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Women forced to leave gym for exposed Bump! Jennifer SG TTC since Aug 2015; Montreal, Quebec 8466 posts
Apr 29th '14

Planet Fitness' "gym etiquette" policy is making headlines again after a pregnant woman says she was asked to leave a South Carolina establishment for exposing her stomach.

Melissa Mantor, who is 18 weeks pregnant, claims she was working out on the treadmill at the Planet Fitness on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in Charleston, S.C., when an employee approached her and asked her to leave because she was in violation of the dress code, ABC affiliate WCIV reports.

Mantor was wearing a tank top with spaghetti straps at the time, but she said had worn the top before -- even while taking her membership photo -- without issue.

"I was very confused," Mantor told WCIV. "She continued telling [me] that my belly was hanging out and I need to get it covered up. I told her at that time, 'Of course my belly is hanging out, I am pregnant.' She handed me a very large T-shirt while telling me that what I was wearing was inappropriate and in violation of their dress code."

She refused to change into the complimentary T-shirt.

"I have to stick up for pregnant moms and for women, you know?" Mentor, who was embarrassed by the incident, added. "This is not okay. It's really not okay."

The Planet Fitness dress code prohibits jeans, string tank tops, boots and sandals so as to "promote a non-intimidating atmosphere." Club managers at nationwide locations are responsible for using their discretion to determine what is appropriate and inappropriate.

McCall Gosselin, the director of public relations at Planet Fitness, told The Huffington Post in an emailed statement that the particular Charleston location has a policy that prohibits bare midriffs.

"In this instance, staff informed the member of the policy and offered her a free T-shirt to complete her workout. She was not asked to leave the gym as a result of her attire," Gosselin said. "The franchise owner has contacted the member directly to address the misunderstanding. At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone, and we are working with the franchise owner to clarify the dress code policy moving forward.”

Last month, Planet Fitness customer Tiffany Austin claimed she was approached by an employee at a Richmond, Calif., location and asked to put on a shirt because she was "too toned" and "intimidating" to other patrons. The company claimed Austin was in violation of the dress code.

Planet Fitness markets itself as a "Judgment Free Zone."

Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/28/pregnant-...


Kaleighshaleigh 3 kids; USA 7100 posts
Apr 29th '14

She  was made aware of the rules in advance. If she broke the rule then she deserved the consequence.

Oh Why Not 2 kids; Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 8672 posts
Apr 29th '14

"of course my belly is hanging out, I'm pregnant." 

That is ridiculous. lol

Miranda Para-Fortier United States 1 posts
Apr 29th '14

Who in their right mind walks around with their baby bump out?!?! No body wants to see that... I'm 29 weeks pregnant and I'm not walking around with my stomach hanging out... they make maternity clothes for a reason!

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Apr 29th '14

Planet Fitness has strict rules. Those kidn of tops aren't allowed pregnant or not, so childish to run to the media about it.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting Miranda Para-Fortier:
Who in their right mind walks around with their baby bump out?!?! No body wants to see that... I'm 29 weeks pregnant and I'm not walking around with my stomach hanging out... they make maternity clothes for a reason!


Some people aren't ashamed and bumps are beautiful. To each their own. But that's not the point.

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Apr 29th '14

Well, isn't she just a special little snowflake!

ashleeoh 2 kids; Tucson, Arizona 2615 posts
Apr 29th '14

She didn't follow the rules, that has nothing to do with her being pregnant. She wasn't discriminated against. And to say "Of course my belly is hanging out. I'm pregnant" is just ridiculous. Your belly can be covered by a shirt while pregnant, even at the gym. Rules are rules, she just seems to feel entitled and like she wanted to make a huge fuss.

*Game Over* 3 kids; Winchestertonfieldville, IA, United States 5453 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting ~*Julie Blue Eyes*~:
Well, isn't she just a special little snowflake!


Lol. Didn't you know that pregnant women don't have to follow the rules of normal society?

Oh Why Not 2 kids; Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 8672 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting ashleeoh:
She didn't follow the rules, that has nothing to do with her being pregnant. She wasn't discriminated against. And to say "Of course my belly is hanging out. I'm pregnant" is just ridiculous. Your belly can be covered by a shirt while pregnant, even at the gym. Rules are rules, she just seems to feel entitled and like she wanted to make a huge fuss.


She was on the news talking this morning, she sounded like such an idiot.

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting *Game Over*:

Lol. Didn't you know that pregnant women don't have to follow the rules of normal society?


Apparently that slipped my mind.

Whoops. Shy

Kaye-k Williamson-Clough Due August 1 (boy); United States 1 posts
Apr 29th '14

She knew the dress code, and a shirt that fit before she was pregnant of course doesn't fit now.  It is to short for that gym so she should have complied or left.  I don't see a problem with them asking her to comply to the dress code.

Oh Why Not 2 kids; Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 8672 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting Kaye-k Williamson-Clough:
She knew the dress code, and a shirt that fit before she was pregnant of course doesn't fit now.  It is to short for that gym so she should have complied or left.  I don't see a problem with them asking her to comply to the dress code.


Exactly, they were nice enough to just give her a warning & a free t-shirt.

Chloe Cullum Japan 2 posts
Apr 29th '14

The main problem with these tests is not that they are inaccurate, it's that they don't clearly explain what they actually do in all their advertising. They indicate how many weeks since conception NOT how many weeks pregnant you are. You have to add 2 weeks on top of the reading on the test to find out how many weeks pregnant you are (as you count from first day of last period, not from when you had sex, making you technically 2 weeks pregnant when you conceived!) Also, if you dont do the test with your first wee in the morning you can get a weakened hormone level at other times during the day leading to an inaccurate result. When I found out I was pregnant it was with a test with a conception indicator, it said 2-3 weeks on the test, adding on the 2 weeks on top of that made me at 4-5 weeks pregnant, an early ultrasound confirmed I was exactly 4 weeks pregnant the day I took the test making it accurate. 

OldSoulBeauty Due June 3 (boy); 2 kids; DipityDooBittyBopBop, WA, United States 4684 posts
Apr 29th '14

Quoting ♥MamaToSilas♥:

Umm I think you posted in the wrong thread


Yeah.. .kind of off topic lol.