The Best Summer Workout Clothing Essentials
If You Plan To Work Out At All This Summer, You’ll Need These
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It’s getting hot out there guys. Literally, it’s getting really really hot. The days are longer, the temperatures are higher and the sun is packing a serious punch. But these soaring swampy temperatures won’t, and shouldn’t, stop you from giving it you all during your workout.
Not much changes if your routine takes you inside the gym all the time. However if you’re working out in the heat, you’re going to want to invest in some clothes that work extra hard to stand up to it. That means swapping out your long-sleeves and athletic pants and going with choices that are more lightweight, quick-drying, and breathable.
So where do you start? Don some of these summer-ready exercise clothes to be ready to conquer your workout in the heat, but look pretty damn good while you do it.
ASOS 4505 Muscle T-Shirt With Floral Contrast Raglan
Where as most workout shirts can be bold and bright, they aren’t usually quite as fun as this one. This pick from ASOS 4505 collection shows some personality while also helping your skin breathe. It’s cooling, has great stretch, fits nicely and allows you to reach your full range of movement helping ensure maximum gains.
$26.00 at ASOS.com
Asics Seamless Short Sleeve Shirt
This shirt was made with runners in mind (but it works great in the gym, too). It’s one of Asics lightest shirts to date, so it won’t weigh you down. It also offers 360-degree reflectivity, which means you don’t have worry about the sun setting during your runs. Opting for the opal green heather option helps amp up the workout wardrobe without going more neon than necessary.
$40.00 at Asics.com
Nike Medalist Mélange Dri-FIT Tank Top
When it’s hot, some of us guys just don’t want to be bothered with sleeves. If that sounds like you, go straight for this ultra light tank from Nike. It’s made from their special Dri-FIT fabric, so it’s super moisture wicking for all your outdoor sweaty endeavors. Add to that the dipped back hem that won’t ride up, and you’re set to be exercising in comfort with this bad boy.
$60.00 at MrPorter.com
2(X)IST Breathable Mesh Tank, $48.00
If you’re looking for even less sleeve than a sleeveless shirt can provide, than something like this tank from 2(X)IST is going to do you just fine. You’ll have full range of motion without any resistance and the mesh fabric is super airy so it will help keep you ventilated in hot temperatures. Buy one in white if you’re exercising outside so the sun’s heat doesn’t absorb as much. It’s a must-have for any summer workout!
$48.00 at 2xist.com
Under Armour Perpetual Fitted Shorts
A pair of workout shorts is a summer staple. No matter how many you accumulate, it always seems like you need a new pair. These from Under Armour are light, breathable and are made from a four-way stretch fabric for comfortability. Plus, they hit above the knee so you can master any move easily.
$60.00 at Nordstrom.com
Nike Flex Distance 2-In-1 Dri-FIT Shorts
These 2-in-1 shorts combine running and compression shorts for an easy all-in-one exercise staple. With comfortable moisture-wicking fabric, strategic reflective details, a zip pocket for keys and cards, these shorts will go the distance. They’re awesome for any and all exercise, since you really get the best of both worlds.
$75.00 at MrPorter.com
Asics Running Compression Shorts In Black
If you’re looking for just the compression shorts on their own, this pair from ASICS will keep everything in place while reducing friction for ultimate comfort. These shorts move sweat away from the body and keep small items secure during a run. Put these under a pair of running shorts or wear them alone. Either way, you’ll be energized and inspired to work out in a whole new way.
$40.00 at ASOS.com
2(X)ist Zipper Pocket Crew Sock
Looking for a long sock that also keeps you cool? 2(X)IST created these that hit mid-calf with mesh ventilation so you can wear them even in the 100 degree weather. They have a cushioned heel and a functional zip pocket ideal for keys. These bad boys are as functional as they are stylish.
$15.00 at 2xist.com
Nike Elite Cushioned No-Show Socks
If you want a shorter sock, this pair from Nike offers plenty of cushion for any intense workout. They’re especially great for high impact activities like running, jumping, HIIT and more. They help with sweaty feet and come in multiple colors. We all know even if they don’t show, you’ll still want them to look good.
$16.00 at Nike.com
HOKA ONE ONE understands running, and understands making a superior running shoe. The less-is-more trend in running shoes doesn’t work for everyone (or everyone’s knees) so the HOKA guys focus on cushion. This Hupana shoe is super responsive with high-rebound cushioning and traction. It also has an open knit pattern for ultimate breathability. You’ll feel like you’re gliding in these babies.
$115.00 at HOKAOneOne.com
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Stretch-Knit Sneakers
Nike is a top-contender for the best running shoes in the biz. The Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is lightweight and airy with cushioned midsoles that offer a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The turned out collars are more comfortable for the achilles by reducing irritation, while the rubber overlays increase durability. It’s a shoe that will last you for miles.
$120.00 at MrPorter.com
Adidas Adizero Cap
If you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, it’s best to shade your face and keep the sweat out of your eyes. So you’re going to need a hat. Not any old ball cap is the best option. This Adidas Adizero cap is made from climacool mesh which helps keep your temperature regulated. It also protects against the sun’s harmful rays — it hurts your scalp too — with UPF 50 Sun protection. Don’t fear the sun. Prepare for it, protect yourself, and embrace it!
$22.00 at Amazon.com
Brooks Run Thru Hat
Brooks has been an iconic branded devoted to running for over a hundred years. They strive to provide the absolute best. Nothing more, nothing less. Their Run-Thru hat is no exception. It’s extremely light, offers protection from the sun and will keep your hair and sweat out of your face. You’ll conquer any workout like a champ and look great while doing it.
$28.00 at BrooksRunning.com
2(X)IST Speed Dri Contour Pouch Brief
Somewhere you really need breathability? Yep, down there. Your below-the-belt zone gets very warm, and you need underwear that will help regulate all that heat. These 2(X)IST briefs keep you dry with performance-wicking fabric. The contour pouch brings added support and the low-rise design ensures a no-show fit. It’s a great underlayer for the heaviest of workouts.
$26.00 at 2xist.com
SAXX Kinetic Boxer Briefs
If you’re looking for a bit more coverage, these SAXX kinetic boxer briefs offer plenty. They’re fast to dry and the nine panel construction helps to keep them in place during any exercise. They move with your body, so you have full range of movement to go all out, without fear of underwear where it shouldn’t be.
$36.95 at Nordstrom.com
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