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California woman says gym told her to cover up because she was intimidating members

(FoxNews) A California woman says a Planet Fitness gym asked her to wear more clothes two weeks ago during workouts because she’s intimidating other members with her toned body.

KTVU reports that Tiffany Austin, wearing a pink tank top and pants, had her first workout at the Bay Area gym and she hopped on a treadmill.

Austin was set to get back into shape after a recent car accident.

But she told the station that after 15 minutes on the machine, a staff member stopped her and said, “Excuse me, we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body, can you put on a shirt?”

The report points out that Planet Fitness separates itself from other gyms in ads and bans “gymtimidation” and has a “lunk alarm” that sirens every time someone drops a weight. But Austin says she’s no gym rat or lunk.

A company spokesman told KTVU that the gym “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” and the dress code is at the discretion of the staff.

Austin, however, said her brief stint at the gym made her feel intimidated and harassed.

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4 Comments to “California woman says gym told her to cover up because she was intimidating members”

    Yupp said:
    March 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    When you join Planet Fitness they make it clear they have a dress code and behavior expectations. If this women's dress or behavior was intimidating to other members they had every right to tell her. This should never had been reported as news. They were only following their established rules.

    GimmeABreak said:
    March 21, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    We're not a gym, we're Planet Fitness.

    As @Yupp stated, this shouldn't even be news, their facility their rules. If you don't like it then it is a month by month membership (no long term contracts) therefore go somewhere else. Simple as that.

    Roxy said:
    March 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    This lady needs to get over herself. She is definitely not "too toned". The problem is what she was wearing. Planet Fitness makes their dress code and environment very clear. It's just a place for people to work out and not have to be intimidated by a bunch of heavy-weight lifting wanna-be's and hoochies trying to get attention by wearing hardly any clothing. There are signs everywhere that say "No tank tops, sunglasses, hats etc). That halter top serves absolutely no purpose for fitness. Take that outfit and your desperate need for attention elsewhere like LA Fitness or Golds Gym.

    Joe said:
    March 21, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Why was it necessary for you to bring sex and sexual orientation into this flap? Were you looking for trouble or just trying to create it?

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