Clothes Make the Workout!
If you are like most people you don’t think too much about what you wear to the gym. Usually you toss on a T-shirt, shorts and pair of white socks and you are good to good. But, what you wear can be just as important to a successful workout, as what you do while you are at the gym. Here are some helpful guidelines.
A simple cotton T-shirt will adequately do the trick for many men, but if you are looking for something with a little more technology, look into a moisture-wicking shirt. These are typically made from a mix of polyester, nylon, and/or spandex and transfer sweat away from your body much more efficiently.
Like the tops, the shorts or pants you wear need to be comfortable and flexible. It is tough to do a lunge in a pair of blue jeans, so mesh shorts or track pants are necessary for working out. Make sure the shorts are long enough to keep you covered during the entire exercise, especially squats and lunges.
On the Bottom
Some men are able to exercise in boxer shorts with no discomfort, but many men opt for more support from briefs, boxer briefs or compression shorts. Compression shorts can help wick moisture away as well as help keep your muscles warm during exercise. Studies have shown that compression shorts can support the contraction of muscle fibers as well as improve muscle coordination.
Best Foot Forward
Chances are you are going to incorporate some running into your routine, whether on the treadmill, track or elliptical. Running shoes are a good choice, working for their intended purposes but also for lifting weights or cycling as well. Make sure that the shoes fit well, neither too small nor large, and that they don’t rub your feet the wrong way.
Ahh- But Underneath–
The decision to wear a jock strap when you work out depends on your personal preferences, what you are doing, and what other clothing you’re wearing at the time. In any activity it makes good sense to practice caution and protect your equipment.
The jock strap was born in 1874. At that time, male bicyclists were bouncing along Boston’s cobblestone streets, and a company called the Bike Web Company stepped forward to support them. For 130 years, Bike has continued to be the world’s largest supplier of jock straps.
The purpose of the jock strap is to hold the male genitals in place and suppress excessive motion.
How to choose a Jock strap that is right for you?
The first step is to determine which type of jockstrap you want/need: Regular or cup style. This will depend on what sport/activity you are buying the jock for. If it is general athletics such then a regular jock with a mesh pouch is adequate. If you are involved with a contact sport such as baseball, hockey, football or lacrosse where there are fast moving objects that could result in a direct blow to the genitals then a cup style jock is recommended.
Next is to determine the size. Most brands provide sizes according to waist size. Check the package which will usually state waist size in inches for small, medium, large and extra large. If you are in between or uncertain opt for a smaller size as you want the jock to fit snuggly so it can do its job
Where to buy a jockstrap and/or a protective cup? Most people go to their local sporting goods store, whether a big-box chain or a mom and pop store. The advantage here is that you can see and handle the product. Remove the jock from the package and hold the waist band to your waist to confirm the right size. You should also check the cup by placing it over your underwear to make sure it will hold all of you. Most stores will not allow you to try one on for sanitary reasons so you’ll have to eyeball things
Try to find a jockstrap that has a full 3 inch waist band. This will provide more support and keep the jock from shifting downward.
Hope some of these suggestions have helped. Now you can look your best inside and out. Have a great workout!