The Best Men's Gym Shorts For Your Next Workout
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The Best Men's Gym Shorts For Your Next Workout

clock-circular-outlinePosted 7 Jul 2022

From the outset, choosing your next pair of gym shorts should be a pretty straightforward affair – but there's plenty to consider before taking the plunge...

Shorts come in all shapes and sizes, built for various exercises; whether you're looking for freedom of movement for your next conditioning workout or showing off your swole pins during leg day is a top priority, getting the perfect fit is vital (excuse the pun).

So whatever your goal, and however you train, having the best gym shorts for your workout can help in more ways than one.

In this article, we've put together our top picks of the best gym shorts for men, to suit every style of training.

Article Contents:

  1. Choosing The Right Gym Shorts For You

  2. The Best Running Shorts

  3. The Best Functional Shorts

  4. The Best Bodybuilding Shorts

  5. The Best Sports Shorts

  6. The Best Olympic Lifting Shorts

  7. The Best Shorts For Your Rest Days

Things To Consider When Choosing The Best Gym Shorts For You


This is all about the length of the short. Starting from a 3-inch inseam up, the length of the inseam can affect your workout experience – generally, the best gym shorts are designed to aid the movements the short was designed for. For example, running shorts typically have a shorter inseam to prevent restriction, reduce weight, aid airflow and improve aerodynamics.


The material of your gym shorts impacts your workout in multiple ways. High breathability allows for better airflow, whilst high-stretch, sweat-wicking fabrics ensure maximum comfort during your most demanding of workouts.


Slim fit or loose? Your preference doesn't define you. It's whatever you feel most comfortable in. A slim fit keeps the material closer to your body, minimising distractions – whilst the loose fit flows freely with every movement.

The Best Running Shorts

Gymshark Sport 2-in-1 Shorts

When it comes to running clothes, it's all about lightweight garms, allowing your body to stay cool and move freely – and that's no different when looking for the best running shorts.

The Sport Evolve shorts feature lightweight materials and a zero-distraction construction, helping you stay cool, dry and ready to focus on nothing but your goals. 

Also available with a longers, 7-inch inseam, and a variety of colourways.

Not feeling the 2-in-1 vibes? Check out our three inch Run Sport 3" Shorts, with an ultra-short breathable design for your fast and hot runs... it is hoochie daddy season after all.

If short-shorts are your thing, you'll find something to show off those quad gains here in our article on hoochie daddy shorts.

The Best Functional Training Shorts

Gymshark Apex Perform Shorts

When your training intensifies, you need performance wear that can step up.

That’s where Apex comes in.

With 4-way-stretch material to support the hardest of your movements, the Apex 5" Perform Short leaves you free to focus on your best performance yet - no distractions, no exceptions.

If the 5-inch inseam shows a little too much leg for your liking, you can also grab the Apex shorts with an 7-inch inseam.

The Best Bodybuilding Shorts

Gymshark Power Washed Shorts

Do you peruse the racks at your local vintage shop on weekends and throw on your 90's playlist at any given opportunity? Then you'll love the old-school bodybuilding aesthetic Love the big oversized tees and 70's chucks combo?... Then heavy cotton mens gym shorts will most definitely be your thing.

The Power collection pays homage to the old-school fit of the golden era, and the shorts are no exception. Cut to a 5-inch inseam to showcase your hard-earned muscle, and allow the body to move freely through your workout, no matter the exercise.

These are the ultimate bodybuilding shorts.

Want a longer inseam? Check out the Gymshark Legacy shorts.

The Best Sports Shorts

Gymshark Sport Shorts

Team player or solo competitor – your choice of shorts could be the difference when push comes to shove. The pique fabric that our Sport Shorts are crafted from is lightweight, comfortable and durable, with sweat-wicking tech to keep you cool and keep up with however you play. Enjoy the zipped pockets when you want to keep your gadgets secure during your gym workouts, and reflective logos when you take to the roads at night.

Sleek angled panels and colour pops provide a classic sport aesthetic. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re playing to win or playing for fun - take playing seriously.

The Best Olympic Lifting Shorts

Gymshark 315 Seamless Shorts

You can't Olympic Lift without mobility, and the bottom of a snatch is not just a test for our body, but our shorts too. This means you need shorts that can handle the pressure, and that move with the body without being restrictive.

The Gymshark 315 is all about lifting at your best, from repping out deadlifts to PR'ing your next clean. These shorts are form-fitting, with knurled-inspired details and a cycle-short length.

But if the second-skin fit isn't your thing, then the freedom of movement that the Studio and Arrival Shorts provide may be just what you're looking for.

The Best Shorts For Your Rest Days

Rest Day Essentials 7" Shorts

Now when rest day comes along and all your gym shorts are in the wash, it's best to have a fresh pair of shorts ready to provide comfort and Instagram worthy 'fits at your beck and call.

This is where the Rest Day Essentials Shorts come in, our easygoing 7" shorts perfect for all your leisurely Summer activities. Whether that's doing up catch-ups with the mates or hitting the streets to see where the day takes you, these shorts provide full comfort, without compromising on style.

Engineered using our heavyweight cotton fabric, these shorts are all about the premium experience. Because after training so hard on your on days, you deserve a lil' bit of luxury on your off days.

Trying to spruce up your wardrobe this Summer season? For more styling inspo for your rest days, take a look at this article for 5 Casual Mens Outfit Ideas For Your Days Off And Days Out.

Want to see our entire range of Gymshark Shorts? Click here to explore our shorts for men.

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