Friday, May 23, 2014

No Street Clothes

I have a treadmill in my home that I use every day. Whenever I have a few extra minutes between writing assignments, I hop on and take a walk.




I never stop to think if what I'm wearing is treadmill appropriate. I've worn PJs, yoga pants, capris, jeans... It's all good.





So last year while staying at a hotel, my stepdaughter had to remind me to change clothes before we headed to the gym to walk on the treadmill. You see, in gyms, there are rules about the clothes you can wear. 




What, I always wonder, are street clothes? Do they think people are going to show up looking like this?




How do my jeans and tennis shoes hurt the treadmill more than yoga pants and tennis shoes, I wonder?




Mostly, when walking on public treadmills, you just have to look the part. Otherwise, people will think you're weird. Unlike the many, many times people wear workout clothes to do just about everything else in life.




Do you have a special wardrobe for the gym?

88 comments:

  1. Though obviously some things are more practical and safe to wear at the gym I had no idea there was any kind of etiquette.

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  2. back in the day haha--i used to work at a couple of what we called then health spas---we were required to wear a leotard and tights!

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  3. Maybe you burn more calories in yoga pants :) That must be it. This will also justify me wearing yoga pants while performing "street" activities :D
    ~Katie

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  4. sadly, here in my country most youngsters wear tracksuits and trainers in the street, in schools... everywhere....

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  5. So sad you have to "look the part" to go to a gym. I go swimming so i wear abasic one piece but when I did go to a gym (we are talking the 80's here, I was in my basic t-shirt and sweat pants and little runners. Everyone else wore these skin tight bathing suit things with coloured tights and leg warmers which to this day I have no idea what they are good for:) If we go walking or hiking we wear comfy clothes so knowing me I would be wearing something that would make them be totally unhappy-hehehehee

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  6. Birgit, LOL at 80s workout clothes--I can't believe people actually wore that stuff in public.

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  7. I've always been practical when doing any sort of workout. Mostly, it's been shorts, t-shirt, and tennies. I guess I got that from the workouts I did through out my school years. Weight lifting and running track--who cared what I looked like so long as the clothes allowed me to do what I had to do?

    I don't do gym work anymore. nearest one is 30 miles away. I have a set of weights at home. I HATE treadmills and climbers but I do a lot of walking on the ranch. My main concern is not getting ticks or catching my clothes on briars, lol!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  8. I go with the white fish belly look. Jogging pants with a pink jogging bra that matches my iPod and sneakers.

    We have a treadmill, his name is Monster at home. And same as you, I'll jump on there throughout the day. But if I'm going for a proper workout, it's fish belly white and pink sports bra.

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  9. Hahaaa...I'm with you Stephanie. I hop on my treadmill in the basement wearing...whatever.

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  10. Gym? I thought that was a class in school? Hmmm...must investigate that concept. LOL

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  11. This is such a funny post! Love the pictures! It is kind of an odd thing in our world. I think some workout clothes are just super comfy . . .but that doesn't mean that I couldn't get any exercise in jeans. :)

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  12. Ha! I go to the gym usually 6 days a week, and I always have to coordinate the colors of my tops to my shoes. I've seen people wear all kinds of things, though, that stretch the boundaries of the gym dress code...

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  13. I can't imagine me going to any gym. I rather take a real walk outside then go on a treadmill although with the latter option I guess I can watch TV or something. Last time I was on a treadmill was for a medical test. I ended up having something like a mild heart attack and they admitted me to the hospital. Further testing showed that I had been born with atrial fibrillation and that explained why I used to get so sick in gym class. Now I walk carefully. And I don't like wearing workout clothes.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  14. Wow, Arlee. Glad they found it so you can now take care. I love yoga pants...SO comfortable! I don't think there are really good workout clothes for men, though. At the gym, I mostly remember seeing shorts and t-shirts on men. Except the steroid-heads who hang out in the weightlifting area.

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  15. When I show up at places in my "street" clothes people always comment about it. I'm forever in workout clothes. They seem to "suit" me. Sorry. I'm not a good pun person.

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  16. Hi Stephanie .. the thought of needing to buy new clothes to go to the gym puts me off ..

    So I'll stick with my street clothes - they cover me up somehow .. the rest is good luck to one and all - my dress sense isn't the best!

