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Speak Up: Men Exercising Shirtless

It's completely legal for a guy to tromp around topless, whether at the beach or a public pool, and I've seen many guys peeling their sweaty shirts off while running in the neighborhood or playing b-ball at the community park. Maybe they do it because they're overheated, or trying to impress people with their pumped-up pecs, but I'm wondering how you ladies feel about it. Does it make you uncomfortable, disgust you, entertain you? Maybe your answer changes depending on what the guy looks like underneath his shirt. Or maybe you think there should be a blanket rule about men going topless in certain situations like at a gym or yoga studio. Should everyone remain covered, even women with sports bras? I'm sure you have some strong opinions, so share them in the comment section below.


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CassAnn CassAnn 5 years
If it were up to me all health clubs would be shirtless for the guys.
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Hm it's never really bothered me lol unless the shirtless dude stinks ... but then with a shirt on, he would probably reek anyway.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
It makes me uncomfortable, actually. I do agree about the gym though. Everybody should wear clothes at the gym.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't see what's wrong with not wanting to see some hairy, overweight guy hanging out outside with no shirt on. Unless you live in southern Louisiana in August or something, it's not that hot.
Isista Isista 8 years
And I agree with derek, my god I was shocked at some of these comments. Basically what it boils down to is if you look good, do whatever, but if you don't then watch out. Jeez people, just avert your eyes if someone less than buff or hairy (for god's sake...) wears something revealing. It's a workout or casual occasion.
Isista Isista 8 years
To be honest, aside from health reasons, I don't care. While I may not want to see them all sweaty, I know that I'm sweaty too. If they want to go topless (guys, and in a gym that allows it of course) then whatever. The only reason it would ever concern me would be for sanitary reasons.
derek7014 derek7014 8 years
Interesting replies. I wonder how many of these are from the USA as opposed to Europe. Most sound very uptight about skin and bodies. In a gym if you sweat - you wipe it. (Full stop). Women in clingy sweaty Lycra are just as antisocial as men with athletic vests or bareskin. I think we have a case of double standards in much of this - compare the degree of cleavage which a woamn can get away with in public, but a guy wearing a shirt open to his navel would be condemned. See the skin tight short shorts (briefs)women run in ? What would be the response if a man ran in his Speedos? Come off it folks. Gyms are for physical exercise. Not everyone may be physically perfect (but then are you?) Bodies are beautiful and skin functions best when it can sweat (you know that wet stuff that does NOT smell until it is stale).I can think of a load of things to worry about more - like those equipment hogs who spend hours on one piece, loud mouthed braggarts who put down anyone over 25 as though they should not be in the gym at all, mincing women(and men) who are obviously only there because they think it is THE PLACE to be. Get your shirts off men (and women)if you want to. And if there is a dress code make sure it applies to both sexes equally. Me? - I`m looking forward to being told I have to wear a little skin tight cropped top, knickers and pink coordinated gear throughout. Think I may change my gym.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I don't mind it at all outdoors. It's a free country. In the gym is another story...
bohosimple bohosimple 8 years
At yoga, I am not a fan of men going shirtless or women in sports bras. There is so much sweating going on, that it is just not ok to see. Outside, of course it is fine.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
At the gym, I think both sexes need to keep their shirts on, because of the hygiene issue. And outside, I'm sorry, but only if you have the body for it. That said, I wish I could run in only a sports bra sometimes when it's super hot outside, but I always feel self-conscious. I'm guessing men don't have the same issue because women tend not to lean out of their cars and yell lewd remarks at them like the rude guys in my neighborhood.
