Does your workout gear tend to fall apart after just a few wears? Do you feel overwhelmed by the varieties of activewear nowadays and don't know how to choose? Perhaps your sports bras or workout shirts are itchy and uncomfortable? Don’t worry – we’ve put together a helpful guide to sourcing the best activewear for your needs.
Why are high-quality workout clothes so important?
If you’ve ever experienced the frustration associated with loose leggings or overly absorbent t-shirts, you’ll know that the quality of your activewear can significantly affect your athletic performance. High-quality garments that are made by high-performance and fictional fabrics will boost your confident and maximize your performance during any kind of workout sessions.
How to find the best activewear
Before you start working out in a brand-new pair of leggings or a stylish crop top, you must ascertain whether the garment fulfills all of your needs. If you’re purchasing your goods online, remember to make the most of size guides and charts, as well as information about materials and features.
Factors to consider include:
The materials from which your activewear is made can make or break your workout. Here are our top tips for selecting the best pieces:
Many of the best workout leggings contain light or moisture-wicking fabrics designed to keep you cool and fresh. YUCO’s slim black leggings, for example, are made by lightweight and cooling fabrics to help you maintain a comfortable body temperature during workouts and hot weather. These leggings are suitable for all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities. Whether you’re heading to a hot power yoga class or embarking on a long-distance run, these chic workout pants won’t let you down.
It is also worth double-checking that your leggings remain opaque while you’re squatting and bending. Poor-quality garments often turn sheer when stretched – not a great look! Fortunately, all of the YUCO leggings contain sturdy, high-performance materials that are 100% squat-proof and long lasting.
When it comes to sourcing suitable tops, consider how hard you intend to push yourself. For low- to medium-intensity activities such as yoga, opt for garments with high cotton content, such as YUCO’s twist back tank top in creamy white. Cotton is super soft and comfortable and can help to minimize odors. If you’re planning to wear the top for the whole day, this gorgeous piece will keep you smelling sweet and looking amazing.
If, on the other hand, you’re planning to partake in high-intensity activity such as a long run or an energetic dance class, you may wish to opt for materials such as nylon, spandex, or polyester. While cotton will soak up sweat and leave you feeling wet and uncomfortable, these materials will pull moisture away from your skin and prevent sweat patches from forming.
YUCO’s Finesse top in white, for example, is the perfect choice for women who like to work up a sweat during training sessions. As well as comprising smooth and breathable fabric, this stunning piece doubles up as a crop top and sports bra. Whether you’re gearing up for a long run or a night on the town, the Finesse top will keep you feeling fresh and confident all day long.
- Fit and form
The shape and fit of your workout clothes can dramatically affect your comfort levels during a training session. Items that are too baggy, loose, long, or short will cause you endless trouble while you’re moving. Unfitted, baggy clothes could also present a dangerous trip hazard. So, what should you look out for when purchasing activewear? We recommend evaluating the following:
What kind of workouts are you planning to do?
Different workouts require different kinds of sports clothes. If you’re a yoga bunny, for example, a sports bra and a snug pair of leggings will facilitate flexibility and keep you looking stylish. If, on the other hand, you’re planning to exercise outdoors, you may wish to add extra layers in case you get chilly.
Generally speaking, cardiovascular exercises such as jogging or certain team sports can be enjoyed in looser clothing, while indoor activities such as yoga or dance require tight-fitting garments that allow you to move freely.
Are you going to wear your activewear in a variety of settings?
Thanks to the recent popularity of ‘athleisure’, activewear has become increasingly stylish. In fact, leather-look leggings and cute crop tops have become must-have summer staples for women everywhere. So, if you love to exercise and are keen to streamline your wardrobe, why not select garments that will turn heads in the mall as well as the gym?
Form-fitting pants such as YUCO’s classic black high-rise liquid leggings and liquid biker short are perfect for fashionistas. Pair them with a tight crop top on the treadmill or a cute camisole for a casual summery look.
Are your workout clothes tight enough?
There’s nothing more annoying than having to adjust your clothes throughout an intense workout. To ensure you make the most of your training sessions, we recommend finding clothes that hug your curves and don’t move around.
Don’t be tempted to buy leggings in a larger size – they won’t be comfortable, and you’ll soon throw them in the back of your wardrobe. Similarly, make sure to buy a sports bra with plenty of support. If you’re worried that a tight top will make you look flat-chested, YUCO’s sleek liquid bras come with removable pads to boost your confidence in any situation.
Find clothes that suit your body
People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you must find workout gear that suits your body type. If you’re petite, for example, regular-sized leggings could cause you to trip on the treadmill. Instead, you will need cropped pants such as YUCO’s 7/8 leggings – an excellent solution for those with slightly shorter legs or people who prefer to keep their ankles bare.
If you’re self-conscious about showing off your lumps and bumps during a training session, there is plenty of activewear out there designed to sculpt beautiful silhouettes. YUCO’s high-rise liquid leggings, for example, are all designed to skim your curves and maximize your fantastic figure.
We all know how irritating ill-fitting underwear can be. Working out with an uncomfortable bra or panties can be agonizing. Wave goodbye to discomfort by investing in the following pieces:
A comfy sports bra
Reliable sports bras need a few key features: thick straps, a decent level of support, breathable fabric, and a flattering design. Without these attributes, your workout will suffer. YUCO’s bra selection offers medium support and premium fabric to suit a wide array of women. Check it out today!
Think you can get away with wearing your everyday cotton socks? Think again. Cotton socks soak up moisture, potentially leading to friction and uncomfortable blisters. In cold weather, you could even end up with ice-cold toes. Look for breathable sports socks made from fabric such as nylon, and make sure you purchase the correct size so that they don’t immediately wear out.
Yes – these do exist! Many gym-goers don’t give a second thought to their underwear selection and end up sweaty and uncomfortable. With moisture wicking panties, every inch of your body can feel clean and dry.
- Special features
Okay, so we’ve covered the basics of excellent activewear – but what if you’re on the hunt for garments that go the extra mile to maximize your workout? Many activewear brands (including YUCO) add special features to their products that provide an extra layer of comfort or convenience. Here are just a few special features to look out for:
Do you tend to exercise while tuning in to your favorite podcasts? Need somewhere to store your smartphone? Pockets are a must for many gym-goers, and you can find them in all sorts of weird and wonderful places. We tend to prefer pockets sewn into the leg or waistband of leggings, as these are easy to reach and tight enough to ensure your valuables don’t go flying across the room.
For tops, look out for pockets with zips for maximum security. Some jackets even come with small holes that accommodate headphone wires.
Looking to stand out from the crowd? Feeling confident in activewear isn’t just about purchasing the most practical solutions – it’s about wearing garments that reflect your personality. Feeling spicy, cheeky, or motivated? Why not put on a pair of liquid leggings with fiery animal print panels?
Seamless clothes stretch more easily and can create sleeker silhouettes. Fortunately, YUCO stocks tons of seamless leggings that look amazing on a range of body types.
Are you a nocturnal exerciser? Look out for workout clothes with reflective patches that alert drivers and cyclists to your presence.
What are you waiting for?
So, now you know what to look out for when purchasing activewear, it’s time to put together your workout wardrobe. At YUCO, we sell a wide range of luxury-performance and stylish gear that won't let you down.
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Whatever your chosen sport is, get browsing today!