Workout gear: pants vs shorts?

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  1. VamosRafa

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    I had good luck with my other thread so I thought I'd try again.

    After years of a walking fitness regimen, I'm back at the gym. I was a gym regular a few years ago and at that time, almost all the women wore shorts while working out. I was quite surprised to see very few women wearing shorts this time around. A number wear capris, but a surprising number wear pants. Is this a fashion change, or is there a reason why wearing pants is better for a workout? My first thought is that you would get too hot, but then again, perhaps that is the point???

    Being the fashionista I am, I went out a bought some black workout pants, but I'm not sure I'll be as comfortable working out in them. I'm in Southern California, so it's not as though there are climate issues. Any thoughts???

    Thanks.

    PS: Although there are some exceptions, the men seem to be primarily sticking to shorts -- at least at my gym.
     
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  2. chess9

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    Pants are the most popular in my gym. I think it's because the materials used in pants can be flattering if they are tight, and if you want to hide some 'sins' buy them loose. :) They also don't make you feel like you're there to be eye candy for the ogling males, and since some women don't flaunt it even if they 'got it', pants are a nice fit. One of my friends has several pairs of black pants that are quite tight and show off her fabulous derriere, but she's 67 and proud of what she's got. ;) She welcomes eye candy too. LOL. I don't think anyone ogles the opposite sex more than her. And she's been married for 45 years!!

    -Robert
     
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  3. Ronaldo

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    Try pantaloons, men do
     
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  4. Vince Has Spin

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    Well, shorts are sometimes more comfortable, sometimes easier for me to stretch and move my legs. I'm not really sure what other reasons there could be. Chess might be right as well. >_>
     
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    shorts cause I get to damn hot...lol
     
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    no surprise here
     
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  8. BlueB

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    It's simpler to not work out at all, then you won't have pants vs shorts dilema. It would give you more time for Tennis, too.

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  9. movdqa

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    Our fitness center manager sometimes wears tights, shorts or pants. Our office temperatures can be all over the place and sometimes you want a pullover and pants on a warm summer day or the same thing on a cold winter day. Men wear shorts unless their cycling or running outside. Younger women generally wear shorts, older women pants or tights.

    At my regular gym, it's all over the place though most men wear shorts unless it's cold in the facility (usually because it's cold outside and the heating system can't keep up). Women wear shorts, skirts, tights and pants. I think that men dress for comfort. I think that a lot of women dress for comfort and some for appearance though I haven't figured out what their algorithm is.

    We have some pretty big temperature extremes in my area, sometimes even in the same day so you dress appropriately for the conditions. I took out some of my cold weather gear as we have daytime temperatures in the high-40s now and I usually wear tights or pants in those temperatures.
     
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  10. Bluefan75

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    You would consider wearing some kind of pants for deadlifts. You need to keep the bar so close to your shins, that you get some nasty scrapes.

    But if you're doing some "cool workout that is really justifying not needing to actually squat/deadlift" then you can wear whatever floats your boat.
     
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    I usually go to the office gym to do deadlifts and then back to my office so I'm wearing jeans when I do them. I never thought of the aspect of the bar hitting your lower leg but I guess it does.
     
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    Guys - 50/50 pants/shorts

    Girls - 95% wear yoga pants 4.9% wear loose athletic shorts 0.1% wear booty shorts.

    This is pretty consistent with every commercial gym I've gone to. Girls tend to be more revealing in more serious/bodybuilding type gyms
     
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  13. movdqa

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    I think that it depends on the demographics of the area.

    In Boston, men and women tend to show more. In New Hampshire, women tend to show less. My area has far more families and the demographics swing older than Boston.
     
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  14. dr7

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    If you wear heels, go with the shorts.
     
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  15. Bluefan75

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    Yes, especially bars with a good bit of knurling, that is going to chew you up like cud.

    Jeans work, but man how do you not just boil wearing them?
     
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    It's usually chilly in the office. I'm wearing a hoodie right now to stay warm. I leave a fleece and sometimes a hoodie in the office as it can be very warm outside but chilly inside. The fitness center is usually cooler unless there are a lot of people working out. I just go down for a set of something (deadlifts, military press or squats) and then go back to my office so I don't heat up very much.
     
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  17. sureshs

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    That must be in a mall in India
     
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  18. GBplayer

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    Pants over tights, good enough for superman. I would ditch the cape for tennis though !
     
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  19. BorgCash

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    Who cares what you wear in the gym? I personally wear tight shorts and tank top 'cause I'm always feeling hot and train intensive.
     
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