You know that old adage “No Pain, No Gain”? It’s actually one of my least favorite sayings, especially when it comes to fitness clothing. Who needs painful clothing experiences? I think it’s an understatement to say that proper workout clothing can make or break your workout. I have made some poor clothing choices in the past and I found myself constantly tugging on my shorts or readjusting my sports bra so much that I missed the best parts of my workout. The right clothing can make a difference!
If you’re starting to get more serious about your fitness and need to invest a little more into your workout attire, then listen up: there are some things to pay attention to when looking at new workout clothes. Here are some tips for getting the right workout clothing so you can perform your best:
- Check the seams: Seams that are going to sit right against your skin should be flat, covered, or smooth. Even better, find clothing with minimal seams to reduce friction and rubbing. This might not be a big consideration when you’re doing shorter workouts, but when you are committing to an endurance event like a marathon, make sure you really check the seams or you can chafe badly. This goes for socks, too, and underwear
- Train and compete in the same clothes: If you’re planning an endurance event, train in the clothing and shoes you plan on using during your event. Make sure you plan ahead and decide which pieces of clothing you will use during your event so you can log some training hours in them to make sure they will work for your event
- Invest: Way back when, I used to think that getting clothing made for exercise was silly. A baggy t-shirt and a pair of random shorts was good enough, right? But after becoming a fitness professional and working out a lot more, I discovered that the concept of actually investing in good fitness clothing and shoes wasn’t such a far-fetched idea. If it’s important to you, take some time to find good clothing that lasts and performs well. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it does need to fit what you are doing
- Be fabric smart: There are lots of fabrics out there, but when it comes to activities where you will be sweating heavily or getting wet (like an obstacle race), you should choose quick drying synthetic fabrics. Cotton is nice for everyday, but when you’re doing a marathon or obstacle race, it’s not such a great idea. I learned that the hard way during my first mud run: baggy cotton tees get super heavy when you hit the water!
- Layer up: if you’re working out in chilly weather or in areas where the weather changes rapidly (like the mountains), choose light items that you can layer, like the Champion® PerforMax® Packable Jacket. Ultra-light layers will keep you warm to start and you can shed the layers as you need.
Champion® created the #AllGainNoPain Spring Collection to help people get workout clothing that performs and looks good so you can focus on your workout. All of the items in the collection are quick drying, have flat seams, and are lightweight.
Champion® sent me some items from the #AllGainNoPain Collection, here’s what I got:
PerforMax® Marathon Knee Tight
- Adaptive Vapor® fabric
Champion® Marathon Sports Bra
- Maximum support
- Adjustable straps
Curvy Show-Off Bra
- Medium support for low impact activities
- Mesh panels for ventilation
PerforMax® Marathon Printed Packable Jacket
- Packs into it’s own pocket
PerforMax® Marathon Tee
- It’s in my favorite color!
- Longer hem in back for better coverage
- Vapor® quick dry fabric
You can find all of these items and the different colors over at the Champion® website. The Marathon Tee and the Packable Jacket were my favorite pieces of clothing out of the set I received. The Marathon Tee fits great and the jacket is super lightweight, great for when you need those light layers. The Marathon Knee Tights were snug on my thighs and loose on my waist, so they would be a good fit for women with smaller thighs.