If you have recently started working out, you probably have figured out that you cannot continue with the proper sports clothing. They will not exactly improve your performance when testing your strength or stamina, but the right clothes in the right material can help your skin breathe easier, absorb extra sweat and allow you to be more flexible. Even if exercising is still quite new to you, I assume you know just how important flexibility can be when lifting weights or doing bodyweight training.

However, with so many different brands that offer gym/sports clothing, it can be difficult to pick the right ones. So many of these brands are promising different features and offering different types of material. If all of this is new to you, how can you know whether you have chosen the right thing? Are you spending your money on the right things?

Well, to figure that out, I decided to help anyone who is having trouble buying this type of clothes. So, here are some of the most crucial things you will have to consider before making that purchase.

1. See if it fits


This is probably one of the most essential things you will have to consider before buying a piece of sportswear. If you do not ensure that the closing about fits you, the experience while exercising will be awful. Loose and extra clothes will just slow you down. It will weigh unnecessarily more and might even get caught on certain weights or other workout machines.

The best way to figure out whether a certain piece will fit properly is by putting it on. If it does not fit you, you can always try a different number. However, obviously, this only applies to physical, brick-and-mortar stores. If you are purchasing items online, you will not be able to start anything. Fortunately, most online clothing stores offer information regarding fit and measurements. Make sure you check that out before you make a purchase.

2. Try alternative brands such as JD Sports


If you search for sportswear online or if you go into a physical shop, you will probably be met with brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, and many others that are very popular. Usually, the products that these companies offer are always pristine in both quality and durability. However, that level of quality comes at a very big price bump. Is there really a need to pay $100 just for a sporty shirt? No. At least, not always.

This is why I recommend for people to check out alternative sportswear brands such as JD Sports, Pact, Boody, and many more. Because, as you can see on, brands such as JD Sports are rated quite positively.

Of course, if you are not financially limited in any way and if you do not care about your budget, you can go ahead and buy products from your most familiar brands.

3. Check out online reviews


If you plan on shopping online, you will not have any physical access to the products that you will be buying. You will be able to physically feel the item you have purchased once it is delivered to your door. In other words, you will not know what to expect. It is impossible to figure out the quality of a product if you do not hold it in your hands.

However, there is one way you can ensure that you are buying a reliable product that is made out of high-quality materials. Many websites such as Amazon, eBay, or any other that offers an online store usually have some kind of rating system.

Naturally, if an item is negatively rated by most of the buyers, you should avoid buying it. But, if it has a positive rating of over 3.5 stars or four stars, it is probably a safe buy.

4. Find the right fabric


A lot of people would consider using a regular cotton T-shirt for exercising, but there is one major downside to wearing that kind of clothing while doing such an activity. When you start sweating, and if you are working out, you definitely will sweat, cotton T-shirts and pants can easily stick to the skin. This can be very frustrating and can ruin your entire experience. The clothes will also prevent your body to properly sweat during the workout session which is also not a good thing.

That is why it is vital that you search for the right fabric. You will want a material that will be lightweight, thin, and with the ability to push away sweat instead of absorbing it. This is usually referred to as high-performance fabric which is usually nylon, polyester, or something similar.

There are several other advantages to wearing this type of material, the most obvious one is that it can keep you warm in the colder days and it has great wind resistance property.

5. Price tag


After going through these previous factors, these things that you will have to consider before buying sports clothing, all that is left is to think about the price tag. This is a crucial part of the buying process because a lot of sportswear brands like to put on very expensive price tags.

I get that their products are made out of high-quality materials and have gone through millions of tests, but is a high-performance should really worth over $100? Are you really getting the most value out of your money? Well, I think it mostly depends on the product and the company that produces the product. Surely there are some products out there that are worth more than $100, but that is quite rare.

If you are dealing with a tight budget, I recommend doing proper research beforehand and making a price comparison before you start shopping. By doing this, you will probably save a lot of money.

With a budget of $100 to $200, you could probably get all the gear that you need for any kind of exercise.

There are probably some other factors that might be worth considering when buying sports clothing, but if you consider these five crucial points, you will definitely be satisfied with your purchase.