UWM Klotsche Center (gym on campus) has banned all tank tops, cut offs and sports bras. Look, I'm an alum and I went to Klotsche about 4x and each time it was a huge bro contest. It was bad. But I don't know how you can restrict that sort of thing. They cited "safety concerns" stating that students had gotten caught on machines??? And that they want to give those who would be intimidated the opportunity to feel safe and secure. Because a huge dude is wearing a cut off doesn't make me insecure to the point I can't work out. I get it....there are some HUGE douchebags and they could restrict manufactured cut offs, aka, Thong Vests, but I don't get the issue with shirts that are made to be cut offs or tanks. That's just a comfort thing for some.
CC2 - What is this rule trying to accomplish. Admittedly at age 69, I no longer work out at any college campus; but
I don't get the gist of this at all.
You say 'it was a huge bro contest'. What does that mean? To me it sounds like a bunch of body builders are
there working out/showing off.
We just laughed at those guys(were no girls bodybuilding in my day).
How things must have changed.
In the plainest of terms, they want it to be a more comfortable environment. If a kid who's never worked out before wants to get in the gym and start giving it a shot, and he walks in pudgy and uneducated and sees a bunch of guys wearing thong tops with huge muscles flexing in the mirror, he's going to be intimidated and not want to be around it. They claim its for safety and all that but that's the real reason. I think they just need to ban the manufactured tank tops-the ones where guys cut a t-shirt into a tank top and it actually covers less than it shows. That's super douchey.
I have never heard the term 'thong tops' and I am still laughing reading it.
Your explanation of the workout area takes me back to the late 60's when I was in dental school
at Marquette and was looking for a place to work out with free weights. MU had zip at that time.
I joined a club on Layton Ave and found out it was 95% or more body builders. The power lifting
equip and weights were downstairs and almost no one was ever down there. I had to walk in past
all the guys body building, preening and looking in the mirrors. I found it funny but not intimidating.
Greatest thing about that club was the Crusher(Reggie Lisowski) used it to work out when he
was in town. I benched with him quite often the year I was going to that club. He was a beast
when lifting. Absolutely unreal! Only guy I ever saw bench 515lbs 5 times without even straining.
Of course he only had to move the weight 5-6 inches with that enormous chest and short arms.
I almost got a workout taking weights on and off between our sets. Obviously, I wasn't even
close to working out at the weights he did. There were a few other guys who came in to power
lift, but not all that many.
Reggie had absolutely no use for the body builders upstairs and I cant post the things he said to them.
One time when I was almost done he came in with the Vachon brothers and Dick the Bruiser to work out.
They were going to face each other in a tag-team match the next night at the old Auditorium.
I stuck around to just watch and talk to those guys. It was quite hilarious. Bruiser was another ape when
it came to lifting. I don't think they were on roids, but they were extremely strong dudes.
All were much different than their on TV screen personas. Nice guys all the way.