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All-women gym goes viral for protecting women and making them feel safer

Heather Huesman posted a video on TikTok highlighting the features of the gym which included access to menstrual hygiene products.

All-women gym goes viral for protecting women and making them feel safer
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Heather Huesman, a 23-year-old server, loved the features of her new gym so much that she shared a video hailing Blush Fitness on TikTok. The standout feature at the gym? No men around. Huesman said she'd never felt more comfortable than when she hit the gym at Blush Fitness in Overland Park, Kansas. While women-only aren't exactly a new concept, the gym goes the extra length to make women feel comfortable. "The BEST GYM! We need these everywhere, we feel so safe and comfortable going to the gym, gonna be my new favorite spot!" Huesman captioned her TikTok video

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Some of the features include being open 24x7 and tinting the windows so people walking past the building housing the gym can't peer in. Women are given a key fob that will only give them and members access to the building. They are also informed when staff who are men will be working inside the gym. Women also have free menstrual hygiene products in the bathroom. "I decided to share my experience because ever since the first time I went into Blush, I felt a sense of relief," said Huesman, reported BuzzFeed. "It felt like a breath of fresh air walking into a gym with no men!"

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The 23-year-old said she definitely feels safer in an all-women's gym, especially considering men won't be ogling at her. "I personally like to wear tight clothing because it is easier to work out in, and I don’t have to worry about men taking photos of me without my permission, or worry about men making me feel uncomfortable while I’m there," she said. Huesman added that it's so much more convenient when all the racks aren't being taken up and the place is clean. "It has great energy and vibes to it!" she added.

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It also sparked a discussion on the topic. While many loved the concept, a few men felt the concept of a women-only gym reflected a lack of equality with one going as far as saying it was segregation.

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