Are your gym clothes too big or too small?

Almost Half Of British Gym Goers Wear Clothes Either Too Big Or Too Small For Them!

A new study has found that as many as 47% of Britons who go to the gym at least once a month are wearing clothes the wrong size for them, with slightly more wearing clothes that are too big for flexibility and movement. Those wearing smaller sizes admitted that they’d gained weight or purchased the wrong size clothing, whilst others bought smaller as motivation to get into shape.

Britons prefer athleisure wear to purpose-built gym gear, but it seems that almost half are choosing to wear the wrong size, whether they consider it to be practical, gained weight and haven’t bought the next size up or are doing so for motivation.

The team behind www.MoneySavingHeroes.co.uk conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into Britons’ fitness goals. 2,438 respondents aged 18 and over, all of whom stated that they have a gym membership and attend at least once a month, were quizzed about their gym usage and expenditure.

Whilst purpose-built gym clothing is popular with one in five British gym-goers (19%), 74% prefer to wear athleisure. Asked why this was a popular choice, Britons felt the ‘selection to choose from was higher’ (41%) and that they like ‘being able to wear it inside and outside the gym’ (33%).

Interestingly, 47% admitted that they weren’t wearing the correct size clothing to the gym, with 53% of those wearing clothing that was too large and 47% wearing clothing that was too small.

Asked why they were wearing clothing that was the wrong size, the top reasons for wearing larger clothing were found to be:

  1. For flexibility and movement – 34%
  2. To hide my body shape/size – 30%
  3. To appear smaller – 18%

Likewise, the top reasons for wearing clothing that was too small were found to be:

  1. I gained weight and didn’t want to buy bigger clothes – 31%
  2. The sizing was incorrect but I didn’t return them – 26%
  3. I bought smaller to incentivise me to lose weight and train harder – 12%

George Charles, spokesperson for www.MoneySavingHeroes.co.uk  commented:

“Gym gear can often be an expensive business, but it’s always good to remain practical over stylish when it comes to exercise. If your clothing doesn’t fit you could run the risk of hurting yourself or even embarrassing yourself. You don’t have to spend a lot to have quality gym wear; supermarkets and budget brands do some really fantastic gym wear. Although if you do have the budget, there are some really great fitness and athleisure wear brands available. Feel free to shop around, try before you buy and see what discounts are available – it’s better than revealing more than you’d like to in the gym.”

Hit up some of our other articles on sportswear, sports underwear and feel better equipped at the gym, here.

How much money will you waste on fitness fads?

Man in gym lifting weights ahead of getting fit

A new study has revealed the amount of money Brits waste on fitness and diet fads, including everything from memberships they’ve never used and workout clothes that remain in the back of the wardrobe to supplements that were thrown away.

Of course, we’ve all seen the “new year, new me” motto bouncing around all over  social media, with us all rolling our eyes, and rightly so, because it was found that Britons spend £26.8 billion on fitness and health items that they never use in attempts to keep healthy and in shape.

The amount Britons waste on fitness fads and diet crazes has been revealed, finding that there is £26.8 billion wasted on fitness and diet fads across the UK. Unused gym memberships cost the average Briton £429 per person, while £179 is wasted on unworn workout clothes and £57 on discarded health and fitness supplements.

The team at the protein supplement company, P-Fit.co.uk, polled a total of 2,321 UK-based adults, all of whom were aged 18-65 years old. Respondents were quizzed about their fitness and diet habits and how much they had invested in their health.

Initially respondents were asked if they felt they spent a lot of money trying to keep fit and healthy, to which 31% stated they did. They were then asked if they thought that these purchases helped with their overall fitness to which 87% stated they did.

Afterwards, respondents were asked “How much have you spent on unused gym or fitness memberships, if anything?” to the average answer emerged as £429. They were asked to detail how much they had spent on any untaken health and fitness supplements, to which the average spend on unused supplements was revealed to be £57 per person. Finally, they were asked to consider their spend on any unworn workout clothes and accessories, to which the average Briton confessed that they had spent £179 on gym and workout clothes they had never worn.

