Men’s leggings were voted one of the biggest fashion faux pas but when it comes to training, should you be slipping into your meggings (that’s what the kids are calling men’s leggings these days)? #meggings
Mens Gym Leggings
Walk into the gym 10 years ago and all you would have seen is men in baggy sweatpants and lose t shirts, walk into a gym today and you’ll find the polar opposite, the men’s cleavages rival, if not beat, the women’s and leggings leave very little to the imagination.
Compression is increasingly gaining popularity in our workout wardrobes, this is because the technology has advanced and tightening up your attire can help enhance your training.
Wrapping up in leggings can prevent wind chill whereas lose clothing allows wind to get trapped between the garment and your skin, mens leggings provide a streamlined shield between your skin and the wind. Tight leggings also reduce drag in the wind.
Leggings will probably keep you warmer than sweatpants. They offer extra warmth for your legs, without the extra weight of joggers or the dreaded cold draft!
Sweat wicking materials keep your body cool and comfortable because of their ability to lift moisture from the skin's surface, wearing wicking leggings in the summer can provide a drying effect and stop you overheating. In the cold winter months (and a fair few in Summer in our case) wearing moisture wicking leggings can be effective for both controlling moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation.
Prevents Chafing and Rashes
Chafing is painful and once the rash sets in, it’s difficult to treat because there’s no convenient way to keep your thighs from touching for an entire week. A combination of sweat wicking fabrics and compression gear is the perfect defence and helps to prevent painful rashes as well.
Research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that wearing compression gear has a "moderate effect" following workouts that typically lead to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). That is, it helps to lessen the severity and/or duration of DOMS.
Tips for Fitting Men's Leggings
To reap the rewards from all the benefits of mens leggings, you need to fit the tight right.
1.Total coverage is key
If you’re tall, you could end up with cold ankles. What’s worse than cold ankles? Cold ankles and see through leggings. Try your leggings on under different lights to make sure they stay opaque, especially if your going commando underneath!
- Make sure they stay up
Just because your leggings are made of spandex, it doesn’t mean they are going to hold up, simply because every body is built differently so it can be hard to compensate with a one size fits all. Opt for leggings with extra support such as the Roteck Legging which has a drawstring waist to offer a personalised fit. Yanking your leggings up is never an attractive look and it can be really distracting.
- There is such a thing as too tight
Wearing tights that are too tight will prevent you benefiting from the compression and can cut off circulation and chafe. When leggings are too tight they don't lay right. Seams on running tights are often designed to follow the lines of your muscles, providing support to the major muscles like your hamstrings and quads, a seam in the wrong place can be detrimental to your performance.
- Have a place for you valuables
A good pair of leggings will find space for your valuables even when they're super tight. Running with an extra bag for your valuables defeats the point of light weight, streamlined bottoms. It’s also worth testing that your valuables won’t pull your leggings down before you go out on a long run.
- Quality Materials
If the materials used aren't up to scratch, it’s only a matter of time before they loose their integrity and become either see-through, saggy, or both. Opt for leggings which use high quality materials that are durable and long lasting.
Is it Okay to Wear Mens Gym Leggings without Shorts?
So this one's a sensitive subject, literally. Women are allowed to show off their junk in the trunk with their leggings, but when a man shows off his junk in the front, all hell breaks loose...Unless you are a superhero.
Should you be wearing your leggings stand alone?
- Streamlined performance
- Flexible range of motion
- Show’s off the body you’ve earned
- Lightweight support
- It can be cold without shorts
- You’re going to get attention and not all of it may be wanted
- Chicken legs
- Modesty, or lack of!
It takes a lot of balls to fly leggings solo, literally, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
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Are you Supposed to Wear Underwear with Men's Leggings?
They’re aren't many occasions in this life where it’s acceptable to go commando, so when the chance comes along, grab it by the balls.
Compression leggings for men and women are made of stretch material (usually a combination of nylon and spandex), which are designed to make direct contact with your skin. The tight fitting materials used to create the compression in leggings hold your muscles in place also work to wick moisture and sweat away from your skin during exercise, keeping you dry and light. Chances are your underwear doesn’t have these special features and so can hinder the help of your leggings.
Your underwear will absorb and hold moisture and sweat, which defeats the purpose of the compression material. Basically, your underwear will interfere with the full function of your compression leggings, including its breathability, moisture wicking and temperature control functions. In addition, your underwear will add an extra layer of fabric which may bunch up under your compression wear which can be uncomfortable and give you an awkward silhouette, no one needs to see the sight of bunched up boxers.
So it’s time to unleash your inner superhero and squeeze into some leggings for your next training session … or to take on the world.
Featuring Sundried Roteck Leggings