It’s 6PM…You walk in and it’s packed.
You literally have to wait in line to use the bench press.
The guy working out finally finishes, gets up and leaves, and there it is….
His puddle of back sweat left for you to workout on.
Of course, a towel would solve this problem.
But one step further?
Proper gym attire.
There’s etiquette that needs to be followed at the gym.
Additionally, you run into people you know.
Possible business opportunities.
Single men, you’re on the alert because gyms are hotspots for attractive women.
The point is – gyms are social hubs and any public space has a code of etiquette.
Nobody wants to use the sweaty machines after you’ve dropped half a kilo of perspiration on the bench press.
The power of a first impression is applicable in the gym too.
Wearing the right clothing, with the right workout gear and practicing good hygiene can make a huge difference between an enjoyable workout and 60 minutes of misery.
What are some of the things you see at the gym which you wish you didn’t see at the gym?
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#1 Wear Moisture-Wicking Clothing
When you’re working up a sweat at the gym, stay cool and comfortable in moisture-wicking clothes.
Workout clothes are designed to keep the perspiration away from your body. Wear a performance t-shirt that is designed to draw sweat away from your body and to the outer surface.
Wicking or performance fabrics are generally made of polyester and Lycra blends. They cost more than your regular cotton t-shirt, but will last longer, dry faster and keep you comfortable throughout your workout.
Don’t make the mistake of wearing heavy-weight cotton t-shirts, they tend to hold on to moisture, making your workouts an uncomfortable experience. Denim shorts will cause chafing, it’s best to avoid them at the gym.
Opt for synthetic materials like lycra and polyester which are designed for comfort during workouts.
Don’t forget to carry a towel.
Believe it or not, workout clothing that is too big is functionally worse to wear to the gym.
Clothes that are too loose will:
- Constrict your movement
- Make you look smaller than you are
If you’re a size ‘M’, don’t wear ‘XL’ – you won’t look bigger.
Choose materials (like a nylon-elastane mix) and a fit that gives you freedom of movement. The small percentage of spandex allows for a greater range of motion during exercise and provides a very comfortable fit without being too tight.
Clothing that is a little more fitted will also give you a more aesthetic appeal. Show off those new years resolutions a little bit. Take pride in the fact that you have put in the hours, work, and sweat. Avoid the string tanks though 😉
Self-care is not vanity, it’s sanity!
#3 Stop Wearing Cologne/Fragrance In The Gym
When men wear cologne, it tends to be all or nothing.
5-10 sprays for a workout at the gym? Forget about it! You’re going to a gym, not a nightclub.
It could be really annoying to others if your perfume is strong. Not to mention that you are wasting good cologne as you will have to hit the shower after your workout anyway.
Fragrances tend to linger and carry in closed environments, such as your local gym. Your perfume-marinated sweat is most likely inducing headaches around the gym. It is inconsiderate, especially to women who have a stronger and more sensitive sense of smell.
Ensure your workout clothes are washed daily. That’s enough for good hygiene at the gym.
The only fragrance you should be wearing at the gym is Eau de Sweat.
The footwear you choose for a workout should provide proper support and protection to your feet.
Wearing appropriate footwear actually reduces your risk of injury and improves your physical performance.
The only time you should be wearing flip flops or sandals at the gym is after your workout. In the locker room.
Occasionally you’ll see someone running on the treadmill or preparing a heavy set at the squat machine in open-toed sandals or worse, flip flops. That’s just an accident waiting to happen.
I’m not implying that wearing shoes is going to hurt less if you drop a heavy weight on your foot. Wearing proper shoes gives you traction and prevents you from slipping.
Choose shoes that provide the support you need for the workout of your choice. Make sure they fit you properly.
Flip flops are appropriate at the beach, not in a gym.
Slip into proper workout shoes before the management is forced to ask you to leave!
Removing your shoes and working out in your socks is also inexcusable. You will end up with blisters and possibly causing unnecessary discomfort to the other patrons at the gym.
Be considerate to the gym staff and avoid wearing working out in the same shoes you wear outdoors. Don’t bring in the dirt, sand and mud from outside into the gym.
#5 Leave Jewelry At Home
Not only is jewelry unnecessary at the gym – it’s unsafe.
You may have one accessory that you never take off. Mine is a wedding ring.
Whether you’re wearing chains, watches, bracelets or ring, you risk damaging jewelry by banging metal against metal or snagging it on a machine.
You can potentially damage your jewelry by not removing them during a workout.
Wearing rings while lifting heavy weights can result in scratches on the ring, distortion of its shape and discomfort for your fingers.
To top it off, perspiration can react with the metal and cause an allergic reaction.
Get in the habit of taking off your jewelry and storing them in the locker or leaving them at home before a sweat session.
The All Day Every Day (ADED) Pant from Public Rec is designed to maximize comfort and style. I wear them to the gym and they are the perfect workout pant. Not too tight or loose and they are stylish enough to wear everywhere else too.