A Bay Area woman was asked to cover up while working out at a Richmond, California Planet Fitness, after staff members say she was intimidating people with her toned body.

KTVU reports:

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.”

Geovanna Borges joined the Richmond gym two months ago and says she likes the policies. Borges says, “it’s unfair to show off your body” because it can make other people feel bad. Management at the Richmond Planet Fitness referred KTVU to the corporate office. A spokesperson says the company, “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” and says the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager.

However, Planet Fitness spokesperson Mcall Gosselin also said 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.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Planet Fitness’ policy?

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9 thoughts on “Woman Says She Was Asked To Cover Up At Gym For Being Too Toned

  1. Zerkeise on said:

    Wow…that is not intimidation…it is inspiration…instead of complaining, they should have asked her for advice !!!!..isnt that what you go to the gym for – to get in shape?…are these same people intimidated by college graduates?

  2. She may have been told to cover up, but it wasn’t because she was too toned. I’ve worked in fitness clubs most of my adult life. We would never tell someone to cover up because they are too well toned and everyone else is intimidated. Different clubs have different criteria when it comes to attire. But if a person looks good enough to intimidate the other patrons, it really wouldn’t matter what they wore. If what she has on in the photo is akin to what she wore at the gym, she was more than likely wearing her shorts too low on her behind. That’s why her “toned” belly seems to be protruding over them.

    • I said it. on said:

      Protruding? Her pants weren’t too low, but since she’s black you have to come with your usual stereotypes. The fact that you’ve worked in a gym most of your adult life explains the intelligence that is put into all of your comments. You’re as deep as a kiddie pool and as useful as human dung.

  3. I said it. on said:

    She just looks skinny, not necessarily toned, and shouldn’t be faulted for that. Maybe they shouldchange the dress code.

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