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Gym asked woman to cover up because her 'toned body' was intimidating people

Other exercisers complained that her muscles were making them feel bad.

File photo of some killer abs.
File photo of some killer abs.

YOU KNOW THAT one person in the gym who’s perfectly fit and makes you feel bad about yourself?

Well, one gym is taking action. A woman was asked to put on more clothes at a California workout centre because her “toned body” was intimidating other people.

Tiffany Austin was walking on a treadmill during her first workout at a gym in Richmond, KTVU reports.

She says a staff member then 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?

The Planet Fitness gym chain explicitly bans ‘gymtimidation’. According to its website:

Members can relax, get in shape, and have fun without being subjected to the hard-core, look-at-me attitude that exists in too many gyms.

Austin was wearing capri pants and a tank top that showed her stomach at the time. She said she noticed people staring at her, but put her headphones in and kept walking.

After a second employee requested she cover up, she asked for her money back and left.

A spokesperson told UPI that the company “strives to make everyone feel comfortable.”

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