5 Top Tips for Buying Workout Clothes

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There are many reasons to be choosey when it comes to buying workout clothes. The clothes you pick can ultimately make or break your workout, and if you aren’t comfortable in them, you won’t be as motivated to get out there and exercise. When you shop for workout clothes there are a few things you should keep in mind so that you end up with apparel that you’ll actually use. Highlighted for you here are a few tips to help you select workout clothes that will enhance your athletic performance.


The first thing you need to ask yourself when you are shopping for workout clothes is what you need them for. You should choose apparel that is well-suited to the type of exercise you will be doing– and whether you’ll be biking, running, taking an aerobics class, or practicing yoga, your clothing needs will vary depending on the type of exercise you choose.  Bulky clothes with extra fabric will make various yoga poses nearly impossible to achieve. The same clothing, however, might be perfect for someone going for a brisk walk when the temperatures are a little cooler. It’s also especially important to think about your workout plans when you’re selecting athletic shoes. There are shoes specifically made for every type of activity out there, each designed to make your workout both comfortable and effective.


When you’re working out, you’re most likely going to break a sweat, and nothing is more uncomfortable than clothing that doesn’t properly pull the moisture away from your body. Cotton clothing is known for its ability to breathe, but it isn’t always the best choice for intense workouts. It absorbs moisture, but it doesn’t keep it away from the skin. Instead look for clothes that are a blend of synthetic materials such as polyester, Lycra, spandex, and nylon. If you prefer natural materials, try athletic apparel made from bamboo. Bamboo is a great alternative for those who aren’t fond of synthetic materials, and it naturally pulls moisture away from the body so that your skin can breathe more comfortably.

Size and Fit

The right size and fit of your workout clothing is essential, so when you go shopping, be sure to try things on before you buy them. Workout clothing often runs on the smaller side– so buying the size you normally would wear without trying it on could end up being a big mistake. For most types of exercise, fitted clothing is best– but you want to make sure that it’s not restrictive in any way. It’s also important that the clothes you buy give you the freedom to move your body without any discomfort.

Look and Feel

If you don’t like the way you look in something, don’t buy it. Choose clothing that makes you feel confident, not self-conscious– and select pieces that accent your good features and disguise the ones you don’t like. Fitted clothing is usually the most flattering– typically it’s best to avoid clothes that are either too tight or too baggy.  Dark, neutral colors are preferable as they will make you look slimmer, and they will be easy to mix, match, and layer with other workout pieces you own.

Special Features

Technologically advanced materials have made all kinds of unique options and features available in workout apparel, making exercising both safer and more comfortable– especially in the great outdoors. If you will be spending long hours in the hot sun, you might want to consider clothing made with built-in UV protection. For individuals whose workouts take place under the night sky, reflective or glow-in-the dark materials are a must. There’s even special athletic apparel made with anti-microbial materials that help prevent and eliminate odor. The options are truly endless when it comes to specialty workout apparel– and most specialty items are available anywhere workout clothing is sold.

Buying the right workout clothing is important if you want to experience the benefits and results of regular exercise. Keep these buying tips in mind when you’re shopping for new active-wear– your workout will be more fun, comfortable, and effective if you do.

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  1. This is sage advice. If you want to read a funny story on what not to wear, go to my blog and search ‘Form over function’.

  2. The site is really fascinating, keep writing amazing content.

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank for the tips..Keep it up

  6. For people who can’t afford buying name brand clothes or want to get workout clothes for a good deal i find winners has a great selection and you can still get name brand clothes for pretty cheap. Comfort is key in my opinion but you can sift through their racks and try on clothes and fine what’s right for you. Style should be last on your list.

    • Thank you for the tips Amy. Comfort is definitely important. Many of the “stylish” pieces are super expensive. I can’t justify spending $120+ on one pair of pants!

  7. Yoga Instructor NYC says:

    It is good to know but not so useful.Hope you will not mind my hounest words for your post.

  8. Lindsay B. says:

    Love your blog!!!!! Check out mine!!!!

    Your tips are very useful and extremely realistic!

  9. Thanks for the great advice pertaining to work out clothes! I had no idea that what you wear could make such a major difference in your workout. Also, it is interesting to hear that workout clothes often run smaller than other clothes. I never realized that before. Thanks for the insight.


    Korie Hold

  10. Your blog is great! The tips on workout clothes are informative, I remember when I was in college I would workout in hollister t-shirts haha :)

    check out my blog too :)

  11. I couldn’t agree more! Coming from an exercise junkie, the perfect outfit can make for a perfect workout! If you do not feel comfortable in your outfit how do you intend on performing? I love the categories you chose for choosing the right athletic gear. Don’t overlook asking the employees at your athletic store for help. They, more than likely, know more about the gear, shoes, etc. than we do.

  12. I like the way you think Mike!

  13. I like the fit of polyester tops but after you’ve had about a month and start sweating in there it gets funky and stays that way. Cotton doesn’t get that funky smell when sweat starts hitting it.

  14. I like workout clothes that are not only comfortable, but are durable and of good quality, especially when training clients.

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