Malvern woman asked to leave gym after treadmill dancing

Karen Lowen

Karen Lowen

First published in Tewkesbury by

A MALVERN woman has spoken of her shock at being asked by gym staff to stop dancing on a treadmill.

Self-employed tax accountant Karen Lowen from Ash Close visited the gym at Malvern Splash in Priory Road on Friday, March 28 and got on the treadmill as normal.

But when she began to perform some dance moves as she had been doing for some time she was approached by a member of staff who asked her to stop.

“I was told I wasn’t walking or running in a prescribed manner,” she said.

“I was shocked – I said I wasn’t doing anything that put me or anyone else at risk but they wouldn’t listen.

“They said I could use the dance studio if I wanted but when I asked them if there would be a treadmill in there they said no.”

Treadmill dancing is a method of exercise becoming increasingly popular in America but largely unknown in the UK. Although some people turn around and face the opposite direction while performing the workout, Mrs Lowen – who paid £33 a month for her membership – said the most she had ever done was turn sideways.

“It’s really just a combination of walking and running,” she said.

“The riskiest I’ve ever done is to go sideways, I’ve never turned fully around.

“I’m not really a gym person – I was told by my doctor to start exercising because I’ve got thyroid problems and this was what kept me coming back. “I’m really quite shocked that anyone could find me a risk in any way.”

A spokesman from management company Everyone Active said: “The primary concern for Everyone Active is the safety of our customers whilst they are using our facilities.

“In this particular instance we felt that the manoeuvre being performed by Mrs Lowen on the treadmill was putting her at risk of injury so we offered her alternative space in which to perform her activities. “After declining this offer we had no choice but to ask Mrs Lowen to stop engaging in this activity whilst on the treadmill. “We always try to accommodate the different activities that our members want to perform in our leisure centre but feel that, on this occasion, the activity was putting the member at risk of injury and so had to intervene.”

Mrs Lowen’s membership of the gym has since been cancelled and she has instead signed up at nearby Malvern Spa, where staff have reviewed her method of exercising and given her the go-ahead to carry on.

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11:06am Mon 7 Apr 14

reflector says...

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! What sort of a non-story is this?
Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! What sort of a non-story is this? reflector
  • Score: 51

12:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

GroovyChick says...

A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club
A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club GroovyChick
  • Score: 41

1:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

WhyBother says...

None story.... Leisure centre stops someone doing something stupid.

I bet if she had fell there would be questions as to why she would be allowed to turn sideways on a treadmill.
None story.... Leisure centre stops someone doing something stupid. I bet if she had fell there would be questions as to why she would be allowed to turn sideways on a treadmill. WhyBother
  • Score: 36

2:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

High Time says...

GroovyChick wrote:
A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club
It looks like they are happy at her new gym to allow her to do the dance movements on the treadmill so it can't be that much of a problem.
[quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club[/p][/quote]It looks like they are happy at her new gym to allow her to do the dance movements on the treadmill so it can't be that much of a problem. High Time
  • Score: -12

12:36am Tue 8 Apr 14

p0intless says...

Is there not anything better to report and more to the point treadmills are not for dancing, next they will be reporting that she is suing Malvern spa when she falls off the treadmill.
Is there not anything better to report and more to the point treadmills are not for dancing, next they will be reporting that she is suing Malvern spa when she falls off the treadmill. p0intless
  • Score: 26

12:30pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Robot 3021 says...

I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :(
I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :( Robot 3021
  • Score: 26

12:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

CJH says...

Robot 3021 wrote:
I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :(
Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy?
[quote][p][bold]Robot 3021[/bold] wrote: I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :([/p][/quote]Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy? CJH
  • Score: 12

12:48pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Robot 3021 says...

CJH wrote:
Robot 3021 wrote:
I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :(
Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy?
I only stand knee deep.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robot 3021[/bold] wrote: I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :([/p][/quote]Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy?[/p][/quote]I only stand knee deep. Robot 3021
  • Score: 6

12:54pm Tue 8 Apr 14

CJH says...

Robot 3021 wrote:
CJH wrote:
Robot 3021 wrote:
I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :(
Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy?
I only stand knee deep.
Fair enough. Very wise. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Robot 3021[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robot 3021[/bold] wrote: I got thrown out of the swimming pool for playing badminton :([/p][/quote]Doesn't that make your shuttlecock soggy?[/p][/quote]I only stand knee deep.[/p][/quote]Fair enough. Very wise. :-) CJH
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Herefordian says...

Was she twerking perhaps
Was she twerking perhaps Herefordian
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE. Jabbadad
  • Score: -10

6:30pm Tue 8 Apr 14

iamthebinman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come.

The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide.

People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.[/p][/quote]Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come. The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide. People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51% iamthebinman
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Tue 8 Apr 14

lovelyjubbly says...

iamthebinman wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come.

The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide.

People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%
Er excuse me...the story is about treadmills.... gyms...???????
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.[/p][/quote]Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come. The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide. People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%[/p][/quote]Er excuse me...the story is about treadmills.... gyms...??????? lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 14

7:47am Wed 9 Apr 14

truth must out says...

High Time wrote:
GroovyChick wrote:
A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club
It looks like they are happy at her new gym to allow her to do the dance movements on the treadmill so it can't be that much of a problem.
That's just some free advertising for Malvern Spa.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club[/p][/quote]It looks like they are happy at her new gym to allow her to do the dance movements on the treadmill so it can't be that much of a problem.[/p][/quote]That's just some free advertising for Malvern Spa. truth must out
  • Score: 7

10:40am Wed 9 Apr 14

iamthebinman says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
iamthebinman wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come.

