Gym Etiquette 101: Coming Out of the Closet

It is time to come out of the closet…in clothing terms, of course.


Exercise clothes shouldn’t be too tight or too baggy. Jocks, if your workout shorts are tight enough to show the outline of your jock strap, and uh, your package, THEY ARE TOO TIGHT!

Guys and gals, make sure you cover your undergarments appropriately. Most gyms don’t support, pardon the pun, a sports bra worn as a top. Make sure your pants don’t droop due to loose elastic waistbands. I’ve had to move from equipment to get out of eyesight of a butt crack or two. #gymfail

If you wear baggy clothes, be aware that the clothing can get caught on equipment. Layers of clothing can cause you to overheat. Oversized clothes make it difficult to see if you are using proper form while exercising.

Find a style that works for you and for your body.


DO NOT wear high heels to exercise. Not only will you look absurd, you might actually injure yourself. I have witnessed women working out on cardio equipment and doing jumping jacks in high heels!

Get to the shoe store and get properly fitted for exercise shoes.


Leave the jewelry and scarves at home. Necklaces, bracelets and scarves can get caught or tangled in equipment. Rings can make your fingers swell. Save the bling for outside the gym.

Wearing a weight belt and gloves while walking around the gym might make you look strong. But, actually lifting weights is the key to being strong. If you wear it, use it.

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Kim Becknell Williams is a freelance writer with more than ten years of personal training experience. Certified through NFPT, she is a Functional Training Specialist and holds a Master Trainer level certificate for resistance, endurance and sports nutrition. Kim has written two books including Gym Etiquette 101. She enjoys writing a variety of lifestyle articles and fitness blogs.
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