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5 Things You Should NEVER Wear to Work Out
By Matt Weik, August 4th, 2019





If you’re working out, you’re already ahead of the game compared to many of the people around you. And while I’d like everyone to exercise without anything impeding their current motivation, I can’t help but facepalm every time I see people wearing one or multiple of the five things I have listed below that you should never wear to work out. Not only are some of these things dangerous to wear when you are exercising but they also make you look like a complete tool.


1. Sunglasses
The first thing you should never wear to work out is a pair of sunglasses. The ONLY reason you should ever wear sunglasses for a workout would be if you are doing something active outside. Otherwise, if you’re in the gym (inside) and wearing sunglasses, you’re going to be labeled as “the tool” of the gym.

There’s really no reason to even wear sunglasses into the gym, to be honest. It’s a 30-second walk to the door – you can make it in the sun for 30-seconds with your head down without your eyeballs frying. Not only that but tossing your sunglasses (assuming they are somewhat expensive) into a crammed locker spells disaster. It’s also not uncommon to have people break into lockers and steal other’s possessions. Do yourself a favor and just keep your shades in your car.


2. Jeans
Another item you should never wear to work out are jeans. I get it, some people live in their jeans but the fact is, they’re restrictive. Unless you were wearing the baggiest pair of jeans on the market, doing a squat will probably tear the rear-end right out of them. You want to wear actual workout/athletic pants, sweatpants, joggers, shorts, whatever – but leave the jeans at home.

You can just as easily be a fashion statement with athleisure apparel versus wearing jeans to the gym. You want to be able to have a full range of motion and mobility and not have the tight fibers of your jeans restrict you from performing an exercise correctly and with proper form.


3. Sandals
It should go without saying but the gym isn’t exactly a safe-haven where injuries can’t happen. Dumbbells fall or are dropped by lifters, plates fall, and not to mention all of the moving parts on the cardio equipment. If you like your feet and want to keep all of your toes, skip the sandals for a pair of running shoes, cross-training shoes, or actual lifting shoes. Sandals are not safe and something you should never wear to work out.

Not only that, but no one wants to see your funky feet. While there could be some oddballs there who have foot-fetishes, for the other 99.9% of the people, they don’t want to see your jacked up toes and foot fungus.


4. Jewelry
As mentioned earlier, the gym is not a place off-limits from freak accidents and injuries. Watches, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings should be removed prior to stepping on the gym floor. Listen, Mr. T, during my time as a personal trainer working out of gyms, I’ve seen my fair share of accidents that resulted in a trip to the hospital strictly due to jewelry. For that reason, it’s not recommended and definitely belongs on this list of things you should never wear to work out.

Now you might be wondering how all of that’s possible but it is. Let’s say you are wearing your wedding ring and you slam your finger between two plates and your finger blows up like a balloon. What do you think is going to happen with that ring on there? Yup, it’s going to cut off the circulation to that finger by swelling up and having the ring constricting the finger itself. Medical personnel will need to cut the wedding band off of you to save your finger. And being that a wedding band/ring is something very special, getting it cut off is probably not on your list of things you want to experience. Nor is losing jewelry because you forgot to remove it prior to your workout.

Also, I’ve seen businessmen who wear high-end watches have their bracelet on their Rolex watch snap and plummet to the floor. When doing movements such as the bench, the position of your wrist can apply pressure downward on your watch and it can be enough to snap the pins in the bracelet or band, causing it to break. Not exactly something you’d want to experience with a $10,000+ Rolex watch sitting on your wrist.


5. Work Clothes
Last, but certainly not least are work clothes. I totally understand you want to get it in when you can and if that means hitting the gym before work, during your lunch break, or immediately after work, that’s what you need to do. However, this ties back in with #2 and even #3. Your work clothes are probably not as forgiving as actual workout apparel. I’ve seen people working out in dress pants and an undershirt (while wearing Louis Vuitton loafers – can you imagine sweat dripping on them?). I’ve seen nurses working out in scrubs and Crocs. I’ve even seen people wearing jeans with a polo shirt. Heck, I’ve even seen overalls in the gym.

Please, please, please. Work clothes are something you should never wear to exercise. Do you really want someone’s bodily fluid on your nice clothing? The gym is a Petri dish for bacteria, germs, and puddles of sweat. Do you really want to take a seat on a piece of equipment in your $300+ suit pants only to stand up and notice it looks like you had an accident because you sat in someone else’s sweat? Probably not. Keep a gym bag in your car and in it put a change of clothes to change into once you get to the gym.
 
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-- Two more I can think of right off the top of my head are:

Cologne or Perfume -- I get it you want to smell nice and possibly attract some members of the opposite sex, or same sex if the case may be. But this is a gym not a Tinder meet and greet or bar. Not only this but some scents suck or are even irritative. That shitty Old Spice or Axe Body Spray isn't as "Fresh" as you think it makes you smell. Even expensive brands like Versace and Tom Ford might smell great, but regardless of all that we're all there to put work in and not be distracted by funky, or even pleasing odors.

Those "Shoes" that look like Webbed Feet -- I know you all probably know what I'm talking about. It's a performance shoe I guess that looks like it's constructed of neoprene and allows each toe to be encased in it's own sheathe. I'm not even sure what kind of benefit these shoes are supposed to provide? Perhaps when you're in water it allows a better grip when walking over rocks and logs and other submerged obstacles. Other than that I see no point, especially in the gym. But I've actually seen a guy or two wear these things working out at my gym. Bottom line is their douche-baggy. Well douche bag looking to me ;)
 
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Very strange when you see some guy fresh out of his paint truck in jeans, overalls, work boots and stained to shit in white paint lifting weights.
Couldn't pack a change of clothes before leaving for work cleetus?

Can't believe that some people need to flex their rolex in the gym. Either you're that stupid and insecure, or you have way too much money for your own good.
 

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Very strange when you see some guy fresh out of his paint truck in jeans, overalls, work boots and stained to shit in white paint lifting weights.
Couldn't pack a change of clothes before leaving for work cleetus?

Can't believe that some people need to flex their rolex in the gym. Either you're that stupid and insecure, or you have way too much money for your own good.
I always take my Rolex off, now.
I chipped the face of it once on a dumbell and it cost me $850 to replace it. NEVER again.
 
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Haha at one of my old gyms guys were wearing flip flops and a girl had those huge earrings like the ones gypsies wear :D
 
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A more serious reason to not wear your ring would be "Finger Degloving" Won't go into detail here because it's a little graphic but you essentially lose your finger in the process. Not worth it.
 

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I would add a couple others:

- Spandex anything if your body refuses to stay inside of it and spills out, or if it clearly outlines items on your person that others would rather not see.
- a sweat band, especially if your not working hard enough for it to have a purpose and its there mainly for some kind of fashion statement. I would let this one slide of the person actually is sweating hard enough for this to make sense however, but this is often not the case.
 

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I would add a couple others:

- Spandex anything if your body refuses to stay inside of it and spills out, or if it clearly outlines items on your person that others would rather not see.
There are some hefty broads at my gym who would stand to benefit from this one
 

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when I was younger there was this very odd dude who would cruise around with his sunglasses on in the gym.

He was pretty overweight but I think he just assumed he was jacked.

In the 2-3 years he went there I can't even say I saw him do much of any exercise except for just walk around the entire time.
 

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I wore open toe shoes to the gym like an idiot when I was 15 years old (over 14 years ago) - of course I dropped dumbbell on my toe! Never again.
 
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