Gym Apparel: How to Choose the Right Workout Clothes
When working out at the gym, it’s always important to put comfort first, style second. Pushing your body to the limit isn’t comfortable to begin with, and not wearing the right gym apparel would only make your workouts unpleasant.
But you can have a wonderful gym experience simply by giving yourself something comfortable to train in.
So how to know what workout clothes to buy? Well, there are a few things to consider prior to buying your gym apparel. You need to consider:
The Choice of Fabric
Before purchasing your gym apparel, you need to look at the materials first. What are they made of — cotton, synthetics or blends? This is important as it will help you choose the right fabric to suit your active lifestyle.
Go for workout clothes that are sweat wicking as they’re breathable. Breathable clothes will not trap your sweat hence prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria. You don’t want to smell bad at the gym, do you?
Fabrics we recommend:
The right fit
Don’t wear anything restricting.
Choose something loose and comfortable, not something too tight or too loose. Anything body hugging is acceptable, as long as it is also comfortably stretchable. This will be essential especially when you do yoga or any other activity that requires you to move around or stretch your body.
Activewear for Men and Women
Choosing the right gym apparel is important as it will determine how comfortable you’re going to be during training.
Many women like to wear legging at the gym simply because it is a great outfit for any activity. Since legging can be worn outside the gym, it makes a great jogging wear.
In fact, many women wear it as a baselayer in the cold months. That means it is a great all-year-round item to have.
Choose a legging that wicks away sweat to keep the bottom part of your body fresh always. This is especially important to any woman who sweats a lot around the thigh and butt area.
Another characteristic of the legging that makes it wonderful is that it is comfortably lightweight. It won’t take a lot of space in your bag.
Consider getting a legging with pockets so you can easily slide in your mini music player to accompany you during workouts.
A workout tee is an excellent choice if you don’t want to show too much skin at the gym. What’s great about it is that it can be worn all year round, even outside of the gym.
A great workout tee is one that wicks off sweat and has ventilation to keep you feeling fresh throughout your workout session. It can also prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria.
Consider wearing cotton as the material is breathable. It will not trap your sweat, which also means you won’t feel sweaty all the time.
Choose a tee that fits you right. It should be loose, but not oversized. Try something that comes in bright colours. And look around for a tee that is available for all body types.
At the gym, women should always go for a sports bra. A sports bra is designed to give women the right support when working up a sweat and toning up their bodies. It holds the breast firmly and wicks away sweat better than a regular bra.
Sports bra is suitable for bodybuilding or cardio exercises like kickboxing and zumba. It is very easy to wear — easy to put on and take off thanks to its elastic band.
Usually, the padding of a sports bra is removable for easy washing. Make sure yours is able to wick away moisture in order to avoid disgusting sweaty feeling at the end of a workout.
An all-time favourite, the hoodie is a great before-and-after gym session outfit. It is also essentially great if you’re one of those people who like to wear a hoodie during workouts.
A hoodie will come in handy when it’s cold or raining outside.
Go for a cotton blend hoodie that is stretchy, breathable, soft, and light.
It would also be nice if it has inside pockets and less visible outside pockets for storage. You can easily keep your MP3 player in your pocket while you workout.
Both men and women can be seen wearing shorts at the gym. Shorts might not be the best option for yoga, but it’s perfect for bodybuilding.
Go for elasticised shorts that can draw moisture and heat away to keep you cool during workouts.
For the ladies, wear shorts that are above the knee only. For the men, shorts are that above the knee or slightly under the knee is fine. Nothing baggy.
When training at the gym, you shouldn’t let heaviness, chafing, sogginess or tearing to back you down.
So before you head down to the store to shop for your gym apparel, consider what fabric it’s made of, if it fits you right, or if it’s designed to help you feel comfortable before, during and after your workout.