Brad Cieslowski doesn’t mince words when describing his physique.
“I think I look good, yeah,” he told WJBK-TV in Southfield, Mich.
The 29-year-old doesn’t have a problem showing off his body in public, either — which seems to have led to a cringe-worthy kerfuffle with his fitness club.
Cieslowski had just completed a three-hour workout last Saturday at Lifetime Fitness in Novi, Mich., which is about a half hour northwest of Detroit, then decided to relax in the club’s hot tub.
But it wasn’t long before a lifeguard approached Cieslowski and told him he needed to “change into something more appropriate; that is not appropriate,” he recalled.
That, Cieslowski said, referred to his “square-cut speedo” suit, he explained to WJBK, as well as “the bulge. That’s usually people’s problem with the speedo, is the bulge.”
Cieslowski said he’s worn the speedo at the gym previously without incident, but this time some fellow gym-goers apparently complained to staffers, who then told Cieslowski to cease and desist.
“He says, ‘We can all see it.’ And I said, ‘Well then stop staring. No one’s making you look at it,’” Cieslowski told WJBK.
But when the staffer threatened to call police, Cieslowski reluctantly complied, adding that it turned into a scene in which he was “embarrassed” and “publicly humiliated” and “discriminated against.”
His short-form stance? “Screw what everybody else thinks,” he told WJBK.
“I can say the same thing about all the women around this pool in their bikinis and their one-pieces, showing off every nook and cranny of their body leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination but their skin color,” he told WJBK.
“I’m not allowed to be myself and wear what I want to wear and it’s ridiculous, and it’s incredibly sexist.”
Lifetime Fitness released this statement in response to the situation: “We acknowledge there are various types of swim attire…however we have a two-layer house code. In this instance, multiple members registered concerns rooted in discomfort and as a result the decision was reached to ask the member to leave the pool area.”
Cieslowski said he wasn’t aware of the two-layer rule before the incident, adding that he’ll comply. He noted, too, that he spoke to the gym’s general manager, who Cieslowski said apologized for how the situation was handled.
What do you think? Sexist move by the gym…or appropriate action?