With all the holidays and occasions that tempt us to overeat and over drink, it is imperative that we stick to a workout schedule if we don’t want our svelte physiques to slowly become out of shape. It’s not always easy to ply yourself off the couch or break away from your hectic schedule to get to the gym. Sometimes, we just don’t have enough willpower to break from the chains of the “unused gym membership”. We’ve all been there.
There are just too many excuses we have to skip the gym, and so the last thing we need is yet another one, like needing new gym gear. Having the right gym gear not only ensures a comfortable workout but that you look great while you’re sculpting a sexier bod.
The men’s shopping guide to ensure you look and feel great while working out:
- The right pair of trousers
- There is nothing worse than pumping iron and hearing the dreaded rip coming from the seat of your pants. That’s why you should invest in a pair of gym pants that are made of quality fabric for the type of workout you’ll be doing. To avoid chafing, don’t wear pants or shorts that are too tight if you’re doing long-distance running, stair-climbing, or walking on the treadmill.
- Weight lifting shorts can be tighter, however, it just depends on your preference. If you like to keep your earbuds on you while at the gym, definitely opt for a pair with pockets. For added security, a zipper is even better for holding your keys or cell phone, so keep that in mind when shopping.
- To avoid flashing too much thigh and just the right amount of muscle, we recommend these top picks: Reigning Champ’s Performance Perforated Stretch-Shell Shorts for £120, the Sunspel Tapered Jersey Sweatpants, £110, and Tracksmith’s Van Cortlandt Mesh Shorts for £55.
- Sneakers that can go for miles
- If you’re wearing the wrong pair of sneakers when working out, you’re just setting yourself up for pain. If you frequently leave the gym with sore feet, you probably aren’t wearing the right shoes. Quality counts, especially when it comes to the sneakers you wear.
- We recommend a pair that not only are lightweight and breathable but of course, stylish. You’ll definitely want to sport these high-style runners at the gym: Under Armour’s SpeedForm Mesh Sneakers, £80; and Nike has two great options, the Future Fast Racer Sneakers for £105 and the Free RN Flyknit Sneakers for £110.
- The perfect workout wardrobe down to a T
- If you’re a stylish man, old, worn out T-shirts need not apply to your gym wardrobe. If you want to catch the eye of a cutie at the gym, pay attention to what you’re wearing. Since you’ll be breaking a sweat, opt for lightweight cotton T’s or moisture-wicking fabrics.
- These options will help you stay dry and comfortable while you work out: The Castore Harrop Tee for £95, the Brighton Base Layer long-sleeved tee from Tracksmith, £80; and lastly, you can’t go wrong with Under Armour’s Mesh-Panelled HeatGear T-Shirt for just £30.
- Fashionable outerwear
- The right workout jacket or outer shirt can make all the difference, and that’s why we think it’s essential to include in your gym gear. It’s not just about being fashionable – it’s about layering. When you walk into the gym it may be icy cold outside but after fifteen minutes of working out, you’ll probably be pretty warmed up.
- The right workout jacket can actually amp up your performance, helping to regulate your body temp during all stages: warmup, the main workout, and cool down. These are our top picks for fashionable outerwear for your gym bag: the Sunspel Brushed Jersey Sweatshirt, £95; the Under Armour Striped HeatGear Top, £45; and, if you can afford to splurge, the Castore Langham Jacket for £215 is a fashion-forward choice.