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To Bling or Not To Bling At the Gym: A Case For Working Out In Jewelry (Playlist Included!)



I ran for the Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams for Summit High School (Go Hilltoppers!) and Columbia University (Roar Lions Roar!). Jewelry was banned in these sports. That meant I couldn't wear my lucky "Sari" necklace that I'd been wearing since the 5th grade (Carrie Bradshaw totally copied my look!). It's been a few  years (haha) since college and I'm no longer forced to follow these strict style restrictions when I work out. Which brings me to the question: to bling or not to bling at the gym?

When it comes to running and working out I never take off my "Sari" nameplate necklace, the single pearl necklace and Italian horn necklace that adorn my neck no matter what! Even though they often turn into a tangled mess at the end of a particularly speedy run, I kind of relish untangling my necklaces as I cool down after my run. I like keeping these three special necklaces close to my heart when running or working out. This is my lucky necklace trifecta below:

Another piece of jewelry that I have A LOT of trouble removing from my wrist is my Dara Justine loom beaded bracelet, designed and created by my extremely talented mom! I definitely don't recommend lifting weights or jumping around in these bracelets but whenever I do a low impact workout, I like to keep whichever one of her bracelets that I'm wearing ON! I have so many and they're all one-of-a-kind. My mom creates them by hand on a loom. Check out my collection!

You can find more of her amazing creations right here.  That's me, on the stationary bike at my NYC gym, wearing one of her designs:

I don't think it looks so out of the ordinary, do you? My jewelry is part of my fit look and I'd feel a little naked without it!


One of my favorite U.S. track and field stars, the four-time medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, stood out to me in the 2012 Olympics not just because she WON the gold in the 400 meter race but for her jewelry style. High school track athletes who are not allowed to wear jewelry when competing were abuzz on Twitter last summer watching these Olympic athletes get to compete in their jewelry. 

Sanya's bling track style is certainly enviable: she wears a bullet necklace that her mother gave her as a schoolgirl athlete and she also wore killer Chanel oversized-stud earrings. Sanya Richards-Ross is now, actually, the latest Olympic athlete (like Ryan Lochte) to land her own TV show called Sanya's Glam & Gold on the WE Network. Wearing her jewels for sport probably had something to do with it!

So whether you plan to go flashy or not in your fitness look, I made you a Bling-themed mix for your next workout! Find it below at the end of this article and check out my other workout mixes on Spotify too!

So what are your thoughts on wearing jewelry to the gym???

Would love to hear you sound off on this topic in the comments section below!

xo sari beth

written by Sari Beth



Say what's on your mind!

Tara August 15th, 2013 8:35PM

I never really thought about it until recently but I will definitely throw on some stud earrings or a necklace while working out. Why not?

ERICA August 15th, 2013 9:09PM

One of my yoga students recently told me that she can tell who the teachers are because they "always practice with their jewlrey ON!" I brought back a bunch of sweet, OM inspired beaded necklaces from India and Thailand and I like to wear them when I practice... sortof nice to be in headstand and staring into a beautiful necklace purchased in India ;)

Mahri Relin August 16th, 2013 5:50PM

What a cool topic, Sari! I like to feel sexy when I exercise - so I'm always wearing some kind of jewelry. I love your mother's work and can't wait to check it out.

And great jewelry-themed playlist! Rock on!!

Kristin August 17th, 2013 4:06PM

I'm glad I am not alone. Hallelujah! Girlie girls wear jewelry to work out. This is fact. It's all about accessorizing! Great post girl!

Sari Beth August 21st, 2013 9:39PM

Thanks Mahri! I'm glad you are on team bling with me! xo sari beth

Sari Beth August 21st, 2013 9:39PM

thanks tara. i think studs are the perfect accessory for looking like a stud at the gym xo sari beth

Sari Beth August 21st, 2013 9:40PM

thanks erica! i agree there's nothing like crushing a headstand in yoga class with a beautiful necklace dangling right in front of you xo sari beth

Sari Beth August 21st, 2013 9:41PM

thanks kristin! i am happy to have you on team bling. sounds like you have the right idea about accessorizing at the gym. what's cuter than some big gold hoops and spandex!?

MizzFIT August 21st, 2013 10:22PM

Hi Sari,

I've always loved your beaded collection of jewelry that your mom designed for you. I think it's so funky, cool and just overall sentimental. It's nice to wear a token of love while you workout...even if it is from your MOM! I think I should go raid my mom's jewelry drawer now. Should I tell her? LOL!