When it comes to strength training, you need to be able to easily move in multiple directions—jumping, lifting, and bending. The last thing you need is an uncomfortable pair of bottoms that restricts your movement, especially when you're hoisting heavy weights above your head.
Whether you're a crossfitter looking to nail a PR or an amateur interested in making strength gains, it's important to find a slim-fitting short (so that excess fabric won't get in your way) that includes specific features like sweat-wicking or quick-drying abilities to minimize moisture, smoothly bonded seams to prevent chaffing, an elastic waistband with a drawcord for a secure fit, mesh lining to deliver airflow, multiple pockets to stash your belongings, antimicrobial properties to ward off bad odors—and finally—a breathable internal boxer brief to hold it all together.
Here, we gathered the 10 best training shorts for men that will make your workout routines more seamless than ever. From sinking into a squat to making lateral bounds to performing fast-paced tabatas, these shorts will keep up with your most intense training routines.
High-stretch fabric lets you fully extend your legs in multiple directions with ease, and the material is naturally moisture-wicking, too. If the heat does start to build up, there's an additional portion of mesh at the waistband (which is elastic for stretch) that will deliver extra airflow where it's needed. They also come with two side pockets and a zippered backside pocket. (Note that these don't have an inner lining.)
If you’re really tall or just looking for more coverage on the thigh, here’s our longest (and most affordable) option, at 10”. Despite its long length, this pair won’t uncomfortably bunch up thanks to its four-way stretch fabric that conforms to your skin while you move. The material is smooth against the skin and will repel any water that hits the surface keeping sweat to a minimum. An elastic waistband with an internal drawcord provides a personalized fit while anti-odor technology keeps bad odors at bay. Should you want to take your workouts outside, this pair has UPF 30+ to protect your skin against the harmful UV rays, too.
If your bottom half is on the muscular side, then these Lululemon shorts are for you. They boast a roomy fit that’s not too tight nor too baggy, allowing just enough space throughout the butt and quads for freedom of movement. They're built with a high-stretch material that seamlessly moves with you plus sweat-wicking technology.
Vuori, an up-and-coming performance brand that launched on the west coast, is slowly but surely making its way across the country, and in to everyone's digital shopping carts. It's no wonder, given the cool aesthetic and top-notch performance tech of their apparel. Their Kore short is a solid option for men who want training shorts with a liner which provides support to personal parts, while keeping them dry thanks to infused, internal "coolmax" technology. Experience the same breathability in the body of the shorts thanks to their mesh pockets and moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and dry. Plus, the multi-way stretch fabric with an elastic waistband means they'll be a perfect fit on just about any body type while anti-odor specs ensure you'll smell fresh WOD after WOD.
The 88% nylon fabric (one of the strongest fabrics in the garment industry) makes this short tough as nails, but still has a stretch to it so you can easily move in every angle. They come with an internal gusset to ensure everything stays in place and have flattened seams that lay soft against the skin to prevent irritation. Any moisture that hits the surface will immediately wick right off thanks to special water-repelling technology keeping you and your belongings, which can be stored in up to five pockets, dry.
Reebok - One Series Strength Nasty Cordura Board Short
Tackle your WODs with the help of these board shorts from Reebok. A slim fit means no excess fabric will get in the way of your lifting maneuvers, and when the barbell rubs against your legs (think: deadlifts and snatches) the highly durable "Cordura" fabric that's inserted into the front portion of the legs will make them withstand any wear and tear.
If you tend to work up a sweat during training, these New Balance shorts have got you covered. This pair has exceptional breathability due to the laser cut perforations throughout the body that allow air ventilation, and have heavy-duty moisture-wicking fabric to keep sweat at bay. They're strategically stitched to avoid unwanted chaffing and are comprised of a high-stretch material that allows for optimal mobility. A bonus: there’s a reflective logo should you want to take your training to the dark and come with a zippered media pocket.
The mini side slits in a flexible fabric allow you to reach full mobility. Water-wicking technology means you won't be drenched in sweat while allover perforations allow for extra breathability during those super-intense workouts. They're equipped with an elastic waistband that has an internal drawcord for a fixed fit and also come with plenty of pockets—including two at the side, an internal media pocket, and a discreet zippered pouch on the back—to stash all of your stuff. But note: this pair doesn't come with a liner, so be sure to grab a pair of drawers that supports your specific activity.
Stay cool (literally) during your hottest workouts when your bottom half is covered with these Adidas shorts. The moisture-repelling technology that's injected into the shorts will deflect any sweat that hits the surface while its ventilated side panels will promote airflow to heated skin. Super stretchy fabric means your mobility won't be restricted and the internal drawcord on the elastic waistband means they will comfortably stay in place. Zippered pockets at the front allow you to store your stuff, too.
In case you missed it in our running shorts round up: get excited for the debut of this new brand on August 1st. You won’t want to miss their upcoming collection which includes undeniably cool styles infused with performance functions. Here we have their Advance shorts; the 9” length hits just above the knee. They're equipped with a zipper pocket on the back that can hold an iPhone, keys, or small-sized wallet, and come with another set of pockets on the hip. Made of four-way stretch fabric for ease of movement, they also boast water-wicking technology in the boxer brief liner for comfortable support and a reflective ‘4’—their signature logo—on the back to keep you visible in the dark.