Woman praised for confronting a man who had been ‘harassing’ her at the gym

A woman has revealed how she dealt with a man who she said was “harassing” her at the gym.

Chelsie Gleason was recording her workout at the gym when a man approached her and began talking to her.

When Chelsie, who is wearing headphones, ignores him, he begins to walk off.

But then he turns back to her and points in her direction.

When he gets close to her, she quickly moves away and shouts: “Don’t come near me,” causing him to hurry away.

She shared the story on her TikTok account, @justchesslee, which she captioned: “Being a female is fun.”

The video quickly went viral and was has been viewed more than 35 million times.

Since being posted, it has amassed almost six million likes and 51,000 comments from people who urged her to tell a member of staff, and from others who praised her for standing up to him.

One person said: “Notice how fast he walked away when you brought attention to the situation he knew he was in the wrong.”

Another wrote: “Retired personal trainer here, please show this video to the staff! Trust me they do NOT want this at their gym.”

“And people question why I go to a women’s gym,” said a third.

While someone else put: “Girl in the back was ready.”

She later updated her followers in another video where she revealed that the man had been banned from the gym, Crunch Fitness.

She said: “When I first had an interaction with this guy, he was, he seemed like just a random nice guy that would come up and talk to people in the gym.

“After weeks and weeks and weeks of weeks of this happening, you know, it started getting a little weird. Like, why is he approaching me, I’ve already told him, you know, leave me alone. I don’t really need your help. I don’t really want your advice. I’m not asking you for anything. Just kind of leave me alone.

“So, me and my friends started noticing his weird behaviour, he would go up to random people and talk about weird conspiracy stuff, you know, black vans following him, you know, people’s personalities being changed.”

Speaking about the moment he approached her, she went on: “When he turned around, he called me a f*g traitor, which, you know, he’s called me before, so I didn’t think anything of it, honestly, at that point.

“Staff is well aware, we’re all watching him. We’re not really doing too much, because he’s just, it’s all verbal. And it’s nothing threatening, really, until about a couple of weeks ago.

“So a couple of weeks ago, we had a really horrible interaction with him. I was with some of my girlfriends working out and he came up to us and I was just like, dude, just fk off. Leave us alone. We don’t want to talk to you. I don’t want to talk to you. I’ve told you before just fk off.

“And he called me crazy, called me a b***h, literally got all defensive. He would follow me around areas of the gym, just make weird comments to me harass me, and a lot of my gym brothers, they would have my back, they made sure that I got to my car safely.”

In a second TikTok, she said: “Everybody who goes [to the gym] at the time I go is pretty close. So I had a lot of gym bros walk me up to my car, I’m really comfortable with them.

“The nighttime staff, I’m pretty cool with you know, they’ll walk me to my car if nobody else can, and make sure I get there safely and make sure I’m okay.

“Finally, after this video blew up, we got his name, we got ahold of him. He’s banned. He can’t come back.

“When I got to the gym last night, they informed me that he tried to come back and the police were called and he was arrested. And they found he already had a warrant out for stalking another girl.

“So but there you go, that’s pretty much it. He’s in jail. Now he’s kicked out. He’s banned, everybody safe.”