A California woman signed up for a gym membership so that she could get back in shape after recovering from a car accident, but on her first day at the Richmond Planet Fitness, she was told by staff that her toned body was intimidating to other patrons.
Tiffany Austin says when she arrived at the gym for the first time after signing up for a membership, she decided to start by walking on the treadmill. Immediately, Austin says people at surrounding machines began to stare at her, and after only a few minutes on the treadmill, a gym employee asked her to stop.
“Excuse me we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body,” the Planet Fitness employee reportedly said to Austin. “So can you put on a shirt?”
Planet Fitness proudly boasts its slogan, “The Judgment Free Zone,” but Austin says that’s not how she felt at all. Planet Fitness does have a policy prohibiting patrons from wearing clothing that reveals too much of the body in an effort to stop people from being “subjected to the hardcore look-at-me-attitude that exists in too many gyms."
Austin claims that although she was wearing a tank top and capris, she was only told upon signing up that she couldn’t wear a string tank top. When the employee asked her to put on a shirt, she agreed, but when another employee approached her and commented on her body, she decided she had taken enough. She found the manager, cancelled her membership, and left.
While Austin clearly disagrees with the policy put forth by Planet Fitness, other members think it’s a great idea. Richmond member Geovanna Borges said, “it’s unfair to show off your body” because it makes other people at the gym feel bad about themselves.
Austin says that her brief experience at Planet Fitness left her feeling harassed and intimated and that the gym that so proudly boasts about its lack of judgment didn’t uphold their promise.
11Judge Orders That CCTV Footage of Kendrick Johnson, Teenager Found Dead in Gym Mat, Be Released Publicly (Video)
After pressure from the family of Kendrick Johnson, the 17-year-old who was found dead in a rolled up gym mat, CCTV surveillance video of the gym where he was found dead will be released to the public.
Some of the video, included below, has already been released, but after Johnson’s family pressured District Attorney Michael Moore to review the case and their plea to have all of the footage released, he agreed to review it. Now, a judge has ordered that all the footage from inside and around the gym on the day that Johnson was found dead should be released.
This case has received much national attention over the last few months. Police initially determined that Johnson died of positional asphyxiation after getting caught in the rolled up gym mat while trying to retrieve his shoe from inside. Right off the bat, Johnson’s family knew that couldn’t be true, and suspected murder from the start.
The rolled up gym mat that Johnson was found in was propped upright behind a set of bleachers in the gym, and even though all signs pointed to foul play, police thought otherwise at first.
Johnson’s parents allege that their son was murdered and that someone is trying to cover it up, so after the police initially ruled the death an accident, the family hired a private pathologist to perform an autopsy. That autopsy showed that the 17-year-old actually died from blunt force trauma and not asphyxiation, which the parents say confirms their suspicions of murder.
The CCTV footage of Johnson in and around the gym on the day he was found dead will be released to the public, per a judge’s orders. It will take some time for all of the footage to be released, but the family hopes that it will show something conclusive in the investigation of his death. Still, police are claiming that there is no cover up, and the matter is still being investigated.
An Australian man was banned from a Queensland gym chain after he mocked other members of the gym on Facebook and was exposed on 4Chan and Reddit.
In his most recent post, the unnamed man posted a photo from his IPad of another man lifting barbell weights. In the caption, he calls the gym member the “amazing chicken man” who is envied by bodybuilders and bulimic teenage girls for his low bodyfat.
Reddit and 4Chan users managed to track down the Australian man’s personal information and spoke with his mother, who then contacted the gym to notify the owner of the photos.
According to Facebook screenshots, the young man’s mother has also cut him off financially.
The gym owner called the harasser personally and banned him from the premises and the rest of the chain. He went as far as to call the young man “a piece of s**t”.
In response to the phone call, the young man vented about his banishment from the gym.
“I have this nagging voice saying 'toughen the f**k up' because I get called being fat on a daily basis,” the man wrote, responding to the gym owner’s concern over the pictures’ effects on members.
While the man eventually confessed to having offended some of the gym members, he asserted that a picture of himself on the Internet would have faced the same amount of criticism.
“For some reason people think fat people sweating their a**es off running on a treadmill is hilarious,” he wrote, “but if you pick on a skinny dude for lack of weights, it’s a godd**n hate crime.”