The Gym Clothes That’ll Make Getting in Shape Suck Slightly Less

Let’s level with each other here: If your body is a temple, it’s one of those creepy decrepit ones that’s slowly crumbling and looks like some ramshackle ruin a wily adventurer would come across towards the hour mark in every action movie ever. In other words, you need to exercise. Bad. Yes, it’s winter, the weather’s shitty, your bed’s warm, yadda yadda yadda. I’ve heard it all before (read: I’ve made the exact same excuses—earlier today).

But excuses are for lesser men. This year has been stressful on every front imaginable—along with a few you couldn’t have possibly imagined a mere ten months ago. But that’s why, if you’re able, clearing your head by getting in those steps is more important now than ever. And you definitely don’t need a gym to break a sweat. Instead, kit yourself out in the best workout gear money can buy and then feel so guilty about buying all of it all you have no choice but to put it to good use. (If you’re unfamiliar with the transformative power of guilt, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours. To everyone else: Happy Hanukkah!)

Don’t let your body become a deserted shrine to gods long forgotten. If copping gear you’re actually excited to wear is the only way to get your body out of bed, so be it. I’ve got you covered. Regardless of the type of workout you go in for, I rounded up some of the best gym clothes on the market—and put together a little inspiration on how to wear ’em—so you can get your sweat on in style.

Clear eyes, full closets, can’t lose. Let’s get it.

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ACG Logo-Print Padded Shell Hooded Jacket



Look, man, we’re not reinventing the wheel here: Nike’s a giant in the game for a reason, and you could do way worse than buying the entirety of your workout wardrobe from the brand—and from its All Conditions Gear line, in particular. 

Surge Warm Long Sleeve Tee



Lululemon might be most famous for its wardrobe-disrupting take on the plain black legging, but don’t sleep on the brand’s tees: there’s a reason so many stylish guys and gals swear by ’em. (For leggings, keep reading). 

Interval Short

Ten Thousand


A pair of meticulously cut shorts are also the ideal way to hide the fact that you haven’t hit legs in a few too many months (we all see you, G). Cover those matchstick thighs up and keep telling yourself you’ll deadlift this coming week for sure

HeatGear Armour Compression Leggings



When the weather drops below a certain degree, compression pants are definitely the play. Protect your gams at all costs, gentlemen. 

React Metcon Training Shoe



The ideal all-purpose training shoe, now in a slightly sleeker silhouette and with Nike’s most comfortable cushioning yet. 

Merino Cashmere Beanie

Hill City


Become the star of the dramatic, Rocky-like training montage you were always meant to be. 

COLD.RDY Down Vest



Do I have any idea how to pronounce the name of this cool-as-hell tactical vest? Not even close. Did it—and its multi-pocketed, overlapping down chambers—suddenly skip to the top of my winter workout wish list? You bet. 

Dry Stretch Sweat Full-Zip Hoodie



Assuming none of the sportswear giants included here are compensating you in the form of a fat sponsorship bag, hold off on dressing like a walking billboard and diversify your options with this streamlined, logo-less hoodie. No free promo, baby! 

Midweight Terry Slim Sweatpant

Reigning Champ


In terms of sheer throwback appeal, very little beats a pair of classic gray cotton sweatpants, especially when they come from Reigning Champ.

Chuck 70 High-Top Sneaker



For hardcore, heavy-duty lifters it’s hard to beat the timeless versatility of a classic Chuck. If you’re the type of dude who ordered himself a full home gym the first week of lockdown, these are the trusty standbys you turn to every time you struggle to overhead press your body weight in the middle of the living room. And man, I never thought I’d say this: You’ve got a point. 

UA Sportsmask

Under Armour


The face mask that always manages to sell out is temporarily back in stock—and still one of the best options on the market for any upcoming training sessions. 

Bolinas Beach Crewneck



Rhone’s a relatively new entrant to the already crowded activewear arena, but if styles like the brand’s beach crewneck are any indication, the brand will be around for a while. 

Advance Short



Speaking of new entrants, Fourlaps is a relative baby compared to some of its bigger-name sportswear competitors, but—as evidenced by the sheer handsomeness of these breathable, highly mobile shorts— the brand is already wise beyond its years. 

Rho LT Bottom



As promised, more of the aforementioned black leggings—a scourge of casual work environments (read: living rooms) the world over, and a slightly more appropriate mainstay in as many gyms (read: also living rooms). 

HOKA x OV Clifton

Outdoor Voices x Hoka One One


Absurdly proportioned dad shoe, or comfiest runner in your regular rotation? This winter, have it both ways! 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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