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Welcome to MH Flex, where Men’s Health’s Style Team finds the best new menswear releases of the month to help you keep the gains coming (while looking good too).
Here at MH, we’re always trying the latest gym clothes to find the best gear that can handle even the toughest exercises, and look great doing so. Enter MH Style Flex’s new video series, a showcase of the greatest activewear worth buying now, chosen by our fashion director Ted Stafford and fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S.
To kick things we off, we started with the three essential workout clothes: shorts, shirts, and shoes. We looked for fabrics with enough stretch to feel like a second skin, and moisture-wicking tech to keep us feeling and smelling fresh during our daily runs, heavy lifts, and crosstraining. Above all: we found hero pieces that we could mix and match with the rest of our gym gear to keep us locked in and motivated with our fitness goals.
Best Workout Sneakers
Our favorite new workout shoes offer design advantages specific to the exercises we’re using them for. Take the Nike Metcon 9, a great Crossfit sneaker with a flat heel and inner plate that provide stability for lifting heavy, while its springy Nike React foam offers ample cushioning for HIIT drills.
For running shoes, we’re loving the Asics GT-2000, a stable sneaker that offers a smooth ride. Also great: On’s Cloudsurfer, a great everyday trainer with ample cushioning.
Workout Shoes | Running Shoes | Arch Support Shoes | Long-Distance Running Shoes | Trail Running Shoes | Crossfit Shoes
Best Workout Shirts
These gym shirts are purpose built for performance and style. Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech shirt is form-fitting (read: super flattering) but not constricting, and features odor-fighting tech. YPB’s new InfinityKnit Tee has raglan seaming for extra mobility and a clean finish. Meanwhile Ten Thousand’s Versatile Shirt lives up to its name, thanks to a breezy-but-secure fit and quick-drying material.
When it comes to sleeveless shirts, we gave Vitality’s Kinetic Tank top marks for its buttery-soft fabric and low armhole that offer plenty of breathing room when we’re lifting. Meanwhile Gym Shark’s heat-mapping ventilation really keeps our cool, plus it comes in a bunch of great colors that play well with all our gym fits.
Workout Shirts | Compression Shirts | Moisture-Wicking T-Shirts | Tank Tops
Best Workout Shorts
Hype yourself up for leg day with these best-in-class shorts. Some of them are loaded with moisture-wicking technology (see: Nike Dri-Fit and Gymshark’s Arrival Shorts), others like have performance fabrics that can withstand heavy wear and tear, while a few of them even have hidden zippers for extra storage. You can’t go wrong with any of these bottoms. All of them look as great as they feel.
Gym Shorts | Running Shorts | Athletic Shorts | Cycling Shorts | Compression Shorts
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