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What we're about

• Are you a guy?

• Are you fat — but not morbidly obese? (In other words, are you overweight, yet still capable of SOME significant physical activity?)

• Do you hate most exercise (or all exercise)?

• Do you find it mystifying that some people feel motivated to run even when nobody is shooting at them?

Then this MeetUp is for you.

I don't want to exercise in front of hot chicks, and I certainly don't want some lifelong fitness fanatic telling me to do another stupid push up. People who have never been fat or non-athletic have no hope of understanding how much guys like us struggle.

The idea is simple: By turning exercise into a social opportunity, and by making sure everyone who shows up is a fat guy — or a recovering fat guy — we might be able to beat this thing.

I am appointing myself as the leader of this tribe of fatness, so let me start by laying out a few initial ground rules:

1. We can't do anything so difficult or boring that it makes us want to commit homicide.

2. We must vary our exercise — soccer one day, basketball the next, weights the next, and so on.

3. We must meet in Center City or University City, whenever this is reasonably feasible, so that public transit is an option. (If this is not convenient for you, feel free to start your own club closer to home.)

There may be many exceptions to this rule due to issues of practicality, but any activity that CAN reasonably occur in Center City or University City WILL occur in Center City or University City.

4. There will be no political correctness, nor any in-depth discussion of politics, sex, or religion. (It's time for a much-needed break from that shit, guys. Feel free to share a dick joke, though.)

5. We can't have any fit people in the group unless they are former fat people.

6. We can't have any people in the group who are so overweight they cannot safely exercise at all. (If your weight problem is at the level, you should consult with experts, not random fat dudes from MeetUp.com!)

7. We can't have women in the group, because this is guy stuff. Let the fat girls start their own group if they want to. We can meet them later, because...

8. Every meeting will end with breakfast, lunch, or dinner! (How's that sound, fat boy?)

I have no intention of running this thing as a democracy. It's our group insofar as we all show up, but there has to be a leader. That will be me until further notice — but I'm no tyrant. I'm just a fat guy who wants to make friends, have fun, and lose these man-titties.

Nick

DISCLAIMER: I am not a fitness coach, medical professional, or psychotherapist. Neither is anyone else in this MeetUp, presumably. YOU assume all liabilities associated with attending our meetings, and you attend solely at your own risk.

A NOTE ON LOCATIONS AND TIMES:

There is no such thing as a perfect location or time that suits everybody — or even most people. (I know from experience.)

It's a practical miracle if a given location and time suits at least a few members. Taking suggestions only confuses matters, because, in the absence of clear criteria, everybody resorts to selfishly suggesting whatever is nearest their own home or workplace.

Considering everyone's input does not create a good standard for choosing a location, because triangulating meeting locations based upon everyone's input is tedious, time-consuming, and unfair.

It is tedious and time-consuming for obvious reasons. It is unfair because, oftentimes, the most insistent members online never show up to meetings anyhow, regardless of where or when they are held. Also, taking votes — even from members who do show up — is unfair to me, because it forces me to spend hours fielding suggestions and complaints.

I'm doing a good thing and inviting others to join me; I am not volunteering to work for free. That is why this MeetUp is run as a benevolent dictatorship, not a democracy.

By default, meetings are held somewhere in or near Center City whenever feasible. That is the fairest way to handle it, since Center City is at least accessible for everybody. (I myself must commute 45 minutes both ways in order to attend meetings, so I'm really not interested in hearing complaints.)

Meeting in Center City may not be equally easy for each member, but nothing else is either. Center City is the best default option, since it at least ensures a SEPTA connection for anybody who lives in Philadelphia Land. (Once again, my own commute is 45 minutes both ways.)

As for parking, all I can say is that driving into Center City is a personal choice, not an absolute necessity.

In the case of weight training, there are no Planet Fitness locations in Center City — yet Planet Fitness is the only truly affordable gym I know of. Planet Fitness is also the only gym that markets specifically to people like us. In any case, it is the only gym where I have a membership. Gyms in Center City are usually quite expensive, so using them is not feasible.

