Tiffany Austin said a staff member at Planet Fitness in Richmond, CA. asked her to “put a damn shirt on.”
Austin told KTVU that she was excited to hit the gym and get back in shape after recovering from a recent car accident. Austin’s doctor suggested that she should start walking more and Austin said she chose to check out the Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond. She joined the gym and said she was looking forward to her first workout.
That workout lasted less than 15 minutes before Austin was approach by gym staff and asked to cover up.
Austin said that just a few minutes into her very first workout at Planet Fitness, she was on the treadmill when a gym employee approached her and said, “excuse me we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
Planet Fitness spokesperson Mcall Gosselin said the company “strives to make everyone feel comfortable” and says the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager.
Gosselin also said if Austin was criticized for being toned then that “is not in line with the Planet Fitness policy whatsoever.”
Austin said she’s not a gym rat and now she isn’t even a gym member. She says her 15 minutes at Planet Fitness left her feeling intimidated and harassed, and said Planet fitness promised no judgments and ended up doing just that.
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