Spanish Vocabulary for Gym Attire

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Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

Words like t-shirt, sweatpants, and leggings are useful when shopping for fitness clothes and communicating at the gym. You'll find these and other vocabulary words in this lesson, along with some related useful expressions.

Appropriate Gym Clothes

Did you ever stop to think about why it's important to wear appropriate fitness attire when you go to the gym or work out at home? Proper gym clothes are important for both comfort and safety. Well, Cristina didn't know that and she showed up at the gym wearing tight shorts and a tight t-shirt.

So one of the fitness instructors told her: En el gimnasio es necesario usar ropa deportiva adecuada. This means, 'In the gym, it is necessary to wear appropriate fitness clothing.'

In this sentence, we find two important words:

  1. gimnasio, which means 'gym'
  2. ropa deportiva, which means 'fitness clothing'

Now, let's go shopping with Cristina.

Fitness Attire List

Here's Cristina's ropa deportiva list. At the top of her list, she writes necesito, which means 'I need.' Cristina needs the following:

  • una sudadera, or a sweatshirt
  • una chaqueta con capucha, or a hoodie.

The word chaqueta means 'jacket.' When we want a sports jacket without a hoodie, we would say una chaqueta deportiva sin capucha. The reason why we add the word deportiva is because the chaqueta is not necessarily for the gym. Cristina also wants una camiseta, or a t-shirt; una camiseta sin mangas, or a tank top; and una camiseta de mangas largas, or a long sleeve t-shirt.

Also on Cristina's list are unos leggings, or leggings. In countries like Ecuador, Peru, and Costa Rica, people refer to leggings as licra, which is usually the fabric for leggings. Cristina also wants un sujetador, or a bra.

Cristina will also need some items for the lower part of the body. For instance, she'll need unos pantalones deportivos, or sports pants. When referring to short pants, we say pantalones cortos, and for long pants, we say pantalones largos. Cristina will also needunas zapatillas de deporte, or sports shoes. In countries like Ecuador, Peru, and Costa Rica, people refer to 'sports shoes' as zapatos deportivos. Sometimes, people refer to these shoes as los tenis.

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