Intimidated by what people wear to the gym???

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    Jun 02, 2012 9:41 AM GMT
    A while back there was a thread about the Planet Fitness rules. Which leads me to a conversation with my trainer yesterday. I will try to make it brief...

    Remember I attend a very small gym in a very small town in the South. - My trainer has a young female client - who is in good shape. She is training for a bikini competition. The other day - (in the summer) she wore a sports bra and jogging pants to the gym.

    Some of the female patrons complained. My trainer's comment - which I agree with - was that how is that any different then the guys that wear the string shirts that have been cut to shreds? Anyway - a new rule has been implemented that sports bras and those string shirts are no longer allowed.

    My trainer asked me -did seeing guys in those shirts intimidate me.

    My initial reaction was yes, but after thinking about it - I wasn't so much intimidated by what other guys looked like - (maybe to a small degree), but I was more intimidated by other people looking at me and what they were thinking about me.

    Now, I have gone through a change in what I wear to the gym. Before I layered a compression shirt with a t-shirt over it. (the compression shirt to suck me in and the t-shirt because I was too embarrassed to be seen in just a compression shirt) - Now I wear tank tops and I'm not self-conscious.

    My trainer posed a really good question. - Let's say you've been working out hard for two - three years now and you have your body where you want it to be. Do you feel like you should be able to wear things that show it off when you're at the gym?

    I thought it was a good question. I never thought of it like that. I mean I guess I am more comfortable with myself - which is why I am OK in tank tops now. I have never thought of wearing the stringy cut up shirts before, though. What are your thoughts about this?


    tl:dr - Does what people wear to the gym intimidate you? If you're in awesome shape, do you like to show it off?

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    Jun 02, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    I'm not the most fit guy, but I did have an insecurity going to the gym worrying at people looking at me, too. The more I went, the more I realized that I don't care what people think. Yeah, there are people who wear stuff to show off their bodies. Fine. They're at a place where they are proud at the work they've put into their bodies. Good for them. Worrying about what they or others think about me would just be a waste of time.

    Now, if I ever get into awesome shape, I'd probably stick to just a regular t-shirt and shorts/sweats.
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    Jun 02, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
    When I joined my gym in Apr. of 2010, I started wearing stringers & shorts to workout in from the beginning. It's a small, 'boutique' gym and the clientele is primarily older women, though when I'm there early in the a.m. there's seldom anyone else around for the first hour or so. No one has ever complained, including the owner.

    Am I showing off? Yeah, ok, maybe a bit. But I've worked hard and am proud of what I've accomplished. Hell, I'll wear a stringer to the grocery store in the summer. I enjoy getting ogled sometimes ;)

    Besides, as a wise old friend of mine once said, "It pays to advertise."
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    Jun 02, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    People should wear attire to the gym that is appropriate for their safety and for general health. That means proper shoes, pants/shorts, a shirt of some form that at least catches a majority of your sweat.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    I'll be the first to admit I am sometimes a little slow on the uptake (really not being sarcastic) but, I am here to learn. Please explain to me how gym attire can be intimidating.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:10 PM GMT
    joe_diesel1 saidI'll be the first to admit I am sometimes a little slow on the uptake (really not being sarcastic) but, I am here to learn. Please explain to me how gym attire can be intimidating.


    When the fit/buff people are walking around nearly naked making the not so fit people feel unworthy or ashamed of their bodies. It's really not the fault, per se, the people dressed scantily, at least not beyond their often bad taste.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    joe_diesel1 saidI'll be the first to admit I am sometimes a little slow on the uptake (really not being sarcastic) but, I am here to learn. Please explain to me how gym attire can be intimidating.


    Some people are mentally defective and feel bad when those around them don't conform to their narrow idea of what a person should look or sound like in a gym. in a nut shell.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    In case I was unclear above - I didn't have a problem with the sports bra or the stringy shirts. It was just an interesting question my trainer asked me - considering that I've sort of been on both sides of the equation.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 02, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    I couldn't care less what someone else is wearing at the gym. Though there is a guy at my gym that works out every time in street clothes and flip-flops. I don't think he even owns a pair of gym shorts or tennis shoes. Looks pretty ridiculous.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Thanks! I think I get it...

    I'd have to go with no, I'm not intimidated.

    I could, however, understand one being a little subconscience and attending only when the gym was less crowded.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    RunintheCity said
    joe_diesel1 saidI'll be the first to admit I am sometimes a little slow on the uptake (really not being sarcastic) but, I am here to learn. Please explain to me how gym attire can be intimidating.


    When the fit/buff people are walking around nearly naked making the not so fit people feel unworthy or ashamed of their bodies. It's really not the fault, per se, the people dressed scantily, at least not beyond their often bad taste.


    How are you equating wearing cutoffs with being "nearly naked"?

    These people are not intimidated. They are just insecure, something they would be with or without what other people wear because that insecurity comes from within.
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidPeople should wear attire to the gym that is appropriate for their safety and for general health. That means proper shoes, pants/shorts, a shirt of some form that at least catches a majority of your sweat.


    This.

