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To One Man, Gym’s ‘No Judgment’ Policy Meant No Clothes at All

Visitor to a Planet Fitness, challenging the company's famous tagline, rattled other members who were trying to exercise

Image Credit: Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is famous for its “judgment free zone,” a phrase that appears prominently on its marketing materials and on the walls of its gym locations nationwide.

The gym franchises are also known for their acceptance of transgender members who choose the locker rooms of their choice, saying in a 2015 statement, in part, of their policy, “Our gender identity nondiscrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity.”

One gym member in Midland, Michigan, Yvette Cormier, even sued her local Planet Fitness when her membership was revoked in March of 2015. That happened after she complained about a transgender member who was changing in the female locker room and told other members of her experience. She lost her case.

So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one man tested the boundaries of the “judgement free zone” when he sauntered into a Plaistow, New Hampshire, Planet Fitness — and began to work out in the nude.

Eric M. Stagno, 34, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was doing a nude yoga pose when he was arrested by police last Sunday and charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct.

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Stagno reportedly told police he thought Planet Fitness was a “judgement free zone,” USA Today reported.

“The story we got from witnesses was that the guy walked in, stripped down right there in front, left the clothes and belongings at the front desk, walked back and forth across the gym a couple of times and then settled in over at the yoga mats,” Plaistow Police Capt. Brett Morgan told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Judgment isn’t always a bad thing; but gym members were a little rattled by the naked yoga man (see their comments in the video above).

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