Recommendations for stuff to wear down the gym?...

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  1. Chadford

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    Can you help please?

    I've just started going down the gym this month and I've dug out what I think is appropriate kit, however it's probably been about 15 years ago since I've worn this sort of stuff, and it's all a bit nipped :eek:, I think I need to buy some new kit.
    The main thing of concern is... what do you wear below...
    I've been wearing some Adidas shorts that I suspect are actually swimming trunks. They have a sort of white mesh liner, are they swimming trunks? I've not worn anything underneath these - and they do chafe [-]a bit[/-] a lot. :(
    Should I buy something like football shorts? Do you normally wear undies under your shorts at the gym?
    I'm just a bit embarrassed to ask whilst I'm there, silly I know. :blush:
     
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    Shorts with underpants are fine for the gym ..... as you say the other type can chafe a bit. I do use swim shorts like you describe most of the time as once I have exercised I go for a swim / sauna and therefore save the hassle of changing.
     
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    This. You could substitute pants for speedos if you're worried about things being too........dangly :D

    If ever I buy a pair of shorts with that meshing inside them I just cut it out. Can't see the point in the stuff.
     
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    The point is that it keeps you all in check but doesn't stop you from having a dip in the pool. Swim shorts for me in the gym, if you're having problems with chafing then get out the vaseline!!
     
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    Wear boxers and not "Calvin Klein's", if you get my drift. For the love of God and for your fellow gym goers, do not go commando :eek: - lest you also get reported(!) It'd be embarrassing for staff to have a quiet word and embarrassing for you. Professional gyms will have a rule against it, I have seen men being told to put their shirt on again

    Athletic shorts can have a mesh inside, so not automatically swimming but really you should be able to work it out from the material :p It is also acceptable to cut the mesh for comfort

    Wear a "wicking" t-shirt, long sleeve or short sleeve as preferred. Hell even an old footy top would suffice. Most gyms are air conditioned to be optimum as relative to the current season. So whether it is 25*c or 2.5*c outside does not matter :) Avoid cotton, unless you are deliberately intending to sweat it off but you will only make yourself unnecessarily uncomfortable
     
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    Never realised there was such gym etiquette on clothing!

    I wear a raggedy torn t-shirt, because it was torn by a fella I regularly spar with in the gym and I see no point in wearing a better one and have him rip that too!

    I wore it in London recently when training with Randy Couture (UFC Fighter and star of the Expendables). Must admit I was a bit ashamed putting that pic on facebook etc but then remembered I don't give a hoot what I look like, (luckily).

    I do wear good shorts though, not cheap nasty ones. As for the question of nags, I have to wear underwear under shorts for 2 reasons;

    1 - Last thing anyone wants to see when grappling is someone's nuts staring back at them.

    2 - I usually wear a cup and it's just more comfortable wearing boxers underneath.
     
  7. Chadford

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    Sorry to be naive, but what's that?
     
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    I thought cotton was supposed to be one of the best materials to wear when working out etc?
     
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    Like a box that cricketers wear, only more flexible. Just in case I take a kick in the balls!
     

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    Some underwear that keep your nads still, a pair of joggers, a t-shirt and a decent pair of running trainers, no one should "need" any fancy kit :confused:
     
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    I go like this

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    I wear a pair of cycling shorts under my gym shorts. I found that anything else chafed my legs.
     
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    This is the sort of outfit you should be wearing...
     

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    Thanks, I think that's the answer I'm looking for. :smashin:

    I'm really enjoying going for a quick swim after being in the gym, so I think I'll just replace the stuff I've got (~15 years old and ill-fitting :blush:).

    Thanks.
     
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    Look for Nike Pro or Nike Dri-fit. You'll find a lot of the Nike basketball gear is good for the gym too. Underarmour is very good but for a different purpose.

    If you're lifting weights make sure you get some weight gloves, otherwise you'll get painful callouses on your hands very quickly in this weather.
     
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    I just chuck on any old t-shirt along with a pair of shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Nothing special for my gym visits.
     
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    Nothing worse than someone sweating out in the gym and then getting in the pool with the same shorts.
     
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    Hmmmm ... not really sure that you sweat that much in the areas you are concerned about, anyway gym etiquette means that you shower before you get in the pool / sauna so thats not an issue at all.
     
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    Maybe it is a matter of personal hygiene. If I run for an hour everything is certainly sweaty and a 10 second pre-swim shower is certainly not going to alleviate that.
     
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    I always have a quick shower before going to the sauna,

    takes about 30 seconds and i think it would wash away 90% of all the sweat. :thumbsup:
     
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    then have a shower for longer than 10 seconds

    :confused:
     
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    I would just change out of my sweaty clothes. As I said it's a matter of personal hygiene.
     
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    nice one!
     
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    I don't have a problem with that. Work out, get in the shower, get clean, rinse your shorts out, put them back on, done.
    In personal hygiene terms, my worry is people (and I'm sure there's many) that don't wash their arse and genitals properly before getting in the pool. :eek:
     
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    Joggy bottoms ,tshirt and a big thick hoodie is my gym attire..
     
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    bright yellow luminescent spandex, no one ever looks silly wearing that :D
     
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    by the time everyone's pee'd in the pool, i wouldn't worry about the shorts
     
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    I tend to cycle outdoors or use an elliptical cross trainer at home but find a wicking t-shirt is good - much more lightweight than cotton.

    Down below I wear a pair of tight lycra running shorts - got mine from Amazon for about £7. Cos they support you well they dont need pants and are very quick to hand wash out and dry after use. No embarassing VPL either :smashin::D
     

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