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U of T Scarborough introduces Women's Only Workouts

The University of Toronto Scarborough is celebrating International Women’s Week by responding to demand for a place on campus where women can work out in the company of other women.

Starting today, The Department of Physical Education & Athletics introduces Women’s Only Workouts in the Recreation Centre, officially joining the St. George and Mississauga campuses, which already have similar services in place.

“This program is here to stay and will likely expand to meet the needs of our female members who feel self-conscious exercising in our open-concept facilities or who can’t work out here for religious or cultural reasons,” says Heidi Calder, Assistant Director of the Department.

The female-only workout concept was introduced by Jenna Hossack, Vice President, Students and Equity for the Scarborough Campus Student’s Union.  “The campus has been extremely supportive of this new feature at the Recreation Centre, especially given the fact that 65 per cent of the students are female,” she said.

“There are so many reasons why there is a need for women-only workout hours.  While talking to women about this initiative, I learned that the stories are as diverse at the women themselves,” said Hossack at the launch event today.  “Some spoke of their religious or cultural beliefs that made a co-ed environment uncomfortable.  Others told me they were intimidated, especially when using weights.  Still more said they wanted a women-only environment solely out of personal preference.”

Physical Education and Athletics is a self-funded Department, with the majority of funding coming from student fees. The Recreation Centre features a newly renovated Cardio Theatre, a strength training area, eight squash courts, a teaching studio and two gyms.

For now, the Women’s Only Workouts will be limited to the Recreation Centre’s Cardio Theatre during specific times on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

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