    Fun post to read though - follow the crowd and you'll be ok apparently! .. cheers Hilary

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  17. Sometimes, while at the gym, some people wear the equivalent of that long purple dress--just in stretchy material. Holy moley, do you know how much Lulu costs? Ugh, it's ridiculous :)

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  18. I used to belong to a gym, and was also taking Jazzercise classes so I had quite the work-out wardrobe. That was the 80s though, and early 90s. Yes, I wore leg warmers.
    Now it's me and my WiiFit and usually pajamas, because I sleep in a tank top and short.
    I don't get the no jeans thing...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  19. And this is why I work out at home. I do usually wear what's considered "workout clothes" but they often have holes or mysterious stains or I'll wear, like, a black bra under a white cami---whatever's most convenient to grab from the floor next to my bed, hehe.

    Other than proper shoes, I can't imagine why a workout place would have rules about it.

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  20. i do live in sweats all winter - and only don jeans if i'm running into town. shorts and tees for summer. :)

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  21. I think you should be able to wear whatever is comfortable when exercising in public. Well... as long as it doesn't border on indecent exposure.

    Or pajamas.

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    1. A Superman outfit perhaps? I mean even Supe needs to go to the gym.

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  22. Ha! They sure do wear workout clothes for everything else in life. I wear sort of work out clothes: old sweats, sports bra, and regular old T-shirt.

    That last quote is funny! One step closer to possibly maybe working out lol

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  23. Gym? The only excercise I do is walking. The gyms here are filled with the younger generation who are always trying the latest excercise craze that the older generation dare not do for fear of getting crippled.

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  24. I love the post, especially the funny pic at the end! What on earth is a "do rag"? How can I be sure not to wear one if I don't know what it is? I don't see the problem with jeans. I NEVER wear jeans when I can wear stretchy stuff, but I don't see why others can't. Good for you for keeping up a walking regimen. The only thing on my body that gets exercise are my fingers...

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  25. I don't go to the gym. If I'm going to work out it's at home and I wear whatever I want.

    Which, to be fair (and boring) is usually sweat pants.

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  26. I think it would be really hard to jog on a treadmill in jeans. I'd never get out of them afterwards.

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  27. For me....

    Muscle, tank, or tee shirt.... sweats or running pants...

    Basic workout wear. It's cool, moves well, and comfortable. You need to be when working out.

    Have a great weekend, Stephanie!

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  28. I'm with you on wondering how jeans hurt the treadmill, but I do immediately picture my friend Chris who wore SUPER RIPPED jeans in the 90s. I'm talking shredded, he had to wash them BY HAND and hang them up to dry so they didn't completely fall apart. Maybe the person who made the jeans rule knew Chris, because THOSE jeans? Would totally catch and snag something and cause major injury!
    It's funny you mention gym clothes, I have had a treadmill for 20 yrs and the few times I did join a gym (always briefly) I had to go out and BUY clothes for the gym, so very few of my "street clothes" that do NOT look like that lady, would be hella inappropriate!

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  29. I had a treadmill, but I sold it on Craig's List. Now my husband doesn't have any place to hang his clothes at the end of the day.

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  30. My gym is in my head and there I can wear anything or nothing at all. But when I do work out it's to a video. I have to be bendable so yoga pants or PJs are a must. YOu know I should but I never wear tennis shoes. It's the country hick in me.

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  31. I have been known to do squats and arm exercises while in a skirt and dress shoes, because I forgot my gym clothes (my gym is where I work).

    I have read this: "The reason jeans/cargo shorts aren't allowed in the fitness room is because they damage the leather on the various machines. The seats/cushions are constantly being replaced because of wear and tear, and that's not necessarily a cheap endeavor."

    Maybe in an effort to not show favoritism to the treadmill runners, they just banned jeans all together?

    As far as the shoes go, I think it depends on the sole. Most boots have a hard sole, which increases the landing impact on running machines. Shoes worn while pavement walking can often track in dirt in the treads, which then gets into the machinery and shortens the equipment's lifespan.

    It may be about looks and appearances for some locations, but in my work's gym, it's for equipment care purposes.

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  32. That's a good explanation, Loni! And I guess the most loyal gym rats use the machines. Treadmill people are in and out--weight people are there for HOURS, I always noticed... I usually went straight up to the walking track when I belonged to the Y. I didn't even set foot in the room with the equipment. My gym membership was solely for a place to walk because here it's either 30 degrees, 100 degrees, or raining!

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  33. Shoes I can get, but what do jeans do to exercise equipment?

