Should Gyms Have Dress Codes?

A girl in ridiculously tight yoga pants. Appropriate for the gym? Maybe. Appropriate for a coffee shop? Probably not. Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/20553990@N06/

A girl in ridiculously tight yoga pants. Appropriate for the gym? Maybe. Appropriate for a coffee shop? Probably not. Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/20553990@N06/

Sick of badly fitting lycra riding up the rear of the large lady in front of you on the cross trainer? Perhaps you are fed up of over stretched muscle tank tops that parade around the weights section with arm holes so low they are practically belt height. Or perhaps you are sick of feeling like you need to buy the most expensive clothing possible to go to the gym, just to fit in?

Bearing this in mind, it begs the question, should gyms have dress codes?

I’m not suggesting that we should suddenly start teetering around the treadmills in our Jimmy Choo‘s, but perhaps there should be some standards set? Or, is this an infringement of our rights as a member to be there to work out and not give a damn about what we, or anyone else is wearing? Is there an unspoken gym etiquette we should be enforcing? Otherwise I’m worried this could be the new acceptable norm…

But, it’s ok help is at hand. Seems we have some signs you could be a gym idiot, and let’s be honest, recognising you have a problem is the first step to fixing it.

A lot of us wear our training tees pretty fitted, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a condom full of almonds in Giorgio Armani. Gyms are for training tees and the like. Leave your designer Hugo Boss vest at home. I can see your nipples. Like, seriously.  Read more: http://www.crudefitness.com/rants/top-10-traits-of-a-gym-douchebag/

A lot of us wear our training tees pretty fitted, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a condom full of almonds in Giorgio Armani. | Thumbnail Image Credit: CrudeFitness Top 10 Traits of a Gym Douchebag

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4 Comments on “Should Gyms Have Dress Codes?”

  1. gwallan
    January 7, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    My prefered gym is a sweat box without any of the shallow, pretty people. Preferably no women either.

  2. January 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    I would literally roll on the floor laughing my ass off if I saw that woman in that leopard-print leotard.

    • January 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      But hey…. at least she’s going to the gym. You go girl.

  3. Anonymous
    January 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Why do morbidly obese women think they look good in skin tight lycra outfits…I’m all for them going to the gym but dress appropriately….also guys who insist on wearing ‘skins’ without shorts.

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