PureGym personal trainer apologises for ‘ill-judged’ 12 Years a Slave workout post

The personal trainer at the centre of the racism dispute over a workout based on…

The personal trainer at the centre of the racism dispute over a workout based on slavery has apologised for the “ill-judged post”.

Matt Simpson said there were “no excuses” and he was “deeply sorry”.

It followed a Facebook post by PureGym Luton and Dunstable, which introduced a new workout entitled “12 years Of Slave” to mark Black History Month.

The post, since deleted, clamed: “Slavery is hard and so is this.”

Black History Month

Healthclub chain PureGym issued a statement on Monday apologising and announcing an investigation into the matter.

The firm, which has almost 300 gyms nationwide, said: “PureGym apologises unreservedly for a post regarding Black History Month that was made today by our gym in Luton and Dunstable.

 “This post was wholly unacceptable, was not approved or endorsed by the company and was removed when it was brought to our attention.

“We take this matter extremely seriously and are urgently investigating how and why this post was made.”

Nationwide healthclub firm PureGym said it would be investigating the incident (Photo: West Asia News Agency/Reuters)

Investigation launched

Now Mr Simpson has added his own statement on Instagram claiming it was never his intent to offend.

He wrote: “I sincerely apologise to all whom I offended and angered in any way, shape or form, directly or indirectly.

“There was absolutely no malice or ill intentions meant by the post.

“This is a very hard lesson for me and whole-heartedly apologise to all effected (sic). I am deeply sorry.”

He said his motivation had been to “bring his history together with his passion and profession”.

And he said the branding of PureGym as racist “couldn’t be further from the truth in my experience.”

He added: “During my time at the company I have never experienced any racial prejudice and have always been given the tools and support needed.”

The workout was a reference to the 2013 film 12 Years A Slave, the story of Solomon Northup who was sold into slavery.

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