With a plethora of gym shorts out there, it can be confusing to choose the right one.
Every workout has a different requirement. If you’re cardio-crazed and enjoy going on runs, you’ll want something comfortable that promotes mobility. On the other hand, if you’re weight lifting, you’ll need shorts that encourage performance.
But fear not – we’re here to help you out! You’ll understand the different details that go into making workout shorts so you can make an informed decision.
Let’s take a look at the different types of gym shorts!
4 Types Of Gym Shorts
Light, breathable and comfortable, running shorts are designed for your light to intense running as well as jogging sessions. Typically, they feature a relaxed fit that keeps you at-ease during your motion.
What makes them a great choice for running is that they offer natural flexibility, which helps you pace up during your session.
While women’s running shorts are much shorter, men’s running shorts are usually 5” and 7” long. It really depends on your personal preference which ones you go for.
Running Shorts Recommendations:
- For women, we recommend the Essential Women’s Running Shorts
- For men, we recommend the Essential Drawcord Men’s Running Shorts.
Whether you’re a serious cyclist or go biking recreationally, biker shorts are a must-have for you. They offer anti-chaffing properties, ensuring your biking or cycling experience is seamless. In addition, they also boast moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry once your session gets sweaty!
With lightweight fabric, gentle compression and 4-way stretch, the biker shorts keep you comfy as you paddle along on the road or the gym.
Moreover, biker shorts designed for women feature anti-camel toe properties along with a high-waistband to offer a snug yet comfortable fit. You won’t have to worry about your shorts riding up all the way!
Biker Shorts Recommendations:
- For women, we recommend the Code Ribbed Biker Shorts
- For men, we commend the relaxed fit Warrior Shorts
Mobility Training Shorts
Stretching your limbs and training your body to improve its flexibility are really important – especially if you experience fatigue and stiffness. And when you’re training your body for mobility, you need workout shorts that offer flexibility and agility both.
This is why you need to choose shorts that are stretchable, breathable and chafe-free. In addition, your shorts shouldn’t ride up your crotch – especially when you’re doing Yoga or Pilates.
Mobility Training Shorts Recommendations:
- For women, we recommend the Seamless Workout Shorts for easy stretching
- For men, we recommend the light-compression Core Mesh 2-in-1 Shorts
Weightlifting or Training Shorts
When it comes to intense training session at the gym, you need workout shorts that offer optimal stretch so you get a full range of motion during your exercise. In addition, having mid to full compression can also aid in your training experience, giving your muscles the support their require.
One important thing to keep in mind with your weightlifting shorts is durability. Hitting the gym, working out with machines, and using equipment like dumbbells or barbells is a rough activity overall. You need to opt for shorts that guarantee durability to withstand wear and tear from your intense sessions!
Weightlifting or Training Shorts Recommendations:
- For women, we recommend the Core Agile Shorts & LAB360 Never Stop 2-in-1 Shorts
- For men, we recommend the Lab360 TDRY 2-in-1 Shorts
3 Key Factors To Look For When Buying Gym Shorts
Here’s the thing – there’s no specific material any brand uses when it comes to developing workout shorts. The fabric is always a blend of different materials such as cotton, nylon, polyester, spandex, etc. The weightage each type of fabric gets in the combination depends on the brand’s uniqueness and who the purpose of the shorts.
You need to make sure you opt for workout shorts that feature moisture-wicking properties, especially if you’re engaging in hardcore training or intense cardio. The TDRY technology in SQUATWOLF’s workout shorts is an advanced sweat absorption technology that keeps you dry even during the sweatiest of sessions, ensuring your body temperature remains more or less constant.
Range Of Motion
It’s important to gear on shorts that offer optimal range of motion whether you’re lifting heavy or going for a Yoga. Fabrics that combine spandex and nylon offer not only compression but 4-way-stretch that let your workout shorts move as you do!
If you follow sustainable practices, go for workout shorts that are designed with recycled material. Fabrics made with a combination of recycled polyester and elastane guarantee not only performance but also reduced waste. They also have a lesser carbon foot print compared to non-recycled synthetic materials, helping you stay sustainable.
Most people starting to workout ask this – how should shorts fit? Should shorts be long or short? Fitted or relaxed? The fitting of your workout shorts depends on your workout and personal preference.
Here’s how you can choose your workout shorts’ fitting:
Choose gym shorts with shorter inseams for your intense cardio exercises. This includes stationary bike, aerobics, Zumba, running, hiking and more.
When you’re lifting heavy, you don’t just need flexibility, you also need muscle support. Go for 2-in-1 gym shorts that offer inner compression layer so your muscles get optimal support during workouts.
Opt for high-waistband with 4-way stretch ability workout shorts that prevent any kind of chafing for your Pilates or Yoga session. This keeps your shorts from riding up, keeping your workout experience comfortable.
While functionality is the focal point of your active wear selection, your style and aesthetic vision also matters. This is because how you wear and how to style athletic shorts can set the tone for your workout, boost your confidence, and even motivate you to push harder.
Here are some styles to choose from:
Prints & Patterns
From vibrant prints to solid shades, there are multiple options you can choose from. Make sure you choose the kind of print that complements your fashion taste!
Want to make a statement with your workout shorts? Check out the Core Wild Print Biker Shorts.
Pockets in your workout shorts can be a game-changer. They’re super convenient, allowing you to keep essentials like keys or your phone close, especially during outdoor activities.
Need pockets in your gym shorts? Check out the Core ProTech 2-in-1 Shorts.
Drawcords & Elastic Bands
While elastic bands give you a snug fit, especially during rigorous workouts, drawcords give you custom adjustability to keep your shorts in place. Which one you choose depends on your personal style!
Need shorts with a sleek, elasticated waistband? Check out the Core Aerotech Shorts.
V-Style vs. Traditional Cut
The V-style shorts taper down the side of the shorts, are stylish and functional, giving you better leg movement. On the other hand, traditional cuts are timeless and perfect for different kinds of activities.
Looking for V-Style biker shorts? Check out Core V-Biker Shorts.
How To Choose Shorts Length?
Whether you’re a gym buff or just heading off to a light jog, it’s important to choose the right shorts length. With the right length, you’ll have both – functionality and comfort.
Before we dive into how to measure shorts length, let’s walk through what inseams really are.
What Is Inseam On Shorts?
Understanding what inseams are will help you choose the right shorts length. Inseams are the inner seams, from your crotch and down to the end of your shorts leg.
Men’s Shorts Length Guide
While there are various shorts lengths to choose from, we offer two primary lengths: 5″ and 7″.
- 5″ Shorts: Falling on the shorter side, the 5” shorts are perfect for fellas who’ve got those killer quads on. This length falls on your mid-thigh and is perfect for legs days when you need optimal range of motion.
- 7″ Shorts: Offering more coverage, these shorts fall just above the knee. They’re versatile, making them perfect for casual settings as well as for your workouts.
Women’s Shorts Length Guide
In our selection of women’s shorts length guide, we’re focusing on two main lengths: 5″ and 7″.
- 5″ Shorts: Falling on your mid-thigh, these shorts are comfortable and stylish. They’re ideal for yoga, running, or any kind of mobility training.
- 7″ Shorts: A bit more on the modest side, these shorts offer more coverage, balancing our style and functionality.
How to Measure Shorts Length?
To get the right fit, you need to know how to measure shorts length:
- Place your shorts on a flat surface.
- Keep the measuring tape at the top of the waistband.
- Measure down to the bottom hem, following along with the inseam.
- This measurement will give you the inseam length, helping you decide between the 5″ and 7″ options.
You can also visit the size chart before buying a specific product to make sure you get the right fit!