Joey Swoll is back once again in an effort to correct ‘toxic gym culture.’ This time, Swoll took to Twitter to call out a man who blatantly ignored gym rules and worked out without a shirt after a staff member politely asked him to wear one.
Influencer Joey Swoll is a well-known figure in the fitness industry who has been challenging ‘toxic gym culture’ or what people commonly refer to as poor gym etiquette. He stands up for people who face cruel attacks, harassment, and bullying. His ultimate goal is to make gyms and fitness centers more inclusive and supportive spaces.
These hostile gym encounters are all too common nowadays and with the prevalence of social media, they are often caught on camera, making Swoll a busy man. The last time Swoll got involved, he fired shots at a woman using the Stairmaster who gloated about moving faster than the person next to her. Swoll took it upon himself to defend the other gym-goer. Despite her pace, she was at the gym trying to better herself, which is something Swoll believes should never be looked down on.
In his latest video stitch, Swoll took issue with a man who broke his gym’s rules by working out without a shirt. After he was confronted by gym staff, he complied. However, as soon as she left, he took his shirt back off and continued on the treadmill. The man in the video mentioned that he was told to put a shirt on because he was making others feel insecure but Swoll isn’t buying his story.
“Respect the Rules of the Gym & Staff When They Enforce Them” Joey Swoll Unloads on Disrespectful Gym-Goer
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“Respect the rules of the gym and staff when they enforce them. If you can’t, STAY HOME.” Joey Swoll shared.
Respect the rules of the gym and staff when they enforce them. If you can’t, STAY HOME. pic.twitter.com/xk1MMZ1AXA
— Joey Swoll (@TheJoeySwoll) July 31, 2023
Swoll doesn’t believe the man was told by gym staff that he was making others feel insecure. Despite the gym staffer’s courteous warning, Swoll underlined that the man still arrogantly disobeyed the rules.
“You know I’m not the best lip reader, but I’ll bet that she didn’t tell you to put your shirt on because you make other people feel insecure. There’s literally nobody even looking at you in this video. She told you to put your shirt on because those are the rules of the gym. Everybody has to wear a shirt, including you. And she told you because she’s an employee of the gym, she works there, she’s enforcing the rules, that’s her job.
And she’s very nice about it. She’s respectful, she tells you, she smiles, and she walks away. And what do you do? You take your shirt off anyway. You act like you’re better than everybody else just to make this video so you can get some likes and attention on social media. Really? I’m sorry. You don’t own the gym. If you can’t respect staff, if you can’t respect the rules of the gym, stay home or build your own. Until then, you need to do better. Mind your own business,” Swoll shared.
Even though Swoll has worked hard to make gyms more welcoming, he continues to encounter problem after problem. Earlier this month, Swoll contacted Planet Fitness after multiple men in a locker room harassed and bullied a special needs person.
Swoll hasn’t let up on his goal to make gyms better for everyone. Former seven-time Mr. Olympia and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger took notice of his movement and extended his support for Swoll’s mission. Given how often these unfortunate situations arise, Swoll hopes to see more people respect the rules and staff present at gyms in the future.