IMHO, the struggle is definitely real when it comes to dressing for the gym. Whether you have a go-to outfit or love to follow the latest trends, I think you'll relate to what I go through when getting ready for a trip to the gym.

1. When you have nothing to wear.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

How is it possible that I have nothing to work out in?

2. Shopping for workout clothes like...

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit Why is everything so tight?

3. Sweatpants for life

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

These aren’t workout pants. They’re magical pants.

4. Having the right accessories can feel so, so good.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

Extremely glad I got this vintage-style sweat band. I’m ready to go now.

5. And a good pair of kicks changes everything.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit They make me work out harder. And they look awesome.

6. Who says bras go underneath your clothes?

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

Clearly, this bra was made to be seen.

7. Hmm... can I pull off the '80s spandex look?

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit Killing it.

8. Coordination can be a source of joy.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit Is this too matchy-matchy or… ?

9. Getting glam is A-OK.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit If you like to look good working out, go for it!

10. But so is wearing a potato sack.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit My clothes don’t matter. It’s the exercise that’s important.

11. Can working out in denim ever be a good idea?

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

Too much chafing... but so cute...

12. Sometimes you have to wear bright colors to stay motivated.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

It just feels invigorating, y'know?

13. When your look is 90 percent sweat.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit I’m sweating out all of the toxins, right?!

14. Exercising at home means anything goes, of course.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit There’s no one around to see that I’m working out in my pajamas, so obviously, I'm working out in my pajamas.

15. Of course, sometimes exercise doesn't require clothes...

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

Working out while naked is the absolute best.

16. Looking smart, serious, and ready for business.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

There’s nothing wrong with taking your workout seriously.

17. Inspiring slogans can help.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit You know what, t-shirt? You're right. I am awesome.

18. Sunglasses are key for when you want to go incognito.

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

I’m not in the mood to be seen.

19. Hair back

19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit And ready to go!

Amy Mackelden is a weekend editor at ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Marie Claire. She’s written for Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Ravishly, The Independent, The Guardian, Hello Giggles, and Teen Vogue. She’s currently developing a show called MS Is My Boyfriend, about what multiple sclerosis is really like. Follow her on Twitter @AmyMackelden.

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