No matter what you’re doing, it’s important to have the right tool for the job. The same goes for working out. If you want to look good and feel great when you exercise, you need to pick the best fabrics and materials for the type of workout you’re going to do. By matching your clothing to your planned activities and conditions, you can focus on what you’re doing rather than how you’re feeling. Let’s take a look at some of the best workout clothing fabrics and materials!
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Nylon is a Staple
Let’s start with one of the most popular materials in the workout wardrobe: nylon. No matter what kind of exercise is on the agenda, garments containing a high percentage of nylon are a solid choice. First, this material handles moisture well, helping to keep you dry when sweating. It’s also extremely stretchy, meaning it will allow for a full range of motion during activities like yoga.
Spandex When You Want to Move
Speaking of stretch, nothing moves quite like spandex. This synthetic fabric is virtually unmatched in terms of flexibility. For a garment that fits snug against your skin and won’t restrict your movements in any way, spandex is the way to go.
In addition to its flexibility, there are also plenty of other things to like about this material. For instance, you’ll find that it is very breathable, and it dries quickly. No activewear collection is complete without at least a few spandex pieces.
Cotton Still Has a Place
Believe it or not, traditional cotton garments still have a place in your workout collection. For instance, if you’re going to the gym for some light weightlifting or a mild stretching session, you probably won’t produce too much sweat. In that case, a cotton T-shirt and some cotton shorts should work just fine.
The biggest drawback to cotton is that it holds on to moisture—but that won’t be a concern if you aren’t going to be sweating heavily. Cotton also feels nice against your skin, so it might be your preferred choice for casual, non-sweaty activities like going for a walk in your neighborhood.
Believe It or Not, Wool is a Winner
When you think of workout fabrics that will keep you comfortable even as you push the limits, wool probably isn’t something that comes to mind straightaway. After all, this is a material more closely associated with cozy socks than high-performance activewear. However, wool has recently become a popular training option for its natural ability to regulate heat. Modern wool blends can give the best of both worlds, with the temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking benefits of this natural fiber combined with the stretch and breathability of popular synthetic materials.
Gore-Tex to Fight the Elements
When you want to protect yourself from inclement weather, there is nothing quite like Gore-Tex to do the job. The incredible thing about Gore-Tex is the way it can accomplish two goals at the same time. On the one hand, it is windproof and waterproof, which will help you stay comfortable even when Mother Nature turns against you. That’s why you’ll often find this material in garments like ski jackets, raincoats, hiking gear, and more.
Yet while keeping the weather out, Gore-Tex somehow also allows your skin to breathe as you work up a sweat. This is an impressive high-tech achievement that can greatly increase your enjoyment of the outdoors. While Gore-Tex garments tend to be rather expensive, they are worth the investment for someone who spends a lot of time outside in the elements.
Wash Your Activewear with WIN Activewear Detergent
When your workout is done and it’s time to do laundry, WIN Activewear Detergent is a perfect choice. Our detergent has been specifically designed to clean synthetic garments, meaning your workout gear will come out of the wash smelling great time after time. Order your first bottle of WIN Detergent today and smell the difference for yourself!