A big thumbs down to Planet Fitness!
A South Carolina mom-to-be had a rather rude encounter at her local Planet Fitness when she broke the gym’s “dress code” while baring her baby bump.
“I was very confused,” Melissa Mantor, who is 18 weeks pregnant, tells 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.”
The expectant mom refused to change into the complimentary tee.
“I have to stick up for pregnant moms and for women, you know?” Mantor, who was embarrassed by the incident, shares. “This is not okay. It’s really not okay.”
According to their Facebook page, Planet Fitness’ dress code prohibits jeans, string tank tops, boots and sandals in order to “promote a non-intimidating atmosphere.” As well, club managers at nationwide locations are responsible for using their discretion to determine what is/is not appropriate.
“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,” McCall Gosselin, the director of public relation at Planet Fitness, told Huffington Post.
Gosselin added: “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.”
What a load of sh*t!
But the moment a burgeoning belly hits the gym, people feel uncomfortable?
Get a clue, Planet Fitness! Baby bumps are the new ‘it’ accessory, not only in Hollywood, but for everyday moms.
What do you think? Should a pregnant woman cover up her baby bump at the gym?