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  34. I don't have anything special but I do have a couple of pairs of yoga pants and a really good pair of Nike's ... plus I like to wear tanks..

    I try not to wear this outfit out shopping.. lol... not all that attractive but I don't mind wearing it while exercising because let's face it .. who looks good working out ? :)

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  35. I remember being in a gym in the 80s and two model types on the treadmill beside me were wearing full make up and stopping every 5 minutes to check their lipstick - I nearly fell off watching them.
    The gyms here now have really loud thumping music that drives me crazy - that's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it lol.
    Great post Stephanie :)
    Fil

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  36. I do P90X at home, so just throw on some old sweat pants and away I go. No jeans on a treadmill, hmmm do jeans bite or something? lol

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  37. I don't go to a gym but I do work out at home (inside/outside). I wear yoga pants and then wicking shirts. I can't imagine exercising in jeans-running in them causes horrible chafing (shudder, lol).

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  38. That is hilarious! I would have shown up in my jeans and t-shirt probably. I haven't hit the gym for a while. I usually work out at home or go for a walk around the block. Which means the attire is much like yours - whatever I'm wearing works!

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  39. I don't recall ever seeing a sign about "no jeans". I usually wear whatever is comfortable- but I don't go to the gym very often. I love that you have a treadmill at home and can hop on it when you have time. Awesome! :)

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  40. When we went to the gym, I wore sweat pants and a tee shirt, of course we went at 5 o'clock in the morning, so only the serious exercisers are out then, LOL, and pretty much everyone was in similar clothes, gym shorts or sweat pants and tee-shorts. Now we walk the neighborhood so we wear jeans :)

    betty

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  41. Yes, but I'm a kick boxer. I need stretchy clothes I can really move in (and some killer support, if you know what I mean).

    But at home, I've worn jeans on the treadmill too. Usually, even at a brisk walk, you're not pushing yourself so much that jeans become uncomfortable.

    It is an odd rule though.

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  42. ...I am here to tell you that I actually exercised at Planet Fitness in jeans. I went to them with my hat in my hands, so to speak, and said, "Um... I f-forgot to pack my leggings and only have the jeans..." They let me exercise nonetheless. For the rest, I am laughing at your post. So glad I stopped by! Diana at About Myself By Myself

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  43. Here in the UK, there's a big phenomenon of people wearing tracksuits, trainers and baseball caps constantly, most of whom probably haven't been near a gym in their lives! I don't have "street clothes" as opposed to any other clothes, I'm just in jeans and t-shirt all the time. I get my exercise walking the dogs and running up and down steps to deliver papers. It's funny to think of the dress code for gyms, I'm sure they have their own world of etiquette, but I'm glad to know nothing about it!

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  44. I usually like to run so I bought some things for that but I don't have a special outfit for Gym either I confess.

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  45. This post is hilarious Stephanie and so true. What does it all mean? What does it truly matter? I do conform though. I wear yoga gear to yoga class and workout gear to the gym. At home on the treadmill anything goes.

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  46. You could get a treaddesk at home! A couple of the authors on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community use one of these - they installed a desk across the front halves of their treadmills and walk while they type. I must admit I'm probably too lazy for that sort of thing myself...

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  47. Yeah. I run in a fancy dress and heels all the time. ;0)

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  48. Great post. There's got to be something to it. Perhaps they've noticed that people who exercise in jeans tend to pass out more often. I'm reaching.

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  49. Yoga pants and a tee shirt at the gym—oversized. No identifiable body parts, that's my motto. When I use the treadmill at home, I walk barefoot and wear anything I happen to have with the exception of jeans. Jeans are too constraining.

    VR Barkowski

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  50. Love the post, Stephanie, and VR's comment about no identifiable body parts. :)
    Me, I wear stretch pants and t-shirt to the gym. Comfort and movement friendly.

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  51. I don’t have a gym, but if I did I too would work out in pj’s. I love coming home, shrugging off my ‘street clothes’ and snuggling into my pj’s.

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  52. I don’t have a gym, but if I did I too would work out in pj’s. I love coming home, shrugging off my ‘street clothes’ and snuggling into my pj’s.

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  53. I don't do the gym thing. Not when I can go for a long walk just outside my house.

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  55. It's the same with me too. When at treadmill at home, anything comfortable + sport shoes, work fine. But when hitting a gym, it is expected to wear nice good looking gym wear. Sigh!

