Do we need a women-only bit in the gym or women only evenings?

(131 Posts)
Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 20:21:33

My brother has been complaining because he went to his local gym and found that he couldn't use it on Tuesday evening as it was women only. My brother is quite over weight but has been doing really well with diet and exercise. The response he got when he complained about the women only thing was that women don't like all the men ogling them in the gym and so must have seperate times / areas. is this true? I confess I am not in the gym much but do we really need special women only times? Are women such delicate flowers?

Thefitfatty Fri 02-Sep-16 20:23:55

No. I hate segregated gyms. If men are bothering women they should be kicked out.

heyday1 Fri 02-Sep-16 20:28:45

Maybe we should get rid of single sex toilets too.

Then men and women can stop being such delicate little flowers

sooperdooper Fri 02-Sep-16 20:31:17

I've never seen the point of single sex gym sessions personally

JacquettaWoodville Fri 02-Sep-16 20:31:20

It's usually two hours a week or so, isn't it? Nothing major.

It may make it possible for women from some religions to exercise when they otherwise wouldn't. And for other women to feel more comfortable.

Delicate flowers is one of those loaded terms, don'tcha think?

thatstoast Fri 02-Sep-16 20:31:34

Well, in the case of the gym, it's market forces surely? It's obviously a service women use and a willing to pay for.

Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 20:33:29

Obviously I'm not suggesting men and women shouldn't be allowed to have seperate showers or toilets...although I have used toilets before which are combined you just have cubicles which anyone can use. I think there is a difference between privacy when you are showering etc and being able to use gym equipment in your gym togs.

Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 20:36:55

Yes I'd agree with the market point but it wasn't in the contract / advertising. Didn't know reference to flowers was controversial in some way

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 02-Sep-16 20:37:21

A lady in my gym works out in long sleeves, long trews and headscarf. I'm glad she can exercise in a mixed session, but she looks very hot. I would imagine she might like a ladies session.

Not worried for myself, but other women are subject to other pressures.

itsbetterthanabox Fri 02-Sep-16 20:38:31

They exist because people want them. Gyms aren't charities they want to make money. Obviously this makes money. Annoying for your bro though.
I think women only gyms are a good idea. Rather than specific nights of mixed gyms. I'd go to a women's only gym if there were one near me. I think it's useful for Muslim women too.

PurpleDaisies Fri 02-Sep-16 20:38:37

I don't have a problem exercising around men. I wouldn't actively seek out a gym with women only sessions (or particularly want to go at those times) but I can understand why some women would rather not have men around if they are feeling very self conscious when they're exercising.

I don't think gyms should be forced one way or the other-it depends what their clientele want.

J0kersSmile Fri 02-Sep-16 20:40:16

I think female only classes are ok but not the whole gym. I was about to say most people just go there to work out but actually I was hit on and oggled quite a bit.

I'm really on the fence now. I would hate to be turned away from going to a gym that I paid membership for because it was men only at that time but yet some men still harass women in places like that.

Homeriliad Fri 02-Sep-16 20:45:00

I'm sure some women ogle men in gyms.

J0kersSmile Fri 02-Sep-16 20:46:41

Well yes but I haven't seen at the gym women going over to men who are working out and try chatting them up and getting their numbers.

megletthesecond Fri 02-Sep-16 20:46:49

We have a permanent ladies only gym at our sports centre. It's not as big as the mixed gym (which I go to) but it has all the latest equipment. I've only been in there once so I don't know what clientele they have.

Teladi Fri 02-Sep-16 20:47:01

I would totally use a women only hour, so all the teenage bros aren't in the free weight section!

Never been hit on but had guys ask me if my weight is too heavy or if I need a hand etc. And I'm not exactly a powerlifter, most of the time it is not a lot heavier than my work backpack...!

Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 20:47:09

It's slightly ironic because my brother says he feels quite intimidated exercising in front of some of the people in the gym who are much fitter than he is - I guess I'm just really pleased he's going and doing the best to tackle his weight so wouldn't like to see anything deter him. He's signed up now and there are only some days he can go so to lose one of them seems a shame.

thatstoast Fri 02-Sep-16 20:47:26

Is that an argument for or against women only sessions, homeriliad?

EmpressTomatoKetchup Fri 02-Sep-16 20:47:53

Women only swim/gym sessions have been around for a while (at least since the 12 years since I started using a gym) and are timetabled so as not confuse the menfolk. I used to use the women only gym session to use the weights room without unsolicited help from male gym goers. Many use them for religious reasons.

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 02-Sep-16 20:48:38

Tell him to go when the seniors go - both inspiring and makes you feel all young and vital😉

LynetteScavo Fri 02-Sep-16 20:52:26

There are a couple of women only gyms near me. They've been open for years, and don't advertise much.

I haven't chosen to join them, and go to a mixed gym, but there's obviously a market.

BombadierFritz Fri 02-Sep-16 20:57:02

its a bit rubbish if the whole gym is unavailable and this wasnt highlighted on the timetable or by staff when joining. I like the women only section of the gym though.

thecatsclinkers Fri 02-Sep-16 20:58:24

I love the women's only section of the gym. Peaceful, no blokes grunting as they show off to one another.

Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 20:58:51

Yes seniors amazing - I take my daughter swimming when they do senior water fitness and its very inspiring.

You are probably right it's been around as an idea for a while but just seemed a bit dated to me. Brought to mind female only bathing area from the Victorian era.

Lehman Fri 02-Sep-16 21:00:34

Yes they didn't tell him till he turned up and it's the whole gym.

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