The three posts were as follows:
In the first post I briefly discussed the proper footwear you might consider wearing while exercising:
What to wear: Any sort of athletic shoe (excluding soccer cleats, golf shoes, etc.) will do – whatever you find comfortable. If playing squash or basketball, you can get special court shoes, but otherwise a good all around running shoe will suffice for most activities.
What not to wear:
- Sandals/flip-flops: When in an area with lots of heavy objects being tossed about you want your feet covered and at least somewhat protected.
- Barefoot: This is sort of like the above, but takes a special type of person to pull off.
- Work boots: Ok, so on the other extreme you have someone so worried about foot injury that they decide steel-toe work boots are the only footwear appropriate for the job. While I commend you on being so concerned with safety – work boots really aren’t meant for athletic performance, not do they look reasonable with a pair of shorts.
Apparently the issue of gym attire, particularly footwear, is a much bigger issue than I ever imagined. In fact, as of recent, it has become a human rights issue.
Here’s the story.
A fellow was refused from exercising at the Platinum Athletic Club in Surrey, BC while wearing work boots because doing so was against company dress code. When the man explained that he needed to wear these types of shoes to alleviate pain due to a ligament injury, the personnel at the gym threatened to “review” his membership.
So, he filed a complaint of discrimination against the gym, and was recently awarded close to $2000 for his troubles by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
Why $2000, you might ask? Here’s the breakdown:
- $400 to compensate reduced use of the gym
- $500 for lost wages to pursue his complaint
- $16 for parking to attend hearings
- $1,000 for injury to his dignity, feelings and self-respect
The owner of the gym, who failed to attend the hearing, had this to say: “I was very surprised by the ruling. The whole thing is mind-boggling to me.”
So, forget what I said before. Work boots at the gym are totally in. And that’s the law!
For more on this story, check out the Vancouver Sun.