The owners of a North Carolina CrossFit gym is being criticized for posting videos of womanlike members’ butts with intimately revealing captions.
Blue Ridge CrossFit owners Tom Tomlo took videos of several female members as they were tortuous over during their workouts, after posting them to a gym’s Instagram Story with a captions “Dayum” and “#humpday.”
One member saw a images final Friday and common them on a gym’s Facebook page in outrage, writing, “This is not okay.” The post and a gym’s Facebook page fast filled with indignant comments and reviews, that stirred Tomlo to respond with an expletive-filled post demonishing people for job him out publicly.
“It has been brought to my courtesy that some people chose to get boundary harm currently and make a open post in this group,” he wrote. “You contingency have mislaid your f—— mind if your one impulse we consider this is a height or village for we to emanate some bulls— like that.”
PEOPLE has reached out to Blue Ridge CrossFit for comment.
Several members pronounced they have given quit after saying Tomlo’s post, including Dalton Buchanan, who had been a member for 3 years.
“I know that a lot of people have left during this point. A lot of a coaches have left, since they only don’t wish to be compared with that mindset,” Buchanan told WLOS.
Amanda Turlington, who was a lead membership director during a gym and one of a women in a videos, says she quit after she and other staff members asked Tomlo to take a videos down. She adds that she was not wakeful that he was filming them.
“Over half of a team, a staff, had reached out to him. ‘Tom, we don’t feel gentle with this, it isn’t OK.’ And he wouldn’t hear any of it,” Turlington told WLOS. “He was really defensive.”
In an talk with WLOS, Tomlo says that a videos were misconstrued, and he doesn’t apologize for posting them — though he wishes he had some-more control over a narrative.
“We do cinema of guys’ butts around here, we have an spontaneous amatory family and it’s not a disastrous thing,” he said. “We were carrying fun. We were videoing, articulate about booties that day.”
“I can’t control a approach this is being portrayed, and I’m sentimental for it. Someone took offense to it. They took a design of it and put it in a way, we can see how it would be misunderstood.”
Tomlo told the Citizen Times that a occurrence has harm his business.
“We might be shutting this business now since of a fake narrative,” he said.
Turlington pronounced that a gym environment was not one that she wanted to be a partial of.
“We come to a gym to work out and to be surrounded by people we caring about and they caring about a success,” Turlington said. “I don’t come to a gym to be sexualized. we don’t come to a gym to have my physique on display.”