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Would You Wear Spanx to the Gym?

Written on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm , by

Its hard enough to do this on top of remembering to suck it in. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Miller)

It's hard enough to do this on top of remembering to suck it in! (Photo by Alexa Miller)

It must be symbolic that a day after I decide to throw away all my shapewear I stumble upon this Huffington Post article getting quite a bit of buzz on the Web.

Spanx just launched a new line of activewear for women to wear at the gym. The line ranges from $68 to $118 and includes both tanks and pants to help flatten your belly and make you appear slightly slimmer.

As someone who used to frequently sport a pair of Spanx for any major wedding, cocktail party, and even sometimes to work (I’m not sure why I felt the need to sit in tight spandex for eight hours, but I did), I can’t imagine trying to exercise in anything that isn’t a baggy t-shirt and shorts. But then again, for anyone who has ever been slightly self conscious at the gym, perhaps this line is just the little confident boost needed to step it up on the treadmill without glaring at the girl next to you.

So tell us: What do you think about Spanx activewear? Good idea, or totally unnecessary? Post your thoughts below.

  • Nadine

    After having my 4th baby, I find it much more comfy to work out (and just live) in something that snug that holds everything in where it should be. Less jiggles and sag are good things.

  • Alanna

    I think it’s a terrible idea! I understand the benefits of compression wear for some, but the intention of this clothing line is to look good, not perform better. If anything, wearing these kinds of undergarments can cause people to have reduced circulation, which is the last thing you want while working out. I have talked to many women who have suffered from tingling, and lack of sensation in their legs while wearing Spanx. No thank you.

  • Sheryl

    Sometimes having shapewear on makes me more conscious of my posture so it might help one remember to maintain proper form and I would be less self conscious wearing the clingy clothing that I wear in my dance class but it is way out of my price range so I won’t be wearing it.

  • ELA

    Some people need the added support especially when running or doing excercise that involves jumping. It is hard to work out effectively when things are flopping around everywhere. Champion is doing something similar with their work out clothes and I love it.

  • Maija

    If you’re fit, you wear things that fit you to the gym. I always wear body hugging clothing to the gym. I run and it is way more comfortable to have something fitting than baggy!!!!! Now spanx?? That’s a little different…

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    I don’t have a problem with spanx as workout gear at all. I wear cotton lycra now to work out in!

  • Debra

    No way!

  • Rachel

    To each his own; but I’d say, that those who wear it for workouts should check to make sure compression/circulation are not an issue. I like things to stay in place, but I don’t need a rash from it!

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  • Denise

    Yes, I sometimes do wear spanx type undergarments under gym clothes.

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  • Unapologetic

    does it stop you from losing more if you where them when runing 

  • Lexi

    Such a good idea. Makes it easier to workout if you ask me!! Dark colors help too, I wouldn’t wear anything colorful or standout since I am self-conscious. But having the snug fitting spanx help me feel more secure and I really do appear smaller which is a confidence boost within itself!