Gym tells woman to cover up because her toned body intimidates others

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At some point, beginning in the 1960s, the Left took over and completely transformed America’s Zeitgeist.

The worm turned.

The “victim” is now the victimizer. The formerly oppressed (real or imagined) are now the oppressors.

Blacks and “liberals” wield the all-powerful “racist” label as a political weapon.

Now it’s the revenge of the obese and out-of-shape . . . .

Tiffany Austin

Claudine Wong reports for KTVU, March 9, 2014, that a San Francisco Bay Area woman was asked to cover up while working out at a gym. Staff members say she was intimidating people with her toned body.

Tiffany Austin said she was excited to get back in shape after recovering from a recent car accident. After her doctor told her it was time to start walking more, she took a tour of the Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond. On Monday she officially joined the gym and was looking forward to her first workout – but that workout lasted a quick 15 minutes.

Austin said things started out well.  She hopped on a treadmill, set the speed to slow, put her earbuds in and started walking. She started to notice others staring at her, and quickly grew self-conscious but she kept on walking.  That is until a staff-member stopped her.

According to Austin that staff member said, “Excuse me we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?

Austin was wearing a tank that showed her stomach and capri-pants and says she didn’t see anything wrong with the outfit. She says she was only told not to wear a string tank because of the dress code policy at the gym.

She agreed to wear the shirt, but while the first staff member went to get it she says she was approached by another staff member who also took issue with her body.  Austin says at that point she had enough; she asked for a manager – asked for her money back and left.

Planet Fitness boasts 5 million members and a policy that bans what they call “gymtimidation.” Its website says members can get in shape without being “subjected to the hardcore look-at-me-attitude that exists in too many gyms.”

The franchise goes even further and has a “lunk alarm” in every gym which sends off a siren if someone drops a weight or breathes too hard or shows any behavior that staff members consider “lunk-like”.

YouTube videos show members across the country getting in trouble for that kind of “lunk-head” behavior.

Geovanna Borges joined the Richmond gym two months ago and says she likes the policy because “it’s unfair to show off your body” as it can make other people “feel bad.”

A spokesperson at Planet Fitness’s corporate office, Mcall Gosselin, says the company “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” and the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager. However, if Austin was criticized for being toned or fit, then that “is not in line with the Planet Fitness policy whatsoever.”

Austin says she’s no lunk-head and she’s not a gym rat – and now she’s not even a gym member.   She says her 15 minutes at Planet Fitness left her feeling intimidated and harassed, saying the place that promised no judgments did just that.


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0 responses to “Gym tells woman to cover up because her toned body intimidates others

  1. Geez! And I only get kicked out for leaving chocolate stains on the equipment!

    • Just wait, as there will be some fat ass democrat lawmaker in California that will introduce a bill that requires gym patrons to wear sweats.


  2. Makes a good case for Mandatory Burkas!

  3. Yer welcome at the gym only if yer outta shape– they don’t want repeat business?

  4. I’ll file this one under The Tyranny of the Fat Asses.

    And if I owned a gym, I would want as many Tiffanys as I could get to join.


  5. What kind of wimps workout at this so-called gym? The whole point of training at a gym vs. training at home is to be inspired by the people around you. Seeing someone in good shape inspires healthy people to improve themselves. The point of mirrors and revealing gym attire is for people to see what muscles they are working and to monitor their progress.

    If the complainers had approached the woman and asked for advice, I’m sure she would have bent over backwards to help them. Most people in gyms are like that. There’s no way to prove this, but if there were I’d bet $100 that all of the people who complained are on some kind government entitlement: food stamps, welfare, section 8, something. I’d further bet that not one is a business owner or self-made individual.

    This incident, and the entire philosophy behind this chain of so-called gyms, is a scathing commentary on the sad state our country is in. We have socialist homosexuals in the White House, inspiring a population of whining, narcissistic cry babies.

  6. There is nothing sane about this… although personally I don’t think public-access gyms are good, for the fact that we have a society where criminals can lock someone in a bathroom and assault them, in the middle of the day no less. This policy of theirs is just proof that “hate speech laws” and “non-discrimination laws” are aimed, not at preventing judgemental harassing attitudes, but encouraging, and spreading them. It is not good to be mean to someone, under any circumstances, but much less based solely on the level of body fat they happen to have, Such a concept applies both directions, same with racism… you cannot judge a person on lack of body fat, the same as you cannot judge a person for lack of skin pigmentation.

    She could have made them buzz off by asking if this was about her skin color, the knee-jerk reaction likely would’ve made them wary of bothering her… But all things considered, it is far better she got her money back and refused to hang around the place. It would also seem that they get in trouble for their harassment in other areas as well, consider this news story:

    So bothering a woman for lack of clothing due to tonedness, and bothering a woman over an excess of clothing due to… being religious clothing? (a hijab is hardly a full burka, however.) Apparently nothing pleases them.

  7. This all goes back to the self crippling Liberals,who want everybody to be victims,so the government can “care” for them,and ultimately “fix” all their problems…

  8. What a bunch of pussies those people at the gym are. Looking at someone in good shape always inspires me!

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  10. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. It looks like jealousy and envy are everywhere. Victimhood is everywhere and it is part and parcel of jealousy and envy.


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