Man kicked out of Novi gym for wearing tiny speedo: Is that sexist?

CREATED Jan 15, 2014

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(WJBK) - Brad Cieslowski, a 29-year-old body builder, was kicked out of the Novi Lifetime Fitness Saturday for wearing a swimsuit referred to as 'inappropriate.' 

He says that was sexist. 

"The lifeguard comes up to me and he says, 'You need to change into something more appropriate, that is not appropriate,'" Cieslowski says. He was wearing what he says is a "square-cut speedo," and "[the lifeguard was] talking about the bulge. That's usually people's problem with the speedo, is the bulge," he says. 

Cieslowski says he has worn the speedo at the gym before and no one ever said anything about it, but apparently several gym-goers complained to staff members Saturday night. 

"He says, 'We can all see it.' And I said, 'Well then stop staring. No one's making you look at it,'" says Cieslowski. He says when he stood his ground and defended himself the employee threatened to call the police, so Cieslowski left. 

"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 nothing to the imagination but their skin color. ... I'm not allowed to be myself and wear what I want to wear and it's ridiculous, and it's incredibly sexist," he believes.

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 says he was not aware of the two-layer rule prior to the incident, and says he will comply. He also says he feels better now after talking with the general manager, who he says apologized for how the situation was handled.