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
LoLo must go to a similar gym as mine. There are tons of grunters. (Anyone notice it's the grunters who are always the ones lifting weights improperly?) I think that bothers me more than being shirtless. However, there seems to be a high correlation between grunting and thinking shirts are unnecessary.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Used to bother me doesn't any more. Some friends of mine from overseas when they were staying in Aus would peel of their shirts (yes they were male) at every given opportunity. After asking them what the hell they were doing they commented that they weren't used to the weather. So they were cooling down. When I commented on the looks they were getting...they asked me why that was a problem and they didn't mind people looking! Lol! I think if it is socially acceptable where you are then its fine. Some places going without a shirt isn't other places it is. As long as they aren't whipping off their tops at any given opportunity (or getting sunburnt or sweating on stuff) who cares?
carolynbe carolynbe 8 years
Funny story, there used to be a MAN in our neighborhood who would run with a (woman's) sports bra on. My husband and I couldn't figure out his deal. My gym requires shirts so it's a non-issue. Most of the women wear tank tops that don't expose their bellies, but do pretty much everything else - back, shoulders, cleavage. A few will peel down to just a sports bra in spin class but as long as they have the shape for it - go for it. If you don't, just a get a breathable running shirt. There are so many airy, wicking tops these days that feel as though you are wearing nothing I don't see the purpose of exposing skin. I am paranoid about MRSA lurking on equipment anyways. As for men who I see shirtless running, I don't mind at all if they are buff and pleasant to look at, otherwise, please keep your shirt on. The same rule applies for men in the gym who wear sleeveless shirts. Please wear sleeves if you have a ton of hair on your shoulders and upper arms. There is nothing grosser than a hairy dude in a tank no matter how buff. Manscaping, please! PS - Can you start a similar thread on men who wear lycra compression type shorts in the gym without a pair of running or basketball shorts over them? Ewwww.
cfp cfp 8 years
I feel like outside, people can do what they want and I don't have a right to tell them otherwise...but if I'm at the gym (that I have to pay to go to) I want the people around me covered up. I know it gets hot, but come on, at least wear a tank top. It's just kind of gross to me for someone to have his/her bare, sweaty skin on a machine that I want to use.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
only if they are hot. lol
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't care if men go topless out in public, but at the gym, shirts should be mandatory. That being said, people need to use better judgement sometimes when it comes to wearing just a sports bra or no shirt in public...I do NOT want to see your man-boobs or love handles or bacne or back hair.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
park/pool/beach is fine. those place are made for that. but i mean in the park only if they're sunbathing or playing game son the grass... otherwise ew. i hate when men (not particulary good looking or slim) walk around shirtless in the street. and look at you like you should appreciate them. disgusting. those are mostly construction workers of course.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I think a tank top should be the bare minimum for both sexes because it all comes down to hygiene.
mollyanne mollyanne 8 years
at a gym, clothes should stay on. other people have to use the machine after you. outside, i'm more than happy to watch a game of shirts v skins without complaint!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I don't mind. However, personally, in public, I would never wear just a sports bra on top. I think I would draw unwanted attention. :)
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I love it when the men are shirtless when they work out! Even the bigger guys are entertaining! It's just skin! My gym is pretty comfortable with that, there are women who just wear sports bras, and they look great! If the men and women are comfortable with themselves, I have no problems with it!
jessie jessie 8 years
gotta have a shirt on at my gym. some of the guys wear tanks..which is fine with me. i'm a people watcher..i like watching when others work out. why i have no idea. the cardio section is above the weights and other machines. guys working out..muscles flexing..women too...sorta motivates me. tells can do that too!! okay..i've ramble enough...too many cold medications going at once. sorry.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think it's gross and I'm glad my gym doesn't allow this.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Not that I'm suggesting women work out without a bra, that would be painful!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
It's an issue of hygiene really, if you're going to be sweating and using machines, you need something to absorb the sweat. Shirts should be mandatory in a gym. But as far as running outside, playing sports, I see no problem with either gender ditching their shirts. It makes me angry that people have judged some of the women on here for only working out in a sports bra- you're more covered up than a guy without a shirt! Oh, or did I forget: women's nipples= sinful, women should be shamed for their bodies, and men's nipples: he's Adonis! the male form is to be flaunted!
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