When I first saw this video, I thought it was hilarious.  Then I made the mistake of showing it to my young son.  He thought it was extremely funny, and now loudly points out every person wearing active wear yet not actually being active.  “Look daddy!” he’ll cry, “That woman is eating pizza in her active wear, active wear, active wear!”  She looks mortified, I die a little inside, but he isn’t wrong.  Yet I only ever see women doing it.  Now I’m not saying that men don’t wear active wear when they’re going for a look around Primark, I just haven’t seen them.  Yet on a serious note, it’s big business.  If you want to make a million, sell fashionable exercise gear for women.  In America alone, almost £11 billion gets spent on products such as yoga pants, sports bras, and tracksuits each year.  But what about men?  It seems that men don’t care about looking good while they’re working out, they just want practical and comfortable clothes to get sweaty and pumped in.

When I work out, there’s no messing about.  I’m there to get as sweaty and messy as possible, tearing down as many muscle fibres as possible in order to grow bigger and stronger than before.  All I want is clothing that allows me freedom of movement, and doesn’t get too heavy with absorbed sweat.  As a side point, those string vests you see in the gym should only be worn by bodybuilders good enough to compete in Olympia qualifying events, nobody else.  I’ve always just worn cotton tracksuit bottoms with a cotton hoody, or if I’m too hot in that, tracksuit bottoms with a cotton tee.  While they are comfy, after I’ve added about 3 litres of sweat, they become restrictive, and heavy, and can leave quite the mess behind for the next guy.

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BodyBranded.com asked if I’d like to try out their range of Reebok fitted sports tee shirts and briefs, and I have to say that I was impressed.  The material of the shirts was excellent.  The 8% elastane made it flexible, and the breathable polyester meant the sweat was allowed to easily evaporate.  There was no pinching in the arm pits, and was shaped perfectly to be snug up top, but allowed for room around the midsection for the more belly conscious among us.  My only issue, and it’s a minor one, is that they aren’t very long.  You’ll find that when pressing weights above your head, the tee will ride up unless you have them tucked into your shorts or bottoms.  But all in all, they have to be the most comfy tee shirts that I’ve ever worked out in.  The range is limited, available only in red and blue, but the website does have an excellent sizing guide so you can guarantee buying the the right size first time.

Because I wear tracksuit bottoms, underwear can be a little bit chafing when they become sweaty, and I’m often found picking the lining out of my skin.  The Reebok sports briefs stopped that.  It has a handy pouch at the front to keep your meat and 2 veg all comfy and tucked away, and the lining is smooth and non-abrasive so can handle a low level amount of activity.  I wouldn’t run a 10km in them, but I’d play a game of 5-a-side, or in my case, wear them for a workout.

Reebok sports wear review

No, I’m not mean enough to subject you to a picture of me in the pants.

Reebok sports wear review

I’m really impressed by these Reebok products from BodyBranded.com; their range is limited, but clearly their buyers are purchasing products of high quality.  I don’t think we’ll ever get to the point where men begin treating their visits to the gym as a fashion show, nor do I think we’ll see a surge in men going to the pub or coffee shops or sports events dressed in their comfy yoga wear, but with products like these, I think we’ll start seeing men dressing more practically for their workouts, and that can’t be a bad thing.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with one pack of 2 tee shirts and 1 pack of 3 briefs in exchange for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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