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Teen Told to Cover Up ‘Revealing’ Top Offered Lifetime Membership at Competing Gym

A Clinton Township gym has offered Allison Roth, who works out daily to train for lacrosse, a lifetime membership after another gym said her tank top was making other gym members uncomfortable.

Wearing the tank top some members of the Planet Fitness gym in Waterford Township said made other members uncomfortable, Allison Roth is interviewed by WJBK's Andrea Isom. (Screenshot: WJBK video)
Wearing the tank top some members of the Planet Fitness gym in Waterford Township said made other members uncomfortable, Allison Roth is interviewed by WJBK's Andrea Isom. (Screenshot: WJBK video)

A Michigan teen who was told that her tank top was making others working out at a Planet Fitness gym uncomfortable has an open invitation to join the Powerhouse Gym in Clinton Township.

Planet Fitness, which is near Allison Roth’s home in Waterford Township, advertises itself as a “judgement free zone.” So the 17-year-old was surprised when she was told to cover up her tank top, which provided enough coverage that it passed the “mom” test, or leave, WJBK, the FOX affiliate in Detroit, reports. Roth’s grandmother even bought the shirt, her mom said.

Roth not only left, she cancelled her membership.

The story caused quite a dustup for the gym, generating nearly 1,750 comments on the television station’s Facebook page.

Now, Powerhouse Gym owner Michael Bloomquist has offered Roth a lifetime membership allowing her to use the gym any time she wants.

“I truly believe in a judgment-free zone when you work out,” Bloomquist told the television station. “I don’t care if you’re 80 years old or 17 years old. You should be able to wear what you want and enjoy what you’re doing and reap the benefits of health and fitness.”

In an earlier story, Roth explained to FOX’s Andrea Isom that when she and her mother bought a membership to the gym, where she works out every day to train for lacrosse, and no one mentioned a dress code.

Some of the gym members Isom interviewed confirmed the dress code that prohibited wearing too much skin, while others said it was news to them.

Planet Fitness issued a corporate statement saying that individual franchisees who own and operate local gyms. “We have been made aware of this incident and we are looking into the situation,” the company said.

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Jay Guaresimo April 04, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I believe that the establishment has made it pretty clear in their ads that there should be no "gymtimination", so people who use their facilities can feel comfortable, without feeling bad that they may not be "bikini or runway ready". Personally, if I were a member, I would rather see no bare middrifts, breasts barely covered by bikini tops or butt cheeks peeking out of the bottoms of short-shorts. If the teen in question was told that she was violating their dress code, then she should wear attire that conforms with the dress code. It is a private establishment, aftre all.
birminghammarge.blogspot.com April 04, 2014 at 06:40 PM
If what she is wearing in the picture, what better to wear than in a gym. Lighten up folks!
LaTeff Dawn April 05, 2014 at 03:06 AM
I Am A Member Of Planet Fitness And They Do Not Have A Dress Code What This Young Lady Is Wearing Is Appropriate Attire For The Gym This Incident Has Confirmed My Decision To Cancel My Membership Among Other Issues That I Have With Planet Fitness. I Miss Bally Total Fitness
Sean Rosekrans April 05, 2014 at 07:45 AM
If the pic is what she was wearing the gym is out of line.

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