Planet Fitness never ceases to amaze me by the unbelievable stories I keep hearing about it. Sure, their bright colors and cheap as hell memberships may seem appealing to many, but if you’re thinking about joining, make sure you do your research so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Here are a few things that I’ve heard about this wonderful gym that just irritate the crap out of me…
- Planet Fitness sometimes offer doughnuts and pizza to their members.
- They prohibit bodybuilding exercises like the dead-lift and clean-and-jerks.
- They do not offer personal training, in fact the CEO said “We’ll be the only fitness chain that can say we’ll never try to sell you personal training.”
- I’ve heard of some male lifters who have been lectured for “breathing too heavy” or excessively sweating in the weight room. Don’t want to set off that “lunk alarm” they supposedly have..
Now, if all the above reasons don’t make you hate the gym already…this “Judgment-Free Zone” has just taken it to another level.
Tiffany Austin recently got told she was too fit for the Planet Fitness gym in Richmond, California.
The gym approached Tiffany Austin in the gym to tell her she was breaking their dress code policy and told her that she needed to put a shirt over her “intimidatingly toned body.”
You may be thinking….that’s understandable…she was probably dressed very provocatively, right? Not exactly.
She was wearing a spaghetti strap tank top and capri pants with her midriff exposed. In my opinion, that is NOT out of line.
As reported by KTVU Channel 2, Tiffany Austin was recovering from a car accident and getting back in shape with her first workout at the gym. However, her time exercising was cut short when a Planet Fitness employee stopped her. Austin explained, “She says, you know, ‘Excuse me, we’ve had some complaints. You’re intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?’”
Ms. Austin agreed to wear one of the shirts the gym provides patrons for free, but while she waited for the tee, another employee approached her with objections to her clothing. Feeling harassed and intimidated herself, Austin decided to get her money back and cancel her membership at the gym advertised as the “Judgement Free Zone” whose policy bans “gymtimidation.”
Check out the video…
I have yet to step foot in a Planet Fitness and I plan to keep it that way.
Let’s take an anonymous poll….
What do you think about this Planet Fitness Discrimination? Do you agree/disagree? Leave a comment below!