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Spending Loads of Money on Workout Clothes You'll Sweat In Makes Perfect Sense

by Emily Abbate on November 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Workout clothesWhen I say the words "workout clothes," what do you think? For me, I immediately think sweat. I think of how gross they get after an intense session at the gym. I think about the crappy T-shirts from back in high school I wear sometimes and laugh wondering what people think of my totally fab attire.

But it's not always old tees. In fact -- I have a confession. I REALLY like spending stupid amounts of money on workout clothes. OK, maybe "like" is a strong word. While I don't like watching the funds leave my bank account, I know that it's a totally great investment.

Like the $85 running leggings I bought last week.

I know. It's not cheap. Heck, it's the opposite of cheap. You know what I can do with $85? Buy groceries for two weeks. Oh, the benefits of living on my own.

Here's my logic: My favorite workout pants are from Under Armour. I bought them four years ago and have worn them on almost every long run and half marathon I've run since they were purchased. The original price? A whopping $72, I believe. But that's $72 for FOUR years of wear. I think we spend a lot of money on more ridiculous things, wouldn't you agree?

Sure, workout gear can even get a lot pricier than that. Look toward fancy schmancy retailers like Lululemon and Athleta and you'll find zip-ups that cost upward of $200. Yeah, $200 for a zip-up you'll just get dirty.

While I may not be spending that much -- you have to try and think of it this way: If you look good while you work out, you'll perform better when you work out. Feeling confident can make a world of difference. Think of it as an investment in your health.

So do you think I'm crazy? Do you invest in clothes to work out in, or do you think it's a waste of money?


Image via Lululemon athletica/Flickr

Filed Under: exercise


  • fleur...


    November 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Wait a damn minute, Emily. Didn't you just write a blog YESTERDAY criticizing women who wore makeup to the gym and had their hair done? Why on Earth is buying expensive work out clothes any different? You're a hypocrite.

  • fleur...


    November 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    "If you look good while you work out, you'll perform better when you work out. Feeling confident can make a world of difference. Think of it as an investment in your health."

    That statement is also applicable to wearing makeup to the gym!

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    November 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM
    I consider it an investment in comfort and health. Chafing isn't fun nor is it comfortable (cheap cotton tee shirts and sweatpants, I'm looking at you...some might be able to wear them, my skin freaks). My body'll be better off in the long run, no pun intended, if I wear actual athletic wear.
  • Pinkmani


    November 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Yep, I love me some Luluemon! It lasts longer for me and doesn't show wet sweat after I workout. 

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    Brynne Gaulin

    November 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I love wearing cute (albeit more expensive) workout clothes to the gym!  You're also paying for functionality - your dad's old college tee isn't going to wick the sweat away nearly as well as a tank from Lulu!

  • godde...


    December 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I just bought good shoes, that's it.

  • Madel...


    December 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM
    Good shoes!
  • nates...


    December 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    No I work out in my shorts and t shirts. I have never had an issue with not buying the expensive clothes to work out in.

  • lalas...


    December 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I don't.  Buying expensive clothes to workout in is not in my budget.

  • sukainah


    December 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    If you can afford it, why not!?

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