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Plus size personal trainers are going viral on TikTok

Morit Summers, 36, grew up the fat kid in her Long Island neighborhood and hated who she saw in the mirror.

She weighed more than 200 pounds, and doctors ramped up her weight loss diets and surgeries. It only made her worse.

When she was 14, her family hired a personal trainer who worked with her on strength training and exercise. She became stronger and her self-esteem improved. But working out didn’t put her on her way to becoming a skinny gym rat.

Instead, it put her on a path to helping other people achieve their health and fitness goals without worrying about a number on the scale.

“I have no idea what I weigh. I haven’t stepped on a scale in three years. It’s a toxic place,” Summers, now a certified trainer, told The Post. The 5-foot-6 powerhouse estimated she is somewhere in the 250-pound range. And that’s good for both her and her customers.

“If your goal is to be shredded, have no body fat, and cry during your workout session, then I’m not the trainer for you,” Summers said.

As the owner of Form Fitness gym in Brooklyn, Morit Summer encourages clients to build muscle through strength training instead of cardio.


Morit Summers became a certified fitness trainer to help other plus size people achieve their gym and fitness activities.

Morit Summers became a certified fitness trainer to help other plus size people achieve their gym and fitness activities.


People who want to get strong and healthy – but not obsessed with weight loss – turn to plus size personal trainers, both online and offline. In 2017, Summers opened Form Fitness gym in Brooklyn Heights, where she has coached more than 100 clients, including curvy supermodel Ashley Graham. A recent TikTok video from Summers push-up jumping jacks to a remixed hip-hop track alone has earned over 561,000, while the hashtag #PlusSizeTrainer is over 4.6 million strong.

“Everybody’s goal is not to be skinny like them walk into a gym,” said Summers, who charges $150 for a single 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 workouts because she understands the physical, emotional, and mental challenges they may face because of their weight.
Summers says many of her clients come to her for workouts because she understands the physical, emotional, and mental challenges they may face because of their weight.
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Summers has endured flak from cyberbullies who have call her fat and hateful question why anyone would want to train with someone who looks like her but not like her larger physique is exactly why some come to her.

“Many 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, a 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.


As she leads clients through her hour-long, virtual classes, Taylor offers adjustments to ensure every client, regardless of their weight or mobility level, can complete the moves.

As she leads clients through her hour-long, virtual classes, Taylor offers adjustments to ensure every client, regardless of their weight or mobility 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 throw up after every workout because you hate yourself,” says Taylor, who weighs about 500 pounds and is five feet tall.

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

The incident, while painful, inspired her professional fitness journey.

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

She preaches self-esteem during her weekly 60-minute group workout that she hosts virtually through her own fitness app for a $55 monthly subscription. The workouts include upper body, lower body, and core strength workout routines. For each exercise, she offers adjustments for users who feel 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 am a personal trainer. I happen to have a curvier body,” she said. “My approach is very different from that of a typical personal trainer, because my goal isn’t to whip people into losing weight, it’s about empowering women to feel comfortable in their own skin.”

Las Vegas plus size trainer Jessica Goins also never discusses scale with her clients. She doesn’t let them do a lot of cardio workouts, nor does she force people to track their food intake.

Instead, she kicks off each of her virtual training courses via Zoom by putting her clients in a positive mindset through open dialogue about their physical, mental and emotional challenges.

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

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


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

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


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

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


“We start each session by talking about how they feel,” says Goins, 33. “We work through all the obstacles, whether it’s mindset, nutrition, or how they feel about themselves. And then we get to the training.

For Goins, a recovering binge, a newfound mindset helped her overcome her disorder.

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

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