Let’s face it: Investing in good quality workout wear is no joke. And if you’re going to spend the money on it, you expect that it perform, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. But truth be told, it’s less of a hassle (and less expensive) to do some research on what you buy before you head out the door, especially when it comes to fitness gear.
Name the problem, and there’s a solution out there — take our word for it. Here, we have answers to four of the biggest problems we’ve faced while getting our sweat on. You — and your wallet — can thank us later.
1. Awkward sweat stains
Ok, Ok: Sweat is inevitable while working out. In fact, it probably makes you feel more accomplished when you leave a workout dripping with sweat. However, no one wants a sweat stain in an unsightly area (think: crotch, rear, and armpits). And ladies, you probably know by now that light grey leggings are on the “Do Not Wear” List. The best way to avoid this unfortunate disaster is to choose moisture-wicking fabrics. So, your old college t-shirts and cheap cotton leggings might not be the best fit for a HIIT workout. Select polyester, nylon, and merino wool blends for those intense, sweat-inducing workouts.
2. Leggings stretch out
Most workouts will require your body to move in a handful of ways — squats, burpees, planks, downward dog, the list goes on. Whether you’re a yogi or a boxer, you need fitness gear that can stretch with your body and not against it. Look for clothes that have multi-way construction. If that’s tough to find, lean toward clothes made for training or HIIT workouts because they tend to hold up for a number of different exercises.
3. Clothing traps heat
Yes, you will probably get hot in a workout. But if you’re taking a hot yoga class in thick, cottony fabrics, then you’re just setting yourself up for heat stroke. Aim for workout wear that maintains air circulation and has moisture-wicking properties. Any rayon blend is ideal. A bonus? Try to find tops and leggings with cutouts and mesh panels.
4. Leggings fall down
There is nothing worse (we repeat, nothing) than being deep into your squat jumps when you feel your leggings start to slide down. No one goes to a workout to give class members a show — and no one should feel uncomfortable in the clothes they’re wearing. Stretchy elastic waistbands may be comfortable for day-to-day wear, but they will stretch out over time, especially as an exercise intensifies. Avoid this problem by finding leggings with a wide waistband that is both stretchy and sturdy. If this continues to be an issue for you, look for leggings or pants with an adjustable drawstring.