Woman dragged to interrupt her training to film at the gym

Members of a popular internet forum were quick to defend a gym-goer for his “mean-spirited” response to a woman’s request to stop working out so she could film a video.

In a viral Reddit thread posted to r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Striking-Stick-2355 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said they were mid-squat when a woman slapped them on the shoulder and asked them to stop their exercise because she wanted to film at their exact location.

Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for not stopping my training for someone to make a video?” the post received nearly 10,000 votes and 1,000 comments in the past nine hours.

Beginning with the explanation that “a lot of people want to record their exercises to post on social media”, the original poster stated that gym-goers were free to film themselves, but ensured that they went to the gym to “s ‘train and go home’.

However, during a recent workout, the original poster said he was confronted by another gym-goer who made a pretentious request.

“I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder mid-squat, and only then did I notice a woman with a very annoyed expression,” OP wrote. “She barely let me finish the move to start speaking, which was muffled because of [my] listeners.”

“Long story short, she was annoyed because I was training in the Smith machine because she wanted to record herself doing regular squats,” OP continued. “She said the best place was in front of that forge…and she didn’t want me [in] the frame, so she wanted me to stop my show so she could record.”

Noting that they’ve responded to similar requests in the past, the original poster said they would usually oblige, but cited the woman’s cheeky behavior as the perfect reason not to.

“If someone comes up to me with a great attitude and asks if I can stop by for a set or two…i absolutely wouldn’t mind,” OP wrote. “This woman did no such thing, being extremely arrogant and honestly, extremely annoying.”

“So, I was petty and told him to record when I was done, and continued doing all the exercises I could on the same blacksmith machine,” OP continued. “It was petty, and I know I shouldn’t have done it. But I felt very vindicated.”

Workout videos, whether at home or in the gym, have exploded in popularity over the past half-decade.

From pro trainers teaching proper exercise form to gym newbies tracking their fitness progress, the idea of ​​setting up a camera and capturing an entire workout for social media has been fully normalized.

But as specific platforms for sharing workout videos, like TikTok’s #gymtok, which has over 63 billion views, continue to grow, the practice of filming indoors has sparked much controversy.

Last year, Newsweek reported on numerous viral videos showing myriad tense interactions at the gym caused by stolen Apple AirPods, heated arguments over proper gym etiquette, and numerous examples of unwanted and scary interactions initiated by men attempting to help or correct women with mid-workout interventions.

Reddit forum members r/AmITheA**hole have defended a gym goer who said he was interrupted in the middle of a squat by a woman who wanted to film a video of them working out.
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While filming workout videos can have both positive and uplifting impacts on those filming, as well as those watching, Redditors responding to the viral Reddit post defended the original poster and called out the woman who interrupted their training for acting so rudely.

“[Not the a**hole]“, wrote Redditor u/Any_Cantaloupe_613 in the main comment of the post, which received more than 14,000 votes. “Who the hell interrupts someone in the middle of a squat?”

“Seriously! Hitting someone mid-squat could easily seriously injure someone,” added Redditor u/boogley88, receiving over 4,000 votes.

Redditor u/okayish_22, whose comment received nearly 1,000 votes, offered a similar response but exclaimed at the woman’s behavior after she interrupted the original poster’s squat game.

“Not only was it extremely dangerous for her to touch you while you were in the middle of a squat, but the extreme right that followed sent her just over the edge,” they wrote. “Honestly, you were mean. But in this case? It was justified. You don’t owe him the “right place” for the shoot.

” If she wants [record]she has to wait until she gets the right opportunity,” added Redditor u/Fun-Two-1414. “She shouldn’t expect others to stop what they’re doing so they can keep up with her own way.”

Newsweek contacted u/Striking-Stick-2355 for comment.


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