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HOW TO DRESS FOR THE GYM

By Steven Potter, 7 January 2020

Deciding what to wear to the gym is almost as tricky as deciding what to do when you get there. Are you weight training, working on cardio, or channelling a more zen, yoga-type vibe? Well, what you choose to wear can affect how much you get out of your sesh, so, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite activewear bits, from tops to trainers and everything in-between, so you can hit the ground (treadmill?) running. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY FIRST TIME AT THE GYM?

ASOS 4505 training vest
A picture of a model wearing a strappy training vest by ASOS 4505

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First up is this vest from our very own activewear range: ASOS 4505. Yeah, it looks great with that v SS20 camo print on the back, for sure, but looks aren’t everything. The strappy design offers extra support without restricting your movement, ideal for everything from weight training straight through to Zumba. The hem is also cut longer at the back for extra coverage and it’s made from lightweight, quick-drying fabric that’s stretchy AF. Everything you’d need for finding your feet in comfort.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR WEIGHT TRAINING?

Under Armour HeatGear leggings and top

A picture of a model wearing a crop top and leggings by Under Armour

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A lot of activewear features very samey qualities, but there are subtle differences that can help you get the most out of your sesh. So if you’re more about the weights than anything else, make sure whatever you buy is specifically designed for strength training. Just go straight to our Gym & Training section for all the best bits – like this crop top and leggings combo from Under Armour. UA’s HeatGear tech not only keeps your muscles warmer for longer, but also moves sweat away from your skin to keep you comfortable. Talking of comfort, those leggings also feature a padded, high-rise waistband for support and comfy feels. It’s the little things, you know?

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A DANCE CLASS?

Reebok cropped training top

A picture of a woman wearing a black and white, cropped training top by Reebok

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We’ve got so many different styles of exercise tops on ASOS RN and this Reebok training top is one of our faves. That cropped, boxy cut isn’t just designed to make you look like you’re starring in a 90s music vid (although it certainly works with a banging 90s playlist – just sayin’), it also helps keep you cool as you work out, as the loose fit allows heat to escape more quickly.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A WARM-UP?

PUMA logo jacket
A picture of a woman wearing a black and green PUMA jacket

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You might not think about what you wear before and after the gym, but it can make a massive difference. You’re less likely to pull muscles if they are nice and toasty, so a good gym jacket is a great addition to any workout kit. Throwback sportswear styles a really having a moment RN, so get your workout kit in on the act with an oh-so-old-school jacket, like the one from PUMA above. Another one for that 90s playlist, right?

 

WHAT TRAINERS SHOULD I WEAR TO RUN IN?

Nike Running Joyride Pod 2 trainers
A picture of a pair of Nike Running Joyride trainers

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Yep, trainers might not seem like the most forward-thinking of suggestions, but these kicks are specifically designed for running and that makes all the difference. Of all the running styles we have on ASOS RN, Nike’s new Joyride 2s are all the motivation we need. Lightweight and breathable – like most styles – it’s the tech in the sole that puts these kicks in first place. They feature tiny foam beads, plus squishy cushioning in the heel that contours around your foot, reducing impact for a smoother, more comfortable run. Like a little hug for your foot every time it lands.

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