Australian fitness influencer on why you should never call someone brave for going to the gym


How a young gym-goer shed a staggering 30kg working out – but bitter critics just mocked her as ‘brave’ for her choice of active wear

  • A fitness influencer has slammed those who call her ‘brave’ for going to the gym
  • Elloise, from Sydney, lost 30kg and has ‘loose overhanging skin’ around her torso
  • An acquaintance said she was brave which Elloise said was ‘hurtful’ 
  • She said she shouldn’t be called brave for simply showing her body at the gym 
  • Elloise said the comment has ‘absolutely destroyed’ her self confidence 

An Australian fitness model has called out those who call her ‘brave’ for wearing wearing tight clothing at the gym in a teary video online.

Elliose, from Sydney, lost more than 30kg and has ‘loose overhanging skin’ over the lower part of her torso as a result. 

After receiving some ‘vile’ comments about her body, the 24-year-old said someone she knew tried to reassure her by saying she was ‘brave’ for going to the gym.

But the body positivity advocate slammed the term saying it was ‘hurtful’ as it implied she shouldn’t show her body because ‘it’s not the norm’. 

 

Fitness influencer Elloise (pictured) has hit back at an acquaintance who called her ‘so brave’ for going to the gym in a viral TikTok clip

The body positivity advocate slammed the term saying it was 'hurtful' for implying she shouldn't show her body because 'it's not the norm'

The body positivity advocate slammed the term saying it was ‘hurtful’ for implying she shouldn’t show her body because ‘it’s not the norm’

Elloise has developed a huge following online for posting about her passion for going to the gym, weight loss journey and messages about ‘self love’.

The fitness fanatic lost 30kg in just 12 months and has spent the following three years enjoying keeping up her exercise regime but she has excess skin around her stomach that has never gone away. 

‘As a result of that weight loss, I have a lot of loose overhanging skin … in the lower part of my torso. I got told it was going to go away, never has and it’s something I’ve just accepted and it’s just a part of me,’ she said in a TikTok video. 

Elloise said she prefers to wear tight fighting leggings, shorts, sports bras and cropped tops because looser clothes are ‘uncomfortable’.

She recently put up a video about staying motivated to go the gym which blew up and was found and attacked by cruel trolls. 

‘That started to break me down and I was feeling horrible, but I was still hanging on by a little thread, going to the gym and enjoying my life,’ she said.  

Elliose lost 30kg in just 12 months and has spent the following three years enjoying keeping up her exercise regime but she has excess skin around her stomach that has never gone away

Elliose lost 30kg in just 12 months and has spent the following three years enjoying keeping up her exercise regime but she has excess skin around her stomach that has never gone away

As a response to the onslaught of online bullying, someone who Elloise knows sent her a message of support but may not have realised the harm behind her words. 

‘I get a message from somebody that I see in person saying that they think that I am so brave for going to the gym,’ she said. 

She said the message was ‘so hurtful’ and ‘absolutely destroyed’ her self confidence. 

‘This skinny girl thinks I am so brave for going to the gym because my body composition is a little bit different to hers and it’s not the norm and I get a lot of hate for it,’ she said. 

Elloise said she shouldn't be called brave for simply wearing clothes and going to the gym to work out and said she isn't there to 'fuel skinny people's egos'

Elloise said she shouldn’t be called brave for simply wearing clothes and going to the gym to work out and said she isn’t there to ‘fuel skinny people’s egos’

‘So I’m so brave to be able to put on tights or shorts or a crop top and go to the gym and work out because it’s so scary.’ 

Elloise said she shouldn’t be called brave for simply wearing clothes and going to the gym to work out and said she isn’t there to ‘fuel skinny people’s egos’. 

‘They may have struggles in the gym but they will look at me and they will go, ‘God, I am having a bad day but at least I don’t look like her going to the gym and she’s so brave and she’s so great because she is there to lose weight because she’s so fat and she needs to lose weight’,’ she ranted. 

Fighting back tears, she added the comment has now made her ‘self conscious’ about going to the gym for the first time as she thinks ‘all these fit skinny people’ will be looking at and ‘pitying’ her for being there. 

She said the comment has now made her 'self conscious' about going to the gym for the first time as she thinks 'all these fit skinny people' will be looking at and 'pitying' her for being there

She said the comment has now made her ‘self conscious’ about going to the gym for the first time as she thinks ‘all these fit skinny people’ will be looking at and ‘pitying’ her for being there

Elloise’s video has racked up more than 798,000 views and her fans have left an outpouring of support in the comments and shared their similar experiences. 

‘When I was 17 someone told me I was ‘so brave’ and all I was doing was wearing my normal clothes…and existing…as if I had any other option,’ one woman said.  

‘This is so well said. It’s NEVER ok to comment on someone’s body – sending you a big hug,’ another commented.

‘Yeah, back-handed compliment,’ a third agreed. 

‘The gym is not just for the slim, it’s for everyone. People can be so mean,’ wrote a fourth. 

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