Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

TOPIC: Planet Fitness...do you tan before or after your workout?

« Prev 1 3
« Prev 1 3
 
Ic_disabled_photos
Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
March 19, 2012 12:27 PM
I just joined PF and got a black card.
I was wondering if you tan before working out, or after?
I dont want to be all sweaty at the start of the workout, from tanning...of course i really dont want to have to work out, then have to shower to tan afterwards (i have two babies under the age of a year and a half at home, and time is of the essence!).

Also, does PF provide the eye protection or do i need to purchase my own?

I have stretchmarks from Postpartum hypothyroid and its very upsetting to me. I know there are creams and other things but they just do not work (these are from my first baby, so if they were going to work, they would have by now!). I know that tanning can at least help hide these. So thats why im interested.

***I am aware of the risks associated with tanning. I am not interested in hearing about them. Thank you.***
Edited by Falling2Grace On March 19, 2012 12:28 PM
  8120333
March 19, 2012 1:02 PM
When I used to go to tanning beds (don't anymore), I would usually tan then work out. I would get sweaty in the bed which didn't bother me going into my work out. I will say though, if you're looking for a healthy tanning alternative St. Tropez tanning mousse is AWESOME. smile
March 19, 2012 1:05 PM
I tan occasionally before a special occasion or vacation, and normally I do it after my workouts because I find it relaxing. It's really hard for me to stay motivated when I relaxed for 15 minutes in the heat smile
March 19, 2012 1:05 PM
Tanning has never worked for me, but I would suggest doing it before you work out. I think it wouldn't be a great use of time to shower before getting in the bed!
  4367978
March 19, 2012 1:06 PM
I always tan before. And no, they dont provide. They do have some for sale though (although I am not sure on price). I did try tanning a few times afterwards and I Was just sooo hot and sweaty that I Dont think any of my lotion stayed on.
  16119796
March 19, 2012 1:06 PM
I used to tan after I worked out -- you clean the bed before and after you work anyhow. You have to bring your own eye protection. I would use vitamin E on your stretch marks :)
March 19, 2012 1:06 PM
QUOTE:

When I used to go to tanning beds (don't anymore), I would usually tan then work out. I would get sweaty in the bed which didn't bother me going into my work out. I will say though, if you're looking for a healthy tanning alternative St. Tropez tanning mousse is AWESOME. smile


I don't make a habit out of tanning, I do it 5 or so times a year, but I haven't been able to find any self-tanner that I like - I am going to try that one out, thanks!
March 19, 2012 1:08 PM
Tanning makes the stretch marks stand out MORE not less. The stretch mark itself doesn't tan well so as the surrounding skin gets darker it stands out more.
  7246266
March 19, 2012 1:08 PM
I usually tan after my work out but it depends on how busy it is. The one I go to only has 4 beds. I tan 2-3x a week to treat my Psoriasis. It's the best way to keep your skin clear and a better solution then using the steroids.
March 19, 2012 1:12 PM
QUOTE:

Tanning makes the stretch marks stand out MORE not less. The stretch mark itself doesn't tan well so as the surrounding skin gets darker it stands out more.

I started tanning after I had my son and my stretch marks became much less noticeable. Same with a friend of mine who had stretch marks from weight gain and loss. I always tan after my work out. Nice to relax afterwards. Just sanitize sanitize sanitize. And you can pick up a pair of tanning goggles at WalMart for just a couple bucks.
March 19, 2012 1:14 PM
tanning beds in Australia have just about been made illegal (some states have done so and others are soon to follow) due to it being proven they cause skin cancer.
I would advise to flick the whole idea of tanning beds and go for a spray tan instead.
March 19, 2012 1:15 PM
back when I did it at another chain they sold me the eye protectors, but since you're asking, I might as well tell you that they did not protect my eyes well enough - I wore them but held an arm over my eyes the whole time as well. And I never even wear sunglasses in regular life (since I have prescription regular glasses & it's such a pain to switch to prescription sunglasses, not to mention the expense of prescription sunglasses). So I recommend that you bring your darkest sunglasses to wear on top of the eye protection they give you, or a dark cloth/bandana to wrap around your eyes on top of the eye protectors. (& you can use the cloth to wipe up your sweat, too.) I always showered after tanning & after working out & I just couldn't manage to combine them. Each of them is too sweaty. & I second what the other poster said - after tanning, the heat made me want to go to sleep. I was way too lethargic to work out after tanning.
March 19, 2012 1:16 PM
Don't like tans. I wear 100 spf everyday, and have for a long, long time. Tanned about two weeks for a prom in high school and had to get a skin cancer cut out of my eyelid. Nopee not for me.
March 19, 2012 1:18 PM
I am now thinking of the Jersey shore: GTL... Gym- Tan-Laundry
March 19, 2012 1:19 PM
QUOTE:

I usually tan after my work out but it depends on how busy it is. The one I go to only has 4 beds. I tan 2-3x a week to treat my Psoriasis. It's the best way to keep your skin clear and a better solution then using the steroids.


