We welcome you once again to our blog! In today’s article we will introduce you to the 12 mistakes you should avoid making with weightlifting singlets. Knowing each of the errors that we will show you below, will help you prevent the continued wear of the sports garment and increase its durability without risk of breakage and / or unwanted shrinkage.
Like all sports disciplines, weightlifting has specific garments and measurements for each athlete and body. If you are a newly started in the world of weighlifting, this small post can be your starting point to avoid committing improper jersey care practices…. That even veterans of the world often commit!
You can find more specific guidelines on the treatment of jerseys in our previous article “uses and care of the weightlifting singlet“
Buying a weightlifting maillot regardless of its quality
Believe it or not it all starts with the first purchase decision you make. Wearing a jersey that is not specifically for weightlifting or is cheaply made will not guarantee good performance. It is very likely that when you practice downhill exercises, such as clean & jerk, the textile fibers of this type of jersey will tear when rubbed or even break, leaving certain parts of the body exposed.
Not knowing your size and not knowing which one to choose
When choosing the size you must take into account the size of your body and especially the chest measurement. It is important that you feel comfortable when putting it on, since if the singlet is too tight, you will likely notice discomfort with friction and movement.
You can find more information about weightlifting sizes in our post: “Learn how weightlifting singlets sizes work“
Put the maillot on backwards
It is a very common mistake that all of us weightlifters have made. To know how to put on the singlet and not make a fool of yourself, always look at the label of the garment. This should be behind the neck.
Not cleaning the garment frequently
The fabrics of the maillotsare breathable so it is advisable that you wash them regularly to avoid the bad smell, likewise it is possible that small particles of dust, hair, meat or any other element adhere to the fabric causing the appearance of germs.
Store the training maillot in the backpack
Never do it! Not only because of the bad smell, but also to prevent the sportswear from suffering irreparable damage or wrinkling too much. Be sure to treat weightlifting jerseys with care and finesse!
Put the weightlifting equipment in the washing machine
Avoid doing so as much as possible. Washers and dryers can very easily damage the fabric of jerseys and worse still, they can fade them or make holes in them. If you need to wash a jersey or any other type of sportswear be sure to check the label and washing instructions first.
Mix the singlet with clothes
Leotards or shorts are very delicate garments that can easily deteriorate with poor care or improper cleaning. In the case of jerseys, it is essential to wash them separately from colored or white clothing, as it can fade and lose the hue of the colors.
Using tweezers and not knowing how to tend well
Clothespins can damage the straps of your weightlifting garment and leave unsightly marks. Whenever you wear a maillot, be sure to attach the clips to the legs.
Tend the sports equipment in full sun
Although it is advisable to leave it to dry in the open air, be careful to control the drying time. The sun’s rays can easily damage equipment and even pierce it.
Let it soak in moisture
Always store your weightlifting clothing in a dry place, this type of garment is very sensitive to humidity and sudden changes in temperature.
Using fabric softeners in the wash
Whenever you wash your maillot, use cold water and never use fabric softeners. Softeners have chemicals that can seriously affect fabrics.
This is without a doubt the worst mistake of the 12 mistakes you can make. Dryers are natural enemies of weightlifting singlets and can destroy the garment’s fabrics very easily.
So far the 12 mistakes you should avoid about the care of the weightlifting singlets, we hope that this little post will help you improve the care of your weightlifting garments and if you still have some doubts … You can always ask us!
See you in the next post!