15 THINGS MEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR WORKOUT CLOTHES
Workout clothes for men is more than what you stuff in your gym bag.
Be honest. A lot of guys jump into the fad of the moment when it comes to choosing their workout gear. From the latest fitness tracker watch to the hottest shoes, we want it.
However, if you don’t pay attention, you could end up with unnecessary gear or workout clothes that leave you more chaffed and bruised than the actual work out itself.
Did you know that there is a direct correlation between the clothes you wear for workout and how you feel afterwards?
I bet that caught your attention.
Well, that is not the only hair-raising thing about this article. I compiled a list of things you need to pay attention to before you buy your sportswear, when you use your sportswear and what happens after you use it.
There is more to workout clothes for men than meets the eye.
So, before you commit to one, you need to get certain details straight. That way, you can save on cost, get good value for your money and buy a gear that serves you well into the future.
1. Good knowledge of your workout fabrics can help boost your performance during workout;
This is pretty basic, but I cannot emphasize the importance of this.
The fabric is the entire surface material of your workout clothes. Choose wrongly and you could end up with a workout clothe that constricts dangerously and limits air circulation when you move.
Sounds melodramatic but, that is the least of your problems.
There are fabrics that see you loosing more of essential body fluid (aka sweat) than actual calories at the gym. You can avoid this by following these easy steps
- Read all the labels:
Make a habit of reading more than just the brand logo of the gear you are going for. At the back of the label, you would find a breakdown of fabric makeup. Bamboo, cotton and nylon are the rave of the moment
- Prioritize your fabric:
What kind of workout do you do?
If you are into yoga and any other sports that demands flexibility, you want a material that stretches.
Is running more your speed? You want something that can handle friction.
See where I am going with this?
- Learn the fabric adjectives
- Breathable means less sweaty.
- Luxurious means soft.
- Durable means it can multitask.
Learn these adjectives and you can find what works best for you.
2. You will improve your range of motion when you shop the right size
Of course, you already know this.
But when you are looking at the fitting of workout clothes for men, it goes beyond XXL or XS. Workout clothes like compression wear require specifics in measurement to get the right fit.
For accuracy, you should
- Get measured
Use a measuring tape to get the accurate measurements of your waist, hips, arms and so on. Here is a super tip! If you are buying those compression tights, measuring your inseam which starts from the top of your inner leg to the bottom of your leg gives you more accuracy
- Study the charts
Clothing sizes differ from brand to brand. Look at the chart size for the brand you are going for and find where you fit
- Don’t worry if you can’t find your size
If you find your size somewhere in between, the next best thing to do is decide on how you want your attire to look when you wear it. If you want a tight fit, go a size smaller than current your measurement.
Want a looser fit? Do the opposite.
3. Shop smart for your seasonal workout clothes and you can save on time and money
You have workout clothes for the hotter months, those for the colder months and those that work well in between.
Here’s the deal:
You have to know which works for which season and don’t forget to add accessories.
However, you don’t have to head to the stores every time the whether changes. Instead;
- Buy clothes you can layer on
This way, as the months get colder, you simply add one layer of clothing on another until you are comfortable. When summer comes around, you take each layer off until you are down to the bare essentials.
- Do your shopping out of season
Buy your summer wear in the dead of winter.
That’s right, they may be last season’s style, but the prices are cheaper and totally worth it.
4. Personalize your gym clothing style and you will stay motivated to workout for longer
Almost 50% of gym memberships go unused every year and while there are many factors that contribute to this, the major missing element is the lack of motivation to actually get up and go to the gym. You put on that drab gym shirt and you are lucky if you make it past the couch. You can change things in three easy steps
- Personalize your outfit
There are many types of workout clothes for men and it is easy to get lost in a sea of choices. But, it also presents a great opportunity for you to create a style that is uniquely you and still looks great on a treadmill or wherever you work out
- Choose comfort over fad
Styles come and go. But your comfort is the key to keeping you in the fitness game. Sure, you may be doing grueling workouts. However, if your workout gear is uncomfortable, you my not be able to go very far
- Be practical in your choices
White may look great when you leave the house but after sweating up a storm at the gym, those yellowy post gym stains will change it in an instant.
Stick to colors and fabrics that can handle the heavy-duty work.
5. Prevent feet injuries by putting your best foot forward
Shoes complete your workout clothes.
Choosing the right pair can make a difference between walking out of a 5k triumphantly and limping off the track barely 15minutes in.
Again, this isn’t just about the size. There are a bunch of things you need to know before buying your next “sneaks”
- Never put a square peg in a round hole
There are shoes for running, shoes for mountain bike riding and shoes for playing soccer.
