Of course, you should wear clothing that you feel comfortable in, that does not restrict your mobility or in any other way. But there is also a dress code in the gym. Some of its rules are written down, for example in many gyms there is no free upper part of the body (which of course is more of a matter for the lords of creation).
Even though this is not (yet) written anywhere, there are outfits that you should never wear for gym training. Not for the sake of your fellow human beings, but to do your health a big favor and not to hinder yourself during training. Here is our list of the 7 No-Gos.
1. never train in clothing made of 100 percent cotton!
Okay, studies show that cotton clothes smell less than synthetic fabrics. But cotton absorbs every last drop of sweat. I’m sure you know the feeling: After a sweaty workout, your cotton shirt feels like a wet towel. The reason: the fibres absorb the moisture and do not transport it to the outside. Sweaty clothing like this is not only super-ekilous, it also increases the likelihood of bacteria multiplying in your clothing.
Especially if you wear the outfit for several hours in a row or several times unwashed. Possible consequence: often painful and itchy fungal infections. Therefore, it is better to wear breathable, fast-drying training clothes that drain away the liquid instead of storing it. An ideal material for sportswear is polyester, for example. But merino wool is also suitable – yes, you can not only turn it into cuddly sweaters. Important: Wash your sportswear after each training session.
2. sort out worn-out sports shoes
The rule of thumb for athletic footwear: Run a maximum of 500 kilometres in training shoes. Granted: Unless you are tracking your steps precisely with a Smartwatch, it can be difficult to find out how many kilometres you have run in your favourite shoes.
But there is one more rule: Take off your shoes when the profile is worn out or the sole design is no longer visible. But at the latest when there are holes in the sole, you should immediately part with your old shoes and buy new ones. Worn-out training shoes not only look rotten, they are also not cushioned enough and hardly absorb any shocks, for example when running. This can lead to hip or knee problems.
3. do not wear a worn out Sport-BH !
No, this is not about gawkers! For your boobs’ sake, you should never be in a normal BH let alone without BH to go to training. Even with an old, worn-out Sport-BH you’re not doing yourself or your breasts any good. On the contrary: Not only do your breasts wobble painfully back and forth or up and down. Do not wear an adequate Sport-BH it can cause your breast tissue to be damaged and become saggy.
Without supporting Sport-BH to train, but can have not only aesthetic but also health consequences. The movement of your breasts can lead to postural problems as well as back and shoulder complaints. So always wear a supporting sport BH to practice! Your breasts, shoulders and back will thank you.
4. refrain from jewellery!
You weren’t allowed to do that in school, for good reason. Jewelry is a real no-go at the gym. Starting with chains that dangle in your face while running on the treadmill or crosstrainer. This is annoying, and it can especially cause injuries if you get your fingers caught in the chain during a swinging movement
You think rings are better? Wrong! Rings can also get caught and get stuck. In addition, wearing rings during dumbbell training reduces the risk of getting caught. Ergo: You risk the dumbbells falling out of your hand. The pressure of the weight against the ring can also cause you to injure your fingers. Another disadvantage: The friction of your ring against the metal of the dumbbells can cause scratches in the ring. Not a pretty picture, is it?
If you are afraid that your discarded jewellery might be stolen, leave it at home right away.
5. do not wear too tight clothing!
Compression garments are designed for a specific purpose: to exert a certain amount of pressure on the muscle, thereby facilitating venous return of blood and thus improving performance. Of course you can wear them if you want.
Never confuse compression garments with leggings that are too small or too tight! It is not only super embarrassing when your sports trousers become transparent when you bend your knees and everyone sees your underwear. Too tight and incisive sportswear can prevent your blood flow instead of improving it, which can result in painful cramps. And sports that are too tight BH s can impair your respiratory flow.
This brings compression garments
6. also avoid clothing that is cut too wide!
Not only is too tight clothing unsuitable, but also too wide clothes are not suitable for the gym. Sure, an airy top is super comfortable, especially during sports. But your clothes should not be too wide either. If you are attending a fitness course, your trainer should at least have the chance to see how you perform your exercises, so that he can correct you if necessary. This is possible with a XXL -Shirt not so good.
In addition, if your clothing is too wide or too bulky, there is a risk that you will get tangled up and caught on equipment. This can result in accidents.
7. Don’t go to the gym with too much make-up!
Of course make-up flatters your complexion, but in the gym a thick layer of it on the face has no place. During a sweat-inducing workout, oil and sweat residue can build up under your make-up layer. This can lead to skin irritations and pimples.
Therefore: Less make-up is more, at least during training. Tip: All those who don’t want to do without make-up should use special sports make-up, for example from Clinique. The sports make-up is designed in such a way that it does not clog the pores and keeps them even after a sweaty workout.
The dress code for the gym should not take away the fun of your workout, on the contrary. If you wear the wrong sportswear during training, you are doing neither your health nor your sporting performance any favours. It is also not difficult to find suitable training clothes.