A Beginners Guide: Best Clothes To Wear At The Gym

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Wearing top of the range sport attire seems to be the trend at gyms nowadays, and I’m all for it. It’s true what they say, if you look good, you feel good. But don’t forget the reasons why you’re there.

But if you’re new to the whole gym environment, and have no faith in your abilities to shop, read on!

I’ll start from the bottom with shoes. Running shoes are perfect for gym-goers. Most leading brands, depending on your preference, are comfortable, breathable and offer vital ankle and foot support for when you hit the treadmill or track.

You don’t need to spend £100 on a pair of running shoes to achieve your dream body. There are plenty of retail sites such as Get The Label that sell affordable branded running shoes that won’t break the bank, and still do the same job!

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Onwards and upwards to the lower body attire.

Tracksuit bottoms are perfect for the days spent chiseling your upper body, as well as walking to and from the gym. They’re breathable, fashionable and extremely comfortable. If you’re looking for a quality pair of bottoms, I recommend a those with elastic toggles at the waist and hem, to ensure maximum comfort.

Cardio days should be shorts days to allow a greater range in motion. There’s a huge variety of shorts, so shop around to find the style that suits you.

A key thing to remember is to opt for a pair that falls comfortably above the knee area. Leave the baggy shorts to the basketball players and stick to something breathable.

A T-shirt or a vest? Entirely up to you. Your gym rags should be what you find most comfortable to ensure you can work through the uncomfortability of strenuous weight training or intense cardio sessions.

I often steer towards branded versions of vests and t-shirts because I know that I’ll get my monies worth. I’ve tried unbranded t-shirts and vests, but realise after a few times of sweating an ocean’s worth, they become utterly useless.

Colours. The best colours to wear at the gym are in no-doubt dark blues and blacks. Full marks for working hard and sweating, but nobody wants to see the places where you’re sweating from – YUK. So stick to breathable dark vests, t-shirts and track pants to avoid the looks of disgust.

So the key things to remember is that the gym, although it may seem it, is not a fashion show. Yes, it’s nice to look good in trendy shorts and vests, but going for that reason alone is a definite no.

Keep it simple and don’t throw all of your hard earned in to what you wear, use the affordable retail sites as mentioned or use it for a trainer, or even better, nutrition!

A lot of gyms will have their own rules of etiquette, but the main one is to not be so unhygienic. In that sense, remember to stick to dark colours and carry a hand towel.

So, if you’re thinking about joining up to your local gym but were worried about what to wear, hopefully this mini gym attire guide will make life a little easier for you.