We all know of that phrase ‘Dress for success’. I take it to mean that a person should dress expecting results and that they way they dress will affect their performance. Some people wear suits to work. They wear classy clothes to go to a fine dining restaurant. Why should the way that we dress when we go to the gym be any different?
You may think that workout clothing shouldn’t matter and has nothing to do with getting into shape. I beg to differ. What you wear will psychologically affect you. Wear a baggy tee and shorts and you will not take your workout as seriously.
This applies to men and women. One of the mistakes that I see men make is to go all out and get the Under Armor shirts and best shoes. They then think that this is somehow going to make up for the slack in their workouts. The mentality seems to be, “Well, I have on the good stuff, so I must be working out really hard.” They have on the right clothes, so maybe it will rub off on their workout. Uh, no…not how it works.
Another thing that I see, and this is not restricted to men, is ratty old clothes. Would you wear beat up clothes on a date, to go shopping or to a movie? I sure hope not. Your health is more serious than some social outing, so dress like it is!
I have found that with guys who have a balance in their workouts and are getting results, they wear clothes that they can perform in but aren’t flashy. They wear what they are comfortable in. Generally, a fitted t-shirt, fitness shorts and a good pair of training shoes will do.
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Women are a bit different. A common mistake that I see women make is to wear baggy t-shirts or tie a shirt around their waist to cover up their behind. This is not a solution. You cannot hide the problem. Putting a t-shirt over your bottom, doesn’t make you work any harder to get that tush in shape! It’s like putting a band-aid on it.
I have a theory: If you acknowledge something, you will be forced to do something about it. If you deny it, you will continue to do the same old thing and not get results. Not rocket science…right? It’s the same with what you wear to workout.
Let me just say that no one is perfect and even men who are muscular and women who are fit and trim had to work to get that way. When I first started working out, I wore small tee’s and regular shorts. (I have never been a fan of baggy clothes…especially on women.) My goal was to gain muscle all over and lose some fat, particularly in the middle areas. So, I wore sports bra’s and ‘fitted’ shorts. Was I completely comfortable? No, but I let that push me to work harder to accomplish my goal. If I dressed for success, I would have success. In this case, success was being lean and toned.
Now, I am not telling anyone to wear something that is not who they are or that is not made for their body. You should never feel unattractive or embarrassed. I had to get some results before I put on the sports bra.
So, ladies and men, even if you don’t have all brand name, nice workout clothing, at least buy a couple of products. I promise that when you wear the clothes, you will see a difference in your level of confidence and your workouts will be taken more seriously. As a result, you will have a more intense workout. And, that’s what it’s about, right?
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