Underwear and Shorts for Gym?

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  1. jason_els

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    I'm joining a gym again and am curious about what to wear so as to fit in. It seems times have changed and jocks are right out and seriously, are they really necessary for weightlifting?

    What do people wear to workout nowadays? I'm going to be doing weightlifting with machines and such. I just got a really nice elliptical for home use, a Life Fitness x9, so I plan to use that at home and just use the gym for swimming and weightlifting.

    I'm curious about what does one wear? I'm happy with my Tshirts but it's the lower section I'm worried about. I tend to like conservative clothes so I don't stand out in the gym or look like I'm trying to be 15 again. Are there good brands of shorts? Do they come with built-in support? If not, what do I wear underneath?

    I saw some compression shorts but they're WAY too revealing and parachute stuff makes all that noise.

    Keep in mind my waist size is a 42 so I'm not exactly in optimal shape so nothing, "sexy." At least not yet :wink:. I have swim trunks so that's not an issue, just need to know what's good without looking juvenile or becoming an eyesore.

    Thanks!
     
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    At my gym, almost all men unde age 60 wear shorts that come down to the knees. Some young guys wear them longer. Usually, it's basketball shorts, which don't come with a liner or any built-in support. I usually wear snug fitting briefs or boxer briefs under them. Some younger guys wear compression shorts that are almost as long as their shorts which then become visible when they are seated or using a bench. I'd just go to Target and see what they are selling the most of. Hope this helps.
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    I wear regular shorts... not basketball shorts. Champion C9 brand they have a liner on the inside so I have *some* support, but I'm not crammed in. I do have some other basic $5 shorts that I wear a jock with so I don't pop out.

    I got the C9s from Target... they are pretty cheap at $12 a piece.
    The way I see it is.. I'm 5'5" why would I want to get shorts that would come down to or past my knees which would only make me look shorter???
     
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    dude get a grip you are 41 years old and have no idea what to wear to the gym...did you just crawl out of a cocoon???
     
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    I go to the Y.....the younger guys just wear their underwear or shorts with liners. I have seen a few with just shorts not undergear at all. The older men are split between just their underwear or a jockstrap. When I was in Junior High school...we were brain-washed into wearing jockstraps to support the family jewels and wide band jocks may give a little mid-drift support...Personally I have a jockstrap fetish, so I wear a jock at the gym for everything....Sometimes I even wear it into the showers to wash it.
     
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    Yeah, as stated, black or navy, nylon or polyester basketball shorts and a cotton tank top or t-shirt. Make sure they are loose fitting. You will fit right in.

    However, I prefer a fashion-forward approach, such as short running shorts and no shirt.
     
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    I got to say, that put a smile on my face.
     
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    i wear compression knee length tights with a pair of running shorts over them... havent quite built up the courage to just wear the compression shorts... you can see EVERYTHING right down to whether or not i'm cut heheh
     
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    Yeah, no compression shorts for me.

    I like inwait8's idea of just going to Target and pick up some cheap shorts with liners in them. Makes things easy. I'll take a look at what they have.

    When I get down to 34 or 36 I'll bet a pair of Aussiebums to congratulate myself.
     
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    Hey n2, that sounds a great gym wish i went to one that allowed just underwear
     
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    I agree--approxiamtely knee length black or navy basketball shorts.

    You'll blend right in. YOu won't seem like an old fogey (it's almost dperessing to see this older men showing off their pasty legs in too short shorts), and you won't seem like you're trying to hard to be "young."

    Track pants can also be great, but choose conservative colors.
     
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    I go to the Y 5 times a week, and the guys in the morning who are doing their workout before work wear a variety of shorts. Frankly, not many are worried about fitting in.

    I wear just basic shorts, cheap ones, with compression shorts or a jock underneath, depending on what's clean. I like the compression shorts the best because if I'm lifing, especially bench press or leg press, I prefer to have something under my shorts for a bit of coverage. I don't care if someone wants to catch a glimpse of my junk, but I don't really want to have to worry about showing if I'm not intending to.

    For swimming, I've literally seen guys in everything from speedos to board shorts, to b-ball shorts as swimwear. I think for your size, some basic Target or Wal-Mart swimwear would be in order in a basic color--red, black, blue.
     
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    Usually bb shorts w a jock underneath. Nothing worse than having the boys flop around while your on the treadmill or hang down you leg as you do sqats. I pretty much like to freeball but not at the gym.
     
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    I'm sorry, what are, "bb shorts?"
     
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    basketball shorts dude
     
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    I would imagine "having the boys flop around" a liberating experience. In general, doesn't a jock strap merely serve as a protection against rubbing against the shorts? Otherwise, I don't know why compression is so important when working out. Or, is wearing a jock strap an expression of masculinity?
     
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    Hmm...I'm 36 and I have no idea what to wear to a gym. I've never been in one in my life.
     
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    Thank you very much. That hadn't occured to me.
     
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    Well, people wear them under clothing. :p Would be nice to see a guy wearing JUST compression shorts, though.... <3

    Anyway, I'm with the young crowd that doesn't really wear the correct stuff to the gym. I just let it flop around on the teadmill and nobody seems to mind. I wear polyester boxer shorts under either polyester shorts(my favorite combo), jogging pants, or sweatpants. this is just personal prpeference, as I never like having any sort of compression down there.
    That said, I'm not into anything aggressive or dangerous and my main focus is cardio exercise. :x
     
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    I just wear boxers. My gym is pretty old-school in that no one cares that much. The one I used to go to required some kind of compression underneath though, so I'd do the basic jock + bball shorts.
    I definitely prefer support when I'm running, though.
     
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