Going to the gym in Ghana as a woman: Lady shares horrifying experience at Pulse Fitness

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A lady who’s identity has not been made public, has shared her horrifying experience at one of Ghana’s popular gyms, Pulse Fitness.

According to the lady, she was touched inappropriately by a male instructor when she didn’t even request for one, and when she tried to tell him she didn’t need his advice, she was verbally and physically abused by some other men in the gym.

Read her full post below:

“Going to the gym as a woman in Accra can be a life threatening experience. That is not a joke or an exaggeration. I was at @pulsefitnessghana at lizzy sports complex around 8pm when a male instructor approached me and started telling me how to use the machine and rushing me when I did not pay for any personal training or unsolicited advice. He also touched me several times which I told him to stop doing. Several men were watching and a few made comments like I should be more respectful and not talk back. After I told them I did not need their advice they started shouting insults, swear words, and more unsolicited touching from a couple of other men who were surrounding me. I was also told that I shouldn’t bring my feminist things to Ghana and that I was intimidating all the men in the gym. Two men tried to hit me and threatened to beat me up because I was talking back. At some point there were about 10 men (pictured in the next slide) being aggressive with me. Everyone else in the gym (majority men) just watched , laughed or told me to calm down. The staff were even watching this on the cctv before anyone tried to intervene. What was most disappointing is that the women staff at @pulsefitnessghanalaughed, did nothing to protect me and accused me of arguing with the men first. One even apologised to one of the men instead of me This all started simply because I did not engage with an instructor and for being uncomfortable when he touched me. I have filed a police report at the station and will be following up tomorrow. I’ve now seen for myself how it is for women to file police reports. I always knew it was a hard process but going through it myself I had to tell the story about four times including writing it down. Thank God I had my brothers, @womaninja and my mother at the police station with me. I know not everyone filing a difficult report has that kind of support which breaks my heart. It is so hard doing things alone as a woman in the country and even at the gym the men were in my face asking about if ‘I had a boyfriend’. @pulsefitnessghana ‘s staff is very very disappointing and a disgusting place.”

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Going to the gym as a woman in Accra can be a life threatening experience. That is not a joke or an exaggeration. I was at @pulsefitnessghana at lizzy sports complex around 8pm when a male instructor approached me and started telling me how to use the machine and rushing me when I did not pay for any personal training or unsolicited advice. He also touched me several times which I told him to stop doing. Several men were watching and a few made comments like I should be more respectful and not talk back. After I told them I did not need their advice they started shouting insults, swear words, and more unsolicited touching from a couple of other men who were surrounding me. I was also told that I shouldn’t bring my feminist things to Ghana and that I was intimidating all the men in the gym. Two men tried to hit me and threatened to beat me up because I was talking back. At some point there were about 10 men (pictured in the next slide) being aggressive with me. Everyone else in the gym (majority men) just watched , laughed or told me to calm down. The staff were even watching this on the cctv before anyone tried to intervene. What was most disappointing is that the women staff at @pulsefitnessghana laughed, did nothing to protect me and accused me of arguing with the men first. One even apologised to one of the men instead of me This all started simply because I did not engage with an instructor and for being uncomfortable when he touched me. I have filed a police report at the station and will be following up tomorrow. I’ve now seen for myself how it is for women to file police reports. I always knew it was a hard process but going through it myself I had to tell the story about four times including writing it down. Thank God I had my brothers, @womaninja and my mother at the police station with me. I know not everyone filing a difficult report has that kind of support which breaks my heart. It is so hard doing things alone as a woman in the country and even at the gym the men were in my face asking about if ‘I had a boyfriend’. @pulsefitnessghana ‘s staff is very very disappointing and a disgusting place

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