In light of @krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to all who don’t get vaccinated. We believe in health – the real way – exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress.
— Ian Smith (@iansmithfitness) March 23, 2021
Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, owners of Atilis Gym, responded to an announcement from Kristy Kreme that anyone who showed their COVID-19 vaccination card would get a free glazed doughnut “anytime, any day, even every day, through the remainder of 2021.”
They said they’d make a similar offer—but only to those who don’t want to get vaccinated.
Trumbetti and Smith have made headlines several times throughout the pandemic for resisting New Jersey’s attempts to shut their business down.
In August, New Jersey suspended the gym’s business license because the owners continued to operate.
When Trumbetti and Smith continued to allow customers to work out anyway, the police boarded up the gym. Trumbetti and Smith were then arrested for taking the boards down.
“The bottom line is we are fighting for our constitutional rights,” Trumbetti said at the time.
“We all have the right to make a living,” he continued. “We all have the right to actually do what we want to do as Americans. We are promised liberty. And they have actually put such oppressive restrictions on us that it’s just unacceptable to us.”
Smith tweeted Thursday that Americans who do choose to get the coronavirus vaccine shouldn’t be worried about those who don’t.
Struggling to understand why (some) people who get the rona vax worry so much about people who choose to not get it. If it works, what are y’all so worried about?
— Ian Smith (@iansmithfitness) March 25, 2021