    The skimpy stuff, in my opinion, is not for places where you'll be massaging your sweaty body oils onto public furniture. If you're wearing the stringer Ts to the gym, consider the strong possibility that people aren't giving you plenty of space out of intimidation and respect for your physique, but instead because they prefer to avoid greasy equipment. Just sayin'...
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    Jun 02, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidPeople should wear attire to the gym that is appropriate for their safety and for general health. That means proper shoes, pants/shorts, a shirt of some form that at least catches a majority of your sweat.


    Gym attire is not intimidating in it self. It is usually the asshole wearing it. Usually the more bulky guys act as if the gym is theirs. My response is NOT. I pay my fee just like they do. I will push my way in to use equipment if need be. I personally am not there to judge or be judged. I do my thing and don't worry about petty pissing contest with assholes.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI couldn't care less what someone else is wearing at the gym. Though there is a guy at my gym that works out every time in street clothes and flip-flops. I don't think he even owns a pair of gym shorts or tennis shoes. Looks pretty ridiculous.


    OMG, there is a cadre of Arabs that use my gym and do the same thing. I want to say, "dudes, you can pick up a pair of sweats for under $20 bucks at Kmart."
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    I don't care about what anyone else wears. More important things to care about such as re-racking weights and using a towel to keep sweat off the benches or clean up.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    I'm not intimidated by what guys wear. I can't stand it when jacked guys wear oversized hoodies. I'm not a gawker or cruiser by any means, but one or two glances would be nice. Haha. I also don't understand the fanny pack craze with most really built guys. Can anyone explain that?
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said...I also don't understand the fanny pack craze with most really built guys. Can anyone explain that?


    That's where they keep the supplies for their roids.

    /trollface
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I understand for newer people to the gym it can be intimidating, but it is a part of the whole package. The way I've always seen it, it's something to aim for. If I ever am to reach their level I'm not sure I'd wear stuff like that, but I can totally understand why people do. They're proud of their work and rightly so.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I'm a bit mixed on the cut-up shirts.

    I'm somewhat self-conscious in that I probably won't wear one; and for some reason I tend to mentally associate guys i dont know who wear them with a certain level of douchiness.

    Rationally - its just a shirt, and so long as the wearer isn't leaving behind a disgusting puddle of sweat and body funk on the equipment, it's no big deal.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Well to begin with, I was the one with the "Planet Fitness" thread about
    supposed "intimidation" in the gym and how Wichita's Planet Fitness
    doesn't allow open sided shirts......


    Well I wear open sided shirts and love it. When I work out, especially on the ellipical machines, I'm soaked when I'm done. I like the free movement with the shirts, I certainly don't mean to (and don't think I) intimidate others. I am, however proud of how I look, largely to the dedication I have to THAT facility
    (meaning the Greater Wichita YMCA facilities) and what can be done if you just commit.

    Do I notice other guys with open sided shirts. You bet and I'm not intimidated, most of the time I like what I see.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    redsoxfan791 said...I also don't understand the fanny pack craze with most really built guys. Can anyone explain that?


    That's where they keep the supplies for their roids.

    /trollface


    That's the only thing I could think of. Still, it makes them look like a 70 year old man. All they need are the knee high socks, oversized plaid shirt, and big glasses. They'd be set.
  • dalwriter

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    Jun 02, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    I always assume that people wear what they feel comfortable in so I don't feel intimidated by those choices. Attitude is another matter, but I've seen more douchy people in sweatpants and a t-shirt than in short shorts and a bro shirt.

    I guess if I went to a gym where everyone wore bro shirts I would find it a bit intimidating. Or else I'd just start wearing one myself so as to not stand out. Since my gym has a mixed crowd I think everyone can feel like they fit in.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidPeople should wear attire to the gym that is appropriate for their safety and for general health. That means proper shoes, pants/shorts, a shirt of some form that at least catches a majority of your sweat.


    Definitely have to agree with this. To clarify, baggy sweatpants and/or sweatshirts would not be an appropriate choice for me as I need a lot of flexibility for my movements and I tend to overheat even in a tanktop and shorts.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    Intimated? No. I like seeing the bro dudes wearing those sideless shirts. Little eye candy to see between sets. And I like see the gay dudes wearing the latest and greatest in skimpy gym clothes from UnderGear. Because often times the gay dudes have really banging bodies. More eye candy. icon_biggrin.gif

    But RunintheCity brings up a great point about safety and health. The only times I have issues with minimal gym clothes is when the person is dripping sweat all over the place. One time I saw this guy on an exercise bike and he was sweating so bad, there was a puddle of sweat on the floor. Yes, a puddle. And I still see guys tripping over themselves when they try to do leg exercises in those super long basketball shorts. Or when guys with the sideless shirts get their shirt snagged in the gym equipment. icon_lol.gif

    Personally, I wear a plain t-shirt and mid length shorts. I wear whatever is comfortable. On leg days, I might wear slightly shorter running style shorts. But that's for reasons of function rather than for showing off.
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    Jun 02, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    I wear whatever is clean. I dont care if it matches or not. As long as it doesnt smell I am good to go.