I spend the majority of my non-work time in fitness apparel. I would rather be in a pair of tanks, a sports bra and shorts or leggings instead of anything else.
Heck, I even sleep in workout out clothes. No pajamas needed here.
But regardless of what I need it for, I prefer whatever I am wearing to be comfortable and support whatever activity I am doing.
What about you?
In the gym
On any given day, I am in the gym once or twice a day. Once for cardio and second for strength training.
When I am in the gym I do not want to be pulling or yanking on what I am wearing.
Let’s start with the sports bra. It has to fit comfortably and not smoosh the girls. They aren’t the biggest in the world but that is beside the point. I also like my sports bra to be relatively stylish. Not many people get to see it because I always have a tank top or t-shirt on. Regardless, I want it to be cute and stylish for myself.
There’s no reason to sacrifice comfort for fashion while working out. And I have found that with some of the adidas running pieces. You can be comfortable, supported and stylish.
When you are training, you need your apparel to perform well in a few specific areas. These areas are:
1. Regulating temperature and moisture
Your apparel needs to be able to breathe well so that your body temperature is regulated. A cotton shirt holds heat in and soaks up your sweat, becoming very uncomfortable after a short period of time when training. You need a shirt that is breathable and moves moisture away from your body.
I don’t know about you, but heavy running apparel or any apparel just weighs me down when I training. Among other things, heavy clothing is annoying. Lightweight apparel is key to maximizing exercise efficiency.
3. Range of Motion
Depending on the material, cut, length, and a myriad of other factors, a shirt or pair of shorts/leggings can either be flexible and provide full range of motion or bind up and be a distraction. Whatever apparel you wear, it needs to allow you to move freely without binding so that you can get the most out of every exercise and every rep.
I am torn about tanks and tops. I like them to be fitted yet not to snug. I definitely have moved away from the super big t-shirt. When I am running on cooler days, I also prefer a sweat-wicking top. There is no need for chafing.
When I’m out and about
When I am out and about, I like to be comfortable and cute.
I know that might sound crazy because I can just wear a regular pair of shorts and a shirt for that.
However, I prefer fitness apparel nine times out of 10. adidas running isn’t just black and white. I like that you can have some color if you want it whether it’s in your sneakers or in your clothes.
What are your must-haves in your workout gear?