She Was Recovering from Body Dysmorphia and Finally Found a Gym She Felt Safe In, but When She Noticed Someone Filming, Things Quickly Escalated

A woman recently wrote to an online forum about a situation in her gym. She’d realized that a fitness influencer had captured her in the background, and the situation had spiraled out of control. Here’s her story.

Image issues

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The woman wrote, “I have recently joined a gym after searching for a long time. I am recovering from an eating disorder and severe body dysmorphia, so it took me a very long time to find a gym where I felt comfortable.”

Phone policy

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“This particular chain of gyms happens to have a ‘no filming’ rule, but it’s loosely enforced,” she added. “I’m very self-conscious and have not taken a photo of myself in years, and I feel particularly vulnerable while I’m working out.”

Machine issue

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The woman needed to use a machine. When she’d finished her reps, she realized that another lady had been filming beside her.

Polite request

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The woman waited for the lady to finish her set. Then, she approached her and asked if she wouldn’t mind deleting the video because she didn’t want to be in the background.

Saying no

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The lady showed her the video and tried to appease the woman by telling her she looked good. However, the woman disagreed and repeated her request to delete the video.

Feeling under-confident

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The woman told the lady that she didn’t feel good about the video. However, the lady opened her Instagram and explained to the woman that she was a fitness influencer and this was part of her job.

Nasty turn

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Then the lady tried to turn it onto the woman. She said that she had taken a long time to do these videos and that it wasn’t fair if she deleted them just because the woman didn’t like how she looked.

Anxiety spike

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The woman’s anxiety went into the red. She called over the gym manager and explained the situation. The gym manager told the lady to delete the videos.

Walking away

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Once she knew the video was deleted, the woman walked away. However, she saw the lady being asked to leave the gym entirely. The manager later contacted the woman and apologized for the bad experience.

Further research

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Later that day, the woman looked at the lady’s Instagram page. She saw a story detailing the experience of how the gym had canceled her membership for filming.

Was she in the right?

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The woman never intended to get the lady barred from the gym; she just didn’t want to be in her content. She wrote to an online forum to ask if calling over the manager was the right thing to do.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “You asked her kindly to delete the video. She escalated it by refusing. She was breaking the rules and got caught and banned. Congratulations on standing your ground. Her right to flaunt you all over the internet and make money off of you is nonexistent.”

While another commenter declared, “It’s against the gym’s policy and rules. Sucks she had to lose out on content, but that’s the risk of filming in a place you can’t film.”

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