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Offline Rebecca28

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Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« on: September 15, 2020, 06:44:31 pm »
Ladies,

I just rejoined the YMCA. Now that I am transitioning. I have some concerns. I don’t pass yet. But my chest is growing. I like to swim and will be doing some classes and playing pickleball. Should i go in male clothing and just wear a sports bra? I need to wear one to protect my growing girls. Should I wear women’s clothing that don’t scream women’s? Not sure what to wear for a top as well

When did you know it was the right time to wear the correct bathing suit? I have a swim dress I love to wear but have never swam in a pool wearing it.

Any recommendations are appreciated.

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Re: Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2020, 08:04:52 pm »
I feel for you, swimming is one of the tougher mid-transition activities to approach, and has been a source of anxiety for me as someone who prefers to spend the majority of their waking time in the water.  I'm writing this around the take of someone who is still presenting in their natal sex for whatever reason.  Not sure that is entirely your case, but it has been mine and will probably continue to be for the foreseeable future.

I had to deal with it quite a bit this summer with friends and family I am not out to, and I'm nowhere close to passable after two years of HRT, coupled with being a sensitive conformist, so pretty much mentally stuck presenting male. What worked for me...

Best: A male wetsuit long sleeved top by itself gave enough compression (I'm not huge, but I can't wear a t-shirt alone without being noticed.  In the winter, just straight up full suits.

Secondary option: competitive women's swimsuit underneath a rash guard (they give compression).  Worked fine, front is well handled, but you can probably see lines through a solid pattern rashguard that is wet.  A rash guard only can work, but depending on your projection, you may need to be strategic with your arm placement when out of the water. In the water, no one sees a thing.

Indoor pool is a bit trickier, since nobody expects you to be wearing a wetsuit in the pool and you don't have an excuse to protect yourself from UV.  ;D I was thinking about wearing a triathlon swimskin.  Drawback is they are pricey. 

On the pickleball front, if you're still presenting male at the time, men's compression tanks or sports bra under a shirt are the way to go.  The latter may expose itself under heavy sweating though, not that big of a deal in my book though.

My therapist said there are some swim binder options out there too, but I haven't looked into them much.  Pretty happy with the outdoor solutions above, indoor pools aren't that necessary in San Diego.








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Re: Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 08:59:30 pm »
 Good evening Rebecca,

When using a public locker room, just ask the facilities managers what is their policy for someone  in mid transition like yourself. They often are accommodating and will find you something that is acceptable and maybe private as well. You never know until you ask.  :-X




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Re: Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 09:27:39 pm »
Personally, I am too afraid to go swimming / do locker rooms prior to bottom surgery. I’m just very hesitant to risk creating a fuss. Consulting the staff seems like a great first step.

Pickleball shouldn’t be an issue. In my area, most pickleball get-togethers that I’ve seen from the tennis courts are co-ed. (I play tennis myself.) And pickleball players seem to be much more chill than serious women’s tennis players when it comes to trying to be fashionable on the courts. So it really comes down to how you want to present yourself.

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Re: Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 07:52:28 am »
Good evening Rebecca,

When using a public locker room, just ask the facilities managers what is their policy for someone  in mid transition like yourself. They often are accommodating and will find you something that is acceptable and maybe private as well. You never know until you ask.  :-X

One would hope that is the case, but when began my transition, c2002, I was upfront with the YMCA where I had worked out for years.

I assured them that I would not disrobe completely in the women's locker room.

But they would have none of it. They said I couldn't use either (women's or men's) locker room.

Instead, they had a unisex restroom with a lock on the door. They put a locker in there and told me I could use that.

Separate, but waay unequal. :(

I think they put too much emphasis on the C in YMCA.

Now, fully post-op, I will be rejoining the Y soon, but at a different branch.



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Re: Any suggestions on transitioning and going to a ymca or gym?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 08:08:38 pm »
kaygee,

Yes, I am sure that was the prevailing attitude 18 years ago, but at the very least they were accommodating. That is much better than the open hostility and public humiliation many of us faced 50 years ago.  :P




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