Handle with Care: Washing your Lycra Garments

We all know the trouble keeping our workout clothes from smelling like they were left in a cauldron of body odor for a month. And if your like us, your always experimenting with better ways to wash your clothes to keep them, and you, performing your best. Today we are happy to invite SLS3 to our blog for a guest post on caring for your performance wear. Be sure to stick around till the end for a special offer from SLS3!

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You’ve spent your hard earned money on your exercise gear like Running Shorts or Compression Socks and now it’s time to put it to the test. After a grueling workout, you and your Lycra® containing gear are ready for a bath. By the way, Spandex is the generic Lycra® version. Lycra® is a brand name trademarked by DuPont.


After Your Workout

As much as we hate it, we’re all drenched in sweat after a good workout, which means our clothes are, too. If you don’t have time to wash your clothes right after your workout, or you’re too tired like me, then hang dry your workout clothes, making sure there are no wrinkle or overlaps. This prevents your gear from turning into a mildew breeding ground. Gross! It also helps prevent weird stenches from staying trapped inside your clothes.


Getting the Stink Out

The best method for remedying smelly gym clothes is to give them a prewash. Soak your Lycra® outfits in one part vinegar, and four parts water for at least 30 minutes before hand washing, or throwing them into the washing machine. Rinse your clothes thoroughly before washing them to get rid of any vinegar.


Some Dont’s to Remember

Do not mix vinegar and bleach ever! If your detergent contains bleach rinse out your vinegar soaked clothes before throwing them in the washer. Do not use vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washer if your detergent contains bleach.

Do not use heat for any of your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy the elastic properties aka the Lycra® fibers of your outfits. Avoid the dryer, ironing and the sun. Remember: Heat is bad.

Do not use chlorine or bleach. This will destroy the fibers of the fabric and you will get “bag and sag” syndrome.

Do not use Fabric Softener. These are used to soften clothes and will make sure your expensive garment will never retain its shape. Avoid the fabric softener.


In the Wash They Go

Although it is said that hand washing is always the way to go, most of us don’t have time for that. Don’t fret though! It is safe for your Lycra® garments to go into the washing machine following these steps. First, make sure that all of your zippered garments are zipped all the way up to prevent the zipper track from snagging onto other fabric during the washing cycle. Turn your clothes inside out. Put delicate items into a mesh laundry bag, lingerie bag, or pillowcase to protect them (Definitely do this for Bib Shorts).


The Set-Up

If you are worried that a pre-soak just won’t cut it for getting all the smells out, you can put some vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of your washer. This will make sure your washer will dispense vinegar in the rinse cycle. Always use cold water when washing your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy them. Set your washer on the “Delicates” setting to prevent damage of your clothes.


Less is More?

Use less detergent than you normally would for your Lycra® clothes. While detergent cleans your clothes, you definitely don’t want a build up of it on your workout clothes. A build up of detergent will trap in dead skin cells and trap bacteria into the fabric. If you want to make sure your clothes last, try a detergent designed for washing workout clothes.


Finishing Touches

After the washing cycle has been finished, hang your clothes up, or lay them down flat to dry. Never put them in the dryer. Remember heat is not friendly to Lycra® clothes. Lycra® is a fast drying fiber so your clothes should not take too long to air dry.


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Wants vs. Needs — A Guest Post by Running Coach Denny Krahe

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! We’ve got a awesome guest post for you today. I’ve been talking a lot about working with my coach and promised some more info, so here it is!Denny Krahe Headshot

Denny Krahe is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Running Coach specializing in helping runners prevent common running injuries and experiencing the joy of running pain free. He also hosts the “Diz Runs With…” podcast.

I’ve been working with Denny for about a month now while I’ve been training for the Syracuse Half Marathon and look forward to working with him as I tackle my first marathon this fall in Chicago.

When I started running, I was of the thought that for most runners (i.e. everyone but the true elites of the world) hiring a running coach was the most ridiculous thing in the world.

Funny how my point of view has changed, eh?

But seriously, a running coach?


A Running Coach Isn’t For Everyone

I’m going to say something that might ruffle the feathers of my coaching brethren (and breth-women?): You don’t NEED to hire a coach.

Now hold on just a second before you click off of this post and get onto all of the other things in your busy life, because I do feel the need to unpack that statement slightly.

Do you NEED a coach as a runner?

Absolutely not.

Just like you don’t NEED a special running belt to hold your keys/phone/chap stick/gels/whatever else while you are running.

You know what else you don’t NEED when it comes to running?

  • Fancy running shoes
  • Running shorts
  • Tech/sweat wicking shirts
  • Energy gels
  • A GPS device
  • Compression socks
  • KT Tape
  • Foam roller
  • NEED me to keep going?

When it comes down to it, all you really NEED for running are a pair of shoes, some shorts, and a t-shirt.

But if you show up at the start of a race wearing a pair of Chuck’s, some mesh shorts, and a cotton t-shirt people will be looking at you like you have 2 heads.

Somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves (and I’m as guilty of this as anyone) that we NEED a lot of fancy things, many of which are not particularly cheap, to help us be better runners.

And that simply is not the case.


A Running Coach is a Want, Pure and Simple

But you know what, so is every other item on the list.

Now, I’m not for one second asking you to give up any of the running “creature comforts” that you’ve adopted as a need. Lord knows if you asked me to give up my GPS or my favorite brand of kicks, there would be a serious fight brewing that you could not win.

What I am asking you to do is to rethink the absurdity of hiring a coach to help you reach your running goals.images

On the surface, it may seem like an extravagance that you can do just fine without.

But everything that you NEED for running was an extravagance until you tried it and realized the benefits were there.

And that same logic applies to coaching.


No One Can Make the Decision for You

Can I be real for a minute?

I’m not here to try and convince you to hire me as your running coach.

Would I love to work with you and help you achieve your running goals? Absolutely, but you need to decide if hiring a running coach is something that is right for you.

If you think you could benefit from working with a coach, and I don’t think there are many runners on the planet that wouldn’t benefit from having a coach, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the coaching services that I offer or about the idea of working with a coach in general.

And if you do that, I promise that I’m not going to try and hound you into hiring me. I hate feeling pressured into buying something, and because of that I will NEVER pressure anyone into hiring me as their coach.

If you have questions, feel free to click here to be redirected to the “Contact Me” page on my website, and ask as many questions as you’d like.

Or better yet, ask Jen.

I’m working with her, and she can tell you first hand about her experience in my hybrid coaching program and how it works.

Ultimately, you need to decide if working with a running coach is something you want to do.

But let me just remind you that WANTS can quickly turn into NEEDS for runners, and before you know it you might have yourself convinced that you NEED to keep working with your coach! 🙂

If you are interested in learning more then we encourage you to connect with Denny. You can find Denny on most social media platforms with the same handle: DizRuns, so find him on your favorite platform and go say hi!


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