Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Gym Attire

In keeping with my Fit By 40 program, I went to the gym tonight. It was hell. It was packed with people, everyone being dedicated to their New Years Resolutions. Atleast for this week. Come mid-late February, I suspect that it will be back to normal. Until then, I'll just have to deal and be flexible when it comes to cardio machines.

Tonight I did the elliptical, but it was not one of my usual elliptical machines. Yes if you go to a certain gym all of the time, you have your favorite machines. Some of the ellipticals are positioned so you can watch TV, some aren't. The Rosslyn Gold's is a strangely arranged gym. Anyways, I got stuck on an elliptical where I couldn't watch TV. So I was jamming to my music, and just people watching.

Which brings us to our subject: gym attire.

I know there are formal rules. You must wear a shirt. And it's got to cover your chest. Thought some guys really push that. But I'm talking beyond that. Looking at the people, you can see certain trends and categories.

The newbies are broken into two basic categories. New Clothes vs. Old Clothes. The New Clothes types who want to be really dedicated to their work out and have bought new clothes as part of their motivation. Lots of micro fiber and spandex. Which can be good or it can be bad. If they haven't been to the gym in a while, then it's usually the later. The old clothes types wander around the gym in old sweats and ratty t-shirts. There is no attempt to look good. They are there to work out so they can look good outside of the gym.

The oldtimers can be broken down by the type of work out they do (or don't in some circumstances). The weightlifters have their own uniform. Usually cotton t-shirts, some Underarmour shirts, then baggy shorts. While the cardio queens are in their tights and t-shirts. My favorite of course are the poseurs who are usually wander around in whatever will make them look good while they lounge on the machines and randomly pick up a weight every ten minutes. Hate them.

And me? I'm a weightlifter who does a lot of cardio. And my clothes are a mix of old and new. I've got some t-shirts that are so holey they should be blessed. But I love them. And I've got some newer stuff. So it just depends.


At 11:08 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Who cares about New Year's resolutions--we have a gay cruise in 8 short weeks. Hello cardio machines. Unfortunately, I have been using the arm-pedal machine and this has toned up my shoulders so that when I play vball I have come close to dislocating my left shoulder. Maybe it is time to see a doctor...

As for attire, I wear loose microfiber (short sleeves) and mid-thigh shorts from the early 90s.

At 11:33 PM, Blogger always write said...

What about hair? I guess this isn't an issue for guys, but women are walking around -- IN A PUBLIC GYM -- with scrunchees in their hair. This is unacceptable. I myself have been guilty of a few pigtail violations of late, crimes made worse by the fact that I've got long red hair, and it ain't Halloween... and I'm 30.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger d.K. said...

I wear shorts and ratty t-shirts and make no attempt to look good at the gym. On the weekends, I don't even shave before hitting the gym (and my 24-hour stubble isn't the attractive kind ;))

And you're right, January is the worst month because of New Years resolutions, but as you say, after a month or so, it's back to normal. Happy new year!


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