TikTok has become a hub for those seeking fame and popularity, with a wide range of content finding a home on the short-video sharing platform. Fitness influencers have migrated to TikTok in droves over the past two years, with internet sensations like Liver King and bodybuilder Bradley Martyn using the app to their advantage. However, not all experiences on the app have been positive. In a recent video posted on TikTok, user Kylen Suttner shared her experience of being shamed by a fellow gym-goer for wearing an allegedly inappropriate outfit to the gym.
The incident has sparked a conversation about what is considered appropriate gym attire. Suttner’s video shows her wearing a sports bra and leggings, which she says is her usual gym outfit. In the video, a gym-goer can be heard telling Suttner that her outfit is too revealing and that her “boobs are hanging out.” Suttner responds by saying that she is comfortable in her outfit and that she will continue to wear what she wants to the gym.
The incident has divided opinion, with some arguing that Suttner’s outfit was inappropriate for a public gym, while others argue that she should be free to wear whatever she wants. The incident has also sparked a wider conversation about body shaming and the pressure that women face to conform to certain beauty standards.
Fitness influencer Joey Swoll has been a leading force in pushing back against toxic gym behavior on TikTok. He has criticized other TikTokers for making fun of others and encouraged them to create a safe space for everyone. Swoll has also called out other TikTokers for their poor gym etiquette, including refusing to share equipment and insulting others.
While TikTok has become a popular platform for fitness influencers, it has also been home to some negative content. Last year, a TikTok user went viral for wearing deceptive nude leggings that misled viewers into thinking she was not wearing any pants. The user later explained that she wore nude colors because she liked them, not to deceive anyone.
In September 2022, TikToker Zach Charlesworth of Montreal made headlines after he was tricked into competing in a bodybuilding competition without any preparation. Although he didn’t have a stage-ready physique, he received praise for going against the Men’s Physique contenders at the Montreal Summum Classic.
Despite the negative experiences, TikTok remains a popular platform for fitness influencers and enthusiasts. However, it is important to remember that everyone should be free to wear what they want to the gym without fear of being shamed or judged. As the conversation around body shaming and toxic gym behavior continues, it is up to all of us to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone at the gym.