My gym is my happy place. Working out has become my favorite time of the day. As an early riser, I’m at the gym by nine-thirty and usually stay till close to eleven. I interval train on the treadmill, do some rowing, and then usually work abs or legs. I don’t do machines because I think they’re pointless. I prefer exercises that are multi-purpose, like planks, squats, and lunges.I started doing squats with hand weights about two months ago, eventually graduating to using the big-girl bar.
Here’s the funny thing: ever since I started doing squats using this thingamajiggy, I get more attention from guys. A better way to put that is that I feel as though men at the gym take me more seriously because they see me squatting with 20-40 pounds on the bar. For example, last week I saw a guy balancing himself on the stabilizer ball while doing squats. I approached him and asked what were the benefits of using the stabilizer ball.
Now, I’ll stop here to offer some transparency. This guy was handsome: reedy and lean; dark wavy hair; and the highest, firmest apple butt I have ever seen. It’s distracting, really. We work out at the same time and he’s often right in front of me while I’m running and I find myself staring at that ass. Anyhoo…
This week he approached me to ask if I started to use the stabilizer ball. I had, I said, and I loved it. Seriously, that thing is, like, the hidden gem of workout equipment. You can do so much with it! The guy must have noticed me doing lunges and brought up how the stabilizer bar is a great way to improve your balance. My feet are flat as fuck and I was hit by a car in college so my left ankle is unstable due to torn ligaments. I always keep our conversations workout-related. I don’t feel right flirting with a guy at the gym. If the tables were turned and some dude approached me to be all, “Hey, girl, need help with that weight bar?” I’d accuse him of being a mansplainy sexist douche with poor boundaries. That. Ass. Tho.
Now let’s talk fashion. Every item of clothing I wear while working out is from Fabletics. (No, I am not a brand ambassador for the line, nor do I get paid to write about them. I genuinely love their clothes.) This is a typical outfit I wear to the gym.
I wear a sports bra of some kind underneath the tops, obvi.
I like feeling sexy at the gym. I also like showing off my ass and legs in those pants. But there are days when I wonder if I look like I’m trying too hard.
Now, here are my questions:
What do you wear to the gym? To the women reading: do you wear make-up?
Is flirting frowned upon at the gym?
Are these tops a little too much for the gym?