What Not To Wear
I’ve decided to let Craig have a break from posting so he can get some work done. Besides, I’ve had something on my mind that is worth mentioning. I think.

It has become increasingly interesting at the variety of exercise clothing participants wear to class. For the most part, they are dressed comfortable, in easy to move in outfits. Some have outfits that match – right down to the shoes, and some could care less how ‘in style’ they are – they just came to get a great workout. Then there are the ‘others’. You know who you are – the ones in the low cut tops, the shorts with the really wide legs, the shorts with no legs at all, you get the picture. For us, it makes it difficult when we are watching for form because we don’t want to appear like we are staring at something we shouldn’t! Does anyone else have this problem?

There has also been the rare occasion where someone has forgotten his or her shoes. I had one lady work out in her hiking boots! Craig has had to work out in his socks before. He would have had to work out barefoot but I went to the local drugstore and bought him socks! He has also forgotten his shorts and had to workout in his jeans. Not very comfortable.

Personally, I am one of those who likes to look somewhat put together. (I confess – I have Nikes that match my outfits…) My biggest issue is finding clothes to wear. Right now I teach 6 classes per week – that will increase to 11 in a couple of weeks so I need plenty of outfits! Being one of those who are vertically challenged, it makes it especially hard to buy pants that don’t need to be hemmed. I love Capri’s’, but on me they always come down to my ankles making me look like someone chopped off my legs. Tops are another issue. I’m short waisted so most tops on me are too long – leaving a wad of material at my middle. And then, exercise clothing is soooo expensive! And unfortunately, if you buy cheap stuff, it doesn’t last. Thank goodness I don’t have a problem with shoes….

It is great to see Body Pump clothing getting away from so much red and black. Don’t get me wrong – I DO like it, but it is nice to have some variety. However, I can’t afford to keep up with all the BP latest fashions.

Men don’t seem to have the same problems women do. When Craig went shopping for his BP attire, he got everything he needed at one store. I on the other hand have to go from store to store – and when you live in a small town with not a lot of stores, your choices are even smaller. Most everything looks all the same – black or navy pants, solid or print tank style top. I have seen some great websites offering cool clothes – but I generally like to try things on before I buy.

So, I guess for now I will continue to wear my same outfits. (Maybe a new pair of sneakers would brighten up an old outfit) Or maybe I’ll call Stacey and Clinton from TLC’s “What Not To Wear”!
9 Comment(s):
On 11 July, 2007, Blogger Craig Warman said...

I wanted to be the first of what will undoubtedly be many comments to this post... Anyway, for the record, when I asked Tami if there was anything guys wear that bothered her, she looked me squarely in the face and said "Guys can wear anything to class and get away with it". Fascinating.

On 12 July, 2007, Anonymous Marjorie said...

My classes wear "whatever" to class just like what you say your classes wear. I do have one lady who comes to class and stands as close to the mirror as possible, who wears her zebra leotard over leggings. She has definitely gotten her money's worth out of this outfit!

I haven't noticed anyone wearing anything "risque", so to speak. I usually wear BP tops while hiding my pasty white legs under Nike or Under Armour capris - unless it is in the middle of Summer and is super-hot inside the group fitness room when I will wear shorts. Shorts days are rare, and I am in Atlanta, Georgia!

And, for the record, I have some Nike ID shoes that I customized just for my BP classes!

On 12 July, 2007, Blogger Susan said...

Tami, you are wrong about the guys getting away with wearing anything to class... we have two older gentlemen who wear NOTHING under their gym shorts! There are several instructors who have been flashed by these guys during the abs and cooldown tracks, and it ain't pretty. Forget about the ladies flashing a little decolletage, how do you tell a participant you've seen their "meat and two veg" and you'd be pleased if they could wear some underpants next time?

Me personally, I'm a big fan of black skorts (yes, I think they are in the essence of the program) and the Nike tank tops in black, white or red combos; great for showing off shoulders and upper chest, but looser around the bottom and not too short or too long at the waist. I do have a lot of people asking me if I play tennis, but on stage I think it looks really put together. I'm long-waisted with shorter legs, so I look more demure in a skirt than the really short-shorts that actually favor my legs but are a little too bare during say, the squat track.

When I did my Combat training we had a really young girl (early 20s) who wore super short shorts the first two days of training. It made me really uncomfortable to watch her teach her track which included knee blocks and front kicks. It made me realize that clothing that works for one program can be really inappropriate for another, so I now have pretty much three separate wardrobes for teaching (Pump, Step and Combat)... not cheap!

On 12 July, 2007, Blogger Tami W. said...

No undies? Thats just wrong on all levels - especially for the poor instructor!

On 13 July, 2007, Blogger Reymond said...

What about a female participant who always wears bikini top which is 2 sizes too small, and every time the instructor tries to correct her position, she shakes her b**bs and winks?

Everyone in and outside the class just looks at her.

Still, it's nothing compared with the no undies story.

On 13 July, 2007, Blogger Mr Timothy said...

"Guys can wear anything to class and get away with it"

Why not put it to the test?

Let the class come up with Craig's outfit for the next class. Post the pictures and take a poll - did he get away with it? Yes or NO??


On 13 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few members at my club wear Nike sandals! Yes they have traction but are open toed. (sorry is that a word?) I keep waiting for a broken toe from a dropped plate!

On 21 August, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a participant who a couple of times has not pulled the 'shelf bra' part of her top down PAST her boobs, effectively cutting one boob in half and making it look like she has two, one on top of the other.... it is SOOO distracting!

On 07 January, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My best has to be a work out i did in Motorcycle boots as I forgot my nike's


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