According to the women surveyed, men looked their best when training abs, particularly exercises involving lower abs such as leg raises and incline bench work. Things that involved speed, flexibility and fitness ranked high, whilst heavier movements were deemed the least attractive, with leg extension and cable cross-overs topping the list. In gym attire, shorts met a resounding “no” but hoodies and long sleeved lycra-based tops were seen as the sexiest.
Men voted that women looked sexiest on the stepper, or performing hamstring exercises such as lying leg curls, squats and lunges, with stiff-legged deadlifts winning by a mile. Running topped the list of most unattractive things a woman can do in the gym, with bicep curls a close second. Shorts were polled as the sexiest thing a woman can wear to the gym, and three-quarter leggings were runner-up. Not surprisingly, the I-pod was the most unattractive thing a woman could wear to the gym, presumably because it stops those ab-superior men from being able to approach the booty-working ladies.
As an extension of style and individuality, your gym attire and gym weaponry and choice of exercises says a lot about who you are as a person. More so than just clothes, your gym accessories say things about your personality and are almost a new form of body language for those who are aware of such things. As for what sweatbands say about you, the jury’s still out on that one.