Gym Apparel

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    May 18, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    Sorry, I have another question; sorry for my ignorance, but I was just wondering what should you wear to the gym; regular shorts, compression shorts, under armor, t-shirt, etc.

    Also, what should you bring exactly. I'm going to start lifting and I miss being on the swim team, so I think I'll swim too. . . any advice is welcomed!
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    May 18, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    Old worn out Metallica t-shirt with the sleeves torn off, frayed cut-off sweat pants, and old flattened flip flops.
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    May 18, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    Lies!

    wear training shoes that give you stability and that you are happy in, shorts of some kind and a top which deals with how much you sweat.
  • DanOmatic

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    May 18, 2010 11:54 AM GMT
    No need to make any fashion statements, but good footwear that provides stability is essential, especially if you're doing squats, box jumps, lunges, etc.
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    May 18, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    Sneakers tied tightly work best for calf raises and squats. Wear shorts or sweat pants that you can move around in. I wear tank tops because I don't sweat as much in them.

    I'm so meticulous about this kind of thing that it's not funny. Gym bag:

    Plastic bottle for water
    Workout shorts, tank top, hand towel, headphones
    Shampoo, soap, shower towel, shower shoes
    Utilities bag (deoderant, q-tips, etc)
    Change of boxers, socks, t-shirt
    Combo lock for locker

    You'll need a swimsuit if you're gonna swim too.
  • Celticmusl

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    May 18, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    At this point I will only buy Under Armor for clothes. I would buy Nike if their clothes fit me. But all the rest seem to be made of rubbish material and sewn together badly.....I've been burned too many times by the generic trash. Also they don't work as advertised(sweat wicking etc).

    Nike shoes for me, but I agree you have to try on a bunch of different shoes to find the best ones.
  • Halcyonz

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    May 18, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    I never really kept any or do keep any old clothes. . . . Usually for lifting I'm in sweats or shorts with express Ts since they are cheap. For cardio I switch to a tank since I sweat profusely -_-

    And to bring. . . I keep it simple with a water bottle and a towel to dry off with after cardio. I don't live far from the gym, so I just shower at home.
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    May 19, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    I can't afford running shoes so I wear a pair of my Adidas Hi Tops sneakers to work out in which does fine for the treadmill and everything else. And clothing wise, I wear a pair of briefs, basketball shorts and an old t-shirt. Nothing worse than being sweaty and your clothes just stick to you or get too tight.

    What I bring to the gym:

    -clothes (work out set & after work out set)
    -shoes (either one or two pairs)
    -towel
    -toiletries
    -sports drink

    Pretty much the same things I'd bring if I'm sleeping over someone's house 'cos I shower at the gym.
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    May 19, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    I wear a tshirt, my boots and boardies.
  • HankFit247

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    May 19, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    Totally Gay, But it Works!!!

    Invest in your Toys! In this case your clothing, shoes and accessories.

    Buy items that make you feel Comfortable, Confident and Cute. You are ONLY allowed to wear these items in the gym. This helps with the psychology of creating the habit.

    For me, my toys are: high-end Polar Heart Rate Monitor, Nike Shox (OMG, they are like 9 years old and I love theme more than the day I bought them), iPod Classic, and BlackBerry (Facebook Mobile).
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    May 19, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    Synthetic tech fabrics keep you cool and dry if you're incorporating cardio in your gym session. I can't wear cotton anymore.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    May 19, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    First, clothes that make you feel comfortable and that you don't worry about being seen wearing, but also don't think "cool, they'll notice me in this"...it's not a bar.

    UnderArmour makes great affordable workout gear that keeps you dry and comfortable, fits well and moves well. You want that.

    Personally, I think compression shorts are for biking or lots of road work, but not for general lifting, so loose, comfortable gym shorts, Nike's selection is good as is Addidas. All this gear is easily found at most big box sports retailers as well as Target.

