Picking the right gym trousers is almost as important as picking the right workout. Your gym trousers should work as hard as you do and look good.
Factors to consider when buying gym trousers:
- Are my trousers activity appropriate? Picking the right gym trousers based on your activity can help you to perform better during your workout, for example cycling trousers feature padding to the crotch which can make long rides far more comfortable, but would completely ruin your form, as well as be very uncomfortable during a gym session. Our Roteck Leggings design makes them perfect for running, with a tighter waist, secured with both a drawstring and elastic to ensure they stay put whilst you run and also a pocket in the back to store a phone and keys.
- Are my gym trousers comfortable? Thick seams, restrictive and tight leggings can cause issues during your workout, making you self conscious and uncomfortable. Try your gym trousers on before you buy them to ensure they are comfortable and if you're buying online opt for clothing with flatlock seams and 4 way stretch materials for maximum comfort, such as those in the Sundried collection.
- Will I be visible in my gym trousers? If you're training outdoors, or near a road, being visible is crucial for your own safety and the safety of those around you. Ensure you opt for gym trousers with reflective strips. Your clothing should keep you easily visible to road users.
- Is this the right material? Whilst sweatpants may feel like the most comfortable option to start with, cotton works like a sweat sponge. When laden with sweat cotton becomes heavy and takes some time to dry out, leaving you hot and uncomfortable. Technical fabrics wick the sweat away from your skin, keeping you cool and dry in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Have I ordered the right fit? Different brands may have slight variations in their size guides, so it’s best to view the individual company's size guide before placing an order, know your measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
Gym trouser mistakes:
- Drop Crotch. A dropped crotch is great for the laidback hippie look, but nothing about your training should be laidback, unless perhaps it’s yoga. Loose fitting bottoms with a drop crotch can restrict your range of motion, holding back your performance.
- Jeans. I hate to state the obvious here, but it does still happen. I’ve been mystified by many a gym goer in jeans. Not only are jeans thick enough to get you sweating in seconds, their thick material means they are prone to chafing. Chafing isn’t pretty. Jeans also completely restrict your range of motion and are likely to smell. If you're looking for a multi-functional trouser which can be worn for day wear as well as during your workouts, take a look at the Ortler Trouser, smart but technical for the all day active.
- Budgie smugglers. Some things should be left to the imagination. As much as we believe it’s you vs you with your training. Remember there are other people present.
- The gym trousers which leave a puddle. If you’re working hard, you’re going to sweat. That’s fine. But don’t leave a sweaty bench for the next person, the right gym trousers should wick sweat to eliminate this issue in the first place, but if your gym trousers do leave a sweat patch, grab a towel, please.
- Baggy Trousers. Baggy bottoms can easily catch on resistance machines or even trip you up if they’re a little on the long side. Avoid injuries and avoid baggy bottoms.
Who made your gym clothes?
Do you know who made you gym trousers? We’re asking you to question the ethics behind your activewear. Could you name where your gym trousers were made?
The fashion industry is the 2nd largest pollutant in the world after oil, but still we sit back and fail to ask our favourite brands simple questions like 'Where is your product made?', 'Why is this so cheap?' and 'What are your environmental policies?'.
Visit our page on mens gym trousers for further advice on gym trousers and our size guide.
If you are what we class as All Day Active then you need to be wearing the Ortler Trousers from Sundried.