Whether you’re about to hit the bench press or a yoga class, there’s no question that looking good in the gym can help motivate you to get moving. But not all men’s workout gear is created equal. The emergence of athleisure brands, some of which have dived deep into technical fabrics and compression materials, is transforming the way we view performance-enhancing fitness wear.
One of the best is London-based brand Gym King, which offers a selection of gym clothing means-ready tops, leggings and tracksuit bottoms that are comfortable, durable and stylish. Their leggings come in a range of lengths, including full-length, 7/8 and capri. Their t-shirts and shorts are also crafted from high-stretch fabric that doesn’t scupper movement.
Another great option is NYC-based newcomer Bandit Running, whose slick, colorblocked half-zips and sweatshirts have garnered an army of devoted fans. They’re the perfect fit for those who like to run, lift and jump but prefer a more subdued style than some of their other competitors.
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Icebreaker is another athleisure brand that’s making a big impact with its super-soft, ultra-light and versatile merino wool pieces. It’s a great fit for hikers, climbers and runners but can work just as well in the gym.
Canadian brand Reigning Champ sits towards the more luxury end of the spectrum. Their tops and shorts are crafted from some of the finest fabrics in the world and designed to be worn at the highest levels of performance. They’re not cheap, but you’ll be rewarded with a pair of tees that will feel as good as they look.