Brown Threads: Gym Time


Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.

Exercise is an important aspect of a student’s day. It helps you to get rid of stress and to relax after a long day spent in classes or at the library. It helps you to feel good about yourself and secure in the knowledge that you are doing something good for your body. Luckily, Brown has a really nice main gym and a few satellite gym locations around campus if you don’t feel like making the 10-minute trek in the cold to the Nelson Fitness Center. Now that the question of where you can work out has been answered, the only one that remains is what should you wear?

Although movies often portray college gyms as the epicenter of the dating scene, with incredibly toned athletes checking out the girls in brightly colored spandex on the elliptical, this is not true. The gym is open to everyone no matter your fitness level. This also means that you don’t have to wear really right, revealing clothes to the gym with the hopes of attracting some attention. The gym is not, and should not be, a dating ground. You should instead wear what makes you comfortable. If you like working out in your old t-shirt from your high school tennis team, then go right ahead. If you prefer to run in loose sweatpants as opposed to short shorts, no worries. Working out should be about making yourself happy. Don’t worry about how attractive you look. I hate to break it to you, but no one really looks attractive when they sweat. It’s a fact.

There is one thing to keep in mind while dressing for the gym. Although the walk over to the fitness center may be freezing, the gym is always toasty warm. This means that layers are essential. You should throw on some sweatpants over your shorts, a jacket over your t-shirt, and maybe even a hat over your head. These layers are especially important for walking back to the dorms post workout. There is nothing worse than muscles tensing and sweat freezing in the cold weather.

So please, don’t worry about what you wear to the gym. It’s really a place to workout, relax and to feel good about yourself. Wear what makes you comfortable, and make sure to grab a recovery smoothie on your way out.

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