Gym gear ……”Rags or Riches”

I have been told by friends that I can, on occasion, resemble a bag lady. A
work colleague just pulled a Ferraro Rocher sticker out of my hair.
Yesterday I went to the gym and changed from a sweat shirt, trackie pants
and runners to a full other set of gear to work out in, but hey I’m a
physio, half my wardrobe is from a sports shop! Don’t get me wrong, I love
ramping up the glamour factor, but day-to-day, brushing my hair is usually
all that I manage.

Gym ready!
Gym ready!

So looking good while exercising? It isn’t on my radar while in the
gym/yoga class/run/cycle to look ‘good’. It’s about achieving, I want to
run longer, cycle further, move gracefully etc and that usually results in
a purple sweaty mess. So short and sweet- what you wear while exercising is
less important than what you do. Work hard. Wear gear that allows that to
happen. As a woman a good sports bra is essential – have a no jiggle
policy. It’s too painful not to! The only other important item is a hair

However if you are that women who can look amazing while working up a
sweat, I am jealous, drop me a few tips!

Author: Joanne Dowds MISCP

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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

One thought on “Gym gear ……”Rags or Riches”

  1. I’m like you, girl — sweatpants, scrubs, or running clothes. My husband is a lucky man 😉 I dress up once in awhile when we go out, but mainly, I want to be comfortable!

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