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  56. Gyms have dress codes!? Oh dear! Yes, what are street clothes? Isn't any clothes worn while outside "on the streets" clothes? I'm confused! LOL! Take care
    x

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  57. I wish I had a treadmill in my house! When I work out I do change clothes because I don't want to sweat in my jeans. Plus, flexibility in jeans is sometimes limited. I usually put on a tank top and some kind of soft pants, capris, or shorts. :)

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  58. I have my own recumbent bike and I wear whatever I want on it. LOL
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I am your newest follower.
    Beth

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  59. I never go to the gym. But when I did, it was polyester shorts and a baggy cotton t-shirt and tennis shoes.

    At home on my elliptical its whatever I'm wearing when I actually step onto the machine (removing whatever clothes have been stacked on it) and barefoot. See why I exercise at home?

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  60. I don't. Why can't you wear jeans to workout? Maybe they think the people in super skin tight jeans are so tight they can't do anything in them?

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  61. I have special pants I wear if I'm going to do a spin class at the gym, but otherwise, any old tracky-daks or leggings will do.

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  62. I have never seen a clothing restriction sign at a gym! What do they care, as long as it doesn't harm the equipment?

    I wish my three kids would wear something other than workout clothes. My daughter is an RN and has grown accustomed to elastic waistband scrubs. I'm embarrassed by what I've seen her wear to restaurants.

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  63. Yeah...all day in pyjamas and on the treadmill too.

    Still chuckling at the street clothes photo in stilettos!

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  64. I didn't even know there was a dress code! omg! I run outside, so I wear what will keep the weather out mostly.

    <3

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  65. I didn't even know there was a dress code! omg! I run outside, so I wear what will keep the weather out mostly.

    <3

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  66. Good thing I don't really care what others think of what I wear to the gym or walking outside. Usually it's comfortable wear, good tennis shoes. Since I have read your post will have to re-think my workout wear, or I could just quit what little workout I do. funny post.

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  67. I just wear sweats cuz I figure that's what I am going to there to do. I'm glad there aren't any requirements for any special attire. I just want to be comfortable. Keep moving. Maria Delight Directed Living

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  68. Oh how funny. Like you, I have workout stuff at home and don't really think through proper attire when I am on the road. Fortunately, the standard sloppy shorts and a t-shirt will get me through most situations.

    I hope you are having a nice holiday weekend, Stephanie.

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  69. Maybe it's kind of like psychologically tricking yourself into thinking you're doing a great workout. Look the part, be the part?

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  70. Well, back in the day when I did go to gym on a regular basis (I'm talking "woollen leg-warmers era"), I had the 'appropriate' exercise clothing.
    I was very disciplined back then. So maybe the gym outfits worked...?
    Writer In Transit

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  71. So if I start going to a gym, do I have to buy new clothes?

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  72. So if I start going to a gym, do I have to buy new clothes?

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  73. So if I start going to a gym, do I have to buy new clothes?

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  74. I would love my own treadmill.

    Sweatpants and yoga pants are so comfortable for everyday wear.

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  75. I don't go to the gym, but I do work out at home and yes I do wear work out clothes even it I am at home. I think that they are more comfortable.
    Stephanie, thank you for stopping by my bog, I hope that you will stop again.
    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness

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  76. Hmm...maybe I should rent a tuxedo for my next workout...

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  77. Good question about the jeans vs. yoga pants if you're in tennis shoes either way! Hee!

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  78. That's never a problem for me because I don't go to the gym. I usually go for walks in the neighborhood. Of course, when it's raining, cold, or extra humid I often wish for a gym.

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  79. Your treadmill photo is funny. You'd break a leg running on a treadamill with heels and a dress on. I have no idea what's wrong with jeans. I didn't know gyms had a dress code. Usually everyone around here is in shorts and a tank top.


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  80. The gym.... now, let's see... we're talking the nineties when I was kindly requested to put on more clothes. No, I'm not kidding....

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  81. Guess what came in the mail! Bookmarks for my class! I passed them out to the kids in my class and some of the kids in another 5th grade class. Lots of excitement over the bookmarks and the book. :) Hope you will have some new readers!

    Thanks again for sending them!

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  82. The last time I paid for gym membership was uh the 1980s. And, then, I used to just wear generic sweat pants and tee-shirt. I don't miss the gym at all. :-)

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  83. I never thought of it that way! I like to wear gym shorts and sneakers that's about it.

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  84. but I do have first-hand experience in dramatic muscle growth. I can help there. Ethan

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