ONE personal trainer is being praised after sharing the moment she told a “scary” man who was staring at her while she worked out.
“This creepy old man at the gym keeps coming and staring at me,” Heidi captioned the video. In the clip, she can be seen working out when a man in a blue shirt walks over and sits down on a nearby exercise equipment.
According to Heidi, she informed her husband that the man was upset with her, at which point her husband was standing next to her. However, she later notes in the video that, even as her husband passed, the man “CONTINUED to stare”.
“I decided to stop working out and look back,” Heidi continued, with TikTok showing the moment she pauses her workout, turns around, and resumes looking at the man.
Heidi then noted that she “thought he got the picture,” and continued with her photo shoot, before “getting bored” and deciding to speak to the man.
While the conversation between Heidi and the man was not captured on video, the personal trainer said she told him “if he’s going to exercise in this corner, he needs to stop staring.” and make me uncomfortable.”
According to Heidi, the man initially denied that he was staring at her and claimed that he was just “looking around”.
“I then told him that I record my workouts and that I have him on film. He shut up really fast,” Heidi concluded, adding in the caption: “Don’t sit there and tell me you’re not doing something when I have proof. ”
TikTok, which has been viewed more than 17.3 million times, drew a large amount of supportive comments from viewers, with many applauding Heidi for standing up for herself.
“Normalize yelling at creeps in public,” one person commented.
Another said: “Staring back is so powerful. I’m so sorry that happened to you. ”
“Why would men assume that if we’re in public, they’re allowed to stare at us like this? We don’t exist for you to fantasize about,” another added.
Others defended Heidi from viewers blaming her for the interaction, with one viewer noting: “All the men say it’s your fault. That attitude is the problem.”
The Independent Has reached out to Heidi for comment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/personal-trainer-tiktok-staring-heidi-aragon-b1970787.html Personal trainer shares moment she came face to face with ‘scary’ man at the gym for staring: ‘I have proof’