I second or third or whatever the suggestion to get a good sports bra. The most important thing is comfort. Clothes that dry quickly are nice too if you're sweating a lot. Heavy cotton can feel gross when it's soaking wet. That's all I got!
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121 6/11/13 5:54 P
Get a good pair of all pourpose gym shoes. Wear somthing comfortable both to work out in and that you feel comfortable in. Your there to work out not be a fasion model! Also a good sports bra - you dont want to bounce yourself off the treadmill - LOL
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1,618 6/11/13 5:12 P
Actually, I think it's important to visit YOUR gym before you shop, and look around at what women your age and level of seriousness are wearing. It's kind of like the workplace-- dress like your role model.
I learned this the semi hard way. I joined a serious gym in my old neighborhood and went in wearing a cute long bra top that matched my socks, nice running shoes, and compression shorts, with a matching cover-up to toss on afterwards. It would have been 100% appropriate at any 24-Hour Fitness or Gold's or whatever, and a little under-done for Curves. But the women at the neighborhood place were ALL wearing men's style gym shorts, old T-shirts with the sleeves torn out, and high-top sneakers or ratty Keds. I felt like I'd shown up in full make-up and French manicure or something. (And nobody came around to give me workout tips, which was what I was kind of hoping for.) I had to "grunge up" a little to feel like I fit in.
Every gym is likely to have its own personality, and if it's a big place there may even be subcultures. Look for someone you want to emulate, and dress the way they do. If there's nobody there you'd want to be like, you might want to look for a different gym where the members are more your "type."
Most important thing--get some good, well fitting sports bras. (True story--I came back from a long run a couple weeks ago to find that I had a blister on my bra line, from wearing an old bra that just wasn't doing its job anymore. Not comfortable, to say the least.) I'm another one that goes to Ross or Marshall's for my sports bras, but I have gotten some pretty good Champion sports bras at Sears. Definitely try everything on, and check the transparency of the fabric for tops and bottoms. I don't go to a gym--I either exercise at home or run with a group--so I tend to get clothes that work for that. I love running tights, capris and long compression shorts for bottoms, and I have some good tech fabric shirts for running, and some tank tops for in home exercise. I tend to get hot easily, which brings me to another point--give some thought to physical comfort. Check for things like seams that chafe, because things like that will get worse the longer you exercise. And if you tend to overheat, like me, sweats can make you downright miserable. Whatever you end up getting, make sure it's something that fits well in a flattering style and color--the boost in your confidence is worth it.
Edited by: ANNEMARGO at: 6/11/2013 (15:16)
6/11/13 2:14 P
Sometimes I feel the industry takes advantage of "trends"... so if it is something I like that is what I wear!!
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1,618 6/11/13 1:26 P
A few things to look out for when getting new workout duds: Check for the transparency of the fabric. If the fabric is wet from sweat or tight when bending, if it becomes see-through don't get it. Touch your toes in the dressing room and see what is revealed. Shopping online is hard cause you can't check out the quality/transparency of the fabric. Check for the height and generosity of the trousers' waist/body. Once again, touch your toes in the dressing room and see if the waist is comfortable or too low or something. The thing about loose t-shirts, when you move upside down (toe touching again) they can ride up high towards the shoulders. If you're doing a workout where you sweat loads, perhaps then stay away from thick cottons. I've been fine wearing cotton for everything except hot yoga. When I'm lucky, I'm able to find stuff at charity/thrift shops. I like trying on the things and toe touching, squatting....checking to see if the clothes fit and I'm comfortable and not self-conscious. Going to the gym can be plenty intimidating when it hasn't been an old and familiar place. Wearing plain clothes that fit and feel good makes for one less difficulty.
Edited by: PETALIA at: 6/11/2013 (13:28)
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6/10/13 3:33 P
I agree with the suggestion to check out TJ Maxx or even Marshalls for a good sports bra. Check their sales and clearance racks. It's hit or miss, but you ought to be able to find something. I'm amazed at what a decent sports bra costs these days. typically $50-$75 !! Which is why I buy most of my gym clothes at TJ Maxx or Marshalls or even Modells. Do you have a Modells Sports store near you ? I've found their prices to be pretty reasonable.
Also, I know several members have found Champion bras at Target for good prices too.
But yes, if you're going to try some of the class (and I am going to encourage you to try a class), you'll need support. Try Zumba or step or kick boxing or any other class. Just let the instructor know that you're new and they'll show you modifications where you need them. You are not obligated to do everything everyone else is doing in the class. you work at your own level. Don't feel shy or ackward. Remember, some of those people in the class may have been taking it for several weeks. You'll pick up the routine before you know it.
Classes are fun !! And I do wear t shirts and nylon sports pants. I don't like the yoga capris. that's just personal taste.
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6/10/13 3:19 P
I wear workout pants, yoga capris, or compression long shorts (down to the knee) with a sports bra, a tank with a built in bra for extra support, and a t-shirt. I buy most of my workout clothes at Old Navy.
