This Mother Got Shamed At Target…For Working Out

Personal trainer and exercise enthusiast, Sia Cooper, shows that you don’t need a gym membership to be committed to your fitness regime.

In fact, this Florida native proves this by getting a workout in while at the gas station, the laundry room, and other places many will see as everyday distractions to fitting in some exercise.

However, some have not been impressed with Cooper’s choice of workout areas, including her choice to exercise while down an aisle in Target.


The mother of Greyson, 3, and Everly, 17 months, was shamed by fellow shoppers after she shared a clip of herself doing walking lunges and squats while on a shopping trip at the store chain.

The clip didn’t get all positive reactions after SELF posted it, and got the clip going viral, with online viewers classifying her workout in her local Target as taking it too far.

While SELF had posted the video of the 28-year-old, with the caption “OMG we’d totally do this in Target,” not all felt the same when giving the clip a watch.

Rather, one woman wrote – “This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen!! Target is a sacred place of awesomeness!! Don’t make me feel bad for roaming the aisles while snacking on cheese doodles!!”

Another followed with: “Go to your house to work out. You are obstructing the aisle.” While a third described Cooper as looking like “a lunatic,” for her choice of place.


Although some see Target as too ‘sacred’ a place to get in your workout for the day, Cooper begged to differ with the criticism her video received. Having been trolled previously for her six-pack abs when she was pregnant with Everly, it seems she didn’t take it too personally.

“People are either bored with their lives or unhappy with themselves to pick apart every little thing that they see on social media,” she expressed.

“People will make their own excuses for not making the time to workout, even though I give them creative ways to do so. It might not be their cup of tea, but no reason to bash it.”


When doing her workout, Cooper filmed the clip as something that should have been taken lightheartedly – the way SELF had done.

Having seen the negative reaction it managed to attract, Cooper expressed, “I was shocked and in disbelief that people could have such a hateful opinion over something that wasn’t serious to begin. People completely took something fun and trashed it like they always do.”