Chicagoan Joi Carthan, the hardest part about shopping
for workout clothes is finding something both
fashionable and comfortable.
body type is different," Carthan said.
youíre shopping for an upcoming workout, experts say
to consider a few things alongside comfort.
Sonya Ramgotra, head of design at MPG Sport, suggests
looking on the tag for materials that will benefit your
workout. Keep an eye out for breathable materials that
include moisture wicking, the stretchy material spandex
Johnson, who works in community relations at Lululemon,
recommends looking for preshrunk clothes, since those
clothes will withstand washes over time.
sure to watch out for clothes with seams, which can
cause chaffing and irritation. And unless youíre
training for a high-intensity event or in recovery,
compression clothing isnít necessary, said Keryn
Francisco, creative director at Lucy.
youíre working out to stay active and fit, we
recommend focusing on comfort, such as lightweight
fabrics that encourage airflow, (and) cozy fabrics in
cold weather to keep you warm and supportive but not
restrictive use of stretch," Francisco said.
Depending on how your physical activity, you should look
for certain details when shopping. For runners, Ramgotra
suggests bottoms with elastic waistbands to keep shorts
from falling down, strategically placed pockets and
clothing with reflectivity. For yoga, Johnson says to
avoid zippers, pockets and loose clothing because youíll
be doing a lot of work on your back and stomach.
youíre working out, youíre just thinking of the
workout and not the clothes on your body," Johnson
said. "The clothes should become like a second
should look for form-fitted bottoms with padding
specific to the hours youíll be riding. Also, cyclists
should look for tops with a raglan seam, a seam thatís
specifically designed for a hunched-over body with a
longer backside, Ramgotra said.
If you only plan on doing yoga once a week, then the $90
yoga pants probably arenít for you. But those who
regularly work out might want to consider investing in
still have Lululemon clothes from when I started working
nine years ago," Johnson said.
according to Francisco, the investment in better
material is important for any workout.
worth paying for a garment that has been engineered to
have zero-distraction, zero-chafing and maximum support
so you can participate in your activity without thinking
about your clothes," she said.
for Joel Ingersoll, personal trainer and psychologist,
comfort is more important than expensive brand names.
worked out in clothes from Adidas to Nike to Hanes
T-shirts, and they certainly work for me,"