Back in the go-go 80s my primary fitness activities were running, the foolishness formerly known as high impact aerobics and lifting barbie weights. As an employee of a chain retailer of fitness shoes and apparel I had ALL the gear including those running (booty) shorts. Decades and pounds later I’ve reached the stage of no damns given and am doing my best to GET TO the gym let alone be cute. So, I wondered with the recent attempt at war on yoga pants if I really should care and for that matter do those who are wearing yoga pants or anything else care. Well I did a little survey which you can see in its entirety here and the highlights below.
What are your primary fitness activities?
The participants are doing ALL THE THINGS fitness-wise.
Describe the apparel, footwear, sleeves etc used for your fitness activities.
“My apparel consists of running leggings. Most are black, but I’m working my way to wearing more colored leggings. For some reason I think I can’t, so I’m stepping out my box and purchasing pants/leggings with more color.”
Does this apparel have an effect on performance? In what way(s)?
“I don’t like for my clothes to chafe, make me hot, or restrict my arms and legs in any way, so I would say they positively affect my performance by not being a distraction.” Amen!
How important is the appearance of your apparel?
“Somewhat important” to “very important” outnumbers could care less 4-3.
Does brand effect your choice of apparel? If yes, what brands do you prefer.
“Yes, I wear CW-X compression crop/long pants different race because they provide the compression that I need to hold all my butt and thighs.” Not just some of them but ALL of them.
Does price effect your choice of apparel?
Only one respondent answered no to this question. As such I’m going to very unscientifically assume that the respondents aren’t going to spend a lot of money on fitness apparel.
Conclusions (again unscientific): participants are doing everything, wearing everything EXCEPT Reeboks (gotcha big guy) and are doing so at a reasonable cost.
Powered by Soul would like to thank Antoinette, Sonya, Ant, OTJ, Michelle S., Kym, Marla and Teresa for participating in the survey. Here’s a medley of some of their greatest hits.
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from left) Antoinette Lewis by MsThorns, Sonya Strider, Ant Pruitt, OTJ, MsThorns, Michelle Soloman and center, Kym McNair