The apparel that is worn at the gym is essential to your workout. It can make or break the exercises you perform and hinder your safety. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen people workout in their jeans, or overly baggy clothes. Another common apparel mistake I see is ultra bulky shoes.
Below are some tips from personal trainer Portland on what you should, and shouldn’t wear in the gym.
1. Baggy clothes. Why is this a bad idea? They may feel comfortable to wear, but it’s also really easy to get that loose clothing to catch on something. For example, you can lose a part of your pants while riding the bike or get your foot caught up in baggy pants while running. The looser the clothing, the more unsafe it makes your workout.
2. To counter the previous tip, avoid wearing clothing that is too tight. This not only will make your workout quite uncomfortable, but it will also hinder your range of motion.
3. Dont wear everyday clothes to workout in. This includes jeans, sweaters, etc. Not only are jeans uncomfortable to wear while getting your sweat on, it’s a guaranteed way to generate some chaffing (rash that forms from material rubbing on your skin). Rather keep your day clothes, and your workout clothes seperate.