The personal trainer, who is 35 weeks pregnant, said she’s been insulted during workouts at gyms in Santa Monica, Calif.
“Those stretch marks are the worst I have ever seen!” and “Wow, your butt is so big!” are among the put-downs she’s heard from fellow fitness buffs, according to the New York Daily News. Others stare or whisper to one another, she said.
“It’s like going back to high school, where people gang up and make nasty comments,” Haley told the outlet, adding that the rudeness contained an “element of bullying.”
Haley, who was recently named one of the 50 “hottest female trainers” by Shape magazine, allowed that she was also greeted by well-wishers as she performed her six-days-a-week routine of pushups, dead lifts, lunges and other exercises. (Watch part of her workout above.)
Jezebel weighed in on the reported targeting of the coach, who has a pregnancy fitness DVD. “Shut up, concern trolls. Women know what’s best for them and their bodies—not you,” the outlet’s Rebecca Rose wrote.
While every case is unique, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes:
Recreational and competitive athletes with uncomplicated pregnancies can remain active during pregnancy and should modify their usual exercise routines as medically indicated. The information on strenuous exercise is scarce; however, women who engage in such activities require close medical supervision.
The Huffington Post reached out to Haley but did not receive an immediate response.