Crossing over into the life of a gym rat takes on many advantages (Toned body! Healthier well-being! Those endorphins!) But the one thing you might not have thought of? All. The. Laundry. Ok, so this isn’t exactly an advantage, and between the extra socks, sports bras and plethora of leggings, your wash pile grows what seems like exponentially after just one workout. Hey, a girl needs options, right? The other much-more-fun thing that comes with a workout life? A whole new wardrobe. Now is the perfect excuse to head to the mall and do some shopping–treat yo’ self!
The only issue, though, is how overwhelming the athletic sections in your go-to shops can be, let alone those entire stores that are dedicated to workout wear. Sure, the patterns are pretty, but what are all of these straps for? Is the built-in bra actually necessary? Why do two tops that look exactly the same have a 20-dollar price difference?! Stop the questions. We asked people who consider themselves avid exercisers to weigh in on their favorite workout tanks and why they love them so much.
From motivating sayings to moisture-wicking fabric to sleek designs, one thing is certain: you will want every. Single. One. (And you might not even care that your laundry pile just got a little higher.)
The ‘I can’t actually afford boutique prices’ tank
My absolute favorite workout tank is the Alternative Women’s 1×1 Baby Rib Tank. It’s super soft and flattering, and because it comes in solid colors, it pairs well with loud-patterned leggings, which are so in right now! At a great price with several colors to choose from, this is the perfect tank top to stock up on.
Scarlett R., Los Angeles
Get it: Women’s 1×1 Baby Rib Tank by Alternative
The ‘I have sass and am proud of it’ tank
These are ultra soft, lightweight and have just the right amount of flow. Plus, they sport some fun sayings. I love them so much, I got five!
Jessica B., Dallas
Get it: Does Running Out of Wine Count as Cardio Tank by Relicfitte
The ‘A little more coverage, please!’ tank
I am a kickboxer, horse rider and personal trainer and have had many different tanks over the years, but my favourite is the VXS Women’s Tank. Normally I go for short tanks but this one is slightly longer and shaped to go around women’s hips. I usually struggle with tops looking too baggy, but this one fits perfectly. And even though the back is shaped, it doesn’t show my sports bra.
Ali N., Southampton, United Kingdom
Get it: VXS Women’s Tank by VXS Gymwear
The ‘It matches with EVERYTHING’ tank
I am a fitness enthusiast and avid work out queen! I love this Adidas tank (and own every color!), because of the reasonable price, loose fit and cotton with climalite technology fabric, which keeps sweat away from the skin. It is also bra-friendly–I don’t even have to wear a sports bra.
Christie M., Wall, New Jersey
Get it: Women’s Essentials Linear Loose Tank Top by Adidas
The ‘I’ll take a run over rum any day’ tank
The This Is My Happy Hour tank is my fave. It’s super soft, extremely flattering and just plain adorable.
Katy A., Cartersville, Georgia
Get it: This is My Happy Hour: Flowy Muscle Tank by Fitlosophy
🎉 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS: DAY 8 CLOSED 🎉 Ok, so as much as I love food (and that’s a WHOLE lot), I also looooove my workouts. So I’m super psyched that one of my absolute favorite fitness companies @fitbook JUST (like we’re talkin’ TODAY) debuted some brand new goods for you to play with before, during + after your workout. These are all favorites of mine + things I use each + every day, so I’m really excited to share them with y’all!! So who wants to win this fitbook lite 6-week fitness + nutrition journal (which I use to encourage myself to drink enough water), fitspiration gratitude journal (which I use every night for counting my blessings), snackstak (which I always carry with me for all my healthy snacks when I travel), my favorite super-soft happy hour workout tank + the BRAND NEW matching happy hour fitmat (the cushiest exercise mat everrrrrr, I’m already obsessed!!)?? The rules are simple: 1. Like this post 👍🏻 2. Follow @savoringtheflavoring + @fitbook 😃 3. Tag 3 pals who live life fit 😀😀😀 4. Bonus: Tell me which fit item you’re most pumped to try 💪🏼 Obligatory disclaimer: This is in no way affiliated with Instagram. We’re just giving away cool merch of our own free will. 😎 Contest ends at 5pm EST tomorrow (Thursday) + I’ll DM the winner! #savoringtheflavoring
The ‘I understand your curves’ tank
I like the Athleta Renew Racerback, because it’s a tight fit without emphasizing not-so-tight abs. It also stays put (even during yoga inversions!).
Shannon B., Brooklyn, New York
Get it: Renew Racerback Tank by Athleta
The ‘Can’t I love food and fitness?!’ tank
My go-to is a comfy cotton tank from Tipsy Elves that says God Bless Brunch. It reminds me what I’m really working out for: the fact that I can indulge in my favorite meal (a bloody mary plus chicken and waffles) on Saturdays without feeling guilty!
Frances B., Nashville
Get it: Women’s God Bless Brunch Tank Top by Tipsy Elves
The ‘I’ve totally got this’ tank
I was born with amniotic band syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped me from climbing mountains, skiing double black diamonds and even searching for love on television (You may have seen me on The Bachelor!). I love the Maybe You Literally Can Even tank from SheLift, because the organization was born from my love of outdoor adventures, specifically in the mountains, and its transformative power. Plus, the company focuses on improving girls’ self-acceptance and normalizing differences.
Sarah H., Denver
Get it: Maybe You Literally Can Even by SheLift
The ‘Yep, I can take one more rep’ tank
I’ve been hitting the gym for more than three years and training through kickboxing and muay thai for a few months. My favorite workout tank is an Under Armour top from the Heat Gear collection. It’s simple and really light, which makes it feel like you’re not even wearing something while exercising. The stretchy material also let’s you make every move you want without limitation. No matter how long I keep wiping my head, hair, forehead or arms with the shirt, it stays pretty dry. I know a lot of people like clothing with pump-up sayings on them, but I’ll take my tanks sans frills yet still functional.
Jakub K., Wrocław, Poland
Get it: Men’s Threadborne Streaker Run Singlet by Under Armour