People call for women-only gyms after influencer claims man took photo of her working out

A female fitness influencer has shared the moment a male gym-goer appears to take a photo of her while working out – leading to people online calling for “women-only gyms”.

Last week, TikTok user @juliaapic shared a video with her 246,000+ followers that showed what she believes was an inappropriate incident at her gym.

A man behind her – wearing a grey sweatshirt and a face mask – can then be seen positioning himself behind Julia and squatting down with his phone in his hands. After a brief moment of having his phone camera pointed at Julia, the man stands up, casually walks away, and starts to talk to his friend.

The video has since amassed over 15.4 million views on the social media platform, and despite Julia saying that the man denied ever taking a photo of her, other social media users were in agreement that he did:

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Credit: TikTok

Credit: TikTok

Additionally, many people in the comments sections are now calling for women-only gyms:

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Credit: TikTok

Credit: TikTok

Credit: TikTok

Other TikTokers revealed that experiences like Julia’s are the exact reason they have chosen not to become a member of any gyms:

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Credit: TikTok

One user even commented: “And this is why I don’t go to the gym anymore! I’ve had too many uncomfortable experiences!”

Two days later, Julia posted a video update replying to many comments from the original post that told her to inform the gym’s management.

 

In the update, Julia explains that she did tell staff after she spotted the same guy “eye up the girl on the machine” next to her.

According to Julia, staff then apparently confronted the man, who then “got mad” and stormed out. She claims that staff also made a note on his account.

After posting the original video on Instagram, Julia also says that the guy in the video found her account and started messaging her denying that he took a photo, as well as saying some “rude things”.

Julia adds that she hasn’t been back to the gym since the incident occurred.