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Hi! Can I go to an exercise class that is mixed? I am going to wear tznius clothes, but when exercising and jumping your skirt can fly up, and you are in weird positions as well.

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Asked on August 27, 2023 9:04 am
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Exercise classes are a recent phenomenon, so they do not appear in classic halachic literature.

Generally speaking, out of consideration for tzeniut, one should seek out all-women's exercise classes. As you point out, unusual physical positions during a class can compromise tzeniut, even when an effort is made to dress in a tzanua fashion.

There might be room for a more permissive approach in a situation in which a specific type of exercise class is important for someone's health and only mixed classes are available. Or in a framework where moves are more contained and predictable, like a mixed nordic-walking group.

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Answered on August 27, 2023 9:08 am