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Planet Fitness Kicks Out Transphobic Gym Member For Trolling Transwoman

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Planet Fitness bills itself as being a “Judgement Free Zone” in its ad-spots and in a stunning move the mega-chain has put its money where its mouth is. Yvette Cormier of Midland, Michigan was deeply troubled in late February when entering the women’s locker room of her local Planet Fitness. According to Cormier, she couldn’t use the locker room because it was being used by a transwoman.

"I was blocked, because a man was standing there," Cormier told MLive, a Michigan news outlet. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?"

When Cormier brought the transwoman’s presence to Planet Fitness personnel, they informed her that the she identified as a woman and thus was more than welcome to use the womens’ locker room. Cormier, determined to raise alarm, took it upon herself to inform other female gym members that a transwoman had been given equal access to the gym’s female facilities.

Cormier further escalated matters by contacting Planet Fitness’s corporate offices with her complaint, but it was here that she was firmly shut down. Given the gym’s no judgement policy, a representative explained to her, they would never ask the transwoman to stop using the locker rooms. When asked if she would stop harassing the transwoman, Cormier asserted that she would continue to make noise until something was done about the matter. Then Planet Fitness canceled her membership.

"Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members,” said Planet Fitness PR director McCall Gosselin. “Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”

Gosselin continued:

“The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled."


Where to Go to the Gym and Bike in Miami Right Now: Gay Travel

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NEED TO GET A PUMP?

Work out at Crunch, Equinox, or L.A. Fitness on South Beach. David Barton has a location in downtown Miami but it is in dire need of a renovation. For a hardcore workout head over to Barry's Bootcamp in Sunset Harbor. Anatomy at 1220 just opened in Sunset Harbor as well.

Where is the best place to work out that won't cost an arm and a leg (because you'll need them)?

Readers suggest using the balancing and upper body equipment at Lummus Park (above) at Ocean Drive and 8th Street, a weekly pass for L.A. fitness, going for a jog or renting a bike,

DecoBike is Miami and Miami Beach's Bike Sharing & Rental program. There are two ways to utilize the DecoBike program, either as a Bike Share Membership or an Hourly Rental. More info here.

Miami Critical Mass is a cycling event held on the last Friday of every month. It's an informal gathering in which a large group of people meet at a set location and travel en masse through the streets of Miami. More info here.

Here is also a handy list of bike shops.

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Sneak Peek: Charley is Pumped for His Date on 'Friends to Lovers' Finale — VIDEO

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Tonight is the two-hour season finale of Friends to Lovers, Bravo's show about sets of friends, straight and gay, who decide to take their relationships to the next level.

Those of you who have been following the show are familiar with Charley and Darion, whose decision to try and become more intimate has been a bit rocky, to say the least.

The folks at Bravo sent over this sneak peek exclusively for Towleroad which features celeb trainer Seth Gottesdiener, who Charley tells us is currently in Europe helping Adam Lambert keep in shape for his gigs with Queen.

In the clip, Seth arrives to help Charley prepare for his date that evening with Darion by taking him through a "party pump" which gets "everything kind of perfectly....plump," according to Charley. Of course, Charley should know that if Darion really loves him, he'll love him for who he is!

Viewers will find out tonight at 10:30, but you can watch him prep for the finish,
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Ultimate Workout Fails Compilation: VIDEO

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The title pretty much says it all: these are men and women failing so hard that even the most sedentary couch potato would have to gawk and ask, "Do you even lift?"

Grab a protein shake and watch the tragedy AFTER THE JUMP...

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Phoenix Effect Offers 5 Calorie-Burning Thanksgiving Exercises: VIDEO

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As our annual celebration of turkey and touchdowns draws near the online trainers of Phoenix Effect Joel Harrison and CJ Brenton present to you five intense exercises that are guaranteed to make you feel the burn in your core...possibly just from, co-watching.

I've been an ardent gym-goer at 3-5 workouts per week for the past 3 or 4 years, so I would argue that I'm in really good shape, but just watching these two in action with the acrobatic exercises they chose is enough to make me head back to the dinner table for a second helping of "Nope!"

You can get the workout tips served with a double-side of beef, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Extreme Fitness Can Be Bad for Your Health (and Completely Humiliating): VIDEO

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Competitive weight lifting, makeshift gymnastics and high-jump exercises could leave you in a world of pain. Let these epic Crossfit fails serve as a warning to take it easy at the gym — your necks, knees and lower backs will thank you for it. Or just stay away from Crossfit.

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