5 style tips to get your gym swagger on

Wear the right workout gear to enhance your performance (and gym-cred) by 101%.

Gloves are for posers
Gloves are for posers
27 Oct 2015

Gloves are for posers

Photos: ING Image, retailers

For the life of us, we simply cannot think of a gym scenario (besides MMA or boxing) where gloves are acceptable. Unless of course you happen to be “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, whose idea of a daily workout is lifting a ridiculously heavy tree trunk.

Bonus tip: Sport a fancy bottle and you will find that it can be an excellent conversational starter with fellow gym members.

No office gear
No office gear
27 Oct 2015

No office gear

Now, we know how much of a hassle it can be to squeeze in that gym session before work, but that is no excuse for you to work out in business attire. Not only do your office trousers restrict your range of movement, they also make you look completely ridiculous on the elliptical — they have absolutely no business in the gym.

Bonus tip: Avoid wearing grey tops. While it might seem like a sexy colour, the fact that others can spot your sweat stains from afar is not so sexy.

Pump up your kicks
Pump up your kicks
27 Oct 2015

Pump up your kicks

While you might not feel the need to splash the cash on gym gear, at least invest some dough on the raddest trainers you can find. Besides making a fashion statement while on the leg press, a pair of good trainers is crucial when it comes to cardio workouts like the treadmill.

Bonus tip: Do keep your trainers clean and presentable. There is nothing that says “I’m an overgrown slob” more than rocking a mud-stained pair of kicks.

Reebok All Terrain Extreme, $189

Don’t overdo it
Don’t overdo it
27 Oct 2015

Don’t overdo it

Sure, retro style may be trendy, but that doesn’t mean that all types of retro gym gear are winners. For instance, lose the garish and wholly unnecessary headband. After all, you are there to work your muscles and not other people’s eyes.

Bonus tip: Always try to colour coordinate your gym outfit. You don’t want others to bear witness to your rojak fashion disaster.

Keep your army tees at home
Keep your army tees at home
27 Oct 2015

Keep your army tees at home

It feels good to be comfortable while you’re working out, but there’s a fine line between effortless, and flat out not giving a damn. There is a time and place for that singlet, especially the older cotton ones, and it usually involves either your couch and a bag of chips, or the wet market. No exceptions.

Bonus tip: If you must train in a singlet, go for those made with sweat-wicking material. Aside from helping you stay dry and keeping your body temperature low as you work out, they also look a heck of a lot better.

Under Armour Men's coldblack Run Singlet, $45

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