One Planet Fitness location in the burbs is equal to any other, insofar as no location suits most members — so I just choose one. The one I choose is the one we meet at. There is no better way.

Upcoming events (5+)

(Over)Weight Training

825 Bethlehem Pike

Planet Fitness is the only affordable gym with a minimal douchebag factor, but there is no Planet Fitness in Center City — so this HAS to be in the burbs. If you’re not a member of Planet Fitness, call ahead and tell them you want to try it out for free: (215)[masked] Either that, or DIG DEEP into your bacon cheeseburger budget and pay for a stupid membership. (It’s very inexpensive as gyms go.) We will do the usual gym bullshit, then we will get on with our lives. My personal goal is to be in and out in as little as 30 minutes — but never more than an hour. I hate the gym. Also, I think doing cardio on machines is lame. I aim to save my cardio for the outdoors. I'll be focusing on basic weight exercises. If and when you join me, you can do whatever you want, or you can do what I'm doing. It's up to you. Don’t be a pussy. Show up! Suffering is the blessed sacrament of losing those man titties!

(Over)Weight Training

825 Bethlehem Pike

Planet Fitness is the only affordable gym with a minimal douchebag factor, but there is no Planet Fitness in Center City — so this HAS to be in the burbs. If you’re not a member of Planet Fitness, call ahead and tell them you want to try it out for free: (215)[masked] Either that, or DIG DEEP into your bacon cheeseburger budget and pay for a stupid membership. (It’s very inexpensive as gyms go.) We will do the usual gym bullshit, then we will get on with our lives. My personal goal is to be in and out in as little as 30 minutes — but never more than an hour. I hate the gym. Also, I think doing cardio on machines is lame. I aim to save my cardio for the outdoors. I'll be focusing on basic weight exercises. If and when you join me, you can do whatever you want, or you can do what I'm doing. It's up to you. Don’t be a pussy. Show up! Suffering is the blessed sacrament of losing those man titties!

(Over)Weight Training

825 Bethlehem Pike

Planet Fitness is the only affordable gym with a minimal douchebag factor, but there is no Planet Fitness in Center City — so this HAS to be in the burbs. If you’re not a member of Planet Fitness, call ahead and tell them you want to try it out for free: (215)[masked] Either that, or DIG DEEP into your bacon cheeseburger budget and pay for a stupid membership. (It’s very inexpensive as gyms go.) We will do all of the usual gym bullshit (machines, free weights, and cardio), then we will get on with our lives. My personal goal is to be in and out in as little as 30 minutes — but never more than an hour. I hate the gym. Also, I think doing cardio on machines is lame. I aim to save my cardio for the outdoors. I'll be focusing on basic weight exercises. If and when you join me, you can do whatever you want, or you can do what I'm doing. It's up to you. Don’t be a pussy. Show up! Suffering is the blessed sacrament of losing those man titties!

(Over)Weight Training

825 Bethlehem Pike

Planet Fitness is the only affordable gym with a minimal douchebag factor, but there is no Planet Fitness in Center City — so this HAS to be in the burbs. If you’re not a member of Planet Fitness, call ahead and tell them you want to try it out for free: (215)[masked] Either that, or DIG DEEP into your bacon cheeseburger budget and pay for a stupid membership. (It’s very inexpensive as gyms go.) We will do the usual gym bullshit, then we will get on with our lives. My personal goal is to be in and out in as little as 30 minutes — but never more than an hour. I hate the gym. Also, I think doing cardio on machines is lame. I aim to save my cardio for the outdoors. I'll be focusing on basic weight exercises. If and when you join me, you can do whatever you want, or you can do what I'm doing. It's up to you. Don’t be a pussy. Show up! Suffering is the blessed sacrament of losing those man titties!

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(Over)Weight Training

825 Bethlehem Pike

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