The clothing police are out in full force.
That’s right: the Canada Games Centre is not backing down on its clothing policy, which I first wrote about last March.
Today, another woman was told to stop her workouts and leave the centre because Canada Games staff deemed her clothing inappropriate.
A Sub-three reader wrote me via the blog today to say that she was into her second set of dead lifts with weights when centre staff told her she couldn’t continue and would have to leave the centre.
Why? Because she was wearing self-described short-shorts, which she noted don’t reach the knees, “but they’re not revealing any private areas or anything.”
The same reader, Samantha, pointed out she wears what she does for comfort. Samantha said that one set into her workout and she’s “sweating up a storm.”
She also noted that she couldn’t wear much more clothing than she does without becoming “uncomfortably warm.”
But it seems the prudes at Canada Games Centre aren’t concerned about the quality of their patron’s workouts. Rather, they have more important business to attend to: leering at them to decide whether or not they meet the proper clothing standards.
Seriously, what do they think is going to happen? Do they believe their gym is such a sleazy place that an orgy will break out? Why do they even think their patrons should be eye-balling each other? For that matter, why are they studying their clientele so closely? That’s kind of weird.
Gyms aren’t pick-up joints; people join them to get fit and to train for events. Their patrons dress for comfort, not to excite others.
Apparently, her friend wearing the same running shorts wasn’t told to beat it. According to the girl’s mother who posted on Facebook, her 20-year-old daughter “now feels really bad about herself.”
Way to go, Canada Games staff! Big props for helping encourage positive body image ideals in young people!
Centre staff reportedly told the woman to leave because the facility is a “family place.”
Back in March when the story about the centre’s odd preoccupation with peoples’ workout gear first broke, the centre told CBC News that the code was “a light-hearted take on an internal awareness campaign of our existing Fitness Centre dress code.”
Apparently, things at the centre are as “light-hearted” as ever.
Not for Samantha. “This is such a bullshit policy,” she wrote Sub-three.
Samantha is particularly unhappy with Hazel Gaudet. Gaudet, you may recall, is the mysterious, unidentified patron at the centre who gave CBC News all the quotes in the first place about how a ban on short shorts was needed because it made women look “right cheap.”
Samantha commented that Gaudet “gets to wear what she’s comfortable working out in, probably sweat pants and a hoodie. Why can’t I wear what’s comfortable for me to work out in?”
That’s a fair question. Why not?
Olympic 800-metre runner Geoff Harris already publicly castigated the games centre for its strange obsession with athletes’ workout gear, noting his own Nike kit would not pass their stringent, Victorian standards.
Harris may still train at the games centre, but one thing’s certain: Samantha will not.
“Thanks Hazel and company for ruining my workout experience,” she wrote Sub-three. “I’m going to find another gym that actually lets its serious members workout in serious workout gear.”