Schools usually fill the center’s fee with other mandatory fees for student activities; therefore, you should definitely take advantage of your “free” gym membership to stay healthy in college.
But working with a lot of fitness fans who know what they’re doing can be intimidating at first.
To get something out of your head, read on for a quick introduction to what you can and cannot use while exercising in public.
1. Buy real performance fabrics.
Flexible, moisture-absorbing, temperature-specific or otherwise designed fabrics will keep you dry and comfortable during exercise. But not all ‘performance-oriented’ fabrics are created the same way; so make sure you get what you pay for – remember the disaster of transparent Lululemon yoga?
2. DO NOT choose a cotton shirt.
It is tempting to buy one of the 10,000 large cotton T-shirts that you purchased for free during orientation week, but 100% cotton clothing is not the best choice for a sweaty workout. Cotton absorbs moisture easily, so you are stuck with a heavy, sticky shirt that can cause irritation and cool down once you are finished exercising. In addition, baggy clothing is actually a security risk as it can be caught in a machine.
3. Test your clothes for the public debut.
Just because shorts look good on the rack or a top fits well in the locker room does not mean that it is cleared for deadlift in the middle of a public gym. Before putting your new exercises in town – er, mat – do some test exercises in your room to make sure they don’t get too high or fall too much when you lean down on a downward dog.
4. DO NOT leave your jewelry behind and / or look no further.
Many people have an accessory that they never take off – be it a class ring, a souvenir or a family watch. However, you run the risk of damaging the jewelry by hitting or hooking it to a machine, and perspiration can contaminate the metal or cause an allergic reaction, so leave it at home.
5. Consider your training.
Different exercises require different clothes; think about the types of exercises you will do before changing. If you are going to a yoga class, wear leggings or yoga pants (duh), while short shorts with a compression lining are best for a rigorous cardio routine that involves a lot of jumping.
6. DO NOT put your clothes back on.
Let’s be honest, we are students – how often do we wash our clothes? Not much. It is tempting to reuse things to last even longer without washing clothes, but when it comes to gym clothes, don’t do that. He probably has his B.O. and the sweat has completely absorbed it, and nobody wants to smell it.
7. Choose your socks and shoes wisely.
It is essential to choose shoes that fit you well and provide the necessary support for different exercises. For example, running shoes are a bad choice for cross training because they have no lateral support. Poorly adjusted socks can also make the problem worse by rubbing your feet and causing blisters.
8. Don’t forget to change.
Whether it’s the guy lifting jeans and slippers or the spin class girl who clearly left her sports bra at home, nothing shouts ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, like wearing everyday clothes at the gym. Since they are generally not elastic, you can tear your everyday clothes if you wear them during exercise and even hurt yourself if you don’t have the right shoes or supportive clothes.
9. Keep your clothes.
This sounds obvious, but there is usually a guy or girl at the gym who undresses as soon as they get a little overheated. Don’t be that person. You may or may not be in the gym to get a great body, but that doesn’t make the gym the place to show off that body either. In addition, taking off your shirt means putting other people’s germs all over your skin, rather than on your clothes.