Rose Nickels, a member of the private gym Movati Athletic Club in Orleans posted to facebook calling the gym out after they allegedly kicked her out for wearing a regular old tank top.
” I was instructed by a Supervisor at the club that my tank top was inappropriate dress and is offensive to both the staff and other members. That at Movati they have a dress code stating only appropriate gym attire and modest clothing is to be worn. I will start by saying my tank top was no different than many other women’s tank top at the club; except my chest size is much larger in appearance in comparison to my frame than many of the other women.”
She posted images to Facebook to show what she was wearing at the time, which was rather modest.
“After asking every woman at the club who I could find on the way out if my attire offended them and they responded no, it became clear that the only ones offended were the two women supervisors working at the club today.”
They informed me that it did not matter that due to my chest size I could not wear a tank top.
“They informed me that it did not matter that due to my chest size I could not wear a tank top.”
What was she supposed to wear to the gym? A turtleneck?
The gym made an official statement on the matter:
“We ask members to be respectful of each other when in the gym, to include wearing modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes, limiting cell phone usage and keeping the facility clean.”
“It is important to us that all members have a positive experience at Movati, and we take their needs and feelings very seriously.”
“As such, on Saturday when some members of our gym voiced complaints regarding Ms. Vecchio’s attire as it made them feel uncomfortable and was seen as being contrary to our dress code policy our staff assessed the situation and spoke to Ms. Vecchio.”
While in no way did we intend to embarrass her, we did feel we had to address the issue.
“While in no way did we intend to embarrass her, we did feel we had to address the issue.”
Their official stance about club membership is to offer all members a fitness experience that makes them feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy. Unless they have large breasts, in which case all that goes out the window.