Picking the right athletic wear begins with the exercise itself, as not all types of ‘workouts’ are the same and there are thousands of different exercises that have their own requirements.
When most people think of ‘working out’, they think of going to the gym, using the resistance machines and dumbbells, and maybe doing an incline run. But there is much more to it than just this. You may be doing callisthenics or bodyweight training; you may be doing powerlifting, bodybuilding, jump rope, or hitting the rowing machine; you might even include power walking or running outdoors near or en route to your gym as part of your work out. If you’re doing boxing, your workout might involve all of the above, and more!
Each exercise is different, with every type having particular clothing and gear that is better suited for it. On top of this, it is important to take into account the conditions you’ll be exposed to, as well as the conditions you want to be exposed to. For example, you may be running outdoors on a rainy day as part of your workout and therefore require something waterproof. You may also want to build up an intense sweat, so wearing more layers might be appropriate.
Knowing what to wear begins with knowing the requirements both you and the exercise demand from the clothes you’ll be wearing. But you can also get more specialised outerwear, as we’ll discuss.