Get Smart, Agent 86. Please, don’t show up to strength train in: Denim daisy dukes, grey leggings/tights or toning sneakers. Aye, yi, yi. Agent 99 Talks Style.
Agent 99 Talks Style
I am a firm believer in having proper workout clothes! Some people think, “You’re just going to sweaty and gross, so why not wear whatever”?
Theoretically you can wear anything to do your exercises…even leotards with a BELT…since, you know, they fall down…and leg warmers to speed up the…uh, leg warming process.
Consider comfort, form and function. You should wear clothes that are not too tight, but not too loose either. Loose clothing can catch on equipment and cause an injury. Loose clothing hides your angles, making it difficult for yourself or your Personal Trainer to see improper form. Too tight, and it’ll be restrictive, transparent on the bend and may chafe you. Hello…you should also wear appropriate footwear.
You most likely are working out in public (even if you’re not), you need to look presentable and relevant.
The better you dress, the better you look, the better you will feel and the more motivated you will be to push harder, faster or just get moving.
You get what you pay for. I am saying at the bare minimum invest in a proper pair of Workout Capri’s of that fit you right (nothing too baggy or too tight). You will be sweating and therefore you will need to wash these clothes…often! Having clothes that last after being washed a few times a week…is smart and ultimately more cost-effective in the long run.
Identify the difference between Casual wear, Activewear and Fitness apparel. Tights and Leggings are NOT the same as a Workout Capris or Yoga Pants. Even though some stores display them together on the same racks (or on same page online). Apparel found in the Activewear department, does not always equate to fitness attire. Leggings are meant to be worn as part of a layered outfit (underneath), not as a pair of pants…or workout clothes.
A sports bra is a must, no matter what your bust size. Sports bras can cut breast movement down by about 25 percent. Why do you want to cut down on movement? Have you heard of premature sagging? Yes & No thank you. Mainly, a sports bra helps keep “the girls” smushed, outta the way, under control and supported. Support? Yes, please! Another tip, make sure they fit entirely inside the bra.
Shoes are a category (crime scene) all their own. They deserve their own post. Use your noodle. If you are hiking…wear hiking shoes. Snorkeling, wear fins. Cross training, wear cross training sneakers. Fighting a lion to the death, wear gladiator sandals. Seriously, I could go on and on.
Pro Insider Tip: Working out? Only wear dark-colored bottoms. I confess, I learned my lesson long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Don’t ever kill a workout wearing Grey Workout Capri’s.
I’m OK with grey t-shirt and tanks. Sweat sells (from the waist up). Let ’em see you sweat! However, groin sweat is not as cute. Sorry, not sorry. OH…its normal, it happens to a lot of people. It’s completely understandable, you are working hard and sweating everywhere…e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.
Now some of you may be thinking, Agent 99… who cares what others think about my groin sweat. Um, I do. Uh, TMI. Personally, I don’t care to be noticed in that region…. especially when it outlines the shape of your thong and looks like you peed your pants.
Self-Improvement? Yes, Thank you! Sweaty bottom wardrobe distraction? No Thank you.
Last piece of advice, safety first. Make sure to try everything on and move around in the new clothes to make sure they fit before wearing them out in public.
You mission, Agent 86, should you choose to accept it. Get out there and start sweating it out… in your new workout clothes! This post will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck. Sincerely, Agent 99.
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***Disclaimer, all opinions expressed are my own.