I go to the gym on a daily basis and don’t wear anything fancy — workout pants and a T-shirt. But there are a lot of women who wear athletic gear like tank tops, as do the men. It’s generally assumed that if your skin touches the machines and the benches, you clean them off to keep things sanitary.
I bring this up because Sarah Villafañe was working out at a student gym at the College of Charleston when, according to her Facebook post, a gym employee approached her and told her she’d need to change her shirt. Villafañe said that she didn’t have another shirt, and resumed her workout. That’s when the manager came over and told her that if she didn’t change, she’d have to leave the gym.
Gym clothes are supposed to be comfortable and conducive to movement.
Everyone knows that you wear your worst, oldest clothes to the gym. Either that or some workout gear that was specifically designed for exercise. In any event, the gym is not a black tie affair, for sure.
It might be hard to imagine getting kicked out of a gym for your outfit.
Gyms are not really known for having strict dress codes. Unless wearing sneakers in the pool counts as a dress code violation.
But Sarah Villafañe managed it.
What could cause a manager to tell a customer they have to leave? She must have been wearing something extremely offensive, right?
Her “crime” was really not that out of the ordinary.
You’ve probably already guessed it by now, but the “offense” she committed was an extremely typical piece of gym clothing. So why was SHE singled out for this?
You’re not gonna believe this, but it’s actually happened before, and people aren’t taking the matter lying down.
It’s a pretty crazy story. But you’ll be relieved to know that Sarah fought back. Keep clicking to find out what went down.
This is what she was wearing.
She was incensed and took to Facebook to explain the situation:
She later added this edit:
It got quite the reaction on Facebook — both in support of Villafañe and in support of the gym.
No one would be surprised to learn that this is an issue that many have faced all while just trying to fit in a workout.
They’re none too happy, as you’ll quickly see, but their outrage goes in the completely opposite direction from what you might expect.
Well, not EVERYONE thought the policy was ridiculous.
She has a point, but a stated policy on the matter would be helpful.
Others see it as just another obstacle women face.
Some may call it body shaming, even if this person didn’t by name.
Some say that the same rules for men and women is the perfect example of equality.
This person essentially argues “What’s the difference? There’s sweat everywhere anyway.”
We appear to be pretty far from a consensus on the matter.