Except it's not. You can get skin cancer from tanning beds. I had a friend's mom (who I was very close with and like a second mother to me) tan for her awful Psoriasis, she got skin cancer and then died from a brain tumour. I urge you to look into other options, steroids aren't the best option, but tanning beds aren't safe.
March 19, 2012 1:19 PM
I am a black card holder to.
I tan either before or after, I prefer after as my "REWARD" for kicking it harder than the last time.
You have to buy your own eyewear 5.00 at the counter and buy the $40.00 Worship Me bronzer. It keeps your skin super soft.
and be sure to HYDRATE afterwards!!
Enjoy!
  12282540
March 19, 2012 1:19 PM
The PF I workout at DOES provide eye protection-they have to it's the law. I will tan whenever a bed is available..yes it can be a pain to be working out then go get undressed and tan, then redressed and tan-you do what you gotta do. As for stretch marks we have found that it helps them and acne as well...
  3787556
March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
QUOTE:

Tanning makes the stretch marks stand out MORE not less. The stretch mark itself doesn't tan well so as the surrounding skin gets darker it stands out more.


^^this is very true. I have the slightest stretch marks on my side from my daughter and they are only noticeable when I tan, they turn white. I didn't even know I had them until I went tanning. I just use spray tan in that area to cover them.
March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
QUOTE:

Tanning makes the stretch marks stand out MORE not less. The stretch mark itself doesn't tan well so as the surrounding skin gets darker it stands out more.

Mine are way less noticable when I have a tan. Not everyone is the same.

OP - there is hope flowerforyou like you, mine were from my first kid so I'm positve no cream is going to help, he's 5 now and I've tried them all. laugh

And I've never tanned after...something about blood being at the surface of your skin after a workout...more susceptible to burn? Idk, I could be making that up lol I've heard it or read it somewhere. It may not be true, but it was enough to keep me away. I tan before. happy
March 19, 2012 1:21 PM
I tan first!
March 19, 2012 1:22 PM
QUOTE:

I usually tan after my work out but it depends on how busy it is. The one I go to only has 4 beds. I tan 2-3x a week to treat my Psoriasis. It's the best way to keep your skin clear and a better solution then using the steroids.
I had Psoriasis for years and it made it go away and never come back! i also have some serious stretch marks left from my 16 yo tanning just helps them eventually fade is all. When i lose all this fat will have to have a tummy tuck and then no more stretch marks. Sorry off subj. Get your own eye wear that way you know where it has been tan lotion. i would go after the gym when i tanned only because they weren't in the same place and it was relaxing.
March 19, 2012 1:22 PM
QUOTE:

Don't like tans. I wear 100 spf everyday, and have for a long, long time. Tanned about two weeks for a prom in high school and had to get a skin cancer cut out of my eyelid. Nopee not for me.


I am sorry this happen to you...

However, PURE coincidence in your case. I was born and RAISED on the beaches in Florida. Tanned most of my teenage and early 20s. Stopped now because I would refer a 'real' tan if I will be tan at all - Spray tan for special events if anything. Never had a problem with any sort of skin cancer problems for most of my life that I've spent in the sun.
  3766339
March 19, 2012 1:24 PM
QUOTE:

The PF I workout at DOES provide eye protection-they have to it's the law. I will tan whenever a bed is available..yes it can be a pain to be working out then go get undressed and tan, then redressed and tan-you do what you gotta do. As for stretch marks we have found that it helps them and acne as well...



Yeah they provide ones that other people put on..........be careful........pink eye is VERY contageous! Better to shell out a few dollars for your own!
  12282540
March 19, 2012 1:25 PM
After!!!

When all the blood is pumping and close to the surface - may be an urban legend- but it works better for me- also I love feeling the air blow over me while I stay motionless in there after a crazy workout- feeling my heart rate come down- it feels like a reward for all the hard work Ive done!!!
  5133274
March 19, 2012 1:28 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Tanning makes the stretch marks stand out MORE not less. The stretch mark itself doesn't tan well so as the surrounding skin gets darker it stands out more.

I started tanning after I had my son and my stretch marks became much less noticeable. Same with a friend of mine who had stretch marks from weight gain and loss. I always tan after my work out. Nice to relax afterwards. Just sanitize sanitize sanitize. And you can pick up a pair of tanning goggles at WalMart for just a couple bucks.


Stretch marks become less noticeable with time so it's hard to say that tanning was what improved them vs. just time passing.

Sadly, I have more stretch marks covering my entire body than I care to think about and I avoid the sun.

Here's an online source that says tanning doesn't work well: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/beautiful/stretch_marks.html#
  7246266

Reply

Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.