I was actually surprised to see this question asked so often, “Is it Okay to Wear a Crop Top to the Gym?”
Personally, I’ve always been of the view that you should wear whatever you want to the gym.
However, it appears that this may not actually be the case.
So, allow me to explain what you need to know about wearing crop tops in the gym environment.
Is it Okay to Wear a Crop Top to the Gym?
It is absolutely fine to wear a crop top to the gym, as long as your gym doesn’t have a specific policy that forbids this. However, if there are no rules against crop tops then don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by others and wear whatever clothes make you feel comfortable.
1. Don’t Allow Others to Intimidate You
Some gyms may have a specific policy that bans you from wearing certain clothing.
In fact, I’ve often seen a “No Sports Bras or Crop Tops to be Worn as Shirts” sign in various gyms over the years.
The main reason for this ruling is to minimize how much bare skin touches machines and equipment.
For me, if your gym doesn’t have a specific rule then you should wear whatever you want, and whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
Unfortunately, it’s just a way of life that others will view the things we do, the clothes we wear, and even the way we speak with disdain.
That’s just human nature.
You can’t please everyone, but in the same respect, you shouldn’t allow someone else’s opinion to influence you.
I’ve often seen disapproving looks, typically from older women, towards those who choose to wear crop tops to the gym.
You’re not here to please them or adhere to their own made up rules.
As I’ve always said, “You can’t control what other people think, but you can control your own thoughts.”
So, as I say, if you feel most comfortable wearing a crop top, then carry on.
2. Be Wary of Your Gym’s Clothing Policy
As I’ve alluded to above, you should always be aware of your gyms specific rules.
In fact, many commercial gyms have dress code rules in place.
I won’t mention any names, but social media is generally inundated with complaints about some of the very strict dress code rules of certain gyms.
These can range from:
- Wearing shoes in the weights’ area
- No open-toe shoes
- No Jeans
- Shorts that completely cover your butt (oh yes, it’s true)
- Women can’t wear sports bras as their only top
- Shirts must cover above the belly button
And in truth, the list goes on.
Some of these clothing rules are fairly sensible, and you can see why they’re enforced from a health and safety perspective.
However, when it comes to your personal choice of top, I can’t say I entirely agree.
With that being said, if you wish to use a specific gym, and they have certain rules in place, then you’ll need to adhere to them.
3. Always Wipe Machines Down
I have spoken about one of the main reasons for crop tops not being allowed in some gyms is to keep sweat on machines and equipment to the bare minimum.
But, as I’ve said, I actually think this is a made up excuse in many cases.
What I mean by this, is that most of us sweat in the gym environment anyway.
Well, I know for a fact that I pretty much sweat profusely with every single workout, but that’s just me.
However, I am wary of the fact that I sweat a lot, and I always have respect for my fellow members and the gym itself.
So, of course, I always wipe down equipment as soon as I’ve finished using it.
Therefore, I don’t see what difference sweating makes, even if my upper body is covered with a t-shirt.
In fact, I can guarantee that I probably sweat more, and therefore sweat on equipment, much more than the lady working out in her crop top.
With that being said, be a good person, and always wipe down every machine and piece of equipment after you use it.
Now, there are some gyms that appear to enforce the crop top policy for the excess sweat reason.
In fact, certain gyms allow you to wear whatever you want in the cardio area, but require that your body is fully covered in the weights’ area.
Okay, I’m not going to say that this makes complete sense to me, but at least the “rules” appear to be a lot more honest.
4. What About Male Attention?
The only other thing that you may consider about wearing a crop top to the gym is the possibility of unwanted male attention.
I’m just going to come out and say it, but as a guy I am often appalled by how other guys act towards women in the gym environment (well, sometimes in life in general as well).
I’ve already spoken about not allowing yourself to be intimidated by others when it comes to your clothing choices.
I’m going to reiterate that you shouldn’t allow anyone else to intimidate you, and this includes all those guys who make me totally embarrassed to be part of the male population.
In reality, the vast majority of gym-goers are too concentrated on their own workouts to realise what’s going on around them.
So, while you may garner the occasional admiring glance, I can guarantee that most guys are more interested in hitting their one-rep max or a new PB.
Yes, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and this is true of any environment, and not just the gym.
But, once more, I’ll repeat, if you’re happy and comfortable wearing a crop top to the gym, then carry on.
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So, I hope you understand that it is okay to wear a crop top to the gym, as long as your gym doesn’t have a specific rule against this.
Admittedly, some gyms will have certain dress codes, so you should always adhere to these.
However, if there aren’t specific clothing rules in place, then don’t allow anything or anyone else to intimidate you.
It’s your body, you clothe it how you wish.
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