Tiffany Austin from Hayward, California is reportedly too in-shape to workout in a shirt that shows off her toned abs and is “intimidating” fellow gym members with her appearance.
Austin signed up for Planet Fitness gym, and on her first day as a gym member, she started working out in capris pants and a crop top (a short tank top with an exposed mid-section). After only fifteen minutes of walking on a treadmill she was approached by staff and reportedly informed she had to change because she was too in-shape and upsetting fellow gym members. See a picture of her in the outfit in question by clicking HERE.
According to KUTV who spoke with Austin, that staff member reportedly said, “Excuse me we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
Austin complied and the staffer went to fetch her a free shirt to cover up her abs. During this time, a second staff member also complained about her appearance, at which point she said she had enough and asked for a refund.
Prior to signing up, Austin says she was informed about a dress-code, and acknowledges she was told string tanks were not allowed, but nothing more.
Mcall Gosselin, a spokesperson for Planet Fitness, indicated to KTUV that the company “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” and revealed the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager. However, if anyone criticized Austin for being too-toned, Gosselin says that is against their company policy.
On the company’s website, they also indicate “We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and we mean anyone – can be comfortable.” They go on to say they are a “Judgment Free Zone.”
Yet, Austin feels she was judged and harassed.
What do you think? Weigh in on the discussion:
-Ashley Quadros, KZZO/Sacramento
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