Have you ever looked at a reformer or an elliptical and wondered, "Will this even hold me up?" Because if so, SAME.
While some gym equipment may LOOK flimsy (looking at you, Cadillac), it can totally support you, regardless of size. Promise.
These machines at the gym are created for everybody, so you don't have to be concerned about trying something new out:
Treadmills both kick (and support) your booty.
According to Livestrong, treadmills are made to be sturdy — most, in fact, can hold up to 400 pounds.
Same goes for ellipticals.
Just like treadmills, many ellipticals are made for people who weigh up to 350 pounds.
Rowers might look flimsy, but flimsy they are NOT.
According to Raphael Konforti, Youfit Health Clubs' National Director of Fitness, rowers are hella sturdy.
"The rower might look flimsy from the outside, but holds up to a lot of wear and tear," Konforti told Revelist in an email, adding that the Concept2 rowers at YouFit are designed to hold up to 500 pounds.
"The rower is truly one of the most full body workouts you can do while also getting heart healthy cardio. It's also built to go easy on your joints — since you're seated it takes weight off your knees and back for a comfortable workout."
Plus, if we look as badass as Claire Underwood while rowing, that's good enough for us.
Konforti also recommends suspension trainers.
Despite looking pretty sus, a suspension trainer isn't going to budge or buckle under your weight.
"The original inventor was ex-military so you can depend on them holding up to 350 pounds," Konforti suggested. "Suspension trainers, like the TRX, also use your body weight for resistance. It's a great way to build confidence moving and using your body with equipment you can trust to hold up."
Most pilates equipment is made for your bod.
Sure, pilates machines all have terrifying names — the Cadillac, reformer, springboard — but they're actually made for a wide range of body types.
Just think about what many pilates machines are made of: wood, metal, leather straps, and strong springs. They WILL hold you up, even when it doesn't feel like they would.
And, if all else fails, ASK!
If something looks scary, just ask your gym (or your trainer!). Worse case scenario, they'll direct you to a different machine.
Most gyms and studios, however, are outfitted with expensive, sturdy equipment. Don't worry: Both you and your booty are safe.