“A combined message.” That's what one Jacksonville lady says her gym is sending when it comes to its gown code.
Maria Palenik reached out to First Coast Information on Wednesday and stated she was understanding at Retro Fitness on the Southside the place she has been a member for about two months.
Whereas understanding, she stated she took off her sweatshirt and labored out in her sports activities bra and jogging pants.
“I assumed, properly no one is going to take a look at me and no one is going to decide me as a result of I'm a mother of 4 youngsters and I actually don't have a nice abdomen,” she stated.
Shortly after taking off her sweatshirt, she was asked by employees to cover up.
She obliged and placed on a shirt. As she was strolling to the locker room, she got here throughout a photograph on the wall, which confused her.
“You have got to cover up, however then on the wall, there's a image of a fitness mannequin sporting a sports activities bra and brief shorts and you may't put on that,” she stated.
First Coast Information took her considerations to the proprietor, David Garrard.
“They will put on a tank prime, t-shirt, no matter,” he stated. “They only will not be allowed to simply be in a sports activities bra.”
Garrard stated males are additionally required to put on a shirt and may't be shirtless.
On the gym's web site underneath its phrases and circumstances, it says: “Members who are usually not sporting applicable apparel will probably be asked to depart.” Nevertheless, it doesn't particularly point out sports activities bras.
Palenik stated she wasn't conscious of the rule and doesn't have a drawback following it, however thinks the image of the mannequin ought to come down if understanding sporting a sports activities bra isn't allowed.
“It's simply a combined message,” she stated. “It's type of hypocritical.”
Garrard stated company put in the photographs.
“I assume they're simply going for a look of fitness and clearly it was one thing that they ignored and I'm positive it's one thing that we'd like to handle if it's going to trigger confusion.”
Palenik stated, regardless of the incident, she nonetheless plans to return to the gym.
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