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Classy sport outfits for every fitness class

As you have turned those summer promises into reality and have finally stepped into the gym, you might have noticed that beyond those lines of treadmills and weights there is a whole world of classes and group exercises. Indeed, many fitness centre make these courses their major strong points, trying to create always new and engaging formats, or adopting elsewhere the most popular ones.

Should you ever be tempted to lower the barbell and break the routine, these courses can be really engaging and challenging, and for a very good reason. These classes are no different from a real sport, as they require the same amount of frequency and commitment in order to make some serious improvement.

Furthermore, in case you are starting to feel already quite bored and lonely trying to chase your ideal body shape on a treadmill, you can fear no more, as these classes are mostly done in large groups, which boost your training morale, bolster your competitive side and allow you to get to know some new people in the process.

However, something that you might have already noticed is that these group classes require specific wear and gear. Just like you wouldn’t swim in a swimming pool in full gym epaulets, it’s highly unadvisable to use the same fitness gear for every occasion. In this article, we will give you some tips and tricks to be always spot on for every class you may choose to attend. More specifically, we will briefly tell you some of the most practical and fashionable fitness wear for the following classes:

Yoga

Yoga, the physical, mental and spiritual practice that has become so dear to the heart of many men and women may look like it does not require specific outfit, so long as you have all your chakras steady. However, the reality is quite different and having the right gear may really facilitate your asanas.

Let’s begin with hands and feet. Yoga is a practice usually done barehanded and footed, because you need the right grip and mobility to perform the poses. However, some people prefer to wear socks and gloves, usually to get better traction on the surface of the yoga mat. Wearing hand gloves may also be useful for those who have sweaty palms to prevent from slipping.

Regarding the rest of the body, the word of advice is to wear tight clothes. The reasoning behind this suggestion is mostly practical. In fact, you would ideally like to stay focused and to have clothes that do not get in the way of your training – or even worse, that do not accidentally uncover whole body parts during complex poses. Therefore, leggings (for both males and females) and adherent t-shirts or tops are strongly recommended.

Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling clothing takes deep inspiration from its outdoor parent. This is hardly surprising, given that the movement is the same, despite being performed in a different environment. As such, the main objective of this kind of outfit is to reduce movement friction and to make the whole outfit as light and comfortable as possible.

Starting with the lower body gear, shoes should ideally be cycling shoes: especially after you have started to practice this activity avidly, you will notice a great deal of change in your pedalling with these, as they lock onto the pedal and minimize the energy expenditure.

If shoes may be bought later on, cycling pants are instead a must buy from the get-go. In fact, not only they are much more comfortable to wear then regular fitness pants while biking, but also the whole cut and stitching work is different, designed to minimise friction and body chafing. Paddings on the buttocks are great when you have workout sessions without any break, whereas inguinal protection prevents any sort of abrasion on the lower body parts. Furthermore, cycling pants are tight by design, to prevent the gear to get in the way of you pedalling or (even worse) to get stuck in the bike and break.

Cycling t-shirts follow the same trend of lower gear fashion. This means that they have minimal stitching and are as light and comfortable as possible, though tight enough not to cause tedious friction with the body. This fashion is a clear reminder of outdoor cycling, where clothes are designed to be as light as possible and to give the cyclist the largest freedom of movement.

Indoor Running

Indoor running outfit can be seen, especially during the colder seasons, as a lighter version of its outdoor sibling. Just like outdoor running, the choice of running shoes is mandatory, especially on specific treadmills that mimic the same ground attrition of racetracks. The importance of running shoes is very practical: if don’t want to make your run utterly miserable and prevent injuries like tendinitis, ankle sprains or lower back pains, running shoes are necessary for their better hit absorption, which reduce the stress placed on heel, ankles and back.

The use of technical socks is also essential to avoid blisters and to keep your feet cool and dry. They are usually made with state of the art fabrics and they have a snug fit design to minimize foot-to-sock-to-shoe friction.

For your lower and upper running gear, the secret lies in layering with the right fabrics. Sweat wicking, quick drying and breathable gear really make the world of difference during a long running session. Furthermore, just like with indoor cycling, the number of stitching and the fitting of the gear are vital to prevent legs and arms from chafing and from causing body frictions. However, rear padding, protections and breeches typical of cycling pants are not necessary for outdoor running. Therefore, shorts, leggings, and tank tops are more suited for this kind of activity.
Last, outdoor running accessories can be used for indoor activities as well. First and foremost, moisture wicking headbands are excellent for drying your forehead and not break your running pace. Should music not be present during your indoor running class, sweat proof armbands are excellent for running freely while listening to your favourite music.

Rowing

Indoor rowing in most ways has the simplest form of fitness outfit you can think, as it really resembles the ordinary gym apparel you would normally use in a fitness club. You only need to pay attention to three crucial details.

First, you need to use clothing that won’t get caught up in the rowing stroke: therefore, baggy pants or t-shirts are a big no-no. Second, the rowing stroke is a movement that puts the whole body into motion: this means that all those clothes that would cause friction with your skins are to be avoided. Finally, rowing is a seated sport, which means that some extra cushioning on your pants is always welcome.

As a final touch to your indoor rowing class, wearing gloves would really help to increase your grip on the handle, allowing you to put some more energy into the strokes.

Cross training

This last section is probably the least specific. In fact, cross training blends various types of indoor training, meaning that you may need to blend some of the gears mentioned before. However, this is a completely new frontier in the world of training, as it massively draws inspiration from typically outdoor sports, such as triathlon or pentathlon. Here, you can really experiments with new fabrics, designs and gear shapes, as long as comfort and ergonomics are always respected.

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