For every person who goes to the gym, wearing the right kind of gym clothes is just as important as having the right kind of workout routine. However, many people do not know that wearing ill-fitting or poorly-designed gym apparel may not only cause style disasters or embarrassing situations, but also increase the risk of serious physical injuries. The fabric from which gym clothes are made is also important; for example, while natural fabrics do not irritate the skin, they may not have the appropriate elasticity to allow freedom of movement, essential when exercising. The sheer number of shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from can be baffling, that is why this guide aims to help the reader choose the right kind of clothes to wear right before, during, and after a workout.
Types of Fabrics Used for Men's Gym Clothes
The material used for men's gym clothes is just as important as the design itself. Depending on the workout routine, one particular fabric may be more suitable than the other. Here are the common types of fibres used to make gym clothes, along with their pros and cons.
Natural fibres are comfortable to wear; they do not irritate the skin, allow good airflow, and provide excellent moisture absorption. By far, cotton gym clothes remain the most popular choice for many buyers. More often than not, however, cotton is mixed with other fibres such as hemp, alpaca, and even bamboo, in order to achieve a different texture or to enhance comfort. Environmentally-conscious individuals prefer natural fibres because they are renewable unlike synthetic fibres which are usually extracted from petroleum-based materials.
By far, Lycra is the most common fibre used in men's gym clothes. It has an unparalleled elasticity, which allows its wearers full freedom of movement without damaging the clothes. Note, however, that pure Lycra is very fragile, so it is usually combined with other more resistant fibres like nylon and polyester to boost the fabric's durability. In this regard, nylon men's gym clothes are not made of 100 percent nylon because they would be too stiff and uncomfortable to wear. Instead, the fabric used is made of a combination of nylon and Lycra fibres: nylon fibres boost durability, while Lycra fibres enhance elasticity. Even a 98 per cent nylon with two per cent Lycra fabric is extremely stretchable.
Types of Men's Gym Clothes
Men's gym clothes share one primary goal: to keep the body warm in order to lessen the chances of getting muscle cramps and other physical injuries during the workout. Aside from this, well-designed gym clothes allow great freedom of motion, something that's essential in a gym setting. Here are the major classifications of men's gym clothes:
Gym Hoodies and Sweatshirts
Gym hoodies and sweatshirts are useful in keeping muscles warm. They are usually worn while on the way to gym and after the workout. Gym hoodies and sweatshirts ideally have a sufficient number of pockets where the wearer can store valuables like the wallet, car keys, and gym ID. Note that for safety reasons, hoodies should be removed while inside the gym, as the hood may get stuck in exercise equipment such as the leg press machine, causing injuries.
Compression clothing include specially designed garments worn under regular clothes. They serve two purposes: to minimise friction between the skin and the gym clothes, and to keep the muscles warm. Typically made from spandex or some other synthetic material, compression clothes help prevent painful chafing and muscle cramps. Some people can wear an extra layer of clothes on top of the compression apparel in order to conceal rather sensitive body parts.
Aside from offering better airflow, exercise shorts and trousers are more elastic than regular trousers worn at home, for example. Most exercise bottoms available today are made from either cotton or polyester. Some athletes prefer cotton because it's comfortable to wear, while others prefer polyester and similar synthetic materials because they provide better support during high-impact activities like running on the treadmill. Some exercise bottoms (e.g., tights and leggings) may also be classified as compression apparel.
Training shirts, just like compression apparel, keep the body warm during workouts in order to prevent muscle cramps. They also allow air to flow more freely around the sweat-prone body parts, such as underarms. Some training shirts, like long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, and tank tops, are available with enhanced features, such as antimicrobial and antifungal properties. These are essential properties for apparel used for intense physical activity.
Gym robes are a must-have in the locker. Unlike regular men's robes that covers a person from the shoulders to the knees, gym robes usually extend from the waist down. They also feature a small pocket where one can store things like a soap bar, shampoo, or deodorant. Ideally, the length of the gym robe should be at least one and a half times the size of the wearer's waistline in order to prevent the accidental exposure of sensitive body parts.
Four Factors to Consider when Choosing Men's Gym Clothes
At this point, the readers are advised to make a list of the items in their closet that they want to use in the gym and the kinds of gym clothes that they plan to buy. These items of clothing can then be inspected against the following criteria in order to determine their suitability for use in a gym setting.
Here are the four most important things to check when choosing the right kind of design:
Airflow should be the first consideration when choosing any particular type of men's gym clothes. Clothes should allow air to circulate freely in order to minimise the development of bacteria on the skin, especially on sweat-prone areas such as the underarms. Moreover, clothes that restrict airflow make the wearer more likely to develop offensive body odours, which is an extremely embarrassing situation both in and out of the gym.
Snug-fitting clothes provide good balance, appropriate support, and enhanced safety for the wearer. One should avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes as they can easily get caught in exercise equipment. On the other hand, clothes that fit too tight can cause painful chafing or even make breathing more difficult than it should be.
Men's gym clothes should also be able to absorb perspiration well because too much sweat is uncomfortable not only for the wearer but also for the people around. Importantly, sweat makes the body slippery, which can be dangerous when lifting heavy objects in the gym. Besides, just like clothes that restrict airflow, sweaty skin is another breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
Modesty and Style
Some gym goers prefer tank tops and tights while working out because these clothes are more comfortable to wear. However, these types of clothing tend to expose too much of one's body, to a point where other newbie gym goers start to feel insecure about themselves or embarrass female gym members. The gym environment is like a small community, and it would be great if everyone had a pleasant workout experience.
How to Buy Men's Gym Clothes on eBay
eBay offers shoppers a wide range of men's gym clothes: gym hoodies, sweatshirts, compression apparel, exercise bottoms, and training shirts. To start your search for gym clothes, you only need to type 'men's gym clothes' in the search bar on eBay's home page. A comprehensive list of relevant results will appear. If you are looking for a particular brand or type of clothing, just append or replace the keyword with relevant terms to get the desired search results. For example, typing 'men's exercise bottoms' will return a list of exercise short, trousers, and tights. You can also add the desired clothes size to find the gym clothes that will fit you best. Moreover, you can narrow your search results so that you only need to select from items that satisfy your preferences, such as brand, colour, or fabric type.
Remember to check the seller's return policy before entering your payment details. This lets you ensure that you can return or exchange clothes in case they do not fit you well or for some other reason. Information about this are usually found on the product details page. Otherwise, you may click on the seller's name then select 'contact seller' on the seller's profile page.
Men's gym clothes serve three basic purposes: to keep the body warm, to absorb excess body moisture, and to allow good airflow. Gym hoodies are worn for warmth before and after the workout. Compression apparel minimize friction to prevent chafing, and may be worn as a standalone outfit or as an inner layer of clothing. Exercise bottoms and training shirts should fit snugly to prevent accidents, but not so tight as to impede respiration. Gym robes are used to dry oneself after the post-workout shower.
Men's gym clothes can be made from natural or synthetic fabrics. For greater comfort and a more natural feel, cotton-based fabrics are the way to go. For durability and maximum stretch ability, synthetic fabrics are recommended. Gym clothes should be able to keep the body warm while allowing a good rate of airflow and eliminating moisture. They should also fit snugly so they will not get caught on gym equipment. Lastly, one should remember to balance modesty and style when choosing gym clothes. Find more of the latest sport fashion trends on eBay.