Muscle Man sat doing weights in the gym with tattoo on arm

In order to analyse these figures, researchers next took figures from the Office Of National Statistics* to calculate how much money Britons aged 18-65 wasted in the health and fitness industry as a whole. Using the average wasted spends of £429 on gym membership, £179 on workout clothes and £57 on supplements, they calculated that Britons are wasting £26,757,160,780 (£26.8 billion) on the industry.

Finally respondents were asked why they kept spending money on these objects when they did not always use them, to which the majority (71%) stated that they had ‘high hopes at the start’. A further 63% believed that if they spent more money, they were more likely to use the products or memberships that they had bought.

Ross Beagrie, Managing Director at P-Fit.co.uk commented:

“In the fitness industry consumers often don’t know which products they need, this often means that consumers don’t get the results that they expect. Before making the purchase be sure the products are what you need to achieve your specific goals. A great way to stop yourself from wasting money on supplements that you don’t need is to use services that tailor your order specifically to your needs, as P-Fit does; many people end up discarding products because they don’t work in the way they expected them to. A personally tailored product allows supplements to be suited to your lifestyle and goals and will also provide guidance on how and when to take them to get the best results.”

New Protein Start-Up, but it’s Not for the Gym Selfie Brigade

Muscular Man taking a selfie

A strictly no-jargon protein company is launching the UK’s first protein service to target people who are not so familiar with supplements and the science behind them, the start-up intends to deliver protein directly to the doors of members of the British public who may never have heard, let alone used, the terms ‘gains’, ‘DOMs’ or ‘protein shake’ before.

A new start-up is launching tailored protein blends directly to customers’ doors for the first time in the UK, but fitness buffs and gym bunnies are not the people that the new company wants to connect with.

So who?

With customers asked only to input simple details about their current age, height and weight and information about their individual goals, the team at P-Fit will create a complete package tailored specifically to the user’s plans; removing their need to spend hours researching online and browsing health shops and sites to find the right solution for their needs.

The team want to demystify the elusive protein industry, inspired after they conducted a survey of 2,150 regular gym goers and found that 76% felt that they ‘didn’t fully understand’ protein supplements or the difference between various types of protein; in spite of more than half (51%) taking them. These findings supported the P-Fit team’s ethos that, seeing as even those working or heavily involved in the fitness industry regularly get caught in conflicting arguments about what is best, it is impossible for the average person to understand. To cater to this, the package will not only include the tailored protein supplement calculated by the team of experts, but also meal plans, instructions on how to make it up and guidance on exactly when and how much to take.

To make protein more accessible for the majority, the company makes all the tricky calculations for the customer. This means that the groups of people who would benefit from additional protein in their diet but may not understand it will now have far easier access to what they need; such as people embarking on a new exercise regime, those seeking stronger nails and hair, people recovering from illnesses or elderly people, who have less efficient absorption of protein so need to consume more than they would in their usual diet.

The protein itself is a grass-fed whey-based formula, using only the highest quality ingredients to guarantee a premium product. P-Fit is also vegetarian-friendly, to cater to all the non-meat eaters that are keen to introduce a higher level of protein into their diet.

Oliver Cookson, the founder of P-Fit.co.uk commented:

“The whole idea behind P-Fit is to make protein really easy; from understanding what you need to achieve your goals right through to having it arrive at your doorstep. I’ve worked in the fitness and nutrition industry for more than 12 years now, having previously owned MyProtein and now Monocore Ltd, the parent company for popular brands like GoNutrition and Saints & Slimmers, and I know just how complex and scientific it can be; even those in the know don’t always agree on their best techniques and ingredients. For the average person, it really looks like a minefield with mistakes to make at every corner.”

He continued:

“For the first time, P-Fit is offering to listen to the customer first – to find out who they are and what they want – and then provide them with exactly the solution they need and tell them exactly how to use it. This is really powerful stuff because it means people who are protein-deficient finally have a chance to correct it, without having to wade through tonnes of literature to figure it all out. Protein doesn’t have to be something that’s only for exercise and nutrition fanatics; we all need it! We’re determined to change how protein supplements are perceived.”