When I dress to workout, I think not only about comfort level, but also what I might inadvertently subject others to during their WODs. After all, the only kind of muffin top anyone should have to see first thing in the morning is with blueberries…mmm, or chocolate chips (and we come full circle to my body issues, ahem).
However, the ‘keeping-covered’ rule I’ve adopted for myself is not top of mind for all male CrossFitters out there. Count down to a WOD, and shirts start flying like a scene from Magic Mike (fine print: I’ve actually never seen the movie, but I feel I’m safely assuming here). Before you know it, there are a lot of glistening upper bodies–of all shapes and sizes–battling their way through time, reps, and rounds.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, so I thought I’d do a Facebook shout out to my girls to get their takes. I figured the comments would come back as: “For those with six packs, take it off! For those with kegs, keep it on!” And while those were present, my ladies had more to say.
Maybe Nelly sang it best with his lyrics: “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes”. Kicking ass in any workout, you’re bound to get warm (and if you’re not, you’re either outside in Wisconsin, or you’re simply not trying hard enough). With warmth comes sweat, and that’s where us ladies have to draw the line. None of us want your sweat on us. “In a gym where we are all using the same equipment and area, I want to see something at least making an attempt to trap the sweat,” says Rene B.
The girls were all in agreement on this. And if I may borrow a line from Judge Judy: “Don’t [sweat] on our shoes and tell us it’s raining.” (She uses “piss,” but you get it.)
Like I mentioned, a little eye candy goes a long way. But truth be told, most of the girls weren’t opposed to the ripply (as opposed to the ripped) removing their shirts. “The shirtless version of the previously stated doesn’t bother me as long as the dude is busting his ass, working hard, fatigued, and getting shit done,” says Kirstin C. “I have much more respect for any man (shirtless or not) who is pushing himself as hard as he can than the dude who is lolly-gagging around, staring at himself in the mirror (insert cut, shirtless man here) whilst doing arm curls and socializing.”
A few ladies were even inspired by the guys going shirtless–regardless of how they looked. “It doesn’t bother me, in fact if they look decent it pushes me a tad bit, like picturing myself with a little half shirt as I am banging out [my workout],” says Elisha H. And if the body is out of shape? “Then it pushes me even more thinking, ‘Lord I want to wear that halfy, but not if I look like that!’”
If you’re a human faucet, or as Theresa M. said it best, “a human slip ‘n’ slide,” no matter what you look like, keep the shirt on–or workout by yourself. It’s a social level for which none of us are ready. However, if you’re can keep the sweat to yourself, and you’re going to bust ass, take it off!