I tend to people watch in between workout sets and I can’t help but notice patrons having gym wear faux pas. Granted, yes we are not there for a fashion show and yes I should focus more on exercising but I can’t help it.
Disclaimer: I am in no means an expert on what is proper gym wear so what faux pas I might mention below are merely my observations.
Gym wear faux pas:
1. Skimpy gym wear worn by millenials to baby boomers. Nothing against those who are bold enough to flaunt their fit or non fit bods but we are in an enclosed space, usually bombarded in loud music with scents mingled in sweat. Please do not add more to my sensory overload.
2. Ill fitting gym shoes. At least with the local gym I attend to I noticed some patrons in the weight room wearing converse shoes. I guess I’m so used to wearing running shoes when working out that seeing non-athletic shoes seems odd.
3. Gym bags. I myself is an offender of this because I use a cheetah print handbag as my gym bag since I only carry my accordion wallet, hand towel and keys. Also, I shower at home after my workout so I don’t need to use a typical gym bag.
4. Gym wear accouterments such as weight belt, weight gloves and various gym pads. Clearly, these are needed to the comfort and safety of the user but it gets expensive. Thankfully, our gym offers some of the accouterments to be rented for the day but non-availability and sanitary issues is a personal inconvenience so I don’t even bother.
5. This pertains to the selfie generation. You already know you look good in your outfit but please don’t use the gym as your personal runway by taking more selfies and hogging the mirrors more than working out itself.