gym attire

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Registered: 05-18-2003
gym attire
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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 2:36pm
I recently started a spinning class at the gym and it's simply more comfortable to wear spandex shorts or tights for that class. I'm not self-conscious about wearing anything like that but I know some females don't like that look on males. Just wondering what females thought about it.

Thanks

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: stuh
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 3:49pm
i think a guy should wear whatever is comfortable and practical for the sport/class/exercise. just like girls shouldn't feel like they should have to dress a certain way to try and look stylish while exercising, guys shouldn't either. but if you are going to run to the supermarket after the gym, you might want to pull a pair of shorts on over the spandex!

in my opinion, the guys that look dumb in spandex are the ones who you know are just wearing it to try to impress the girls. like the ones who wear spandex and then do nothing but upper body weightlifting and standing around preening. (hopefully there aren't too many guys in spandex reading the porn at vanessa's gym, yikes!) but i'm sure if you are the type of guy to even ask this question, no one is going to think you put on the spandex to try to impress girls and you'll be just fine!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: stuh
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 3:53pm
PS welcome to the board! it's great to have a guy around, hope you stick around and continue to post. it will be nice to get a male point of view on things...
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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: stuh
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 3:57pm
I'd go with comfort, too. There are probably women who don't like it, but you'll never find a look that every woman likes. The padded biking shorts might be more comfortable if you keep spinning. My husband has a pair that has padded tights on the inside and short attached to it on the outside for biking. Personally, I don't notice, unless it's like jen says and the guy is strutting around in them but that goes for anything, not just tights.





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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: stuh
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 3:58pm
Oops, thanks for the reminder to welcome him! Welcome, and hope you stick around to give a male's perspective!





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Registered: 05-18-2003
In reply to: stuh
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 7:14pm
Thanks for the welcome! It's good to see that females don't mind, even like spandex on males. I do wear it underneath a lot especially since I officiate basketball and football. But, now I feel better wearing it as outerwear.

Thanks again

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Registered: 01-22-2002
In reply to: stuh
Mon, 05-19-2003 - 9:53am
Hey, if you were on the road cycling, it would be totally appropriate to wear spandex shorts! Really, what's the difference? I agree with the other ladies--this is sport-specific clothing, and so long as it's worn for that sport (but not a trip to the grocery store), I have no problem with it either! Friction from loose or ill-fitting clothing is NOT something you want to deal with, spandex or cycling shorts fit the bill pretty well.

Welcome to the board!

Judie

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Registered: 04-25-2003
In reply to: stuh
Tue, 05-20-2003 - 11:10am
There are two hardcore bodybuilders I'm friends with at my gym, and they wear spandex, and they look awesome. Every pro bodybuilder wears spandex or some other lycra-containing garb; it helps you see the way your muscles are working! Personally, cotton/lycra is my savior. What really bugs me is guys and girls who wear supertrendy OUTFITS to the gym: aka velour jumpsuits or glittery stuff or all-one-logo (yes, I really do see those) and they just strut and check out members of the opposite sex. Working out can definitely be a social thing, but hey, gyms aren't singles bars!!!