A California woman made headlines nationwide when she went to a local TV station, claiming that a local Planet Fitness kicked her out for distracting other customers by being too fit. Wait: what happened to the whole “no judgement zone” marketing campaign?
The truth could be the simple headline version of events, or it could be something even simpler: she was breaking the dress code, not upsetting other members by being too awesome. Members are told about the dress code when they sign up, and the woman was breaking it by wearing a stomach-exposing tank top with spaghetti straps.
That’s not her version of events, though. She told KTVU that an employee approached her 15 minutes into her treadmill workout and made the request. “[E]xcuse me we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body,” she claims the gym employee said. “So can you put on a shirt?” She agreed to put on a shirt, and another staffer approached her to make the same request. Instead of putting on a nice Planet Fitness shirt, she instead asked a manager, requested her money back, and left.
A Planet Fitness spokesperson told the TV station that asking a member to cover up because they’re too “toned” is against the chain’s policies.