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Do women need to wear makeup to the gym?

By lenny - 22 January 2006 39

After putting on 5 kilos over the Christmas break, (a combination of booze, cheese and jatz) I decided it was time to hit the gym and work away the flab.

So driving to the gym the other morning listening to my radio station of choice – 104.7, I listened as Chris and Sarah discussed the amount of women who wear makeup and have perfect hair just to go to the gym.

Before I heard this, I have to say I didn’t really notice. But after hearing their discussion I started to notice just how true it was. For example, this morning a youngish women was next to me on the dreadmill with full makeup and her hair out and perfectly straight. (*And no she couldn’t have “ Just come from work” this was at 8.30 on a Sunday morning) Every time she went to wipe her sweat away, she would “ dab” in an attempt to keep her makeup in place. By the end of her workout her mascara and eye powder had run down her face, making her look like something resembling a panda and her straight hair was greasy and sticking all over her sweaty face- very attractive indeed.

But this is just one example of the many women I have noticed who put a big effort into their appearance just to go to the gym ( some of them even give Dame Edna a run for her money.)

For me I find it quite difficult see anything while at the gym, let alone check people out , as I have a continuos stream of salty sweat running down into my eyes for the duration of my work out, leaving me with extreme blurred vision and on particularly hot days temporary loss of vision.

But even when my eyes aren’t being burnt by salt I have to say I don’t really take all that much notice of the people around me, ( I am focussing more on breathing )

So the thing I am very interested to know is, how many of you actually check women out while at the gym, or are they going to all this effort for nothing?

What’s Your opinion?

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39 Responses to
Do women need to wear makeup to the gym?
Thumper 12:39 pm 23 Jan 06

Make up, gym, sweat. Somehow these do not seem to go together.

Anyway, why go to a gym when you can simply run around the block for 30 minutes? it works exactly the same.

Oh, and it helps to have a home gym as well…


bonfire 12:28 pm 23 Jan 06

well name them, astound us with your researched argument.

LurkerGal 11:58 am 23 Jan 06

Have never heard of a women only bank (that sounds a bit stupid to me) but there are a number of “clubs” in Sydney and Melbourne that I am aware of, where women are not allowed. I also believe that the Masons don’t allow a female membershipe.

justbands 11:47 am 23 Jan 06

Should we now talk about the number of clubs where women are not welcome?

Actually…what are they? I don’t know of any…seriously. Whereas I know of Fernwood & another gym (I think it’s called Curves) that exlude men & also a womans only bank in Victoria.

bonfire 11:41 am 23 Jan 06

no lg because at a woman only gym they would be trying to pickup other women.

name the clubs where women are prevented by law from attending.

colsim 11:37 am 23 Jan 06

Well cheers Maelinar, thanks for that. (ahem ahem if anyone’s wondering – and big apologies for going so far OT)

I was waiting for someone to react to Bonfires thoughts on women and gyms – given the sometimes pervy nature of gyms, I get that women probably would appreciate their own space and I’d just like to take this opportunity to accuse Bonfire of political correctness gone mad. 🙂

As for the makeup thing, I don’t get it personally but hey, each to their own. And while I’d say that the majority of people who gym do so for their own health, I’m sure that for every woman who does it for guys there’s a guy doing it for the ladies.
(Funny that libraries don’t work the same way)

Maelinar 11:15 am 23 Jan 06

Col, I was listening to you the other day, not too bad a selection bud.

On topic, I don’t go to gym’s to pick up women, although a perve is a perve, no matter where it is.

Generally speaking though, I wouldn’t look at the face…

LurkerGal 11:13 am 23 Jan 06

You wouldn’t go there anyway bonfire. They allow breastfeeding. Should we now talk about the number of clubs where women are not welcome?

And as for going to the gym to meet men or make themselves more attractive to men? I don’t know a single woman who does that.

bonfire 11:00 am 23 Jan 06

except fernwood advocates discrimination.

wonderful to exclude people isnt it!

its fab!

soon they will exclude blacks, jews and people with red hair!

its so wacky!

LurkerGal 10:37 am 23 Jan 06

Go to Fernwood. No one wears makeup there. No one gives a shit. It’s fab!

colsim 10:10 am 23 Jan 06

I usually find that when I get sweaty at the gym, there’s nothing better than swigging back a tasty Gatorade, now available in 5 flavours (including the ever popular blue). This both restores my salt levels and gives me the energy I need to break through that wall, to the max.

Speaking of which, when I have noticed women with streaky makeup on the treadmill, I’ll usually tell them about the new range of Max Factor no-streak eyeliner and base.

(Just a gentle piss take, I swear)

When I get off my fat lazy arse and make it to the gym, there’s usually no-one else there (bless the work gym) and so I get to play my own mix cds (as featured on my Monday arvo slot 4-6.30 on 2XXfm – 98.3), which offer a far greater range of variety than the commercial shlock on other stations. 🙂

lenny 10:09 am 23 Jan 06

yeah the money is rolling in..

bonfire 10:09 am 23 Jan 06

i knew a girl from texas who said she was shocked when she came to live in oz and would see women going to the supermarket in trackie daks and no makeup.

women mainly go to the gym to meet men or to make themselves more attractive to men.

and you wonder why they wear makeup ?

johnboy 9:06 am 23 Jan 06

But Che, what do you think about women dolling themselves up to go to the gym?

che 8:53 am 23 Jan 06

I gotta say Lenny, you’re coming across on this site very much like a viral marketer. The way you drop in a line about your favorite radio, the way you write a restaurant review that isn’t glowing and gushing, but just enough to get people interested, and then doing an advertorial for McDonalds??

Are you getting paid for the stories you write?

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