A 25st woman was left devastated after being fat shamed by a personal trainer who refused to have her join his boot camp as she was ‘way too heavy’.
Lisa Parratt, 33, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, has lost over two and a half stone since January and contacted Gary Randall, who brands himself ‘Buffmaster’, about his exercise class in their local park.
Adding a friend to the Facebook chat because they wanted to join too, Lisa was left in tears when Gary posted that she was ‘way too heavy’ and ‘just too big’ to join his boot camp.
Gary, who was initially friendly, said he had seen Lisa, who is a size 24, in the gym and felt she needed to lose 5st before he could even consider helping her.
Lisa Parratt (pictured), 33, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, was left devastated after being fat shamed by a personal trainer who refused to have her join his boot camp as she was ‘way too heavy’
When she asked why he couldn’t help her lose weight he replied ‘you gone too far sorry’.
A tearful Lisa told FEMAIL: ‘I was at my parents house at the time and I went dead silent. My mum said “what’s wrong?” and then I just passed out crying. I have poor self image anyway so it was really tough. I actually felt quite ashamed.’
Lisa, who joined Slimming World in January and signed up to the local gym, was determined to lose more weight so inquired about the boot camp.
‘I wanted to build my confidence back up and to be the best version of myself that I can be. In order for me to get the best out of life and live a good life I need to lose weight for health reasons,’ she explained.
After receiving Gary’s hurtful comments, Lisa shared them on Facebook – as she wanted him to realise how damaging his words were – and was inundated with messages of support.
Lisa has lost over two and a half stone since January and contacted Gary Randall (pictured), who brands himself Buffmaster, about his exercise course in their local park
Adding a friend to the Facebook chat (pictured) because they wanted to join too, Lisa was left in tears when Gary posted that she was ‘way too heavy’ and ‘just too big’ to join his boot camp
Lisa said: ‘I don’t hide from my weight but I do expect a professional personal trainer delivering a professional service to give a better response than that. Why didn’t he come over and have a quiet word with me when he saw me?
‘I was worried that if he said something like that to the wrong person they might not be here now. I wanted to raise awareness so I posted it on Sunday night a few hours after his message’.
Despite immediate backlash from the public Gary stood firm, posting on his personal and business Facebook page the following morning: ‘Always best to be honest in my business sometimes brutally #teambuffmaster’.
But on Tuesday, the personal trainer had removed his business Facebook page which originally read that he was ‘number one for fat loss and fitness gains’.
Last night, he said the whole thing had been ‘blown out of proportion’, adding: ‘She is a very silly woman. She is the one making herself look a fool.’
Lisa (pictured), who joined Slimming World in January and signed up to the local gym, was determined to lose more weight so inquired about the boot camp
But Katharine Busby, a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Yes Please Fitness in Newcastle upon Tyne said she was angry with his attitude.
‘Overweight people have enough discrimination against them in everyday life without being subjected to narrow-mindedness when they’re actually trying to make healthy lifestyle choices.
‘Hiding behind the safety of the internet to say something suggests he’s perhaps not as tough as his classes may be.’
Body sculptor Molly Beard, 27, who trains in the same gym as Lisa, was outraged when she saw the comments.
After receiving Gary’s hurtful comments, Lisa (pictured) shared them on Facebook – as she wanted him to realise how damaging his words were – and was inundated with messages of support
‘When I saw Lisa’s post I thought it was appalling that a so-called fitness professional would suggest that someone who was actively seeking to improve their health was beyond help. He should be ashamed of himself.
‘I feel very passionately that anyone, especially women should be able to improve their physical health without judgement from other people.’
Lisa has received over 500 private messages of support from the public and been offered free training and gym membership from dozens of organisations.
Instagram star Diren Kartal has offered to train her for free and made a video mocking the Buffmaster claiming his name sounds like a cleaning product.
Lisa said: ‘I don’t know most of these people. It has been really overwhelming, I just want to say thank you to everyone.
‘It has made me realise there is a lot more good in this world than I thought. When it first happened I just wanted to give up but now I am determine to prove him wrong.’