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August 1, 2023

Podcasters spark debate over whether you should be wearing underwear beneath your workout gear

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The internet is divided over whether to wear one particular clothing item to the gym.

On a recent podcast episode, fitness gurus Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw debated whether its better to wear undies beneath your workout gear or not.

“Do you wear undies with your workout gear?” Henshaw started the conversation with her co-host on the latest KICPOD episode.

Watch the video above.

Podcasters Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw sparked debate over wearing underwear beneath activewear.
Podcasters Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw sparked debate over wearing underwear beneath activewear. (Instagram)

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It seemed both were in agreement that undies were a must when you’re donning the activewear.

“Yes! I had to ask you this too, I know people who don’t. Wait are you about to tell me you don’t?” Smith asked.

“I would get thrush,” Henshaw said in response as to why she can’t just wear her gym leggings on their own.

After revealing that she knew people who were team ‘no undies’, Smith seemed dumbfounded as to how people managed to work out with no underwear.

Women's underwear

Yes

Woman at gym

No

“I don’t understand how that’s possible, like just no,” she said exasperatedly.

The podcasters pondered possible reasons for why people might opt to not wear undies when heading to the gym.

Smith considered it might be a “look thing” to do with concealing the underwear lining.

“‘Is it because you haven’t found the right seamless thing or do you actually find it more comfortable not wearing underwear? That’s what I’m not sure about,” Smith said.

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Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw sparked debate over wearing underwear while working out on their recent KIC podcast episode.
Steph Claire Smith argues in favour of wearing underwear beneath gym leggings. (Instagram)

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The duo posted the snippet from their podcast episode to Instagram on Monday.

“Undies FOREVER and ever and ever and if not please tell us why???????????” they captioned the video.

Lets just say, the comments section was put in a tailspin.

Many agreed that undies were the way to go, pointing out the obvious concerns with hygiene if not wearing any lining between your skin and activewear.

“I’m a runner and get very sweaty, plus the undies stop the seam of my tights rolling up my butt or bits,” one person explained.

Another brought up their concerns about what people do when they’re on their period and don’t have that extra layer of clothing.

However, others disagreed and had arguments for why bare is best – especially when it came to comfort.

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“Soooo much more comfy then having a constant wedgie,” one person wrote.

“It’s both the look and the comfort,” another said, adding that it also has the added bonus of less laundry for the week.

“I wash my leggings after each workout so they’re clean,” a third person shared for how they prevent any hygiene issues.

Khloe Kardashian.
Khloe Kardashian apparently does not wear underwear to the gym. (Instagram)

“Never wear same one twice without a wash,” they advised.

One person in favour of the no underwear movement said that her decision came endorsed by a well-known celebrity and gym junkie.

Ellie Gonsalves revealed that she stopped wearing undies to the gym after Khloe Kardashian recommended it.

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‘Haha I don’t! So much more comfortable, no lines under my pants,’ the model said.

“Khloe Kardashian told me to do it so I did and I haven’t looked back.”

Whether you’re opting to wear underwear to the gym or not, there are still rules for washing your clothing items regularly after a workout to make sure that your personal hygiene is A-OK.

The general rule is to wash your underwear and activewear after every use. 

Dermatologist Dr. Anthony Rossi explained that these clothes are worn on parts of the body that have a lot of natural bacteria.

“Then from day-to-day activities, we sweat. That just breeds moisture and an environment where this bacteria can overgrow,” he added.

Dr Rossi warned that just leaving your activewear to air dry can lead to bacteria overgrowth and potentially infections.

“Heat is going to make the bacteria grow. It’s not hot enough to sterilise them,” Rossi said.

“It’s really the washing with soap and water (that you need) — and with hot water, especially, because it’s going to help loosen that dirt and sebum and really get rid of bacteria.”

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