Running, hitting the gym or circuit training in public all carry risks – and for many people, leaving a firearm behind just isn’t an option. If that’s you, these tips will help you concealed carry safely during just about any workout.
WARNING: Obviously, you should make sure you’re allowed to carry your firearm concealed wherever you choose to workout. If you’re violating gym policy or state or federal laws by carrying a gun, you could lose your membership or CCW license, and even end up in legal trouble.
If you’re in the clear to carry concealed while you sweat, start with these basic tips:
Dive deeper into these tips and more below.
Carrying while you work out is safer – and easier – if you’re wearing the right clothing. Opt for a holster top, like the 5.11 V-Neck Holster Shirt or 5.11’s Women’s Sleeveless Holster Shirt, or choose a longer undershirt that can conceal your firearm when you’re reaching, bending and moving. You can avoid letting others know you’re carrying by wearing a baggy workout shirt, as well.
The gun you normally carry could be a little too big for your britches when working out – literally. The point of concealed carry is to keep your firearm concealed, but if you’re toting a .44 Magnum, it’s going to be tough to hide. It might be worth switching to something with a slimmer, less bulky profile.
Choosing a workout holster that works for you depends on how you exercise and what you wear. For most purposes, a shoulder holster – great for training while armed – or an IWB holster will allow you to carry safely. A holster pouch is a good choice if you’re training in uniform, provided that your uniform has the right pockets.
Workout Holster Hack: If you’re working out with an IWB holster, use a thick, adjustable nylon web belt. If the shorts or pants you’re wearing don’t have belt loops, you can still wear the belt on your bare waist beneath your clothes.
H2: Safety Tips for Concealed Carry During Workouts
If you’re going to concealed carry when you work out, the right clothing and downsizing your gun can help. Because your safety may depend on your firearm, it pays to practice drawing while you’re wearing your workout gear. Now that you know how to carry concealed at the gym, on a run or anywhere else it’s safe and legal to do so, you can always stay protected while you pump up.