Are tanks or tees better for working out?

When you're trying to decide what to wear to the gym, the most important things to consider are: What makes you feel comfortable? What will keep you safe during your workout? What will keep you focused?

Because a lot of women feel self-conscious about their bodies, they opt for loose-fitting cotton tees over more revealing, synthetic materials. In general, tee shirts don't pose too much of a threat to your workout, but you should always wear a shirt that fits you properly, and that is made out of a material that won't soak up all your sweat. After all, you'll probably have a hard time finding the motivation to finish a particularly tough workout if you're completely drenched in perspiration. More than that, though, loose-fitting clothing is dangerous in the gym because it can get caught in a machine and cause you injury. Clothes that hug your body pose much less of a threat and are therefore safer in the long run, even if they do make you feel a little awkward, even though they shouldn't, because you're gorgeous.

Tank tops are awesome for workouts for three reasons.

Reason #1: Tank tops let your skin breathe, especially when they're made out of performance-blend fabrics instead of cotton. When you're trying to stay focused during an intense exercise, the last thing you need is sticky and itchy clothing distracting you.

Reason #2: Tank tops allow you to check your form more accurately. This is especially important if you're strength training; on a serious note, improper form can cause injury and ultimately prevent you from achieving your fitness goals. On a less serious note, watching those muscles work in the mirror can motivate you to push yourself harder.

Reason #3: Because you won't be distracted by feeling gross, itchy, or uncomfortable, you'll be able to work out longer. You won't stare at the clock counting down the minutes; instead, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in the moment and dedicate yourself to becoming all you were meant to be.

At the end of the day, when trying to choose between a tank top and a tee-shirt, wear what makes you most comfortable, but also wear what's smart and what will keep you safe.