My gym is mainly the training location for a powerlifting crew that is part of a larger membership based club around the country. As a newbie and a 123/132 class, teen/junior division, female powerlifter, I was of course at first intimidated by these men who were all in 200+ lbs and often lifted geared. However, I soon became accustomed to their music and antics and worked hard to prove myself strong.
However, they recently declared a “no girls” rule for their club, though I would be the only potential female member, and other chapters of the club allow women. They also prevented me from storing my belt and various lifting shoes at the gym, forcing me to carry everything with me.
It’s hard not to take personally when it all seems so personal… has anyone else dealt with this sort of sexism in powerlifting or in the gym in general? My boyfriend and a few male friends of mine are part of the group, but this decision was made without their input and they disagree with it, though they did not voice these concerns.