While there are no rules that prohibit you from using your regular running shoes for mountain bike riding, your shins and heels will thank you for noticing the difference.
- Get shoe support
People hear orthopedic shoes and the first thing that comes to mind is an old man in bum shorts.
Disturbing image but totally off point.
People with flat feet would benefit from shoes that provide arch support. Talk to your doc if your shoes give your feet problem.
- Update your feet measurement.
People make the mistake of assuming that the moment you become an adult, your feet stop growing.
Whip out the tapes and measure at least twice every year. Also, when shoe shopping, don’t get hung up on the shoe size. Focus on how well it fit.
Now that you got the right workout clothes, how do you use it to get maximum results during workout?
6. Use with good underwear to keep your main parts protected
People don’t talk about underwear for sportswear as much as they should but that doesn’t mean you don’t need them.
Maybe it is because some workout clothes have their built-in underwear. Ladies have their sports bra to keep the jiggle in place but, how do you keep your jiggle in place with affecting your workout?
Here are three underwear that come highly recommended.
- Reebok Men’s performance boxer brief
Described as having a breathable mesh pouch, this no riding brief is perfect for high intensity workouts. It soaks up the moisture leaving you dry and comfy
- Holure Men’s sports compression shorts
If you are going to be doing a lot of lunges, you need something that stretches to accommodate movement. This is perfect for you.
- ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Mesh 6 boxer brief
This is a great underwear for a sport that involves lots of movement and friction like running. It dries quickly and is made from a breathable material that helps reduce odors.
7. Create a fitness lifestyle by making your workout clothes a part of your everyday wear
Bear with me, because I’m going to show you how.
With the boom in athleisure gear, it has become perfectly okay to lounge about in your gym wear. Not only does it motivate you to turn your regular activities into opportunities to burn some calories, it actually looks good. You just have to abide by these golden rules
- Pair your clothes with style
Yes, I did say that your gym clothes could be part of your style, but you shouldn’t be so obvious about. Pair it up with staple pieces like a structured leather jacket that helps you make a statement other than “I just got out from the gym”
- Accessorize like a boss
A lot of us guys are yet to fully appreciate the effect accessories bring into an outfit. A nice pair of mirrored sunglasses can take you from gym to street with minimal effort.
- Keep it neutral
If your workout clothes are going to become a closet staple, you may have to let go of those neon greens and siren reds. Colors like black, beige, white, navy, nudes and greys make it easy to transition into regular daytime looks
8. Minimize excessive sweating during workout with additional fitness essentials
Here’s the deal:
With the advent of true performance fabrics and breathable shoes, it is easy to want to sit back and let your clothes soak up the heavy after effect of your workout.
This would lead your clothes to wear out faster than they ought to especially if you are someone who sweats a lot.
Keep your clothes in their prime for longer with these fitness essentials
- Fitness towels
Never start your workout without having one within arm’s reach. Your moisture-wicking clothes may be taking care of your body, but you face, and arm sweat needs the touch up. This skin friendly microfiber towel is also anti-bacterial
Again, another obvious one but often overlooked. Sweaty feet can cause a stink in your shoes. Unfortunately, your shoes may be breathable, but they are not made for machine wash. To help your shoes stay stink free, use a good pair of socks.
- Extra workout gear
At least, get a second pair of every workout clothe you have and alternate them between workout. Your gym clothes should have a backup to prevent them from wearing out faster.
9. Anti-perspirants and workout clothes don’t go well together
The general trend is to layer on deodorant before we begin our workout to prevent body odor. But in the long term, this causes discoloration especially in the armpit region. To combat workout BO, you should
- Stick to natural deodorants.
They don’t contain the chemicals responsible for deodorants stains. Plus, they don’t clog up your sweat glands.
- Clean up immediately after workout
You have about two hours after your workout session before the stink sets in. You can skip the deodorant routine till after your post workout shower.
- Alternate workout clothes
Never wear the same workout clothes without washing them first. Not only is this a dirty habit, your clothes are definitely going to stink up the workout space and no amount of deodorant can mask that.
10. Enhance your daily behavior with a suited men’s fitbit
Let’s face it, a gym is an excellent place to show off. It could be anything from the latest “it” designer gear to your physique. That is all nice and dandy but showing up decked in your bling is definitely not recommended. Nobody would blame you for showing off these Fitbit though
- Fitness tracker watch
There are many good brands on the market that serve different purposes. Find the one that works best for you as opposed to the generic models.
- Fitness smartwatch
The best smartwatches can handle anything from your sweaty runs to wet workouts in the pool. They are built for the fit life and the only jewelry you will be needing
- Workout Headphones
You need 100% focus during your workout and headphones help block out distracting sounds to keep you in the game. Just upload your workout playlist and you are good to go
Finally, let’s look at post workout care for your fitness gear
11. Pay attention to garment care for activewear to make them last longer
Well, not that different but significant enough to require your attention. The basic rules of laundry 101 still apply and we will get to those in a bit.
