Apparently, a woman at an LA Fitness in Richmond, VA was told to “cover up” her body because her physique was “too intimidating” to other women in the gym and they have a “no judgment” policy there (to be fit is to “judge”??). It’s absurd on the face of it.
Here is the story:
California woman was told her “toned body” was intimidating other people who were working out a Bay Area Planet Fitness and staff members asked her to cover up.
Tiffany Austin of Richmond joined the gym so that she could work her way back into shape while recovering from a car accident. She tried to work out on Monday, but was stopped after only 15 minutes when other gym members became uncomfortable with what her stomach-revealing tank top and capri-pants were putting on display.
Austin told KTVU that she was approached by a staff member who said, “Excuse me, we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
She agreed to put on the shirt, but was bothered by another staff member before she could even put it on. Austin decided enough was enough, requested to speak with a manager and then asked for her money back.
Planet Fitness has 5 million members and a company policy that bans “gymtimidation.”
According to the company website:
“We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone — and we mean anyone — can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built. Our product is a tool, a means to an end; not a brand name or a mold-maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone. In the end, it’s all about you.”
A spokesperson from the Planet Fitness corporate office said the company “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” but that the staff and manager can evaluate the dress code at their own discretion.
Couple things. I’m adding this woman’s picture in the “offending” outfit.
She’s fit. But she’s not THAT fit. She’s a little soft. She’s normal. Not “average” (which means what is, which is generally overweight in the population), but she is as a fit woman would be/should be, more or less. But she’s not like RIPPED. And it’s not like she’s dressed as a stripper is she? So this is intimidating?
Second, can you imagine men complaining about this? I workout all the time, so I know what I speak of. I’m a gym rat. Sometimes twice a day (at lunch in my office gym, then after work at a cardio boxing class). I can’t imagine being “intimidated” by a younger, more fit man, and having to whine and complain to management about the guy. Men just don’t do this.
But some women do? Why? Is it rampant female insecurity in society? Or simply female competition and silly jealousy? Have we gone from pushing “Fat Acceptance” on the population to now we’re actually promoting “Fit Shaming”? That fit people are now supposed to be ashamed of being in shape?
When I see fit people, ones more than me, it doesn’t intimidate me. It DRIVES me to be more fit!
This I don’t get. It’s a head-scratcher. I think it’s pathetic. The woman in the story apparently got a refund. I would sue the company. I think it’s simply absurd.
Add another irony to this: LA Fitness has “Pizza Nights” and “Bagel Breakfasts”. Exactly how does this promote “Fitness”??