Is the Gym Factor Going Away?
Almost 8 years ago when we launched UNB, we used to judge a pair by the Gym Factor. The Gym Factor is would you wear this pair to the gym and change in the locker room. Most guys at the time would wear more conservative pairs. They would be regular briefs, boxer briefs, and trunks. Also, they would be in traditional colors. Usually black, white or grey. Some would do navy or similar color.
That was 2008/2009, we are now in 2016. A few of our readers I talk with on a regular basis have me questioning this factor. More and more guys are telling us they are wearing thongs to the gym, over traditional underwear. The comfort and support is one thing they love. Some of these guys say they change at the gym and don’t care who sees them in a thong.
I know there isn’t a wave of guys in gyms walking around in thongs. It’s a slow migration to better underwear for the general public. As more guys realize that good underwear makes you feel amazing. This trend will change. Wearing something colorful and fun won’t be an issue. Other guys in the locker room won’t even give it a second look.
This is due to underwear is being worn by more straight guys. It’s no longer just gay guys who can wear great underwear. There is still a stigma of “underwear is gay.” This is SLOWLY, going away. I say slowly, but I have seen big changes in the industry since 2008. These will continue to change.
One other reason this is changing is technology in underwear. There is much better fabric and designs. Fabrics now are moisture wicking. Allowing you to work out more comfortably. Fabrics such as Modal are the perfect example. They keep you cool and perfect for working out. Next, brands are giving more supportive pouches and creating pairs just for working out. Comfort is key to the current men’s underwear market.
We are curious if you guys are wearing what you want to the gym or are you still using the “Gym Factor?” Wearing classic designs and colors to the gym?