Gym kit gaffes

Gym kit gaffes
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Extreme shorts

Avoid very short shorts – unless you’re a long-distance runner or going for that 1970s retro look – and those that reach your calves. Mid-thigh is the right length for breathability and comfort, with good support for the buttocks and crotch.

The right accessories

An MP3 player, headphones and a heart rate monitor are the only extras you need, so ditch the sweatbands and headbands. And never do that thing where you train in a bin bag. All you’ll achieve is dehydration and ridicule.

Compression kit

They do have performance benefits, but tight-fitting clothes can be unflattering if you have a bit of a belly, and they’re not very comfortable either. Comfort should be the foremost consideration because you’re less likely to cut the session short if you feel at ease.

Heavy T-shirts

Your T-shirt should be made from light, breathable fabric that can wick moisture away from the body, not stifling cotton that traps sweat and makes you smell like a tramp.

Skimpy vests

A major no-no, even if you’re in great shape – you're there to train not pose. And it can also intimidate others, which isn’t anything to be proud of.

Top performance

Your gym kit should be current. The main focus must be on maximising performance through the right fit and fabric. Old university rugby shirts that have been through the wash 100 times don’t perform technically and look old and tired. Bin them. Now.

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