Back in the day…a time before blogs, the rise of Lululemon, and before active wear became a category in the Nordstrom catalogue, it was acceptable to wear sweats to the gym. You remember sweats, right? The all-cotton, sweat producing garments people used to work out in?
Where have all the sweats gone?
Since when did going to the gym or going on a run require an “outfit?”
Back in the day…I would throw on some old sweat pants, and whatever ripped tee-shirt was clean.
Today, the gym is filled with Lululemon, Athleta, and several other over-priced designers. You can find these same high-end brands on display in your local mall, Starbucks or your neighborhood school drop-off line. This high-end gear comes in coordinating outfits which looks fancy enough to double as everyday clothes.
The first time I realized I needed an “outfit” to run in, was my first 5K race after the birth of my third daughter. My friends and I decided to participate in the Electric Run as a team. What I didn’t realize was that the team required matching tank tops, glow necklaces and old school tube socks. Thank you to my Hot Toddie ladies for initiating me into the world of running fashion!
While I admit to owning some of these high-end brands, and on occasion I agree, they can be very comfortable to run it, I’m skeptical as to whether or not they are worth the money.
My favorite sweat pants…
I’ve had them forever, they are pilling…in all the right places. They fit comfortably on my body, and I love to wear them to the gym.
My favorite tee-shirt…
It’s almost twenty years old. The back is ripped out, the pit stains are prominent, it’s as soft and broken in as any piece of cotton will ever be, and I love how it feels on my skin when I run.
When I wear these items to the gym I definitely get looks, like “Oh my goodness what is she wearing?!” I get it, it doesn’t look great, but since when has that been the point of workout clothes? I thought the gym was THE PLACE to look gross and sweaty?
As trendy and fashionable as the gym has become, I’m still holding strong. I refuse to be a total sell-out, and every once in a while you can catch me in my old school get-up, saying…
High-End Gear can Kiss my A$$!
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