What are you, as a true gentleman, doing to refresh your personal style in 2018 with confidence, vigour, and breathtaking elegance? Plenty, hopefully, including stepping up your fitness game to finally sculpt a killer body to drive your girlfriend (or boyfriend) wild and make everyone want to be with you, or like you.
Remember, in a battle between a dad bod dressed in a fancy suit and a killer physique wearing the same thing, the sculpted Greek statue always wins. But it’s not just about how you look underneath your clothes, it’s also how you look while working out. Here is what a gentleman ought to know about fitness gear.
The Tools for the Job
First things first, what’s in your gym bag, equipment-wise? You need the proper tools along with the best fitness apparel in order to get the job done, but also look like a complete badass while doing it. Hey, it’s not just about taking your style to the gym with you, it’s also about complementing it with rugged equipment to push your workouts to the next level.
Your gym bag will have to feature a protein shaker, a water gallon, knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and a lifting belt. Oh, and a pair of earphones as well. Remember, nobody ever hit a PR with Adele setting fire to the rain in the background.
From the Neck Down
Let’s start with the neck and move our way down, shall we? When it comes to performance shirts and hoodies, there are several key features you need to look for: comfort, durability, style, and functionality. While style and comfort are always imperative for a gentleman, you also need something that is functional in order to keep you dry, flexible, and safe at all times.
Therefore, you want to use light hoodies while warming up, and then go into your workout in a dry-fit, compression shirt designed to keep your joints warm and blood flowing. Make sure it gives a nice contrast to the rest of your outfit as well, in terms of colour and design.
To Cover or Not to Cover the Legs?
Ah, the age-old debate – should a gentleman cover his legs while working out? The answer is, it depends on how you present them and how sculpted they are. But one thing is for sure, whether you wear leggings, sweats, or shorts, they need to follow the contours of your legs perfectly and accentuate your muscles as much as possible.
But you also need to exercise in something that is functional and provides enough support for you to withstand the toughest of workouts. You can look into some sturdy and reliable gym clothes at Ryderwear, as their gym gear is not only functional but stylish too.
Rock the Proper Footwear
Footwear might always find its way at the bottom of the checklist, but it is an essential part of a gentleman’s gym wardrobe nonetheless. While your regular casual sneakers are great for a Friday night out, you shouldn’t take them to the gym with you.
It’s not just that style-wise they don’t correspond with the iron environment, but that they can pose a safety hazard as well. Two main types of shoes should always accompany you to the gym: cardio shoes, and weightlifting shoes.
Cardio shoes are your typical running shoes that have a soft sole and provide enough comfort to withstand endurance training. However, when lifting heavy weights and sculpting a killer physique, you need to wear proper weightlifting shoes that will provide stability and traction, able to withstand a rigorous strength session.
Complement it With an Elegant Gym Bag
Finally, you need an elegant gym bag to go with every style and every outfit you choose to be the portrayer of your personality for the day. So, forget about hipster canvas bags or rucksacks, and opt for a manly faux leather duffel bag. Not only is such a bag sturdy and elegant, it also keeps the unpleasant post-workout clothes odours at bay.
A real gentleman takes care of his body as much as he takes care of his suits, his conduct, and his facial hair. Being a gentleman, you have to uphold a promise to yourself that your unique style will always accompany you on your path to success.