When it comes time to step out of the house and start up a killer workout, you don’t want what you wear to hold you back. Believe it or not, I have been noticing my fellow gym goers with things on that not only are unsafe, but draw laughter from everyone else around. I am here to be your friend and show you some mistake that you might be making before you even pick up a single weight.
First, why are some of you not wearing any shoes to the gym? There are rules that are set in place to combat this from going on, but in the world of twenty-four hour gyms, it isn’t always a rule that is enforced. Far be it from me, to tell anyone how to dress, but this is just ridiculous. If you don’t care about keeping your feet and toes, keep on showing up to train barefooted. If you care about keeping everything on your body where it is, get a pair of shoes. You don’t need to get anything fancy or even new, for that matter, just get a pair of shoes. Also, wearing flip flops while pumping iron is another no-no. Come on, this is about as close to being barefoot as you can get. I remember guys getting kicked out of the weightlifting classes I took in college for this very reason.
Something else I have ran into is people not checking their surroundings while they exercise. I actually saw why not to do this happen right in front of my eyes, and it is a somewhat gruesome tale, you have been warned. Anyways, there was someone in that same weightlifting class that was known as not being the brightest bulb. I have always been taught about the golden rule, so I was always nice to him. Cut to a couple of months down the road, while we were all doing on daily workout. The day in question was an arm training day. The poor guy that I was just talking about was doing some dumbbell exercises and wasn’t looking at where he laid his weight down. Unfortunately, he ended up crushing a couple of fingers between the dumbbell that he was using and the weight plates that were already on the ground. Needless to say, he had to go to the hospital to get a couple of fingers reattached. He ended up being just fine, so there was light at the end of the tunnel, but I have always checked the floor now since that day.
Before mentioning this one, I want to note that I have seen men just as guilty of this faux pas: not wearing enough when you go to lift. Not only are you subjecting too much of yourself to whoever might be in the building, but you could face getting your membership in jeopardy by dressing too showy. There will always be a special time and place where you can wear that new skimpy outfit but the fitness center is not that place. You don’t need to bundle up and dress like you are going outside in a snow storm, but be dressed appropriately when it comes time to put in some work. If you don’t know what is appropriate and what isn’t to wear, think about what you would wear to go to the grocery store. If what you have on to go workout does not pass this test, go and change into something else.