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California woman says gym told her to cover up because she was intimidating members


Tiffany Austin reportedly said her brief stint at the gym made her feel intimidated and harassed. (

A California woman says a Planet Fitness gym asked her to wear more clothes two weeks ago during workouts because she’s intimidating other members with her toned body.

KTVU reports that Tiffany Austin, wearing a pink tank top and pants, had her first workout at the Bay Area gym and she hopped on a treadmill.

Austin was set to get back into shape after a recent car accident.

But she told the station that after 15 minutes on the machine, a staff member stopped her and said, "Excuse me, we've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body, can you put on a shirt?"

The report points out that Planet Fitness separates itself from other gyms in ads and bans "gymtimidation" and has a "lunk alarm" that sirens every time someone drops a weight. But Austin says she's no gym rat or lunk.

A company spokesman told KTVU that the gym "strives to make everyone feel comfortable" and the dress code is at the discretion of the staff.  

Austin, however, said her brief stint at the gym made her feel intimidated and harassed.

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