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Modesty at Gymnastic club

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Onthego2015 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:05:04

My DD(10) attends a large local gymnastics club and DH normally picks her up after. This wk I picked her up and was taken back by the dress of some of the older boys who share the same gym space. This boys aged probably between 14-17 have very well developed muscular bodies, however they do not wear any gym vest/tops etc Its a large gym area with several classes going on at once. I am right to feel a little weird about them parading around like this in full view of young girls and boys. Would love to hear your thoughts.

AuntieStella Thu 15-Jan-15 12:07:11

What they wear for their class is between them and their instructors.

(if they are not doing gymnastics, and are really there just to parade, then ask a coach why that is permitted)

Quiero Thu 15-Jan-15 12:07:53

What exactly concerns you? I don't' understand? The fact that they are muscly?

UniS Thu 15-Jan-15 12:09:27

Boys don't wear top in the swimming pool either...
Don't see the problem.

SavoyCabbage Thu 15-Jan-15 12:16:20

The men at ours wear leotards with bulges aplenty. So they are not exactly covered up. But neither are the females.

BiancaDelRio Thu 15-Jan-15 12:18:24

By "parading around" do you mean "walking around" OP? hmm

You sound uptight and odd.

GillSans Thu 15-Jan-15 12:22:35

They should have some kind of vest/top on. This isn't my daughters club, but they should have a code of conduct like this

ohmyarse Thu 15-Jan-15 12:25:04

Female leotards are pretty skimpy.

It's just like being in the swimming pool surely as said upthread?

I see no problem.

Onthego2015 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:25:16

Some are there for class, others for extra practice on their on time and a few help out with the younger boys, however in between they do tend to "wonder around" I understand for swimming boys don't wear tops but that is for a very practical reason and not the same in my opinion. What concerns me is not their muscular physic this is natural based on the training they are doing. I just don't see the need for it to be honest. I'm not a prude but just feel its a little inappropriate especially when the girls of a similar age are encouraged to "cover up" when not actually training i.e waiting for class, their turn for apparatus etc.

atticusclaw Thu 15-Jan-15 12:26:05

Very strange view. What about when she sees boys/men in the swimming pool or on the beach or simply just walking around topless in the sun.

I thought this was going to be a post about skimpy leotards with no knickers or something (which I know used to cause some concern amongst some parents at our gymnastics club).

ireallydontlikemonday Thu 15-Jan-15 12:29:39

I'm sorry but I really don't see the problem. It's a gym club. Do you never go swimming? What do you thinks going to happen?


HSMMaCM Thu 15-Jan-15 12:30:31

Wouldn't bother my DD. The boys at dance regularly have their tops around their waist between lessons, but they do have to wear a vest for the lesson.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 15-Jan-15 12:31:43


What's the worst that happens, a 15 year old has a nice crush or gets excited?

Unless you're worrying about adults fancying the Young men?

They wear less in the swimming pool and in Europe they wear the smallest speedos possible so you can see plenty of balls and tiny knobs in the cold swimming pool.

SoupDragon Thu 15-Jan-15 12:32:43

And you joined MN purely to post this did you?

GillSans Thu 15-Jan-15 12:34:06

I don't think op is being a prude here it's about what is appropriate and expected in certain settings. Male gymnasts are expected to wear a best or t shirt. I'd be a bit hmm if this wasn't happening in the same way I would if I went to my local gym or golf course and people were walking around with their tops off.

Onthego2015 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:36:48

I don't think I'm odd in the slightest , its just an opinion and I've probably just read a bit too much into it that's all. We go swimming most weeks and normally use the communal changing room and have never given it a second thought in that scenario same goes for holidays etc. Maybe its the behaviour of the boys i.e the walking around with seemingly no purpose annoys me rather than the no top issue?

CLJ52 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:36:54

Former (not very good) gymnast here.

The reason the girls will be encouraged to cover up is that it's important your muscles don't get cold in between procedures- more chance of strains etc if that happens. It won't be about modesty.

The boys might just be showing off their muscles - the same strain risk applies to them.

To be honest, this is unlikely to be an issue outside of your own head. The young kids won't even notice - adolescent girls and boys would still be hormonal if they all had to wear coverall tracksuits.

SoupDragon Thu 15-Jan-15 12:37:32

I am right to feel a little weird about them parading around like this in full view of young girls and boys.

No you aren't right and stating that you are doesn't change this.

AuntieStella Thu 15-Jan-15 12:40:17

In gymnastics, accidents happen most when there is a distraction.

People shouldn't be wandering round for that reason. Not because of attire (or absence of attire).

Bartlebee Thu 15-Jan-15 12:43:03

This is an extremely odd viewpoint & says more about you than anything else.

Onthego2015 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:46:08

CLJ52 many thanks, I appreciate your very balanced and informed opinion.
SoupDragon To Answer your question no I didn't join MN just ask this question but thanks for making my first experience so enlightening.

ChippingInLatteLover Thu 15-Jan-15 12:49:19


What harm do you suppose seeing a, gasp, naked male chest, at a gymnasium, is going to do exactly?

TheFairyCaravan Thu 15-Jan-15 12:50:17

DS1 isn't a gymnast, but is incredibly muscly. Tbh he'd need more than a vest to cover it up!

I think it is a really odd attitude to have. Why do you think they should cover up?

AgentProvocateur Thu 15-Jan-15 12:52:47

Maybe you should ask the club to provide blinkers for the girls hmm

Onthego2015 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:56:24

At no point did I say they should cover up but I do believe they should wear appropriate clothing for what they are doing. Gymnastic vest tops could hardly be described as covering up but are appropriate attire.
Have to say I am feeling a little attacked here for what was supposed to be a very open question.

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