Surprisingly your choice of gym or workout clothing can have a considerable effect on your performance. It’s not only diet and nutrition that form the building blocks of your perfect physique, but the wrong choice of clothing in the gym can have a detrimental effect on your mobility and your ability to keep cool whilst you train.
The gym clothes you chose for your workouts can enhance your performance in several ways…
Performance & Technical Fabrics
Cotton has stood the test of time as the go to option for clothing in general. Its a natural fiber that is breathable but can soak up sweat and water like a sponge. This can leave you feeling extremely irritable with a sweat soaked t-shirt clinging to your body and can make your workouts a lot less enjoyable.
Modern fabric technology has advanced massively in the last decade. Performance polyester blend fabrics are breathable and will evaporate moisture away with ease. Polyester won’t cling to your body when your workouts get tough! Technical fabrics are generally form fitting and usually stretch fit so won’t reduce your stretching ability or become restrictive whilst you train.
Compression clothing can allow you to work out harder and longer. From top brands like Under Armour who developed a fitness clothing range that took the clothing market by storm. Compression clothing provides support around your muscles preventing any over stretch which may cause injury. Compression clothing can also stimulate can also stimulate nerve endings which can help increase muscle activation by something called Hiltons Law.
Improve confidence and increase motivation
There is no doubt that a fresh new gym outfit can boost your motivation to train. Putting on some brand new mens gym wear can really give you that much needed confidence boost on those days when heading to the gym is the last thing you want to do!Throw on that new iconic Gold’s Gym vest and you will be surprised at how quickly your motivation lifts.
Wearing a gym vest can also have a surprising boost to motivation. Seeing your muscle working can improve focus. Watching the targeted muscle in the mirror contract can flex can assist in the mind-muscle connection. The same way some professional trainers will lightly touch the targeted muscle to focus your mind on contracting that muscle group.
Maintain body temperature
Maintaining the optimum temperature whilst you workout is crucial. As wearing a gym hoodie indoors could cause you to fatigue quickly as your body temperature increases faster. Wearing a hoodie outdoors if you are training in colder temperatures can boost your performance. By increasing the working temperature of your muscles a suitable gym hoodie can prevent any over excursion on cold muscles that can result in a pulled muscle fiber.
Modern gym wear is now designed to be worn in layers, meaning you can wear a gym sweatshirt over a stringer vest then strip the layers off as you warm up or vice versa, and add layers if you feel too cold.
Whilst you could choose that old cotton t-shirt out the wardrobe to train in, you should really think twice and choose gym clothing that is designed to work with your body. Although performance clothing may only have marginal effects on your performance, if you extrapolate this over time the effects can actually be pretty impressive. We recommend you checkout the great selection of clothing online at Anax Fitness, a unique collection of mens and womens gym clothes with a range of performance and technical t-shirts and vests to suit all tastes.