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Ever notice some of the women who go to work out have spent time fixing their hair, have put on all their makeup, and wear outfits that can't possibly support themselves for cardio?

Their butts are squeezed so tight into their spandex that you are sure they must be going comando!

Now on the man side, I don't see the same flaunt. Sure some choose to wear T-shirts as oposed to muscle shirts, but I don't see their outfits as revealing. Men seem to show off with how much they can lift, or how many chinups and push ups they can do at once.

Who are these spandex bound women trying to catch? Do the men really notice them while they work out?

Do these women think the gym is the MEAT MARKET?

Tue. Mar 11, 9:35am

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Soooo it used to really bother me but then I realized that maybe these women feel better about THEMSELVES that way, so then they are more motivated. And in that case, go them, wear whatever.

I agree though, I do secretly make fun of some of the outfits (and dangly earrings?!) that women sometimes choose. However, as for makeup, I dont bother to wash mine off before a workout so (eek!) I might be one of "those" too. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 9:51 AM

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What you see and what they see about their bodies is probably different. I agree with the PP that it's motivating to "go for the burn" if you are on the elliptical or treadmill in front of the mirror and looking with horror at your own saddlebags in spandex!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 10:04 AM

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Well, I figure they're raising an eyebrow at me in my soccer shorts, loose t-shirt and messy ponytail and wondering why I don't take more pride in my appearance. If it makes them happy and gives them the self-confidence to work out then that's what works for them. It's all good and I don't need to judge anyone on appearances - I'm just there to work out.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 10:48 AM

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Reminds me of the horrible tiny girl in my college gym who used to work out sans bra (I know she was was pretty small up top, but still!), and wearing a pearl necklace. Pearls? When working out? Gross.

But I wonder if some workout pants aren't meant to be worn commando? Mine all have little cotton triangles in the crotch, and it makes me curious. Anyone else have this and skip underwear? I hate going through two pair of underwear every day when I change after the gym, but I'm hesitant to go this route ...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 10:56 AM

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I wear my soccer shorts and soccer jersey to work out it. I don't wear makeup, and put my hear up in a messy ponytail too. I'm not there to look good, I'm not there to impress anyone but myself.

I have many guy friends at the gym and they usually have a good chuckle at the expense of the women that wear makeup, jewellry etc... (obviously not in front of them)

But I agree that these woman may feel that in order to have self confidence, you must wear makeup and skimpy or tight outfits....or they just want to wear ignore them and take the attention that you'd be paying to them and put it back into your workout where it belongs!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 11:21 AM

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I saw a woman jogging on the treadmill in front of me wearing the cutoff sweat shorts - she was in good shape only problem was .... she had a hole right in the seam of the butt, and well, it was apparent that she was wearing a thong. How can you not stare at something like that ???

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 2:04 PM

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Just be glad she wasn't going comando!

OP here -
Interesting thoughts. Most of the time I can stay focused on my own workout. They (the peacocks) tend to not want to sweat like I do...they have their own section of the gym.


There is one girl who use to have a similar esercise schedule as me. She didn't dress like a peacock, but she smelled like he perfume bottle. I had to change machines or my asthma would start.

Then there is the smelly guy issue. I am not talking smelly pits, I am talking smelly guy who needed a shower YESTERDAY! If the fans are pointed the wrong way I want to gag!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 8:31 AM

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I also find that some, not all, of those who do the whole makeup/hair/cutesy outfit thing tend to be the same ones who merely walk on the treadmill, then wander aimlessly around the weights. Usually naturally skinny and don't necessarily need to work out, and I'm sure are the same ones who go "Oh, I'm so fat!" so that everyone will tell them they're crazy to think that way! I don't mind someone wearing a sporty, possibly body revealing outfit if they've got the goods to back it up. I wish I could wear a sports bra only in the light of day! But there is definitely a crew that wears that stuff simply to be seen, and nary a drop of perspiration leaves their bodies while they're there. Save it for Saturday night!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 11:59 AM

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Male here.

Ever consider that the perfume and makeup is a result of the fact they just left the office?

I find nothing wrong with eye candy when I am working out. I would rather meet a woman at the gym than at a bar any day. Says something for what they stand for.

Don't get jealous, get even.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 12:13 PM

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I used to wear the baggy shorts and oversized T to workout in - as I started to lose a few lbs. I would wear more tanks, and now that i have some muscle I wear less baggy shorts.
When i go with boyfriend i do try to look slightly "cuter", when I am flying solo I will throw on the pit-stained baggy T.
Something I have noticed though - the baggy clothes are now more cumbersome and hotter/stickier than a tank w/ regular shorts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 1:05 PM

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