Fashion on the Fitness Floor
By Coach K
Okay Fitfam this one is for the ladies and may seem a bit off the usual fitness point. A big part of fitness is feeling comfortable. Working through sets can be challenging and uncomfortable as we push our bodies beyond what they were able to do the day before. That’s why it’s important that we, especially as women, are comfortable while we are working out. This means, having confidence in ourselves to walk into a gym for the first time, or hit the weight room where the majority of patrons are men. As you travel through the fitness journey, whether it’s to lose weight or tone up, the fact that you have decided to take this journey, tells me two things:
- You are at least somewhat in part, a perfectionist.
- You are not happy with your current physical situation.
Both of these for women can be major confidence killers and really deter us from walking into a gym where the majority of patrons are males and in-shape women. That’s why it’s important to be comfortable with your body and have confidence. For me, and I’m sure many women, my clothing choice can really make or break my mood and my confidence. Just like getting dressed for a night out, choosing cute gym outfits that make me feel cute, cut, or sexy go a long way when I’m struggling through the last few sets. Being in the gym is about being fearless and strong. A woman with a fitness physique stands for something bold and unique. It’s not something any of us would do if we actually listened to everyone who has told us “you’re going to look like a man” or “you won’t be able to keep the weight off”. So why dull our self-expression with a beat up t-shirt and shorts? Why can’t we look cute? Who says we have to look like men to be in the gym? Who says we have to feel ashamed of our bodies because we have some weight to lose or toning to do? If wearing booty shorts and a sports bra motivates you to push a little harder during your workouts, then DO IT. And if you feel the best in an oversized t-shirt and sweats, then DO IT. Anyone spending their time in the gym concerned with YOUR attire, is not someone who is taking their health too seriously and certainly not someone you need to worry about. This journey is about YOU so do what you have to do. Do what you want to do. Do what makes you happy!