How to Choose the Best Fitness Fabric for Workout Clothing

How to choose the best fabric regarding fitness clothing is key to helping you achieve your best workout including performance, comfort and looking your best of course! A lot has been written lately in the news regarding too thin fitness clothing fabric, “Pantsgate”, whereby women were revealing all their lady parts. This article is not about Pantsgate—this piece discusses/reviews what key fabric components will help create the best workout experience for you. According to Livestrong, the science of fitness clothing has come a long way since the days folks worked out in baggy cotton sweatshirts and knit leg warmers of previous.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Fitness Fabric 
The first factor to consider when choosing workout out clothes is the type of exercise you’ll be doing. Sport-specific activewear is designed to take into account the types of movements that will be done and what type of fabric the wearer will need to stay comfortable and dry. 

For yoga and stretching, Lindsay Law of Overstock.com, points out that cotton/polyester and spandex are good fabrics for allowing the exerciser to bend easily. For high-impact cardiovascular exercises like running and aerobics, she recommends moisture-wicking fabrics like nylon/cotton blends for staying dry while sweating.We recommend our Mandarin top for yoga and our Cami with Jog Bra, as it has a DOUBLE lined support bra for running and high impact performance movement. We recommend our superior, luxury fitness couture Bootcut Pants and/or Leggings that ideal for yoga, Pilates’s, aerobics and running.

Choose the right fitness fabric thickness for Fitness Fabric
Tummy-Trimmerz-Fitness-Couture-Begins-by-Using-Finest-Luxurious-Thick-FabricWhen choosing workout clothing, fabric thickness is the next step to buying the best quality, best performing—and best look, because we know style counts too! Fabric “thickness” is rated by weight per linear foot within the garment industry. Weight can range on the low side from 7 ounces per linear foot (that you’ll find at the massive big box bricks and mortar discount stores) upwards to 16 ounces per linear foot (defined within the garment industry as luxury fabric). Fabric thickness/weight is important for many reasons beginning with keeping all your junk covered! Other downsides of thin fabric are that it provides very little compressive support and has poor “memory”. This means the fabric will stretch out and bag quickly–typically at the knees, waistline and tushy. Plus, too thin, less expensive fabric will not hold its coloring and last long. Our superior fabric is classified within the luxury fitness category. All our fabric is 16 ounces per linear foot. It’s thick—without smothering you—luxurious, supportive, moves comfortably with your body throughout every range of movement, and incredibly long lasting. 

About Moisture-Wicking Fabrics for Fitness Clothing
Today there are a wide variety of synthetic and natural fabrics to choose from that will keep you dry and prevent you from getting that “Soaked to the bone” look (unless of course you like that look). 
According to REI.com, avoid “Synthetic fibers that are, essentially, plastic—and virtually nonabsorbent.” Moisture travels along the surface of the fiber, but since it cannot be absorbed, the moisture from perspiration is then dispersed from the inside of piece of clothing and drawn to the outside of it, where it evaporates when it makes contact with the air. In addition to the material itself, a chemical finish is often applied to moisture-wicking clothing in order to enhance its performance, allowing it to quickly draw moisture along its nonabsorbent fibers and transport it to the garment’s exterior. Our superior fabric has certified sports performance Moisture Wicking and Anti-Bacterial properties.

*We do recommend that you NOT put fabric softeners when washing Moisture Wicking fitness clothing as this will dissolve/decrease the Moisture Wicking properties. To read more about how to best care for athletic clothing from ehow.com click here.

Compression Fabric for Fitness Clothing
Using a special knitting process and fabric combination of primarily nylon/spandex, next generation compression clothing is now shown to improve circulation during and after physical activity to help alleviate stiff, sore muscles and hasten muscle recovery. Compression clothing also stimulates blood flow, helping to reduce lactic acid build-up and prevent delayed onset muscle fatigue and soreness. Our fabric is a special custom blend of cotton/poly/spandex using a proprietary super thick spandex thread that creates the compressive support along with the perfect tummy control and body shaping/slenderizing fit.Technologically advancedMany new workout clothes now feature anti-microbial treatments to combat odor (including all our fabrics). Our fabric is certified Anti-Microbial, because smelling funky is just not a good thing at the gym—or ever!Avoid fabrics that don’t breathe. Never wear clothing made out of rubber-based or plastic-based materials, because they keep sweat from evaporating and keep your body temperature too high during exercise. Fabrics made primarily from only nylon/spandex will also not allow your skin to breath or allow your body cool down/perspire properly. These fabrics lead to decreased physical functioning and may contribute to heat exhaustion. Our superior fabric is a proprietary blend of cotton/poly/spandex that not only breaths, but also moves like a second skin on your body.

Comfort Counts for Fitness Fabric
Avoid any rough fabrics that could chafe or irritate your skin during repetitive movement. Choose materials that let you move and don’t constrict you. Pay closer attention to fit than size, as some workout clothes tend to be smaller and more form fitting than regular clothes. Look for items that have a small percentage of spandex listed on the label—about 10% is fitness fabric industry standard. This allows for a greater range of motion during exercise and can provide a comfortable, functional fit without being skin-tight or revealing your lady parts! Our superior fabric feels super soft and has what fit biz clothing buyers call a “beautiful hand” or feel.

The Takeaway: Choosing the right fitness clothing to exercise begins with choosing the best, top quality fitness fabric first. Look for fabric that will provide function, support, coverage and of course make you look your best, because style counts!

Tummy Trimmerz is Designed and Made in Los Angeles*Our superior luxury fitness fabric is PROUDLY made in the USA. Sweatshop free.

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