“Need to Stop This Nonsense”: Bodybuilding Icon Joey Swoll Bashes Gym Girl’s Bratty Behavior

Published 06/27/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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In the age of social media and viral videos, the line between personal space and public spectacle has become increasingly blurred. One recent incident in a gym captured the attention of fitness enthusiasts and social media users alike when popular fitness and bodybuilding influencer Joey Swoll found himself at odds after a woman expressed frustration about people walking in front of her camera on her social media. The clash of perspectives on gym etiquette raises important questions about privacy, respect, and the impact of social media on our daily lives.

As fellow gym-goers unknowingly obstructed the lady’s camera’s view, the woman voiced her frustration using her Instagram story. In response, Swoll took to social media to express his own frustration, calling out the woman and questioning her reaction on his Twitter account.

A frustrated Joey Swoll asked a gymgoer to do better


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Swoll’s comments quickly gained traction, sparking a lively online discussion about gym etiquette, respect, and the boundaries of social media in public spaces. Swoll argued in the video that the gym is a shared environment, and it is unreasonable to expect complete privacy or freedom from distractions.

“If you’re going to film at a gym that allows you to take videos, you need to do so responsibly with respect to other people. That means not getting upset if somebody walks through your camera and then posting it on social media,” Swoll stated. 


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While influencers and content creators need the freedom to document and share their fitness journeys, they must also be mindful of their surroundings and the impact their actions may have on fellow gym-goers.

Explaining this further, Swoll pointed out, “Influencers need to stop this nonsense acting as if they’re filming they’re taking a video is more important than everybody else in the gym that they need to stop it they’re doing just because you’re taking a video. I’m sorry, you don’t own the place.” 

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 “If you want to go to a gym, where nobody’s gonna walk by or you can act like you own the place, go to a private gym or build your own. Until then, you need to do better. Mind your own business,” concluded Joey.

What are your views about this? Do you believe influencers shall be banned from recording in the gyms, as many other people do at this point? Let us know in the comments.


Written by:

Sarthak Khanna


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