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6/10/13 3:00 P
Self-conscience about my appearance so it is baggy sweats and large T-shirt for me.
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6/10/13 1:42 P
I usually wear a sports bra, a tank top with a built in shelf bra for the moisture wicking and extra support, and often I will throw a t-shirt on over that because I don't like the tightness of the tank. I get my bras and tanks from Jockey and LOVE them.
As for bottoms I WILL NOT wear the tight fitting yoga style pants. Too much jiggling back there for that :) It is tough to find looser fitting pants, but it's possible. In the winter I will wear track style sweat pants. For the summer I have found capri-style loose pants at UnderArmor on clearance.
If I find something on sale anywhere that I like I grab several of them. Being comfortable in my workout clothes is important!
Lots of great ideas, but I'd add to make sure to bend over in front of a mirror in whatever shirt you're considering wearing.....unless you're intending to give the guys a show every time you do, that is
6/10/13 11:07 A
I get my stuff at kohls. If you watch they're sometimes 30 to 50% off and you can combine with a coupon!!
I go to TJ Maxx and get workout clothes there--I prefer the looser t-shirts that are made from a sweat-wicking material (they're light as air), a high-impact sports bra (because they anchor the boobs down more than a regular one), and capris. Something I've noticed and many people don't like to talk about--make sure the crotch area of your pants doesn't have a seam straight down it (where two pants are sewn together, rather than an insert that is sewn in)--this seam can give you a "cameltoe" effect and until I knew what to look for, I was always self-conscious because I owned several pairs of capri pants that did that.
I like tight capris or yoga capris ( also have a pair of tight/compression shorts I recently got and like). I do have some running shorts as well, but they're very short, I think I've worn them in public once. I prefer to workout in tank tops. I do workout at home, mostly, though, so I am only being "judged" by my cats and dog! One thing, I LOVE the bubble tanks from Old Navy. They are lightweight, and have a drawstring at the bottom to keep the shirt from riding up, but you can't see every little roll like you can with tighter fitting stuff. I do have a fabulous Champion tank (it's cotton) with a built in bra I got from target that I like to run in as well. Under Armour does good gear, but it's a bit pricier. But, as others have said, you really have to decide what you're most comfortable in. Every once in awhile I'll workout in a T-shirt, but I vastly prefer tanks. I don't know why. If you are going with something looser, or that doesn't have a built in bra, make sure you have a very supportive sports bar or double up to keep those girls locked down tight
BUNNYKICKS! Don't be shy to go to the gym. Unless you're sneaking in without having paid your membership dues, you have exactly the same right to be there as anyone else!
A good sports bra is essential. Another reason I wear my shelf-bra tanks over my sports bra that I didn't mention before is a lot of times I get ... um... extra blood flow to the nipple area? So a little extra fabric goes a long way to reducing the visibility of that!
6/10/13 5:50 A
be comfortable and you can satisfy your vanity too - there are many options out there for cute comfortable clothes!
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62,395 6/10/13 2:58 A
T-shirt and pants
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3,526 6/10/13 1:21 A
I wear what is comfortable. Usually a pair of compression capris or pants and a t-shirt.
I like the Champion Clothes from Target. They affordable and comfortable
wear what is comfortable to you.. I wear capri's shorts, sports bra and tank tops. I wear for comfort. I also wear something that doesn't get in the way of my workouts. I also want to show off my body as I am proud of how far I have come. So wear what you feel good in. Good luck.........And yea for being in onederland..........
For me its capris or shorts more often because I sweat and get hot easy. Tank tops and shirts that don't absorb moisture and don't show everything up top is great. I am larger busted and tops that don't slip and bras that hold without the suffocation factor are essentials!! Other than that, socks that don't fall down and something that wont cling to me or slip when working out for pants.
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6/9/13 5:40 P
For whatever reason, the fitter I get, the more inclined I am to cover up.
When I was overweight, I'd wear short shorts and a bra.
Nowadays, I wear long shirts and pants on all but the hottest days, or if I'm using the treadmill.
6/9/13 5:14 P
Ok so, yoga pants, probably out (unless i take up yoga).... Cotton t-shirts - out...
Heh, how ridiculous is it that I feel all shy and awkward just going to the store to shop! Let alone grace the gym with my presence! Time to bite the bullet, and go for it no matter how silly and out of place I feel!
Thank you for your input. I think I'll set out with the notion that capri-length will be my best bet. I really don't know what to do about the top - so top-heavy, I guess I will have to get a really heavy duty sports bra and layer over top of that.
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3,415 6/9/13 5:10 P
Gyms are the same no matter how long it's been. Just wear whatever is comfy. There are people who are more motivated to go and feel less self conscious when they wear nice clothes. I wear a sports bra with a t shirt and shorts.
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748 6/9/13 4:00 P
I wear a t-shirt or a one of those wicking (sp?) shirts and shorts. Under the shorts, I wear compression shorts. It has been great to pull away sweat (don't know if it's in my head or if it is actually helping to prevent chafing, but it has been working for me for the last few years).
