A woman has gone viral after posting a video praising a man for not checking her out as she does squats in the gym – and, as usual, the internet has split opinions about it.
In the clip, TikTok user Libby Christensen (@libbychristensen) is filming herself hack squatting, and a man is seen sitting on a bench behind her in the corner of the video. He stares at the floor before laying back to continue his workout.
“I just need to shout out this man who was behind me while I was hack squatting,” Christensen wrote in the video. “I was so uncomfy that I was being stared down but very thankful that my booty was not his focus. Watched this back and felt at ease.”
“Ty for your service kind sir,” she captioned the post, which has racked up more than 4.5 million views at the time of writing, and has more than 443,000 likes and almost 10,000 comments.
Many focused on praising the man, with an emphasis that they, too, try to be as respectful as possible to other people at the gym. “Most dudes are like this,” one person said. “This is our special moment to appreciate the nice flooring.”
“I think there’s more guys doing everything they can to make sure it’s very clear they’re not staring at women in the gym,” another person commented. “When I’m in this position at the gym I have to move in fear of the woman thinking I’m a creep. The uncomfortable feeling goes both ways sometimes,” another user said.
Despite the well-meaning intention behind the vide0 – there's no shortage of footage documenting creepy blokes at the gym, after all – not everyone was on board. Some suggested Christensen should spend more time worrying about her workout than her fellow gym-goers, while others criticised her for filming the man without him knowing.
“Maybe just focus on your mind muscle connection instead of what everyone else is doing and you might make gainz,” one wrote. “What about making others feel uncomfortable because you just have to record what you’re doing there,” another added. “What if he doesn’t want to be on someone’s video?
Some commenters also criticised Christensen's outfit choice, suggesting she shouldn't wear tight clothing to workout in. So, in a follow-up video posted the next day, Christensen responded to one such comment, which said: “OR wear something not so revealing.”
“Posts a harmless TikTok about valid feelings about being a woman in the gym then waking up to see that it got into the wrong hands & there’s people spewing violence in the comments attacking me & each other,” she wrote.
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