The Workout Gear That’ll Make Getting in Shape Suck 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 any action movie ever. Yes, it’s winter, the weather’s bad, you’re already all bundled up, 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. How are you going to effectively shop for incredibly specific designer duds if your sizing is all over the place? Don’t get me wrong, I’m about the winter bulk in a big way, but reassessing what sizes I wear in every brand I own is a degree of stress I can’t stomach. Don’t let your body be a deserted shrine to gods long forgotten, my guy. And if copping gear you’re actually excited to wear is the only way to get yourself to the gym I’ve got you covered. Stay shopping, my friends.

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Sunday Shorts

Outdoor Voices outdoorvoices.com

$30.00

Outdoor Voices has blown up, and fast, because the brand consistently churns out stylish basics that don’t break the bank. (Case in point: the omnipresent Sunday Shorts.) 

HeatGear Armour Leggings

Under Armour underarmour.com

$34.99

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

Tiro 19 Training Pants

Adidas adidas.com

$35.00

I first started wearing these to work out in high school, and haven’t stopped since. I highly recommend you do the same. 

Pro-Warm Long-Sleeve Top

Nike nike.com

$50.00

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 gear from the brand. 

Pace Breaker Short 7″ New Liner Fit

Lululemon lululemon.com

$68.00

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

Black Sportswear Club Cargo Pants

Nike ssense.com

$65.00

Classic workout sweats, now tweaked to include two handy flap pockets on either side. 

Grey Core Jogger Sweatpants

Champion ssense.com

$70.00

In terms of sheer throwback appeal, very little beats a pair of classic heavyweight cotton sweatpants from Champion. 

Reign Classic Long Sleeve

Rhone rhone.com

$78.00

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

Chuck 70 High-Top Sneaker

Converse nordstrom.com

$85.00

For the hardcore, heavy-duty lifters (aka the guy grunting in the squat rack while he struggles to overhead press his body weight). 

Surge Tight 28″

Lululemon lululemon.com

$118.00

As promised, the aforementioned Lululemon leggings: a scourge of casual work environments the world over and a slightly more appropriate mainstay in equally as many gyms. 

Peak Mission Tights

Patagonia patagonia.com

$119.00

Training tights 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 matchsticks up and keep telling yourself you’ll squat next week for sure

Mid Weight Terry Sweatshirt

Reigning Champ amazon.com

$125.00

Unless one of the sportswear giants is compensating you in the form of a fat sponsorship bag, hold off on dressing like a walking billboard and diversify your options with this hefty Reigning Champ long-sleeve. No free promo, baby! 

Techloom Pro

Athletic Propulsion Labs huckberry.com

$79.98

A super-lightweight take that’s all but sure to up your hops (from a brand that’s been banned by the NBA, no less).  

React Metcon

Nike nike.com

$150.00

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

Bondi 6

Hoka One One hokaoneone.com

$150.00

Dad shoe, or maximalist runner? Why not both?

MMW Edition M NRG Training Series 003 Hybrid Lounge Pants

Nike ssense.com

$260.00

For his collaborative collection with Nike, Matthew Williams updates the sportswear stalwart’s classic styles with the same eye for utilitarian details that make Alyx, his own line, such a smash. In other words, his shorts come with a version of his signature v-buckle fastener, a pair of matching compression pants, and enough pockets to store any and every thing you typically bring to the gym. 

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

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