The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide.

People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%
Er excuse me...the story is about treadmills.... gyms...???????
Sorry I just saw a comment that was at least slightly interesting in this article.
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.[/p][/quote]Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come. The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide. People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%[/p][/quote]Er excuse me...the story is about treadmills.... gyms...???????[/p][/quote]Sorry I just saw a comment that was at least slightly interesting in this article. iamthebinman
  • Score: 1

11:59am Thu 10 Apr 14

lehig76 says...

They also asked me to cease tread-milling at the Splash when they caught me executing a neknominate whilst taking a no-make-up-selfie, and writing articles for the Worcester News all in one go.
They also asked me to cease tread-milling at the Splash when they caught me executing a neknominate whilst taking a no-make-up-selfie, and writing articles for the Worcester News all in one go. lehig76
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lehig76 says...

I always wonder why these people who live in small towns allow themselves to be pimped in this way? I presume she received no fee from the newspaper, and in return, for the remainder of her life in Malvern people will walk past her in the street and mutter to their pals "There's that stupid attention seeking woman who likes to dance on treadmills."
I always wonder why these people who live in small towns allow themselves to be pimped in this way? I presume she received no fee from the newspaper, and in return, for the remainder of her life in Malvern people will walk past her in the street and mutter to their pals "There's that stupid attention seeking woman who likes to dance on treadmills." lehig76
  • Score: 14

9:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

Guy66 says...

iamthebinman wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come.

The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide.

People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%
Can't wait to get rid of Scotland but sadly it will come to nothing because the Scots recognise a good deal when they see one. The abiltiy for thier MP's to vote differnetly on the same issue north and south of the boarder never ceases to amaze me. Free Education is Scotland - Scot MP''s vote YES, same vote in Parliment, on the same subject but within Enlgand and they vote NO. The hypocracy is just amazing. Cut them free and contruct a modern day wall!

And the other bonus will be to rid us all of the Labour aholes for years to come!
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.[/p][/quote]Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come. The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide. People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%[/p][/quote]Can't wait to get rid of Scotland but sadly it will come to nothing because the Scots recognise a good deal when they see one. The abiltiy for thier MP's to vote differnetly on the same issue north and south of the boarder never ceases to amaze me. Free Education is Scotland - Scot MP''s vote YES, same vote in Parliment, on the same subject but within Enlgand and they vote NO. The hypocracy is just amazing. Cut them free and contruct a modern day wall! And the other bonus will be to rid us all of the Labour aholes for years to come! Guy66
  • Score: 0

10:25am Fri 11 Apr 14

chrism says...

GroovyChick wrote:
A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club
These chaps seem to think otherwise:

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK
7RA
[quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: A treadmill is not for dancing on anyway, join a dance club[/p][/quote]These chaps seem to think otherwise: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK 7RA chrism
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

themooman says...

it wouldnt be so bad but i have seen a video and her dancing is rubbish!! FACT
it wouldnt be so bad but i have seen a video and her dancing is rubbish!! FACT themooman
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

iamthebinman says...

Guy66 wrote:
iamthebinman wrote:
Jabbadad wrote:
Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK.
However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit.
With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.
Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come.

The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide.

People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%
Can't wait to get rid of Scotland but sadly it will come to nothing because the Scots recognise a good deal when they see one. The abiltiy for thier MP's to vote differnetly on the same issue north and south of the boarder never ceases to amaze me. Free Education is Scotland - Scot MP''s vote YES, same vote in Parliment, on the same subject but within Enlgand and they vote NO. The hypocracy is just amazing. Cut them free and contruct a modern day wall!

And the other bonus will be to rid us all of the Labour aholes for years to come!
So deep down, you just don't like anyone. The right, the left, the north and ....France?
[quote][p][bold]Guy66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Looks like an exhibitionist or someone seeking publicity for a new craze, but anyway I agree that if there were an accident I am sure the gym would be sued. Rules are rules and that is why the majority of us drive on the left here in the UK. However I could imagine that if Scotland votes for the renegades and devalution they might change for the sake of the Euro, and just to spite us English if we visit. With the vote being close they really ought to allow we English to have a vote, THEN THEY WOULD BE GONE.[/p][/quote]Why have you got a problem with Scottish people? Vote them out and you will be left with the Tories for years to come. The Scots have just decided to vote on which direction they wish to go. Pesonally as a Scot I think we are better off as we are but its up to the people who live there to decide. People living in England could also have a vote if they want there is not a strong enough English party at the moment to push for it. EDL are a bit off 51%[/p][/quote]Can't wait to get rid of Scotland but sadly it will come to nothing because the Scots recognise a good deal when they see one. The abiltiy for thier MP's to vote differnetly on the same issue north and south of the boarder never ceases to amaze me. Free Education is Scotland - Scot MP''s vote YES, same vote in Parliment, on the same subject but within Enlgand and they vote NO. The hypocracy is just amazing. Cut them free and contruct a modern day wall! And the other bonus will be to rid us all of the Labour aholes for years to come![/p][/quote]So deep down, you just don't like anyone. The right, the left, the north and ....France? iamthebinman
  • Score: 1

12:44am Sat 12 Apr 14

chrism says...

Add cyclists to that list, binman ;)
Add cyclists to that list, binman ;) chrism
  • Score: 0

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