The first ever female-only gym for Muslim women is due to open in the UK. Haya Fitness will completely ban men from entering the facilities. Women will be able to ditch their headscarves, hijabs or burkas for workouts at the female-only gym. Haya has all the usual fitness equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes and weights and it will also feature an onsite prayer room.
The businessman behind the idea for the gym in Cardiff, South Wales, believes there’s a gap in the fitness market for Muslim women, who maybe don’t feel like they can comfortably attend their local or high street gym.
Speaking on the new development, worker Mohammed Alamgir said: "There will be running machines, step and cardio machines, cross trainers and fitness classes. Once they are in this gym there are no men. In this gym they won’t have to have scarves and can wear shorts and T-shirts.
"This is the first gym dedicated to the needs of the Muslim community and has come about from the demands of the Muslim community. There are restrictions on Muslim women’s ability to get fit. We want to encourage them to be active."