This one has been on my mind for some time now.
I live in one of those cities where many of the women like to wear what seems to be the entire contents of their jewelry collection to the gym. Rings on every finger, a diamond-crusted gold watch nested between a few diamond tennis bracelets on the left wrist, the right wrist dripping with gold chains, the neck and decollete heavily-laden with chains and charms, large hoop earrings, etc. It's the walking definition of female hysteria.
Now, mind you, these ladies also wear about 1/4" of slap and liquid eyeliner, too, to the gym. And hose themselves down in Thierry Mugler Angel perfume, which smells like a combination of cotton candy and chlorine gas. Because one needs that for a proper workout. I wonder what Kim and i am pretty nyc would have to say about that? That cannot be good for the skin. It just can't. And I know the metals and the sweat can't be a healthy combination either.
Let's not even mention what it's doing to the jewelry. Dirty, dirty. Filthy.
Methinks it's a cultural thing, this being Texas and all.
I used to live in Newport Beach, and it was a similar scenario. Less drippy gold bracelets and hoop earrings, though. More large diamonds. A nice pair of E-color, VVS 1, two-carat studs and a TechnoMarine with diamond bezel for an hour of Pilates Reformer and thirty minutes of Tai Chi. Not me, but I've seen it.
Seriously, what does the personal trainer, the person who is being paid to help a client get in shape and prevent injury, do when their client shows up with a Mr. T starter set on that's bound to get caught up in the machinery? How does this trainer pass said client a pair of 8-lb. hand weights and instruct the client to commence doing flat flys when said client cannot even close her hands around the grips of the dumbbells because of all the extra platinum and 18-karat and acrylic nails in the way?
Who knows? Not my problem. But it's comical to see it.
So what do I wear? I wear small earrings, nothing that can dangle. Or none at all. And I wear a Polar heart rate monitor and wristwatch combination.
I don't wear my engagement ring to the gym. It's too delicate with the pavé stones, and entirely inappropriate. Further, when I sweat, my fingers expand. Duh. That's one of the more uncomfortable feelings, isn't it? Trying to pry off a ring off a swollen finger? Some people with sturdier rings and no stones on the shank who wear gloves can pull this off. Not me.
Plus, why take the chance of losing something valuable? Leave the goods at home. It's a gym. Not a show place for female hysteria. They haven't gotten the memo yet here.