Choosing the correct shorts for your weekly workout shouldn’t be taken lightly – as they can often be the difference between a sub-standard and a successful session. While it can be argued that runners will require shorts that are spacious with a high cut to reduce overheating (and maximising movement), those who put themselves through studio and gym workouts will need a longer leg and coverage for those angled stretches and lunges.
If you’re training indoors you may also want to think about breathable fabrics that draw moisture away from your skin, leaving you feeling fresh and dry during and after exercise. And, just as importantly, you’ll want a pair (or pairs) that are stylish, so as to give the message you’re as serious about your workouts as you are your wardrobe – a statement of intent.
But which shorts are making waves in the international market right now, and what separates one from the other? With so much choice and quality available, we’ve put together this guide to help you discover some of the best designs from around the world – all made by the most celebrated sports houses – created to strike that fine balance between performance and style.
One of their standout pieces is the Mako Unlined shorts, designed for those who enjoy variety in their exercise, from yoga and gym to hiking and running. They are made from a four-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabric, and feature a media pocket for small music devices.
This ultra-light running aid has been created with stretch woven fabric for unrestricted movement, with an inner mesh lining promoting optimum breathability. They’re also quick-drying, with added reflective detailing for when the light falls yet the challenge remains.
Their Rec Shorts have a 7” inseam and are made for both running and gym workouts. They’re lightweight, stylish and stretchable, and are available in four well-considered colourways that will effortlessly slip into your existing sportswear collection.
Their All Over Shorts are an ideal example of this, made to accompany you on a variety of adventures from walking and running to trekking and gym sessions. They’re made from a four-way stretch, water-repellent fabric and feature a handy inner pocket for your car or house key.
With such an extensive range, picking out a pair for you isn't always so easy, but we've singled out the Critical Shorts for their simple approach to short design, with a roomy regular fit and being made from a fabric blend that includes elastane for some added stretch, they'll accompany you everywhere you need to go.
Their Pace Breaker Shorts are a versatile short made for the serious fitness fanatic who demands comfort and performance.
Suitable for both running and training, they’re made using lightweight, quick-drying fabrics that can be worn comfortably with or without leggings for year-round practicality. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re super stretchable - helping you conquer any type of terrain with maximum movement.
Their 9” Training Short is ideal for both regular workouts and casual, laidback days. This mid-thigh length, regular fitting short also features hand and hidden zip pockets. They’re classy, comfortable and seriously on-trend.
Nike needs little introduction - they’ve led the sportswear revolution for close to 50 years. With these shorts, they have created a sleek and lightweight gym aid that will leave you feeling fresh, focused and confident during every workout.
An elasticated waistband also helps keep the shorts in place when tackling circuits and aerobics workouts.