Planet Fitness markets themselves for being a judgment free zone. According to its website, the company says members can work out in an environment free of "gymtimidation" and without being "subjected to the hardcore look-at-me-attitude that exists in too many gyms."
At the Richmond, California location, new member Tiffany Austin received eyes of judgment and was reprimanded for exposing her midriff as she walked on the treadmill. She was asked by an employee to cover up because she was threatening the morale of the other gym members.
Wearing a cropped spaghetti strap tank top and capri pants, she was reportedly told that that gym dress code prohibits strapped tank tops and that she would need to have put on a t-shirt.
“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,’” Austin told KTVU Channel 2.
The gym offers free shirts when new members sign up, and when the employee went to go bring one to Austin, she was approached by yet another employee with the same compliant. Austin immediately cancelled her membership.
Planet Fitness, the “judgment free zone," offers monthly pizza nights and breakfast bagels to reward their members for breaking a sweat. At $10 a month for membership, the gym has 5 million members.