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Rant About Showing Too Much Skin While Exercising

Fittingly Mad: Showing Too Much Skin While Exercising

When I taught yoga this week, I was surprised to see a new male student show up in not much clothing. He was wearing the teeniest, tiniest, tightest shorts I've ever seen. I was like, "Um, this is not a naked yoga class!"

This isn't the first time I've noticed men and women exercising and not wearing enough. A few instances while climbing, I've looked up the wall and seen way more than I bargained for. I'm no prude, but I do think there's an appropriate amount of clothes a person should wear in public. I'm not sure why people don't cover up. Are they hot? Because a few extra inches of shorts isn't going to make a person overheat. Are they showing off? Because tight pants and long-sleeve shirts show off enough.

This doesn't make me angry, but it definitely rubs me the wrong way. What about you? Are you OK with people wearing whatever they want, or do you think there should be some ground rules about appropriate workout attire?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Um, well I don't think I am allowed to have a problem because I wear short shorts and a sports bras! he he! I get really hot and sweaty when I work out so wearing more clothes is super uncomfortable!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm fine with it as long it's flattering. :) I have a bigger gripe if someone wore a skimpy outfit, and he or she did NOT have the body for it (like obese women wearing bikinis at the beach with all their fat rolls and cellulite showing. That's an eyesore!)
jessfish25 jessfish25 7 years
Although it is annoying when people strut around with maximum amounts of skin showing (girls who strip down to their sports bras even in January!), I don't think it's the gym's place to impose a dress code; other than wearing what's safe of course (proper shoes, etc).
benheld benheld 7 years
I really am not offended by what other people choose to wear. I pretty much just worry about myself and what I'm comfortable wearing. Right now, it's Yoga Pants and a t-shirt, but once I've slimmed down enough, I'd like to wear a tighter shirt that doesn't get in the way so much. There are a few men in my yoga class who wear very little clothing. Oddly enough, they also seem like the guys who have a problem leaving their egos at the door, and coming to the practice on their own terms. Coincidence, or?
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I don't find anything wrong at all with running in a sports bra. I don't want to see people's private parts but other than that, especially if you are outside, I don't know why people should feel compelled to wear a shirt if they are more comfortable without one. Also I think in some cases people don't realize how much skin they are showing off. I have worn tighter yoga type pants in the past and not realized that when I bent over they were see through and you could see everything until my boyfriend pointed it out. I was horrified but he was quite amused.
Susmita Susmita 7 years
I went to a hot yoga class for a while (not Bikram, but about 90 degrees F) and once there was a man, not in particularly great shape, wearing essentially a Speedo and nothing else. And he was fairly hirsute. Fortunately, I was nowhere near him in the room! Wear some clothes, people, the gym is not the place to flash that much skin!
Sinnamon-Jones Sinnamon-Jones 7 years
Ok.. There's a woman at my gym who is full dressed, but she wears these too-small sports bra tops (the kind of stretchy tank top with the sports bra in it). She wears them with no support underneath and her nipples just shoot out at you. It's kind of porn-ish, but at least she's dressed.
Advah Advah 7 years
I'm not entirely sure why but it rubs me the wrong way too and I usually really don't mind skin. I don't mind it when it's outside but from the moment it's in a gym or class I find it very annoying - from my experience it's mainly that those people seem pretty happy to have other people looking at them. Sports bras pretty much cover everything but guys taking their shirt off for plain yoga? Really? Isn't that a bit unnecessary?
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Skin is fine. Genitals are not.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think it really bothers me much, but I guess since I live in Wisconsin and it's more often really cold rather than really hot, I don't witness it much. Sometimes in the summer, I go running in short running shorts and a sports bra and I see other people wearing similar things. I guess everyone has to wear what's going to be comfortable to them.
notinthemood notinthemood 7 years
I wear tight-ish pants for running on the treadmill and a looser shirt. No sports-bra-only for me! I'm okay with shorts and tanks and generally don't care if there is exposed skin except: 1.) If I can see your cheeks/junk popping out of your shorts. It IS distracting and more importantly, unsanitary. What if someone has herpes or something and you're sitting all over the mats/equipment where they had bare skin contact? 2.) If you are wearing underpants, not shorts. Even if you're not popping out, I'd prefer that your underpants stay under something. 3.) If you are a creeper, your wearing of inappropriate clothing makes me feel even more self conscious than I would normally and hurts my workout. Try to make it less obvious that you're not here to work out, please. I try not to pay attention to other people at the gym and just to get my workout done, so in general if you're wearing something tight but sporty, I won't notice. I only notice when someone is being conspicuous or if they're on a machine I'd like to use.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Oh Fit, I know exactly what you mean! A couple summers ago, I regularly attended a Vinyasa flow yoga class that was in a normal-temperature room (i.e. no reason not to wear clothing), and a man who was also a regular one day wore nothing but the tiniest pair of cutoff jean shorts - like, think of Jessica Simpson's Daisy Duke shorts, but picture them on a man. Of course, he stood right in front of me, and I spent the entire class trying not to stare at his highly visible butt crack. And when he was in down dog, you could see everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. It was so gross, distracting and inappropriate. Having said that, I wear skimpy clothing (sports bra and hot yoga shorts) to Bikram yoga, as to most of the students. However, the shorts are at least designed specifically for yoga, so they keep everything covered and don't move around in ways they shouldn't.
KMattes KMattes 7 years
Doesn't really bother me. I'm always amused, however, with the girls who come in with full make-up and hair in their new designer gym outfits, walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes, then leave. It's not a fashion show, ladies.
jkat jkat 7 years
I wear a sports bra only at the gym sometimes. Just depends on how I am feeling that day. As long as the clothes are meant for the gym, I don't think it's a big deal unless someone is not showing butt cheek or boobs or something. I think it is more annoying/inappropriate when people work out in non-gym attire. This guy at my old gym used to work out in boxer briefs and his junk would bounce all over the place when he was on the elliptical. It was disturbing. I don't know why no one at the gym ever said anything to him. I also hate when people work out in flip flops or something like that...they are going to hurt themselves.
Asche Asche 7 years
I don't wear much when I do yoga or pilates, frankly. A tiny tank and some shorts and I'm good to go. No one cares or thinks twice about it!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Sometimes in the summer here it's so disgustingly hot and humid that the little extra bit of coolness is the only thing making me want to go outside. I don't do it in the neighborhood either. Just on running trails/paths where there are a ton of other people just like me.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
People can wear whatever they want; skin shouldn't be offensive.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I don't go to a gym but I don't like seeing people casually running in only a sports bra and shorts (sorry tlsgirl!). It might be more appropriate during a race, but otherwise I don't see how a tanktop or singlet is going to hurt your run.
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