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Anytime Fitness apologizes for 'I Can't Breathe' workout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Anytime Fitness is apologizing for an 'I Can't Breathe' workout at one of its locations.

The gym chain tweeted from its official account that leaders were "shocked and devastated" to hear about the workout at a franchise location in Wisconsin.

"No matter the intent, we absolutely do not condone the words, illustrations or actions this represents," Anytime Fitness tweeted. "To our employees, owners and members, we are truly and profoundly sorry that this incident occurred."

TMZ reports a sign at the gym for the workout said "I can't breathe" and "don't you dare lay down" with a picture of a person kneeling.

TMZ reports the workout was meant to "honor" George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck while he said "I can't breathe." Four officers are charged in the case and the death has sparked protests across the country.

Anytime Fitness said it "has work to do" when it comes to antiracism.

"One of our publicly-stated commitments to antiracism work is to bolster education efforts for our franchise owners to lead with empathy, love and respect. This incident makes it clear that we have work to do in this space; immediately, we are sharing this incident with our franchise owners worldwide as an example of what not to do, why it is offensive, and what locations should be doing instead."

The statement went ton to say the gym chain will work to educate and inform its employees.

"We remain committed to working to inform and educate employees and owners worldwide to stand for our black communities including our members and employees."

Anytime Fitness has several locations in Middle Tennessee.

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