Beaters Banned!

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    Oct 31, 2007 1:43 PM GMT
    So our campus gym has just decided to introduce a new (as yet unpublished) code of conduct. The rules include:

    * Must rack your weights (so far so good!)
    * No street shoes (fine fine!)
    * No sleeveless shirts (wtf?!?!?)

    Is this latter a common stipulation!?!?! I have never encountered such a crazy rule before! It seems to recall the worst excesses of the Victorian era.

    Plus, there are some nice shoulders about :-)
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:07 PM GMT
    Now that's just CRAZY! Is this a gym or a "HEALTH CLUB"! It sounds like a rule that Bally's has in Southern California!

    I would shop around for a new gym!
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:18 PM GMT
    That is a crazy rule. I find that sleeves can make me feel restricted. And, when I'm doing free weight squats, the Manta-Ray tends to slip down more when resting on the fabric of a t-shirt than on the exposed skin when I'm wearing a beater.
  • jarhead5536

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    Oct 31, 2007 2:36 PM GMT
    Sounds like some women got together and decided that underarm hair was disgusting, so they got sleeveless banned. That sucks big time, I cannot workout with sleeves...
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:39 PM GMT


    It may be an over reaction to the MRSA scare thing.

    Get informed, get a petition with your buddies names on it, and fight it if you are truley interested.

    R
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:41 PM GMT
    My guess is that in a crowded gym...lets be honest, the men who like to build body and the women who like to spend 3 hours of cardio have their pits wafting around.

    I wouldnt be shocked if that rule applies to the ripeness of some members!

    ever been to a NYSC...there is SERIOUS BO happening with 75 percent of the members..(Mostly Guys, Mostly Sleeveless)
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    That rule's in effect at my gym also. Staffers have said that it was to "diffuse" or "tone down" the sexual energy in the gym to make the environment more pleasant (less threatening) to female members. Some of us guys will still roll up our sleeves when women aren't around – when working shoulders and arms – especially before the mirrors. All that shameless preening in public can make just about anyone feel awkward.

    That said, my gym is mostly populated by middle-aged attorneys huffing' n' puffing into cell phones, pencil-neck civil servants and XXL women in overstreched, clingy garb that read magazines cover-to-cover. I, for one, am thankful for the restriction.
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:46 PM GMT
    I like Aero's reason better haha....that is classic!
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    Oct 31, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    that used to be the rule at my gym yeeeaaarrrs ago, not anymore though.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 31, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    I belong to the greater Wichita YMCA's and you are required "to wear a shirt", but I almost always wear a tank top.

    I have a client who works at the YMCA and she has made comments about the dress and demeanor of some men (ala
    AERO's comments above) which have been a turn off. I guess I never had thought about it. I personally wouldn't like having to wear a regular T Shirt.
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:04 PM GMT
    At college that was the rule.. I never knew why. At my gym now it's not an issue.. My only thought is that it should be required for the wierd guys that shave their pits. wtf is that? unnatural.
  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 31, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    Why don't you show up in a shirt that's nothing BUT sleeves?
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:21 PM GMT
    The BO of other people, I mean there is no escape from it. At a public gym or health club…come on now!. I have often walked past some guys and women at the gym both large and small none-the less very fit, OMG I thought I was going to pass out from the stench.

    Then I chalked up to the fact that hey this is a gym and the members are not going to always smell like a bed of ROSES!

    Then you have the members who go for the vanity fitness workout both male and female. It was take an act of congress to get them to brake a sweat!

    If the reason for the now T-shirt rule and a ban on the A-shirt or "BEATER", is do to members being intimated, for not comfortable with the supposed sexual energy.

    That's lunatic. Isn't the whole point of staying fit because we want to be more sexually attractive to either the same or opposite sex.

    Besides of the inherit health reasons, yes?

    Like I said before ban is CRAZY! REVOLT!icon_lol.gif





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    Oct 31, 2007 4:25 PM GMT
    I think what he meant was the intimidation of sexual presence in the gym. men can be pumping iron, sweating from head to toe in every muscle curve of their body...it is HOT. But women, the gym isn't where society says they are sexiest. Most women don't do their hair and put on jewelry and make-up to go work-out. And because we use fitness as a way to attract each other sexually, women then feel unfit and not beautiful because of those stereotypes thus inflicting unneeded emotional distress on their self esteem.

    well..true or not I think my conclusion sounds pretty convincing!
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:37 PM GMT
    There have been several clubs over the years that have tried to put "non-intimidating", "non-sensual", "non-sexual" dress codes into place with the rationale being that fat folks will feel less threatened, intimidated, inferior, uncomfortable, and so on on in an effort to boost sales. Specifically, The Q Club did this, until they got into trouble because no one wanted to train there and 24 Hour bought them out. I.e., in that particular case being what they thought was politically correct / sensitive, cost them their business. Coddling never works.
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    HERE! HERE!
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    Not to offend anyone, but if they are that intimidated by other people then perhaps they should invest money in those home gym systems.

    I'm of the opinion that if you're going to a gym, you are going to work out. I really don't give a damn if everyone in the place is naked covered in hair and sweating bullets. If I join a gym it's to work out, not to concern myself with what other people are wearing. That kind of bs belongs in high school.
  • liftordie

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    Oct 31, 2007 4:47 PM GMT
    thank god i live in Sin City!! no sleeves no problem!!
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    Can I ask a question..why do you guys wear sleeveless shirts at the gym (if you do)?

    Ive usually noticed it's not so much about form or comfort but most guys flex and stare...is it all in vanity or is there some sort of functionality that a tank gives that a short sleeved cannot?
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:51 PM GMT
    Its the perfume and deodorant ( really an ordorant) that kills me when i'm trying to breath . Ban those . I workout in a low key loading dock dude kind of gym. No one cares.
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 31, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    I go sleeveless for two reasons

    1: I sweat enough already, adding sleeves just makes it worse.

    2: Flexibility. There's a reason gymnast leotards don't have sleeves. I have large shoulders and finding t-shirts that don't bind painfully when I try to do things like hanging pike-ups is very difficult.


    Luckily, my gym doesn't care if you have sleeves. Though I do usually go sleeveless, not tank.
  • liftordie

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    Oct 31, 2007 4:58 PM GMT
    well having an armpit obsession here, i am glad my gym, the largest in nevada, 100,000 square feet, allows guys to wear all the tank tops they want!!! i also like it when the tank is a little loose and i can see the top few ribs showing underneath their armpits.....SECURITY!!!!!!!!
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:58 PM GMT
    I don't care one way or the other, myself. I just get a little weirded out when guys come to the gym in strapless or backless numbers.
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    Oct 31, 2007 4:59 PM GMT
    But most gymnast suits have 3 quarter length sleeves. When I was a dancer my tights came with arms.
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    Oct 31, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    Like Diver, I wear a sleeveless shirt because of heat and sweating. I never realized how much more cooling a sleeveless shirt can be until I rolled up my sleeves at work one day. I've been wearing sleeveless to work and the gym from then on. It turns down the hot factor a bit so I don't sweat as much.

    Of course, I won't deny that there's a little vanity to it. I like to see how much my muscles have developed when I'm working my arms in front of a mirror, and I definitely enjoy the other guys at the gym who do the same. While I'm not one to flirt at a gym (I tend to get in, pump the iron, and get out), a bit of eye candy every now and again is nice.