5 GYMWEAR ESSENTIALS
By Matt Chittock, 14 January 2017
Whether you’re pumping iron in the gym or posing with an espresso after a particularly strenuous stride around the block, working out is no excuse for not looking on-point. Here are a few tips for no-sweat gym steez.
Kick things off right
Every gym rat knows that it’s rude to work out in the same trainers you wore on the street. So, to avoid a fashion faff-up, grab a pair of statement kicks to take you to and from the gym in style. High-tops are simple to slip off when you need to don your running trainers in a flash, and they also provide plenty of comfort for your aching feet when it’s time to head back home and eat the entire contents of your fridge.
What’s the point of perfecting your pecs if you can’t show off the results on social media? The right muscle shirt will showcase all that hard work with a close-fitting look that leaves little to the imagination – and proves that you’re serious about those #goals. Twin with jeans for an eye-catching post-workout look and match super-light colours with dark bottoms for shower-fresh style to spare.
No short cuts
When it comes to sportswear, high-tech brands like Nike know what they’re talking about. That’s why, when you’re choosing gym shorts, it pays to splash some cash and invest in a name that Usain Bolt wouldn’t chuck out of the changing room. If you’re going in hard, specialist features like mesh side panels and maximum breathability are essential to keep your most important bits dry. You’ll need support for your package, too, to avoid the kind of wardrobe malfunctions that’ll get you banned from the gym forever.
Simply the vest
Flexing in a gym vest separates the muscle men from the boys (or at least the men who aren’t free to spend weekday afternoons hitting the bench press). But if you’ve got a six-pack and an exhibitionist streak, then this is the sports look to go for. And, seriously, it does give you the physical freedom you need to start using your hard-earned brawn to lift some serious weights. Pick a fit that’s skimpy but technical enough to minimise sweat and, unless it’s high summer outside, make it strictly gym wear only. You may be proud of those guns, but they need to stay in the holster until at least spring.
All good in the hood
A durable hoodie is all you need to bring a dash of swag to your local leisure-centre changing rooms. Plus, a decent, heavy-duty brand will keep you nice and toasty while the sweat dries on your sports T-shirt, too. Choose punchy streetwear logos for the back and standout primary colours to showcase your personal best. Or go camo and top it off with a baseball cap to stay undercover in the urban jungle. It’ll definitely give you the edge while you’re wrangling some post-workout crisps from the shonky vending machine in reception.