With gyms and fitness centers a hot spot for viral social media trends, Joey Swoll has been a busy man. In his latest attempt to correct poor gym etiquette, Swoll took issue with a woman who shamed a gym-goer for failing to keep up with her pace on the Stairmaster machine.
Over the last few years, Joey Swoll has become popular in the fitness sector for his continued fight against what he calls ‘toxic gym culture.’ Swoll makes it his top priority to defend people who have become the victim of ruthless attacks, whether it be online or in-person. Ultimately, Swoll wants to see gyms turn into more welcoming places.
Even bodybuilders have begun to encounter issues at the gym. NPC bodybuilder Charly Young was unfortunately involved in a strange mix-up recently. While posing shirtless in front of a mirror, a man started fighting with Charly. While Young’s gym allowed for posing, some don’t. Regardless, Young handled the moment of aggression with class. Swoll later commended his mature behavior.
This is far from Swoll’s first video taking a shot at someone recording at the gym. One of the last times fans heard from Joey, he stressed that public gyms aren’t private studios for influencers. Moreover, he said recording at the gym shouldn’t be a concern for everyone there aiming to work out.
Joey Swoll to Woman Mocking Slower Gym-Goer: ‘She’s Trying to Better Herself, Take a Page Out of Her Book’
Swoll believes recording people without their permission is never acceptable. In the Instagram video, the lady was attempting to market a caffeine product, but Swoll said she went about it disrespectfully.
“So you want to film that woman to post on social media to shame her, to make fun of the way she works out all for what? For some likes and attention? To act as if you’re better than her and you’re working harder all because you’re going faster. And to sell a product? Really? You’re a grown woman at the gym and you don’t know better than to treat people this way?
And I checked Caffeine Army USA’s page, I’m pretty sure this isn’t the message they want to put out there to sell their product. You know, I’m a pretty fit person but I have a bad knee. I guarantee there are days where that woman you’re filming would smoke me on stairs. Maybe she has a bad knee, it doesn’t matter.
All that matters is she’s in the gym working hard trying to better herself, you know, you could take a page out of her book,” said Joey Swoll.
This wasn’t the first time an influencer fell into Joey’s crosshairs as a result of a rude gym encounter. Back in Feb., Swoll called out a TikTok influencer after she mocked an elderly man performing strikes on a heavy bag at his local gym. Again, Swoll highlighted that people online need to stop recording others unjustly for likes and attention.
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Given that people exercise at gyms for a variety of reasons, Swoll hopes his latest subject changes her ways. Many lifters and gym-goers experience injuries, which can obviously affect the way in which a workout is performed. In the months to come, Swoll aims to continue fighting against poor gym etiquette as his movement has gained traction. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken notice of Swoll’s efforts lately.