Just because you are going to the gym and working up a sweat doesn’t mean you can’t look good while doing so. This doesn’t mean putting on makeup or perfume, but feeling confident in what you are wearing so your workout is much more productive. There is nothing worse than feeling like poo (excuse my childish term) when you are at the gym trying to look and do your best.
I am going to share with you some of my tips on how I like to dress when I am going to the gym and what makes me feel the most confident!
I am a Navy wife so when I go to the gym on base, it is macho military mania! Even though I know I am in shape, I feel so pathetic next to these guys who are benching twice their body weight, including Chris, and I am standing there pressing 20 pound dumbbells trying to look all tough, but deep down I am in writhing pain because it’s so heavy.
Well, I have found that it is all about ATTITUDE and CONFIDENCE. If I am going to stand there and lift my dumbbells, I am going to do it in style and look the best I can doing it.
This is why what I wear and what I bring to the gym is important to me. I find that what you wear and how you feel in your clothes only make your workout that much more successful and make you push yourself harder. When I look in the mirror-covered wall surrounding the weight area, I want to look at myself and say, “Dang girl! You look awesome. Keep going!”
So here are my tips:
1. Wear comfy, but wear strong
Wearing a strong, fierce outfit to the gym makes me stand taller, take more chances, and workout longer. Half the fun of going to the gym is deciding what you are going to wear and being confident in it. Yes, baggy t-shirts and sweat pants are comfortable and easy and you don’t have to think about what you are wearing, but going to the gym is all about YOU! It’s about your health, fitness, goals, psyche, feelings, emotions, and everything else in between. This is the time where you get to take a break from your day and focus on YOU. That is why it is important to look and feel your best. Trade in those old jazzercise shirts for a form fitting tank that is going to show off your physique and make you feel proud of your progress. Instead of a baggy pair of pants, go for yoga pants or some fitted capris. These are going to accentuate your best assets 😉 and have you turning heads.
This is what I like to wear to the gym: loud, bright, bold colors that make me feel good and happy (yellow is proven to heighten your mood). Here I have on a neon yellow sports bra from Target, a plain tan tank from Target, and grey and neon yellow capris from the Gap (yes, the Gap has awesome workout clothes). I love these capris because they have a vertical line going down the side, which makes me look taller (I’m only 5’2″).
Bright colors lift up my mood and spirits and add that little bounce to my step 🙂 I love mixing and matching neon tanks, pants, and even sports bras. I think having that little extra peek-a-boo of color is so much fun.
These are my favorite shoes I have ever had and they are the Nike Free Run’s. They are great for running because they are super lightweight and have holes throughout so my feet can breathe more easily.
Headbands are also a great way to show some flare as well as soak up the sweat on your head so it doesn’t fall in your eyes. I love wearing big and bright (sometimes sparkly) headbands that add a little something without being too overbearing.
2. Challenge yourself and look tough
These are my weighted gloves that I wear for kickboxing or running or lifting weights. They add an extra few pounds if I want to challenge myself and they also look tough. 😉
Even if you don’t do kickboxing, I would get a pair of these to make your run or walk or jog or anything a little more difficult. You are definitely going to feel those extra few pounds and walking around the gym with these bad boys definitely shows you know how to step up to the challenge.
3. Bag it
I bring all of my gym stuff (extra clothes, gloves, water, flip flops, lotion, etc.) in a gym bag and there is nothing wrong with having a cool gym bag. It’s both practical as well as stylish and you can use any bag as a gym bag. If you have a big hobo bag or a duffel or tote that has some cool colors or designs on it, use it! No one ever said you had to have a specific gym bag. Bring something you enjoy and will feel good with carrying around.
4. Post-workout: leaving in style
After my workout, I always have a change of clothes so I can sit in the steam room and take a shower. I usually just bring a pair of shorts and a tank top because I’m hot and tired afterwards and I don’t want to constrict my muscles to tight clothing. I also love to have fun with my after-workout clothes because not only do I want to come to the gym in style, I want to leave the gym looking pretty darn good too. I got these neon shorts from Old Navy. They are super lightweight and they came in a bunch of different colors.(I also have them in grey and hot pink)
I also bring an extra change of sandals so I don’t have to go barefoot in the showers 😦 and I don’t have to put my sweaty tennis shoes back on. These are from Nike and I got them super cheap at Ross.
I think the most important part about your workout attire is feeling good on the inside and out. Just like any other situation, you aren’t going to put forth your best effort if you don’t feel good in what you are wearing. I am not saying you have to go get name-brand clothing and wear all of the latest trends in fitness attire. I am saying that making your workout attire part of your workout routine is going to make the gym a more positive and uplifting experience. I look forward to going to the gym not only because I have goals that I want to meet physically, but also because I want to be more confident in myself and what I put on before I hit the weights is a part of that.
I hope this was helpful and inspires you to add some style to your workout! It’s not about being pretty or “attractive” while at the gym. It’s about walking in there knowing you look good and feeling good and taking that confidence and putting it into your workout.