NO You Did Not Wear THAT In Public: 9 Things You Shouldn’t Be Wearing Or Doing At The Gym

December 1, 2012 ‐ By


Working on your fitness? Pat yourself on the back boo, because it takes a lot to find the time to hit the treadmill, the weights, or the elliptical rather than opting for the easy option to eat Cheetoes on the couch. Seriously, you’re a champ. However, as you get your body and mind right at the local fitness center, know that you can’t just walk up in that joint doing just anything and wearing just anything either. Too many get way too comfortable or use the gym experience as the opportunity to see how many numbers they can get. Hey, do what you do, but know that somebody (like me) is giving you the side eye if you do the following…

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  • rainydaze80

    see…this is why I workout at home! lol

  • Actually, I thought it mostly the black women that smell or are unclean, didn’t flush or left the public bathrooms destroyed.Geez Louise, racist much? Or did you think YOU were somehow entitled to it?

  • owner

    Other than wiping down the equipment and stalking in the gym what someone else does or wears or does’nt wear is none of your business Victoria. If these nuances bother you so much, stay the hell home.

  • TeeKay Tadow

    blah…I’m a repeat offender of wearing the headscarf to the gym. When I go to the gym for my HIIT workout and weight training I go all the way in. 85-90% of MHR for long jaunts. With that being said, by the time I’m done I’m pooling sweat and my once laid kinky-curly coiffure is now all over the daggone place. I keep the scarf on to stave off the sweat from getting in my eyes and to keep my hair in situ. *kanye-shrug* Honestly, shouldn’t we just be happy to see other black people actually in the gym taking an active role in their health with so many of us dying due to unhealthy lifestyles? This whole idea of ‘what you shouldn’t wear” to the gym is trivial – I mean, as long as you aren’t naked, that is. Its the same ‘church clothes’ mentality that the black community has perpetuated. If someone doesn’t have the money to cough up money for UA or Nike gear – but they got a pair of admittedly sheer leggings or dusty old sweats and a 20/month planet fitness membership – who are we to judge?

  • Vandellish

    Ok so the gym is out, church is inappropriate, NEVER at the job, bars and clubs are too loud and everyone thinks everyone else is a scoundrel (which is equivalent to laughing and saying you saw someone in Kmart when your azz was in there too), not at your niece’s day care, not in your apartment building and not from your car window…JUST WHERE IN THE HELL CAN WE

    Could it be anywhere where we see someone we may like????
    Fk the rules!

  • What i hate the worst is to see people get up off equipment and not clean it. And i had to laff at the one about flirting at the gym. There is this creepy old dude at my gym who literally makes rounds to all the women for at least 20 mins before even looking at the equipment…Im sure he isnt a personal trainer.

  • Justin

    Why do women want to control men. You can’t look at them or talk to them. If you have a problem make it all women or all men otherwise get out of the way and stop this nonsense. Looking at women is not creepy -it is natural.

  • get real

    Ladies, rocking the yoga tights with the camel toe blazing in the gym, justs makes my heart melt. Camel toe is gods best creation. Absolutely beautiful. Lol

    • chanela


  • curlyk

    and im not sure how public gyms are but my university gym provides wet wipes as well as dry paper towels throughout the gym. Like there’s probably one sanitizing station for every 5 or 6 machines you see. So there is really no excuse to not wipe down after you finish but ignants continue to workout and leave with the seat and handles wet smh.

  • curlyk

    this list is so on point! lol. Uggs are a first. The worse thing I’ve worn were some shell toe Adidas on the treadmill my freshman year of college. I dreaded it too. But I didnt have any running shoes or the transportation or time to go buy them because my friends decided to randomly go to the gym and I was down. At least they were sneakers but I was still a little embarrassed.

  • Cola

    I’m sorry I disagree with your view on tights and underwear. I am an athlete and most women i know generally do not wear underwear under their tights. It can be quite uncomfortable especially if you are moving a lot and doing something aggressive. I dont like to feel like my privates cant breathe. However wearing a nice loose pair of shorts over them should do the trick.


      I agree with you, while wearing proper workout attire-leggings intended for activity. Underpants can be problematic for some during vigorous activity. I believe she was referring to those cheap $5 & $10 leggings girls purchase 2sizes too small.She made mention of them not being “opaque” which makes all these girls business visible to the public. That type of ratchetness is all too common nowadays. I cant understand the see through tights for pants phenomenon. Not to mention the see through tights with white or multicolored granny panties beneath! Ok I digress lol my bad 🙂

  • Smiley

    Sounds like hood gym 101 to me lol.

  • Negress

    They used to laugh at me at the gym with my can of Lysol. I did my changing in the bathroom and showered at home.

  • Cleo

    That man in the opening pic is looking all types of zesty

  • ANTMilf

    I was at the gym yesterday and this woman wore nurse scrubs and clogs, kid you not! Me and 2 other women was talking about that lady while she was running on the treadmill.

    • TheLovliest…

      Omg, I’ve seen that myself. This lady was dripping sweat in her scrubs & *never* wiped down any machine she was on. Mad me mad. I hoped she didn’t go to work afterwards…

  • Allie

    Not cleaning up after yourself is huge, I cringe when I see people use a machine or a mat without wiping it down afterwards

  • Miss D

    I can’t stand lazy people at the gym. If you’re going to walk 0.5 mi/h on the treadmill and talk on the phone, you need to leave. I also cannot stand people with their goodies out in the locker room. Yea we’re all women and we have the same parts, but I don’t want to see your chi-chi’s and your cha-cha while Im bent over trying to get my stuff out the locker. UGH.

    • ANTMilf

      I see that a lot and I agree what you said.

      • just me

        Its a locker room made for changing clothes. Don”t look if you dont want to see their privates. Unless they are invading your private space, whats the problem?

        • get real

          The problem is we are changing clothes and you have nothing but a towel (after showering or something) trying to talk about the Lakers or who’s going to win the Superbowl. And I’m like “playa talk to me when we get out here on the gym floor”. Idk about women locker rooms but there’s a lot of dic* watching going on in the men’s. That’s the problem

        • Bill

          Being naked for too damn long is the problem.

  • xxdiscoxxheaven

    So true about that bonnet crap

    • sticktoaheadband

      AGREED! Ugh. IT is so HOOD! pleaaasssseee don’t leave the house with a bonnet on! Even a scarf wrapped around your entire head is doing too much. I get it about protecting the hair from sweat, I really do. But it is not a good look!

      • xxdiscoxxheaven

        Even worse, these chickens try to color coordinate them with their outfits!