How to choose sportswear that will maximise your work-out
The sportswear market is booming. Not only has it crept onto the catwalks and taken over street style, it is also being forced to become ever more technologically advanced, as our obsession with everything fitness heats up.
We sat down with Sina Gerke, a designer at Adidas Women's Training – who has been involved in creating the brand's new seamless kit Warp Knit – as well as the Adidas ambassadors Adrienne Herbert and Zanna van Dijk, to discuss the importance of what we wear when we work out and how to use this knowledge to pick the appropriate clothing.
1 Move, move move
"My main tip for choosing the right kit is to move in it," van Dijk told us. "Don't just put it on in the changing-room and stare at your reflection. Move. Walk. Lunge. Jump. Squat. See how the kit feels and how it functions, it will make it easier to make an informed decision."
2 It should support you and let your body breathe
One of the fundamental aspects of selecting sportswear is that it is specifically designed enough to prevent you from sweating through it and thereby feeling irritated; achieving this helps you to exercise and not feel restricted.
"Wearing the right kit allows you to focus on training without distractions," Herbert explains. "The technical detailing within the apparel, such as sweat-wicking fabrics, will help with your performance."
In addition to this, the right kit will support you in the right places. "Sportswear should be compressive in the right areas so you are supporting your muscles," Gerke says. So think about what you are going to be doing and where you will need support. "The right design will help you to feel comfortable and supported – I like to wear leggings with a high waistband for this reason," explains van Dijk.
3 It should feel invisible
"Choosing what you wear in the gym is different to classic fashion because you don't want to feel what you are wearing," Gerke says. "We are always working towards a 'feel-naked' effect. When you put your sportswear on, you shouldn't have any restrictions in movement and it shouldn't get in your way. It should really hug your body perfectly and you shouldn't feel like you ever have to adjust it or fidget."
4 Wear the correct kit for what you're doing