Appropriate Clothing

Appropriate clothing for the gym should be basic knowledge but there may be times we need to spell it out for our dear members. Do you have a clothing policy in place for your facility? When we reached out to the NIHCA Networking group, we were surprised to find out more facilities do not have a written policy but do have “rules” clearly stating that proper fitness attire is required.

We recommend that you do have a policy in place now and before it comes down to needing one. We recommend the policy includes the following:

  • Appropriate footwear
    • Shoes must be clean and free of debris
    • No open toe shoes
    • Rubber, no scuff shoes
  • Appropriate tops/bottoms
    • Full length t-shirt or tank, torso needs to be covered
    • No loose or hanging material
    • Must wear shorts or pants
  • No crude or foul language or graphics


Do you already have a policy in place? Share with us what is working at your facility.


 “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it?” –Edith Head

“I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.” —Bette Midler

“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass

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