Going to the gym can be a scary experience. It should be a ‘safe place,’ where people welcome everyone. After all, everyone shares the same goal of being healthier.
But it seems like at least once a month, we hear a horror story coming from a gym. And the most recent story is coming from the land of politeness: Canada.
Jenna Vecchio, the woman you see in the photo below, moved to Ottawa back in April with her husband.
And for the last few weeks she had been going to the Movati Athletic Club about five times per week. She and her husband were proud members. That’s all changed now though. On Saturday, a supervisor at the gym approached her and told her that her tank top was inappropriate and making other members uncomfortable.
She was completely embarrassed and furious. She posted a message on her Facebook account explaining that her 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.”
Vecchio continued by posting photos of her attire that day and comparing it with the photos advertised on the athletic club’s website…
After the Facebook post went viral, getting shared over 7,000 times, the athletic club responded with this statement:
“At Movati Athletic, we strive daily to create an atmosphere where all our members feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy. 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. We are still looking into the matter, and would be happy to sit down and speak with Ms. Vecchio in more detail as we continue to investigate the incident.”