Gym apologizes for “I Can’t Breathe” workout

(WTMJ) Anytime Fitness has issued an apology after someone at their Wauwatosa, Wisconsin location displayed a whiteboard with instructions for an “I Can’t Breathe” workout.

“I can’t breathe” were among the last words George Floyd spoke as he died on Memorial Day in police custody in Minneapolis. Since Floyd’s death, protests have taken place in large scale across the country in his honor. Many of those protesters have chanted “I can’t breathe” as well.

On Tuesday, a viral image began to circulate that showed a whiteboard describing the “I Can’t Breathe” workout, which involved things like rowing and burpees. After listing the tasks for the workout, the whiteboard read “…and don’t you dare lie down.”

The co-founders of Anytime Fitness are apologizing, alongside their brand president, in a statement released Wednesday.

In the statement, they said, “No matter the intent, we absolutely do not condone the words, illustrations, or actions this represents. To our employees, owners, and members, we are truly and profoundly sorry that this incident occurred.”

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