When most people who have never been into a gym in their life, see body builders strut on the stage during contest only wearing what they call ‘underwear’, they flinch at the though of wearing similar attire. And it is funny because similar attitude is not expressed against other athletes like swimmers who wear similar attire during competitions. It’s perhaps the imposing masculine and large physiques barely covered that amplifies the impression of nudity. But the feeling that privacy is not respected in body building is not respected is as widespread as it is misinformed.
Most gyms today incorporate personal changing rooms that give each body builder adequate privacy. Even better, body building does not have a mandatory uniform or training attire. Each body builder is free to choose whatever he or she dresses in, as long as comfortability and convenience is attained. Dressing while in the gym is pretty much left at the discretion of a body builder and rarely will you see a body builder training with the so called ‘underwears’. It is conventionally acceptable for males to exercise with vests and trucks or even bare-chested if in a male only gym. Women body builders wear their trucks with t-shirts or well fitting vests that are not at all indecent.
Modern workout areas in gyms differentiate between the male training area and that of the female body builders. This further promotes personal privacy while training. It is not usual to see any body builder stepping up to your personal space or threatening your privacy even in a local membership gym where the patronage is high. Those who have been in the game for long know that the gym is one of the few places where friendliness, politeness and respect is at its highest. The similarity of passion, the shared goals and the comradeship of facing the same challenges makes even the most aggressive body builders very amicable while in the gym. It’s therefore rare to see a body builder infringe on the privacy of the other unless it’s acceptable and common place between the two of them.
Any advances that are deemed improper and any abuse of personal freedom, rights and privacy can and should be reported to the gym’s management as immediate as it happens. In cases where such incidents occur, gym administrative arms usually take very stern measures that may include expulsion from the gym of any guilty member.
But if still the membership gym does not click with you, there is the health and patron’s only clubs where personal privacy is personified. All facilities are provided in a very personal basis, every member having their own rooms, lockers and trainers. The fact that they cost relatively expensive when compared to local membership gyms, health clubs and exclusive sports centers give personalized services with ultimate respect to personal freedom and privacy.
Except in professional body building, and even then not always but during contests, body builders are free to wear what they are comfortable with. No where else is a body builder ever required to display his or her torso publicly. Modern bodybuilding has transformed to a very acceptable lifestyle statement. Privacy has been underlined in such reforms especially after the acceptance of women into the gym as equals.
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