Most people who go to the gym, want to be left alone to do their workout. They don’t want to be hassled about mundane things like clothes and shoes. In fact most people who go to the gym, wear gym clothes.
Sarah Villafane, was doing just that, minding her own business, when staff felt that they should insist that she put on ‘proper gym clothes’. They actually wanted Sarah to put on another shirt. Sarah said that she did not have another. She continued with her workout, and to her surprise they did not let the matter end there, they asked her to leave.
Having worn the same clothing all day and even after speaking to her professors, Sarah was not aware of breaching any rules. She even posted a pic of the outfit on Facebook.
Read out what happened when Sarah refused to change her shirt, and let us know whether you agree with the decision or not.
“So I just got kicked out of the College of Charleston student gym for wearing this outfit. Like not allowed to work out. Not allowed to because of THIS OUTFIT THAT I BOUGHT SPECIFICALLY TO WORK OUT IN.
I’ve worn this same outfit all day. Went to 3 classes and spoke personally with each of my professors today and they didn’t have a problem. But when I walked into the gym they asked me to put on adifferent shirt. Obviously I didn’t bring an extra shirt to the gym and wasn’t about to wear my flannel while working out. So I just said mhm ok and went about my work out pretty pissed off that they even asked me to change.
Then, when I’m in the BACK CORNER of the gym doing abs on the floor, another staff member comes up and asks me to “put my shirt back on.” I said “I have a shirt on.” They say “no that’s not a shirt. You have to wear a whole shirt” I say “how is this not a shirt?” And she says “You need full coverage. If you have a problem, we always have our boss here.” I laughed and said “Alright bring him over here if he has a problem.”
A few minutes later while I’m doing more work outs on the floor, the “boss” comes up. He says “I’m gonna need you to put a shirt on.” Again, I tell them “I am wearing a shirt.” He says “I need you to put on a shirt or I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.” I said “But I HAVE A SHIRT ON.” He says “Are you gonna put a shirt on?” And I said “Well if this isn’t a shirt… no. I’m not gonna put a shirt on.”
WTF COFC. I bought this outfit to work out in because it’s COMFORTABLE. What is the issue? Why can’t I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85% male demographic that your gym serves? I’m forced to leave, WHY? Honestly I’m so floored that I just got kicked out for this. DO BETTER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON.”
Villafañe later edited her post with an update.
“[EDIT:] The gym has since said that they kicked me out for “sanitary concerns.” However, they never made those sanitary concerns clear when they asked me to change. They told me I need “more coverage” and nothing more. Not to mention, their website has no written dress code anyway. The dress code at the front of the gym simply says “Athletic wear must be worn.” I would say that what I’m wearing (whether you believe it’s a sports bra or a crop top) is completely normal and considered athletic wear.”