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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:00
What do you wear to the gym? I want to start going but I don't have a clue what to wear. I know a tee shirt is OK but what about shorts? I don't want to show something I did not intend to show if you know what I mean (thinking about those thigh machines). Years ago, we wore spandex type shorts and a long tee shirt. Cotton shorts over the spandex ones if you wanted (I always wanted Smile) but I am not sure what people do today. I don't have enough room in my suitcase to take much. Just wanted some suggestions. Thanks

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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:10
I usually wear yoga shorts/capri/pants and a tank-top. I try not to wear cotton, because it tend to hold on to sweat (but I do have some more loose cotton tops to gym).
something like this: (no, it's not me, but that's similar to what I wear).
If you don't want to wear tight shirt - T-Shirt will work great.

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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:18
I sweat more on the upper body, so I tend to wear a workout shirt like the one lenakh posted, but not as form fitting, and i normally wear yoga pants with it, but it is getting hotter, so i've started wearing exercise pants that are cotton/spandex blend. I might do shorts soon even if it don't look so hot cause I'd rather give someone an eyeful than overheat while exercising.
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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:19
Thanks. My stupid computer will not allow me to see the picture. Email police are at it again Smile I will look at it tonight though. I bought sneakers so that is fine and I have some tee shirts. Just trying to figure out the bottom part and then I have no excuses left Smile

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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:20
LOL if i give them an eye full they will run screaming from the gym. Then I won't have to wait for a machine.... maybe a plan Smile

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Posted: 26 May 2011, 18:25
There ya go! A new way to get on the equipment without waiting. Why didn't I think of that before now? LOL. Good to stay positive.
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Posted: 27 May 2011, 05:12
I like crop/capri length pants - more coverage for all the moving. I like pants that have a tie at the waist, too, so I don't have to tug at them.

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 05:26
I'll ditto on the tie at the waist. I have two workout outfits that I can no longer wear because they are elastic band and I have lost too much weight. Don't need anyone at the gym to have an accident as my workout pants fall to my ankles!
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Posted: 27 May 2011, 07:17
Wearing the cotton shorts over the spandex would still work. I always wear a tank with built in bra with t-shirt over that, and just workout shorts with built-in undies. The key is to be super comfortable in what you're wearing and also cool enough.

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 07:29
I love my spandex capri workout leggings I got from Walmart for $7.00!! I wear that with a tank or a t-shirt! I agree with the rest of them, go for COMFORT!!! Who cares what it looks like.. you are there for you.. not anyone else... Wear your 80's leg warmers and sweat band if you want!! Smile Just go and bust butt and you'll be fine!

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 09:23
Very few people wear colors at my gym, but I had already invested in a coral set so I do still wear it (and stand out when I do). But most of the women there wear snug fitting capris or pants in dark colors. So do I most days, but I wonder how they can stand doing cardio, and getting way hot and sweaty, in full length pants.

On days when I want to do errands in the same clothes, I wear regular, elastic waist shorts and a t-shirt. The only thing is, I do wear a sports bra with it, and the straps always manage to show.

Most days when I go after work I wear the $7 Walmart Danskins capri leggings too. I would not wear them anywere else in public, because anyone with my butt shouldn't wear tight leggins. We're talking accidentally wedgie tight here. At least for now. But they do offer great protection from thigh rub on the treadmill.

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 09:42
Wait! I just thought of something: the dark colors don't show sweat spots nearly as much as some of the lighter colors do. I saw a woman leaving in "sweatshirt gray" tight pants one day and the sweat puddle in her crotch was very visible. While the tightness of the pants make it more comfortable on some of the machines, my looser shorts don't have crotch puddles. Back waist puddles, for sure. I know, TMI.

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 09:44
Thank you all so much. i will go to WalMart and invest in the $7 leggings. I had not thought of that. My plan for the weekend is to go buy the pants and fugyre out how to pack them, the shoes, and teeshirt in my suitcase. not going to be easy but I will make it work. Next Tuesday will find me in the gym at the Hiton. Not gonna sit around anymore and feel sorry for myself Smile I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again for all your help. Chazen, I have to admit you made my mind flash to visions of Jane Fonda and a headband. Thanks for the giggle Smile

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 11:04
I usually wear an exercise bra and an exercise top (with built in bra) because I am very top heavy. Then a t-shirt over that. It has been cold here so typically I will wear calf length or ankle length exercise pants or yoga pants. I actually wore a pair of exercise shorts yesterday (even though it was cold). I am glad that you are gearing up for the gym...aside from the physical benefits I think it will also help boost your mood Smile
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Posted: 27 May 2011, 11:25
When I got to the gym, I wear a sports bra, any kinda t-shirt, spandex shorts under other shorts (to prevent fires from starting).

When I go to pilates or yoga, I wear sports bra, tight-fitting yoga shirt with built-in bra (to avoid it riding over my head), yoga pants.

When I was a little heavier when I went swimming (my coworkers swim also and I was a little self-conscious) I wore men's light-weight swim trunks over my swimsuit. I felt more comfortable. Now I wear just my swim suit (when I remember to shave. Smile I had quite a few women tell me that they wouldn't swim in public but will now that they've seen my solution.
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Posted: 27 May 2011, 11:52
yes, the shaving thing becomes rather necessary when you go to the gym.... Guess I will have to get back in the habit Smile Don't want to be known as the wooley booger LOL

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 13:19
In my opinion comfort is the main thing. The reason you see a lot of people at the gym in spandex clothes is because they are generally the most comfortable things for working out in. Synthetic fabric is lightweight, wicks moisture, dries quickly, and doesn’t hang on to smell after washing the way that cotton does. Fitted clothing stays in place and doesn’t chafe--namely the capris that a lot of women seem to like, which don’t bunch up between your legs like shorts often do.

I learned after a lot of years that I like to work out more in cute athletic clothes than in any old thing—if I dress like a slob, I work out like a slob. I will also say that you should wear anything that makes you feel good about yourself, but it’s really not necessary to wear shirts or anything else that are larger than you are in an attempt to cover up and keep people from running. Just like for regular clothing, big clothing doesn’t cover any more than well-fitting clothing, it just makes you look bigger.

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Posted: 27 May 2011, 18:04
i just wear whatever sweat pants or work out pants i grab out of the drawer, i dont wear shorts because they ride up between my thighs and im pulling them out all the time, awkward! i wear somewhat snug tank tops.
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Posted: 27 May 2011, 18:47
Omg...crotch puddles & wooley boogers all in one thread. My favorite discussion of the month, hands-down.

I have some of those $7 Walmart leggings too, but they're cotton & they get pilly in the crotch after you run/walk/elliptical/do basically ANYTHING in them. And I don't do shorts because I get the sticky-thighs thing going on with bunching & it's not sexy.

My favorite bottoms are spandex capris with drawstrings. I've found several pairs on clearance racks at both Walmart & Target, but had issues with finding some that would stay up. As I jogged every pair I had would eventually work their way down past the very fat rolls they were worn to eliminate & it was terribly annoying. My favorite pair I bought special for my 5K from, they are Nike DriFit I think. They are compression capris so they kept everything in place during the run & the drawstring was excellent, though they are made so well they stay up on their own.

As for tops, I don't do tank tops because I don't like to draw too much attention to my flabby arms at the gym. I like Target's boyfriend tees & the Old Navy V-neck tees - both nice & cheap, less than $8 - but I also wear the old, too-big cotton ones sometimes.

I agree with wearing stuff you like vs. dressing like a bum. But please, DO NOT match your shoes to your pants to your shirt to your earrings to your makeup to your hair accessories to your iPod. Everyone at the gym will want to punch you.

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