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Workout Clothing: Why It Is Important

Posted May 21 2011 4:58pm

Workout clothing might not be top of your list of things to consider when you are planning your workout routine but it is important for a number of reasons. Check out all of the points below and we are sure you will agree that it is worth spending some time and money selecting the right workout clothing.

Many of the reasons for having dedicated fitness apparel for wearing at the gym are psychological. Workout clothing puts you in the zone. Your mindset can have a huge effect on the success of your fitness or bodybuilding training, so pay close attention to this.

If you think about it for a moment, you will soon see that if you go to the gym or work out at home in your regular clothes, you are much less likely to take your training seriously. You will not pay so much attention to form or treat this as an important activity in your life.

Having the right clothes also increases your confidence. When you look like somebody who works out, you will feel and act like somebody who works out. ‘Fake it until you make it’ works here as in so many other aspects of life.

Workout clothing is important for comfort too. It is vital that your body can move freely during your training program, so you will not want anything too tight or restrictive. Your training program should only be limited by your body’s strength and endurance, not by your clothes. Heavy fabrics like denim are out; stretch fabrics are in.

Tanks that leave the armpits open can prevent your workout clothing becoming uncomfortably sweaty. Tanks are also great for showing off the results of your training. Arms, shoulders, backs and even the chest and abs are clearly displayed in a well designed bodybuilding tank. Sports tanks are usually looser in the body and cut higher under the arms.


Women’s workout clothing includes sports bras and tops as well as all types of leg wear from shorts through Capris to sweatpants. Short skirts suit some sports like tennis and badminton, while anybody including yoga in their workout will prefer leggings that allow a full stretch without flopping the way that other pants might.

It may seem weird to be thinking so much about workout clothing, especially for guys, but consider this. Pretty much everything important that we do has special clothes. Big events like weddings and funerals, of course; but even things that we do every day have their own ‘costume’. Most people wear different clothes for work than they would wear on the weekend, even if there are no dress rules for their job.

So wearing the right clothes in the gym helps your training program in many ways. It puts you in the zone for getting fit. It means that your mind will be much less distracted than if you went on wearing the same T shirt that you had on all day. Finding it hard to believe that the right workout clothing could actually improve your performance? Try it.

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