What to Wear to the Gym – Workout Essentials

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Summer is around the corner and what should you wear fror your run / gym workouts

Whether you are a runner in your local area, at work, gym or home – you not only need to be in the right frame of mind, but wearing the right equipment can help elevate injury and moderate body temperature.

Buddy up for gym inspiration, always have your gym bag ready and do what you can / seek advise from a expert.

What to Wear to the Gym? How to Look and Feel Your Best While Exercising

Although going to the gym should not be treated as a fashion show, it is still important to look good.
Furthermore, when you look good, you feel good. Wearing comfortable clothing that you feel confident in and that allows you to move freely will make you feel better about your workouts and may even keep you motivated.

If you’ve just started a new exercise programme, this feature will answer any questions you might have about what to bring to the gym or what to wear to the gym. If you’re already exercising, this will serve as a refresher and provide you with some pointers on how to improve your comfort level while doing so.

Workout clothes

The material you choose to wear to the gym should keep you dry, comfortable, and confident.
While exercising, your main focus should be giving it your all, and you should not be self-conscious or uncomfortable in your clothing.

Depending on the type of workout, you may need to wear different clothing. The cut of your gym clothes should allow you to move freely without constricting your movements.

Because you will be moving around and bending frequently while exercising, the clothing you wear should be flexible. For a good balance of functionality and comfort, look for clothing made of synthetic materials such as nylon, acrylic, or polypropylene.

Cotton is probably the most common workout fabric, as it is reasonably priced, breathable, and comfortable. However, it tends to hold moisture and become quite heavy if you sweat. Depending on the climate and your comfort level, a fitted T-shirt or tank top (made of the materials noted above) with comfortable pants or gym shorts are ideal exercise clothing options

Training shoes

Before deciding on a shoe, try on several until you find the one that feels just right.
While in the store, walk around the store and jump up and down to test the potential shoe.
It is also important to wear socks that you would wear while exercising to find the best fit.
Furthermore, make certain that the shoe you select is appropriate for the activity for which it will be used.

Things to bare in mind

  • Workout clothes. The type of material that you choose to wear to the gym should allow you to feel dry, comfortable, and confident. …
  • Training shoes. …
  • Runners. …
  • Socks. …
  • Sports bras. …
  • MP3 player or personal stereo and carrying case. …
  • Toiletries. …
  • Hair ties or clips.

MP3 player or personal stereo and carrying case

Bringing an MP3 player or personal stereo with some of your favorite music choices is a great way to motivate yourself at the gym. High-energy music – or whatever your preference may be – is a great way to hype up your cardio workout and get you going. An armband or waist-belt carrying case (sold at many department stores or specialty workout shops) is an ideal way to carry your MP3 player or personal stereo.


Remember to bring a shower towel, bath sponge, shampoo, conditioner, and soap to freshen up after your workout.

Hair ties or clips

If you have long hair or bangs that fall into your face, don’t forget to bring hair elastics or clips to pin your hair back. Nothing is more annoying than trying to exercise when your hair keeps falling in your face.


Towels are both a comfort measure and a necessity. You’ll be glad to have one with you after you’ve worked up a sweat.


Keep your feet clean and prevent athlete’s foot by wearing your flip-flops in the shower.

Water bottle

It’s important to keep hydrated throughout the day, and it’s essential during and after your workouts. Get an estimate of how much water you need using a water calculator.

Gym bag

Carry a gym bag that’s big enough to carry everything you need at the gym but small enough to fit in your locker.


Invest in a good lock that you can bring to the gym each time to lock up your valuables.

Weight-training gloves

Keep your hands soft and callus-free by wearing gloves when you’re lifting weights.

Training log

Keep track of your workouts with a training log to keep you motivated by tracking your progress and help you stay focused.

Heart-rate monitor

You can make sure you’re in your fat-burning zone by wearing a heart-rate monitor during your cardio sessions. Use the following formula to calculate 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate: Subtract your age from 220. Multiply the remainder by 0.50 for the lower end of your target zone, and multiply it by 0.70 for the high end of your target zone. You can also easily determine your target heart rate by using our target heart rate calculator


As you become more advanced, you may want to start timing your rest periods in between each set. Depending on your goals, this will ensure you are not resting too long or taking breaks that are too short.


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