Every new year, we are set to witness an incredible stampede of newcomers, of all ages, excited to stave off obesity and get fit. If people don’t adhere to some standard of dress, well, average American gyms could start looking like Walmarts at 9pm.
The Two Types of Gymers
Everyone is a special unique snowflake yes, but in the gym, this gets out of whack as basically two types of hordes rush in and start sweating all over the place.
- Type A – These are men and women who attempt to be completely oblivious to others around them. They genuinely don’t give a crap, and in their minds, while being blasted with music, they’re the only person in the gym. They wear “whatever” clothes.
- Type B – From social butterflies to the insecure masses, type B is aware of what they look like from head to toe. Some are lonely souls looking for attention, while other’s just enjoy looking sporty and fitting into the scene.
Either way, there are some do’s and don’ts which everyone has agreed to over the last twenty years that should be considered by the noobs.
Over the Top
There’s nothing wrong with having a $100 pair of clean shoes for the gym. That’s 100% ok in everyone’s book. After that though, it ends. Those 90$ flashy shorts and that expensive NFL jersey are tacky. Seriously, people come to the gym to workout, not to party. Going over the top fashion wise isn’t wise in any respect really.
It makes someone stick out for all the wrong reasons. Even if a guy or girl is sitting at 10% body fat (it helps though), it still looks tacky.
The Absolute Worst Choices
Unless it’s an exercise class like Spinning, Metabolics, or Yoga, the spandex has to go. And let’s be honest, this especially goes for people that are 50lbs + overweight. It’s downright rude to go walking around in something incredibly tight, leaking fat rolls, and sweating all over cottage cheesy legs, glutes, and arms.
No one wants to see that, it’s immature, and shows a downright lack of respect for ones appearance.
News flash – super tight muscle shirts went out of fashion a while back. What’s with those anyway? The new shirts these days that breathe, stretch, and are smart to body temperature are one thing. But that V-neck dress shirt that’s two sizes too small is really awkward looking.
The Middle of the Road Approach
Show up in loose fitting clothes that didn’t break the bank, and dress according to the preferred style of training. Runners shouldn’t be wearing basketball shoes on the treadmill, and there is never any reason to workout in jeans. Furthermore, make sure that everything is washed and doesn’t reek!
The middle of the road approach is for people that are in the gym to get and stay healthy, but don’t want to look sloppy while doing it. Fitness is going to become a huge part of people’s lives whether they like it or not, so incorporating some style is awesome, but don’t be that guy or girl making the gym feel trashy please. Keep it classy!