Bradenton woman says she was kicked out of gym for baring her midriff

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 4:53 pm

BRADENTON, Fla. - A Suncoast woman was escorted out of her local gym by police this weekend -- for baring her midriff while working out.

Linda Hug has been a member of YouFit gym in Bradenton for nearly two years and says she was wrongfully accused of violating her contract while working out, and was even escorted out of her gym by police officers.

She says the initial problem began about 6 months ago when a new employee confronted her about baring her midriff, saying it was not in line with the contract. "This person stated that I needed to put my top down because of intimidation."

YouFit's contract offers a basic dress code, including the fact that shirts and appropriate athletic shoes are required.

"It says shirt and shoes required, which I do have a shirt on. And when I'm on the treadmill or the elliptical, because I'm just overheated, I do flip my top up, just to cool down, and then I always put it back down when I'm on the equipment."

ABC 7 went to the Bradenton YouFit, but we were immediately turned away and told we could only speak with a regional manager, who was not available.

We asked a fellow gym member how they have been treated at that location, and what they thought about the situation. "Actually enjoy coming here. The staff's been really nice, they welcome you every day," says Summer Richardson. "I think it depends on the gym. I mean, plenty of gyms I've gone to, people have showed their midriff."

Hug says she felt singled out by the employee and claims she did not argue with the employee, but did tell her she was not breaching the contract.

Bradenton Police arrived shortly after that conversation and escorted her out of the building. The police filed a full event information form, detailing the incident.

Since then, Hug says she has been in contact with the gym manager and the manager has apologized.

Hug has reached out to an attorney and plans to take legal action against YouFit for what she claims was defamation of character, falsifying information to police, and breach of contract.

This comes after a very similar incident at a Planet Fitness gym in California just last week, where a woman was asked to cover up while working out because she was intimidating people with her toned body.

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  • Kaztampa posted at 10:45 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Kaztampa Posts: 1

    [smile] I read this and feel this is a total over-reaction. People are always so reactive and quick to blame; I train at LA Fitness and midriffs are on show all the time. If one is truly committed to fitness, it makes no difference because your focus is on working out. I am with Linda on this one-this is ridiculous. Unless, it says specifically NO MIDRIFF then Linda is warranted. By the way, Linda great body-keep it up!

  • craigbachler posted at 1:09 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    craigbachler Posts: 1

    My wife ran into the same issue at the same club about a year and a half ago. Funny part is when we signed up, she was wearing the same clothing that the employee approached her wiht. Wasn't an issue when they were collecting money, but became one a few weeks into membership. We quit and encourage others to find a different gym.

  • Youfit Health Clubs posted at 6:33 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Youfit Health Clubs Posts: 1

    @SarasotaReal We deeply apologize for any negative experience you may have had at our facilities. It is our policy that all members are consistently treated with respect by our staff and other members. Please be assured, your comments have been heard and will be investigated by appropriate members of our management team. We will be sure to address any similar issues in accordance with our policy. If you wish to offer any additional feedback, please contact us,

  • A CITIZEN posted at 7:45 pm on Mon, Mar 24, 2014.

    A CITIZEN Posts: 6

    Of course she's going to sue. Of course. If she was so worried about her character being defamed she wouldn't have trotted off to the media with her story and her fake sad face. Shameful.

  • SarasotaReal posted at 5:51 pm on Mon, Mar 24, 2014.

    SarasotaReal Posts: 2

    Not surprising. I had my membership revoked from YouFit after the assistant manager claimed I grunted during a lift. It was actually a man next to me that was grunting and not me. The assistant manager claimed he heard me 1/2 way across the gym. I explained he heard someone but not me, he refused to accept my explanation and terminated my membership and that of my female gym partner who came to my aid and also told him that I was not grunting.

    We also had problems at YouFit in the past. My female gym partner was wearing a tank top which they claimed was too reveling. They made her put a t-shirt over the tank top claiming she was violating their policy.

    We are now both members of Crunch. Have been so for over a year. No issues and no harassment by the staff. To us the people at YouFit have no idea how to run a gym. We would never be members there again.


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