I've been asking around in a couple of different places to try and get some consensus on what "acceptible" clothing is when running / working out in a gym. I used to work out in just regular boxers, shorts, socks, t-shirt and comfortable trainers. I was then told that should invest in a few decent base layers / tights, which I've done, and I've noticed the difference in how my muscles feel; I prefer wearing them. (I'll use the term "base layers" to include both base layers and tights).
However I've had conflicting information on what the "correct" way to wear them is. Some people have told me to just wear them with nothing underneath - they are, as the name suggests, a "base" layer - the layer closest to skin. While I find this to be very comfortable, it is also very revealing (I'm male). While the ladies can get away with this (and I've even read it's healthier to do so), I question how appropriate it is for a guy to do the same. Others have told me I should always wear underwear underneath, but only certain types (not cotton) as otherwise I could end up with chafing of the inner leg, and the the wicking effect of the base layers is reduced. I've tried (at home) with both cotton and non-cotton boxers and haven't found them to be particularly effective at wicking or decreasing how revealing they are.
So I looked for other ideas. From loads of reading it seems, generally, that runners tend to say stick with just the base layers as some shorts can block ventilation and decrease the wicking ability of the base layers and throw on a long t-shirt (in both length and arm) but cyclists suggest regular sports shorts over the top. Gym people seem to sit somewhere in the middle. I have seen guys in the gym wearing base layers that don't reveal much but can't seem to get the same result when I wear them!
Finally, someone told me "wear whatever's comfortable". That would be base layer on its own, and I'm pretty sure I'd get thrown out of a gym for exposing myself if I did that.
Regardless, I'm getting very conflicting advice so I'm looking for opinions. I'm thinking the base layers with nothing underneath and a pair of shorts over the top would be the best bet?
Clothing - Base Layers etc Watch
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Last edited by SomeDudeAtUni; 05-10-2017 at 01:44.
- 05-10-2017 01:41
- 12-10-2017 13:47
If you are most comfortable wearing only the base layer but feel it would be more appropriate to wear underwear also, why not invest in, what is pretty much, a hammock? It would keep you held together, more comfortable, less revealing, yet also give you some freedom (as it's not a full-on pant situation).
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- 13-10-2017 00:18
That sounds like a good idea. Never heard of a "hammock" before - got a link please? I'm guessing it's something similar to a jock strap? I'm also thinking it would be rather obvious I'm wearing it though?