The Ultimate Guide to Gym Wear

How to both look and feel your best while working out
White T-shirt and black nike shorts with white sneakers. Man on treadmill in background, gym environment.

Nothing about working out is fancy. You sweat and you grunt like a pig for an entire hour—sometimes, even more, just to do it all over the next day. So why not do it all while being well-prepared?

The sports apparel industry is valued at around $170 billion and is estimated to cross the $250 billion mark in 2026; though, it’s for a good reason. Nothing beats good ẃorkout clothes, that make you feel comfortable and mobile at the same time.

Wearing workout clothes should make you feel confident, cool (both in terms of temperature and being cool), but also give a wide range of motion. However, it’s not just the clothes that matter; you also need to keep track of other things as well.

In this post, we’ll cover some crucial workout companions that will make your workouts just a little bit better. Everything from clothes to accessories, it’s here!

The Clothes

Bald muscular man with grey compression shirt and long black pants. White sneakers doing quadriceps stretch.
Compression shirts are great as they show off your best features while wicking away sweat.

The gym isn’t a fashion runway, and you should not think of it that way. You don’t want to feel like everyone is staring at you, but some workout clothes are more important than others, so your focus should be on the fit and the material.

For weight lifters and cardio junkies alike, flexible materials and sweat-wicking are quintessential. That means that you should prioritize synthetic materials, such as polyester, acrylic, nylon. With that established, you are free to choose from tank tops or T-shirts or compression shirts, or anything that covers your body.

In my experience, cotton is a big no-no as it will feel like a heavy, sticky blanket is sitting on you after your workout. I don’t recommend cotton wearing cotton while working out at all!

The Shoes

Adidas Ultraboost grey shoes to the left and grey Nike React to the right.
It’s Adidas versus Nike.

The type of shoes you need will largely depend on what kind of exercise you like. Do you lift weights, do cardio or yoga?

For weight lifters, any breathable shoes will do the job. I’ve seen people work out with Chucks, Stan Smith, NMDs, and even with just socks!

If you are a bit more serious and like to do heavy squats and deadlifts, weight lifting shoes may be the answer for you. For me, I prefer deadlifts/squats in my socks instead of buying dedicated shoes (as it can be a little easier on your wallet and your back, as they can be quite heavy!)

For general purposes, or for someone who doesn’t care much about footwear, I’d recommend Nike Epic React or Adidas Ultra Boost. They have mastered the shoe game.

The Socks

There’s no need to overthink this part! Breathable and comfortable cotton socks will work just fine, but you can even take it a step further and choose to include synthetic-blends to improve sweat-wicking.

The Tunes

A pair of Apple Airpod Pros being held up by a white hand with a strong bokeh effect
AirPod Pros are very popular at the moment. Portable, great-sounding, and efficient.

It’s an understatement when I say that this part is one of the most important, in my opinion. According to a 2010 study led by sports psychologists, music can improve your gym performance by increasing endurance, strength and even reducing fatigue!

My favorite wireless earbuds are—of course, Airpods. There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on them, though, as many other alternatives exist!

The wireless headphone industry is becoming more and more accessible while becoming more and powerful, so you’ll find great alternatives with a little bit of research. I recommend finding in-ear ones as they fit better and give better sound, plus your hearing will be better.


Gym bag in the middle with arrows pointing to it, items such as shampoo, shoes, gloves, perfume, shakers, pre-workout and food.
Recovery, hygiene, comfort, and smelling great is vital.

My favorites to keep on hand:

A big water bottle. Preferably 1 L (34 oz).

A light towel that still dries you off well. No need for thick towels here!

Flip flops. They are essential for when you are showering at the gym, as many diseases can be present there (I don’t recommend showering at the gym; however, even if it means you have to wait until you get home.)

A roomy gym bag. I made the mistake of buying the most expensive and biggest gym bag; however, this will not do you any good.

Supplements, pre-workout or post-workout

Toiletries: Shampoo, sponge, shampoo, deo, perfume, etc.


The best workouts are the ones where you look and feel good from head to toe. Great clothes, shoes, and accessories always make my worst gym days a little bit better.

There’s a bit of a hot debate about wearing gym gloves to prevent calluses on your hands. What do you think about gym gloves? Do they prevent calluses, or do they make you look weak?

Published by nouralgarah

My name is Nour Algarah and I run! I'm new to blogging but slowly but surely getting the hang of it. I admire reading other's blogs for inspiration and a better understanding of the people and things on this spinning rock we call home.

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