You’ve hit your ideal body composition, but now the challenge is to keep it that way. Here is our Ultimate Guide to Maintenance.
So, you're now a regular at your local - gym, that is.
Getting your sweat on is finally feeling good and getting strong is the end goal, but something's missing. Your long-lost abs have made their return and you're beginning to feel amazing, but you want to look the part too.
Whilst we get that looking good is high priority, it's important to dress for discipline and stick to the clothes that support your workout. Repeat after us: breathable, quick-drying and easy to move in.
Whether you're looking to brush up on your basics or you're a complete newbie, check out our gym wear dos and don'ts.
DO wear breathable fabrics
Let your skin breathe with lightweight perforated fabrics that ventilate.
Layering up may mean sweating more, but that water weight-loss is both temporary and dangerous. Avoid heavy materials with little breathability.
DON'T wear your hair down
Girls and long-locked lads, hair flying in your face when you're hitting those weights hard is a hindrance.
And let's face it, it's impossible to not look badass with a sleek pony.
DO dress accordingly
Dressing for your workout is key. Gymshark recommends:
CARDIO: PERFORATED T-SHIRT + PERFORATED SHORTS
WEIGHTS: FITNESS T-SHIRT + ARK SHORTS / TAPERED BOTTOMS
CARDIO: PACE RUNNING LEGGINGS + ENDURANCE SPORTS BRA
WEIGHTS: ENERGY SEAMLESS LEGGINGS + SPORTS BRA
DON'T BE AFRAID TO BE BOLD
The gym is the one place where bright colours and bold prints can never look out of place.
So, if you're a lover of colour or you fancy a change from your all-black 9 to 5 attire, go for new season brights or be all about that print.
DO invest in a gym bag
A quality gym bag is indisputably practical - invest in something hard-wearing, spacious and functional. Check out our range of accessories.
DON'T wear too little
It's gym etiquette.
Although the temptation to strip off or wear your teeniest tinest shorts may be too much - don't be that guy taking shirtless selfies in the mirror. Some gyms have modesty policies for a reason.
TIP: If you want to practise flexing in the gym mirror as competition prep, it's polite to ask staff first.
DO wear what you feel comfortable in
Feeling comfortable and distraction-free is the easiest way to ensure you work out to your full potential. Avoid itchy fabrics, poor fits and most importantly, comparing yourself to others.
As much merit as there is in dressing for success, if you feel damn good in the garms you've got then you keep doing you. Mentality is key.