Finding the right outfit for your workout will ensure you get maximum benefit each time you hit the gym. Ideally your outfit should fit you correctly and feel comfortable, and there’s nothing wrong with going for something on the fitted side to encourage you to push yourself harder. The selection of vests, fitted short-sleeved and long-sleeve T-shirts and regular fit T-shirts are ideal for any workout from cardio and weight-training to running and CrossFit.
When you’re working up a sweat at the gym, stay cool and comfortable in clothing that features moisture-wicking technology. These tops are usually made from polyester or Lycra and are designed to keep the perspiration away from your body. Try to steer away from heavy-weight cotton T-shirts as they tend to hold on to moisture, making your workouts uncomfortable and in some instances, result in chaffing. Remember to get your size correct and this might differ from your preferred size in your regular clothes. Workout clothing that is too big is worse to wear to the gym because it can constrict your movement and make you look smaller, which isn’t very motivating. Rather choose tighter fits in fabrics that feature a stretch so that you have greater freedom of movement. If you are weight-lifting then look out for tops that feature compression technology. The basic theory behind compression technology is that the tight fabric supports your body and encourages blood flow to your heart, thus improving oxygen flow and speeding up recovery. Remember to layer up, it won’t make you burn more calories as sometimes suggested, however you can remove layers as you warm up which is essential in cool weather.