February can threaten the toughest resolve to crush resolutions. Unless you live in Florida or sunny SoCal, it's probably cold, snowing, raining, or precipitating hail-sleet-deathrain. All that can conspire to keep you inside instead of going to the gym.
Point is: In February, it's easy for Netflix day to override leg day.
But there is one line of defense that can help boost morale and workout motivation: kickass gym apparel. Sometimes, a perfectly fitted shirt can make all the difference in coercing you to take that first step (or finish that last rep). And because we're in the gym pretty often, we definitely get the appeal of a fresh piece of gear.
Here's what we're wearing to the gym this month.
Add a bit of modern, geometric flair to your workout wardrobe with this Museum of Modern Art special-edition hoodie from Uniqlo. Based on a design by German textile artist Anni Albers, this sleek zip-up jacket is also supremely functional: the Dry Stretch fabric is flexible, soft, and helps wick away moisture, even when you're sweating buckets. Wear it on your way to the gym, during a brisk winter run, or simply around town—you're going to look and feel good no matter what you're doing. — Erin Alexander, assistant editor ($40, uniqlo.com)
If you need any more proof that Icebreaker has mastered the art of turning merino wool into athletic gear, check out their Strike Lite shorts. They're naturally odor-resistant and sweat-wicking, thanks to a material called Tencel (it's made from wrapping wool around eucalyptus fiber). Factor in some thoughtfully designed pockets and Lycra for stretch, and you've got a supportive pair of shorts without any bells and whistles you don't need. — Michael Rodio, senior editor ($80, icebreaker.com)
The good people at Lululemon are already kingpins of good-looking workout apparel, but they've just upped the ante in their new collaboration with Vancouver-based men's fashion designer Roden Gray. These three-quarter tights have articulated knees and clever side pockets (they're more like side-slots), which make stashing and accessing your phone a cinch. We're fond of the cool patterning on the calf, too. This is a pair of tights you'll always want to wear on leg day. — M.R. ($168, lululemon.com)
This sock's name is a bit confusing. "Performance Trail" implies it's strictly intended for hiking or trail running, but in reality this sock is ideal for pretty much any sweaty activity. They're made with merino wool, nylon, and some Lycra and polyester for stretch. They'll hug your feet, stay put, and handle odors much better than other socks when you're grinding out a two-hour lifting session. — M.R. ($17.99, fitssock.com)
I'm tired of polyester workout gear that acquires a perma-stink after four wear-wash cycles. Sure, I sweat, but c'mon: What good is a sweat-wicking shirt if it smells weird after a month? That's why I like the new Blacksheep workout top from the underwear masterminds at Saxx. Made from 95% merino wool and 5% spandex, this shirt is not only soft (no itch!) and form-fitting, but also virtually stink-free. And because wet wool holds heat without a problem, it performs just as well when sweat-soaked as it does when it's dry. Heck, this is a perfect shirt for just wearing around town, without announcing to the world that you're Mr. Athleisure. ($95.95, saxxunderwear.com)
At just 8.5oz, Reebok's new Speed TR is built for lightweight stability. The shoe is made from a material called Cordura, which is resistant to scuffs, rips, and abrasions—perfect for withstanding rope climbs, burpees, and quick lateral movements. The grippy lugged outsole helps my footing feel solid without slowing me down. It's ideal for a workout that incorporates sprints, sled pushes, and/or bodyweight moves. —Brittany Smith, senior associate editor ($100, reebok.com)
Yes, New York City is a concrete jungle—prime for bodyweight workouts—but it's also home to dozens, or even hundreds, of studios and classes that'll test your fitness. So, if you're visiting Gotham City, but forgot your workout apparel, visit routinely.co. You can select the hotel you're staying at, how many days you'll be using the gear, and your sizing. Routinely will leave a duffel bag at the front desk containing the essentials: a short-sleeve shirt, shorts, socks (you get to keep these), and Nike Free RN shoes. You can also add a yoga mat and RXBAR(s) for an additional fee. Once you're done sweating it out in your hotel, in a class, or on the streets, just zip all the gear back in the duffel and drop it at the front desk. — B.S. (from $10 per set, routinely.co)