Look Good, Feel Good: Dressing For Success At The Gym

As a woman, you know how much time goes into thinking about what we’re going to wear every day.

But we aren’t the only ones thinking about the way we dress. You might not know it, but a lot of time, money, and hard work has gone into researching clothes.

Specifically into how clothing and appearance affect behavior, performance, and the way that others perceive you.

Guess what? Research shows dress and appearance really do have a major effect on the way people feel about themselves. This, in turn, influences the way they act!

This fact is true in school, at work, in social settings, and even at the gym!

Dress For Success At The Gym

Let’s be real for a second. A great outfit can make a world of a difference when it comes to working out. It can empower you with a “can-do” mindset and make you feel ready to take on the WORLD (or even just that squat rack you’re staring at).

There are basically two ways in which the clothes you wear at the gym affect the quality of your workout experience. There’s a physical element and a mental element, and each has a big influence on how you feel when you’re working out.


Have you ever found yourself at the gym, stuck in clothes that either aren’t supportive, are restrictive, or that don’t allow for breathability? We’ve all been there.

These are real problems that can get in the way of training, and they can definitely be a major distraction to having a good workout! Problems like this stem from wearing clothes that are too tight, too loose, or that aren’t made with your needs in mind.

It’s no fun working out when you’re constantly fidgeting and adjusting your outfit but just can’t seem to get it right. You aren’t able to give your best effort when you’re constantly pushing and pulling on your clothes, or feeling like you’re able to move freely and own your workout.


How often are you told not to care what others think of you? Like, all the time! And it’s true, you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to what others think!

But the fact is, we can’t help thinking about what we perceive our appearance to be like on any given day. You always want to look your best, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. When you don’t feel good about your appearance it actually affects your mental state!

This can negatively influence your behavior and can even lead to a diminished effort during your training session!

But when you feel great about the way you look, your mood is better, you have more confidence, and you just feel better! The result is more positive energy and better training sessions.

Take control

Take a proactive approach and seize control of both the mental and physical aspects of your workout. Be mindful of the following two things when selecting an outfit.

Be Comfortable

As much as you want to look good, remember that you’re still working out. You definitely want to make sure you’re wearing something flexible, breathable, and that you can sweat in.

It’s also important to choose something that will allow you to move freely and that won’t cause you discomfort as you exercise. Look for something supportive and well-fitting, yet not restrictive.

Sports teams wear uniforms that allow them to perform at the highest level by combining comfort with functionality. Think of your workout attire like your very own uniform.

Be Stylish

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. You can look super cute wearing something suitable for exercise.

Choose an outfit that’s is attractive and athletic, and that incorporates fashionable colors and designs to help you stand out and feel awesome about the way you look.

Look Good, Feel Good, Train Better

When you’re mindful of comfort and style, you can rock both the physical and mental aspects of your daily gym visits and truly feel your best!

The boost of confidence that comes from looking amazing will spill over into your workout, providing the oomph you need to train just a little bit harder. The result will be an awesome workout session.

The difference may not seem life-changing, but working out a little bit better day after day will result in better results over time!

Whether your goal is to tone-up, get lean, or improve upon your mile run time, consistently having better workouts will allow you reach your goals more quickly and effectively.

Rock Your Wardrobe Today

So what are you waiting for? Start dressing for success today by building your gym wardrobe.

Choose comfortable, well-fitting clothes in your favorite colors and you’ll be the belle of the ball at your local gym.

Looking for someplace to get your hands on some game-changing new outfits? Look no further than Idealfit and its awesome collection of workout gear designed by women, for women!

Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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