    As for the bag, if you're changing at the gym, here are the essentials you need to get you feeling tight with taking your swole out for a stroll afterwards:
    Roomy but not bulky gym bag, with an outside compartment for wet clothes to keep it from getting funky (A couple of dryer sheets tucked into both compartments to keep things fresh)
    A clean towel
    A spare shirt
    Change of clothes, including both underwear and socks
    A sweatshirt (sometimes gym thermostats are off kilter and you don't want to get chilled or cramped, so it's smart, just in case light weight cotton, easy off easy on)
    Any toiletries like deodorant, razor, shaving gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, eye care (if you wear contacts) small bottle of bodywash (I prefer this over a bar or soap and a bottle of shampoo)
    Hair product if you use it
    Hair dryer if you have long hair
    Baseball cap in case there's no time or you're having "that" hair day.
    Flip flops for the shower...no matter how clean your gym is, trust me.
    Then anything you need extra like MP3 and headphones.

    The most important thing to walk in with is focus and a plan, and to walk out having done your job. The rest is icing.

    Have fun!
  • safety43_mma1...

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    May 20, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    i wear my baggy underarmour shorts and a tight underarmour shirt with no sleeves. i hate things on my arms when i am lifting if gets in the way i think. of course the wonderful pair of tennis shoes for the cardio running.
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    May 20, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    Wear deodorant

    Bring a towel
  • tajsreve

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    May 30, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
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    May 30, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Here's my normal setup:

    tank or gym-designated shirt <-- Usually of a synthetic nature to wick moisture away. I prefer UA or Adidas

    Adidas shorts <-- Usually wear the "shorter" type since I'm compact and most gym shorts go beyond my knees. Totally distasteful and a hazard for the uncoordinated.

    Jock

    Pearl Izumi socks <-- A steal at the outlet stores and significantly thinner than regular socks and designed to keep your feet happy. As a cyclist, I have TONNES of these and will go through them pretty frequently. PLUS, these types of cocks don't stretch out your shoes, which is important since...

    New Balance Cross trainers <-- Shit's light as a feather, super-aerated, and perfect. I can go from weights to heavy cardio with minimal lag time.

    As far as gym bag is concerned, I have 2, one designated specifically for the gym and the other for travel/clean clothes. Gym bag contains deodorant, hand towel (please use a fresh one daily - your neighbor will appreciate it greatly), inhaler (does no good to die at the gym - defeats the purpose of actually going), water bottles (usually 2), tons of protein bars, and papers since I also teach Spin.

    I don't live/work far from the gym so I usually just work out, change to my buffer clothing set, and shower at work or home, depending on where I need to be.
  • kew1

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    May 30, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    SC_Rider saidHere's my normal regimen:

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  • tajsreve

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    May 30, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Wear whatever you want that works for you meaning what you think you will be most comfortable in to work out.
    You will do what the rest of us do when we go there and look at other guys and wonder.... " What the hell were they thinking about when they picked that to wear!"... and hoping that no one is thinking or saying that about yourself.
    Personal belief... It's gym. a place to work out. Not a beauty pageant. However, sometimes I wonder.
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    May 30, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    SC_Rider saidHere's my normal regimen:

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    Socks, cocks. Same thing, right? *palmface

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  • cowboyathlete

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    May 30, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    tajsreve saidMake sure you know the right shoes.[url][/url]
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    May 30, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Something by Dior with a pair of Manolo Blahnik Pumps.
  • kew1

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    May 31, 2010 9:17 AM GMT
    SC_Rider said
    kew1 said
    SC_Rider saidHere's my normal regimen:

    t. PLUS, these types of cocks don't stretch out your shoes, which is important since...

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    Socks, cocks. Same thing, right? *palmface

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    Socks & cocks?
  • tajsreve

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    May 31, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    Socks, cocks. Same thing, right? *palmface

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    May 31, 2010 12:42 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidLies!

    wear training shoes that give you stability and that you are happy in, shorts of some kind and a top which deals with how much you sweat.
    At home, I workout barefoot. It makes me more cautious with the weights, and provides the best stability possible. Probably not allowed in most gyms for sanitary reasons, but athlete's foot is much easier to cure (or prevent) than other problems caused by shitty footwear.

    Now that I'm out of state for the summer, I'll be going to a local gym here (joining YMCA today). I don't know their dress code yet, but it's gonna take some getting used to wearing shoes if they demand it. I may order those "5 Fingers" shoes and see if they're any good.
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    May 31, 2010 12:51 PM GMT
    Does not matter as long as your going for a workout and not a fashion show your bound for success each and every time.

    I will say though that sweat wicking fabrics are very beneficial during the summer months.