Here’s a photo of me and some of the women I regularly workout with, all wearing the same compression tights, after a very sweaty hour of high intensity intervals. One (me) isn’t wearing underwear, the other three are wrong.
Did I mentioned we ‘persperate’ a lot? (Ha!) One of my pals, whom I affectionately call Vegas (if the shoe fits!), sweats like a sinner in church. This is not an exaggeration. Once, I accidentally picked up her towel halfway through a workout and thought she had mopped up a spill. But I digress. This has sparked a very important discussion on crotch sweat. Most women I sweat with (allegedly) wear some sort of underwear product. I, on the other hand, do not. Why would you drop serious cash on workout gear made with the latest moisture-wicking, anti-stink technology, and then completely negate its benefits by putting a layer of fabric between your skin and the technical fabric? Seriously, why?
But it’s a thong! And it’s made with technical fiber! Cool. That’s maybe ok for a low friction class like yoga or tai chi but probably not in a class of 50 people generating heat and sweat in a low air flow environment.
Don’t trust my word? How about from Sandra Lee, MD, a board certified dermatologist:
Bacterial infections? Contact dermatitis? Irritated hemorrhoids? (Wait, WHAT?) I think I’ve made my case. Ditch the underwear, pals. Give it a try and then either shout at me for being a total weirdo or thank me for totally changing your life. But please, don’t confuse going commando with Donald Ducking. That is not something I can take responsibility for.