Fitness Clothing Fabrics

Choosing clothing to fit your workouts

Now that the New Year is well underway, and as many of us have made health resolutions, we find ourselves aiming to work out more frequently and therefore need more clothing to fit these activities.   Workout wear is not quite the same as regular clothing (although for me they are one in the same – I wear workout clothes everywhere!).

fall-workout-attire

Do you ever find yourself gravitating towards specific articles of clothing only and avoiding wearing others? For example, I have certain activewear that I would never wear for leg days/squats, mainly because they don’t have the right type of “Stretch” for the booty! Turns out that certain clothing has more stretch, more breathability and a greater ability to cool you off during your workout than others. So how do you get the most wear from the clothing you do have or how do you choose the best type of clothing for your workouts?
Below we will go through a few types of fabrics that are typical of active wear.

TYPES OF FABRICS USED IN ACTIVE WEAR

Types of Fabrics used in Activewear.png

There are certainly many more materials used as blends for activewear, both synthetic and natural.  Of course everyone has their own preferences as to which types of clothing work best for them.

Based on my personal experience, I suggest the following:

For running,
POLYESTER or POLYESTER BLENDS

polyester
Source: Nike

For lifting,
COTTON or COTTON BLENDS

muscle-tank
Source: Lululemon

For yoga,
NYLON or NYLON BLENDS

nylon
Source: Lole

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Often times, we confuse these fabrics with fitness fabric brands, which have become so popular these two have become synonymous.

FITNESS FABRIC BRANDS

There are MANY different fitness fabric brands, however the two we see most often are Drifit and Lycra.  These are not fabric types, rather trademarked materials:

DRIFITThis is a polyester fabric created by Nike. It is meant to be a high-performance, fabric that moves sweat away from the body and to the fabric surface. As a result, Dri-FIT keeps athletes dry and comfortable.

LYCRAOften confused with all spandex in general, Lycra is a registered brand name developed by the DuPont Company. It is extremely strong and durable and is in most garments today.

Sometimes we wear certain clothing because we like the way it feels, but we need to think about the activities we are doing as well.  Workout wear is not always the most affordable, so be selective with your activewear choices and make movements to get only the clothing that best fits your needs.  In the end, what matters the most is that we find clothing that offers the most support and comfort.

Further reading:Dress the part for your best start


References:

    1. http://www.shape.com/fitness/clothes/10-fitness-fabrics-explained
    2. https://americanfitnesscouture.com/pages/how-to-choose-the-best-fabric-for-workout-and-yoga-clothing
    3. http://www.goathlos.com/blogs/journal/selecting-the-right-activewear
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