Gym Clothing Etiquette
We're here to help you make sure you’re not committing a fashion faux pas next time you hit the gym.
The right clothing will boost your confidence. The right clothing can improve your performance. The right clothing can prevent injuries. Correctly fitted clothing will give you freedom of movement. Compression clothing can aid recovery.
While it's great to look great, remember that fitness and safety should be your foremost concerns.
A good vest will give you lots of range of movement in your arms, so you can target your shoulders, lats, and chest from a variety of angles.
Your choice of footwear is also important; you need to both support and protect your feet.
While flat shoes will keep you close to the ground and stable during lifts, you may need more robust uppers to keep you stable during your weightlifting, plyometric, gymnastic routines.
So, what should you not wear to the gym?
Jeans, shirts and opened-toes sandals or flip-flops for one.
As you may have already discovered, ill-fitting clothing can cause itchy skin, rashes, or more serious injuries however clothing should not be so tight that it restricts movement.
While cotton clothes may stink less than synthetic fabrics, cotton will absorb every drop of sweat. This may leave you feeling that you’re wearing a wet towel.
The more moist clothing is, the more likely bacteria will grow. Instead of cotton, consider sweat-wicking fabrics made for exercise. Moisture-wicking clothes will help you stay cool and comfortable.
Short shorts – for men and women alike - are a NO-NO.
For the guys, please don't all your unmentionables to pop out unexpectedly.
Everything should be held together nicely and nothing should fall out of place.
Never wear denim to the gym!
Jeans will severely limit your range of motion and make it difficult for you to perform certain exercises.
Wearing pajamas, you'll look lazy and maybe like a college student deprived of sleep.
Getting yourself to the gym requires motivation, but believe it or not, what you wear plays a big part in your success.