But first, let us take a look at a few don’ts
- Don’t stack up dirty gear
After an exhausting workout, it is tempting to toss your workout clothes in the laundry bag and postpone washing but don’t. You will only encourage bacteria to thrive and ruin the longevity of the outfit
- Don’t be too enthusiastic with the detergent
Detergent can damage the technical fabric of your activewear making it less efficient in doing those things you expect it to during workout. It is best to use mild or recommended detergent
- Don’t use a dryer
Put your clothes out on the line to dry in the open air instead. This keeps your workout clothes in excellent form for longer
12. Good laundry care = better performing workout clothes that stay durable
You know the don’ts of activewear garment care and everybody knows how to do their laundry.
But it doesn’t hurt to take a refresher course.
Bearing in mind that workout clothes are made of delicate fabric that has been designed for heavy work, it is important to follow these steps
- Sort your laundry
Separate colored from whites and synthetic from cottons. You don’t want the bright colored clothes bleeding into the whites and mixing textures could cause wear and tear. Your towel should be washed separately because the cotton fluff from it can cling to certain fabrics. This doesn’t alter the fabric in anyway but, it is not a pleasant sight.
- Skip warm wash
In the same spirit of keeping the colors of your workout clothes vibrant for longer, it is better to stick to cold wash. Hot water also shrinks fabric. Activewear may be made for the tough life, but they need to be handled with extra care.
- Remove bleaching agents and fabric conditioners from your laundry list
Just like harsh detergents, bleach and fabric conditioners harm the fabric. Bleach causes workout clothes to lose its color while fabric conditioner affects its elasticity. Do a simple cold wash, add a little mild detergent, rinse and dry it out in the air.
13. Your workout clothes needs a strict laundry routine
Unless you have enough money to spend on expensive workout clothes every other month [in that case, this article is definitely not for you], your clothes should be on a laundry routine.
To get the most out of your clothes, you need to give the same care you give your body to these clothes.
Just add these tricks to your routine and you are good to go.
- Use vinegar to get rid of body stains
Just because bleach is out doesn’t mean that stains are in.
Before you wash, soak the clothes in water and vinegar. This would neutralize any bacteria activity and remove stains.
- Wash them inside out
The area of the clothes really affected by your sweating is on the inside. If there is going to be a bacteria buildup, it would start from the inside.
Of course, the outside of the fabric should not be neglected but if you want to prevent odors, wash from the inside out.
- Add fragrance
If odor is a big problem for you and you are not keen on the smell of vinegar, there are deodorants for fabric that are made from natural ingredients. They help eliminate unwanted odors without damaging the fabric
14. Shoes need to be cared for too
It is not just your garments that need some TLC, your shoes should be given priority too.
Unfortunately, you cannot just throw them in the washer and let the machine do its job. Well, you can but you are not going to like the results. The prospect of doing the washing by hand might be daunting but with the right kit, it is easy as a breeze.
All you need to get started is a little scrub brush, mild detergent and cold water.
- Use the brush to scrub of problematic stains.
- Rinse the brush and scrub again.
- Put it out in the air to dry and they are good to go.
Like I said, easy as a breeze.
15. Storage is essential for keep your clothes fresh and smelling clean
From the moment you take off your workout clothes right up to after you dry them out from the post workout wash, one underestimated essential that could make a huge impact on garment care is storage.
Whether it is in a gym bag, laundry bag or in your closet, storing your gear correctly is important.
- Stay away from hot places.
The number one thing to avoid is heat. Don’t store your workout clothes in an environment that is hot. Your gym bag is ideal for moving around with your kit. But it is not for storage. Take them out as soon as you can to store in a less humid space
- Air it to keep it fresh
You need air to dry your workout clothes and you need air to keep them fresh. A quick tip for air drying running shoes. Put crumpled paper inside of the shoe to make it dry faster.
The choice is yours
Your workout clothes are an expression of you.
They can motivate you to workout, keep you longer in your routines and help maximize the results or they can just do the exact opposite.
Therefore, it is important to pay attention to them.
Workout clothes for men are made to be durable and efficient but, that doesn’t mean you should rush to the store and grab the first thing your hand touches.
Get to know yourself and discover what really works best for you. After all, fitness isn’t just another hobby, it is a lifestyle. Make it count.
So take the next step…
And now I’d like to hear from you:
Which tips from today’s post are you going to try first?
Are you going to shop smarter for your seasonal workout clothes?
Or Use with good underwear to keep your main parts protected
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.