave her a dirty look and asked, “Do you have medical clearance to exercise here?”

Although the accident was traumatic, it inspired her in her professional fitness journey.

“What I’ve learned and what I’ve told my clients is that you can’t change yourself if you hate yourself,” Taylor said. “The only way to see real change is to truly love yourself.”

She advocates for self-esteem during her weekly 60-minute group coaching session, which she hosts virtually through her fitness app for a $55 monthly subscription fee. Workouts include upper body, lower body, and core strength exercises. For each exercise, it provides adjustments for users who are uncomfortable or unable to perform a full movement. Under her tutelage, a person’s weight is never discussed.

At the end of each workout, Taylor encourages her clients with inspiring words of affirmation.
At the end of each workout, Taylor encourages her clients with inspiring words of affirmation.
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“I’m a personal trainer. I just exist for a plus-size body,” she said. “My style is very different from that of a regular personal trainer because my goal isn’t to force people to lose weight, it’s about empowering women to feel comfortable in their own skin.”

Plus-size Las Vegas trainer Jessica Goines never discusses scale with her clients. It doesn’t get them to do a lot of cardio, and it doesn’t force people to track their food intake.

Instead, she began each of her Zoom virtual training sessions by putting her clients into a positive mindset through open dialogue about their physical, mental and emotional challenges.

As a recovering binge eater, Jessica Goins invites her clients to share about their personal struggles and struggles before each workout.

As a recovering binge eater, Jessica Goins invites her clients to talk about their personal hardships and struggles before each workout.


Goins, of Las Vegas, says sharing details of her eating disorder with her online community has helped her achieve more than 500 binge-free days.

Goins, of Las Vegas, says sharing details of her eating disorder with her online community has helped her achieve more than 500 binge-free days.


Given her past, Goins is committed to helping her clients become healthy from the inside out.

Given her past, Goins is committed to helping her clients become healthy from the inside out.


“We start each session talking about how they feel,” said Goins, 33. “We work through any hurdles whether it’s mentality, nutrition, or how they feel about themselves. And then we start working out.”

For Goins, a recovering binge eater, having a restorative mindset helped her overcome her disorder.

“My goal as a trainer is to make sure my clients are healthy: body, mind and spirit,” she said. “It’s not just about losing weight.”

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