The star of TLC’s reality show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” is on a mission to encourage people get active – no matter what size they are.
34-year-old Whitney Way Thore says she was overwhelmed with questions from fans after she started sharing photos and videos from her workouts to her more than 569,000 followers on Instagram.
“People were asking me about my workouts ALL the time,” Thore said in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. “I’ve gotten such a good response from people whether they be fat people or people with different abilities, or people who just aren’t confident in their fitness levels.”
With the help of personal trainer Ryan Andreas, Thore helped develop a daily fitness routine to encourage her followers to start exercising.
The pair created No BS Active, an online program that provides users with daily 24-minute workouts they can do at home for $20 US a month.
Andreas says they designed what they consider a “sustainable” program to provide a personal trainer experience for users at an affordable price point.
The program addresses a need for a community which Thore says often goes unnoticed in the fitness world.
“What I’ve heard a lot from people is that they want representation because there are fat people everywhere, and there are fat people who exercise everywhere. I’m not an anomaly,” she said. “People are getting really excited that there is a workout program that features someone who looks like them an is probably a lot bigger than them, actually. That’s something Ryan and I really worked on together, which is how to offer modifications for every single thing. We even have modifications for you if you need to be seated and can’t get onto the floor. That was really excluding to a lot of beginners and overweight people.”
When she was 23 years old, Thore was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which caused her to rapidly gain weight.
Like many people, Thore says she used to be intimidated by the gym, viewing it as a “threatening environment.” However, a recent mindset change led to a renewed love in working out eight months ago that is all about being strong and healthy, instead of being primarily focused on losing weight.
“For the first time in my entire life, I’ve actually lost weight without trying, which is pretty wild, because that’s never happened to me ever,” she revealed to the magazine. “Now I work out for the sake of working out. I work out because it makes me feel good. It’s literally changed my entire life and that’s the message I want people to know. You can be active and there’s so many more benefits other than losing weight.”