Fitness 'influencer' under fire, gaining national attention

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (LXII) -- News 12 reported Monday about a Texoma woman whose health and fitness posts have earned her the title of social media influence.

But they've also made her the center of scandal, with clients claiming she's scammed them out of money.

Five women from four states told News 12 Tuesday about their run ins with the BDawnFit brand.

They all say they are disappointed in Davis' failure to communicate with her clients or deliver in her promise to help them love themselves and their bodies.

"You just can't do that to people, it's wrong."

None of the women we spoke with wanted to show their faces on camera but they wanted to share their stories.

A Grayson County woman says she bought a three hundred dollar plan from Davis four years ago.

She was promised weekly check-ins but after the first one, all communication stopped.

"She always promoted that she had issues with eating disorders and bipolar depression, anxiety, stuff like that. I have those same issues. So I felt like she was somebody I could relate to."

A woman from Magnolia, Tex. says she bought a one hundred dollar plan and never got it.

She says when she tried to reach out to find out what was going on, Davis never responded to her emails and blocked her comments on social media.

A woman in Columbus, Ohio says she is one of the few customers who has gotten a full refund on both the plans she bought from Davis.

She says there was no communication and Davis did not provide the personalized plans that she had promised.

In an email to a client in Escanaba, Mich. who asked about a refund, Davis offered her a "new, revamped approach specifically for this situation," and said after she rectifies this situation, she plans to retire from fitness coaching.

A former fan of Brittany Davis, who is in training to become a personal trainer, said in a statement to News 12 "I was extremely disappointed when all of this came out. You have to gain trust to sell something, and it breaks my heart so many women will never trust a trainer again."

A petition called Stop Brittany Dawn Fitness Scams has garnered over 8500 signatures on change.org and articles about the "influencer" have appeared on Dallas media, yahoo and insider.

"I've cried. I mean, it's hard. You put so much trust and hope and faith into somebody being able to help you because you're at such a low point in your life."

The over 3800 members of the Facebook group Brittany Dawn Fitness Complaints are working together to find a way to get their money back.

Davis' client from Grayson County says if they cannot get the situation resolved, she will take legal action.

"It makes you feel like you're not worth the help."

Davis said in a statement to News 12 on Monday, "Brittany Dawn Fitness and each of our stakeholders hope to positively move forward by working to put communication and quality fitness plan execution policies firmly in place so this will never happen again."