A gym-goer has claimed she was body-shamed by staff at her local health club, who said her workout clothes were “inappropriate”.
Rose Nickels says she was wearing a black vest top at Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Canada, and believes staff disapproved because of her “large chest”.
“I will start by saying my tank top was no different than many other women’s tank tops at the club, except my chest size is much larger in appearance in comparison to my frame than many of the other women,” she said on Facebook.
“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.”
Nickels added: “I felt humiliated and discriminated against due to my figure. I was singled out and it is unfair to say I cannot wear a tank top and other women can! Different figures means different rules?
“I would like to bring this out to the public! If tank tops are not allowed at the gym for me because of my chest size than all women should not be allowed to wear tank tops regardless of size.”
Nickels’ Facebook status has been shared more than 4,000 times, with dozens of people commenting to show her their support.
But the gym in question has claimed Nickels’ Facebook photos are misleading and do not show her gym outfit.
In a statement given to Distractify, a spokesperson from Movati Athletic Club said the gym asks all of its members to be respectful of each other, which includes “wearing modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes”.
“While it may not have been intentional, Ms. Vecchio’s attire was not as modest as she has suggested via the images she shared recently on Facebook and through media interviews, and caused multiple members to feel uncomfortable and voice their concerns to our staff,” they said.
“Following Ms. Vecchio’s own social media postings on this matter, we conducted a thorough investigation which included first-hand accounts from members and other staff, and a follow-up meeting with Jenna herself, who seemed to leave the facility feeling as though she had expressed her position.
“Upon conclusion of our interviews, we stand by the original decision that confirms that Ms. Vecchio was dressed inconsistently with our code of conduct.”
They added: “While it is unfortunate that Ms. Vecchio felt she had a negative experience, it was certainly not Movati’s intent.
“Our complete focus is a positive, respectful and healthy environment for all members as they pursue their fitness and wellness goals.”