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1,243 6/9/13 9:57 A
I tried doing looser tees, but I found that I LOVE wearing tank tops better because the sleeves don't get in my way and there isn't any extra material flying around. I do shorts and sometimes a hat.
6/9/13 9:36 A
I echo the advice to wear what is comfortable for you. Period. That is all you need. Others have added something supportive jog bra, not too tight and not too loose (loose clothing gets in the way of movement). All good advice. I wore an old t-shirt and shorts in college 35 years ago, and still do today.
However, there are some wonderful fabrics on the market for fitness wear that can be picked up inexpensively at Walmart and Target. You can spend hundreds of dollars at sporting good stores such as Jock and Jill, REI, Patagonia, and with brands such as Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Columbia, and many others. But that is not necessary.
Don't forget that walking outside can complement your workout at the gym. You may benefit from reading previous posts such as "Embarrassed at the gym", and "Self-conscious at the Gym". You are not alone.
If I were in your shoes, I would get shorts, t-shirt, and sweatshirt (for cool days), and look around while working out. You might reward yourself when you lose some more weight by purchasing something nice at a fitness store.
I agree that you should be comfortable and shop around for appropriate clothes made with modern technology for wicking and such. I also appreciate when people at least try to look somewhat put together. I am not saying full make up and a Brazilian blow out, per se, but I think it looks sloppy when people show up in a ratty old tshirt and baggy sweat pants. I guess I think it feels good to look good, even when your goal is to be all hot and sweaty!
6/9/13 7:50 A
You have to be comfortable or you won't want to go. I used to wear track pants with pockets (not the kind that make noise when you walk) and moisture wicking tees. I didn't want to wear anything tight. Recently started wearing a little more fitted pants since I've lost some weight. Had to buy them because it was all the stores had where I lived. Loved them once I got used to them. I get alot of my workout pants from JCP cause they have a decent selction of petite sizes that aren't as expensive as other stores. They also have tall sizes and I would buy tall shirts cause they are longer and covered my butt better.
Wear what makes you happy, that you feel good in, that gives you the proper support/coverage/flexibility for whatever you want to do!
Personally, I wear stretchy capri pants, a really bright colored t-shirt, bright colored socks (never the same color as the t-shirt!). Everything is long enough and just the right fit to not get in the way, but not choke me out either. Other ladies at my gym may wear super tiny shorts, or long yoga pants, or baggy sweats, and I've even seen people wear jeans!
Congratulations on getting below 200!! New workout clothes is an AWESOME reward!
In warm weather: I wear a sports bra, and a tank top with a built-in shelf bra for a little extra support; and knee-length stretchy exercise pants that are loose toward the lower end, not tight around my lower thigh/knee area.
In cold weather: same sports bra / tank top combo, with Nike Legend slim-fit pants which are long slightly flared at the bottom and very flattering, not yoga-pant material but they look like yoga pants in their shape. I'm also planning to make running sleeves for this winter (just sleeves - so I can wear sleeves with my tank tops and my arms won't be cold).
But I see women dressed very variously at my gym- some wear cotton t-shirts, some wear just a sports bra with nothing on top, some wear very very tight long leggings. Personally I feel most comfortable in my clingy tank tops because the built in shelf bra makes me feel much better, and as for pants, I can't stand wearing anything where the cuff touches my skin. It's all about comfort and personal preference!
Yes, just go with what you're comfortable in, but as PAT4PROG stated, steer clear of cotton as it gets soaked with sweat and you just end up dripping - not nice!
I wear knee length cycling/running pants with moisture wicking t-shirts. I find that sort of thing the most comfortable and do you know what? I don't care if what I wear isn't what would be considered fashionable - as in normal day to day wear, when I workout I dress for comfort not to put on a show!
Go for it - and no doubt when you're well into your workout, you won't even notice what you're wearing!
Wear what is comfortable for you. I prefer shorts because I tend to get hot. I wear moisture wicking tees/tanks and socks---Cotton is not your friend at the gym. Toss in a hand towel and a bottle of water and you're set to go. Have a great workout!!!
Edited by: PAT4PROG at: 6/9/2013 (06:41)
6/8/13 10:46 P
I just have to ask... because I do not know how to dress for the gym, it's been YEARS since I've gone and styles change, trends change, my age and body size have also changed.... and i'm nervous, self conscious and possibly vain....
Ten years ago, I wore a pair of somewhat-short loose-legged knit-stretch material Everlast shorts, a sports bra and a tank top. I... don't think I'd feel comfortable nor look very good dressed like that right now!
What do you wear? Yoga pants? I kind of dread the clingy nature of these, but maybe with a long-loose t-shirt? If not yoga pants, then what?
I have to buy something, I have ZERO workout clothing... but I promised myself once I got below 200# I would take the necessary steps to add a regular fitness routine to my life. Today I was 199# sooooooooooo..... (gah. why is the thought of this giving me heart palpitations lol).
Thank you for your input, patient Fitness Peoples :)
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