The West Ridge YMCA has started a new program that will allow the neighborhood’s community of religious women to more easily work out.
The High Ridge YMCA, 2424 W. Touhy Ave., has debuted “Women’s Night,” which restricts access to the fitness center to only women. The recurring event allows the Far North Side’s population of Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women to exercise without worrying about their dress.
If Muslim or Orthodox Jewish women are to work out in the company of men, they would have to adhere to modesty standards cover most of their exposed skin. And while there is a budding industry seeking to address this, the issue of dressing modestly makes exercise more difficult for some women.