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We all have a set workout routine that’s totally unique and perfect for our bodies. So why should we all wear the exact same shorts? When it comes to working out, you need high-quality shorts that fit right, feel comfortable, and support you through your fitness goals - whatever you do when you hit the gym.

This guide to choosing the best fitness shorts will guide you through the important components that all shorts should have. If you are new to Gym Exclusive, start by checking out all our shorts for flattering, supportive, women-designed sports shorts.

Let’s dive in. 


What to Look for in the Best Shorts for Working Out

Use this list to figure out the features you want in your fitness shorts, then decide how many pairs you need. Whether you are working out daily or just when you have the motivation for it, having a couple of pairs of sports shorts in your wardrobe is always handy.



Flexibility is the big one! Regardless of what you are doing in your shorts, whether it’s deep squats or jogging around the park, you need shorts that are just as flexible as you are. No amount of stretching, weight lifting or running should break or damage your shorts.

This is important because flexible shorts give you the freedom to move to your full potential. The last thing you want to do is limit your reps or avoid certain yoga poses because your workout gear isn’t as flexible as you are.

Shorts should enhance your workout, not become a distraction or hindrance. This is partly why shorts are increasingly popular over joggers - they give you so much more freedom and move just like a second skin.



The security of your shorts is also important. This applies to two features: the thickness of the shorts and the tightness.

Ideally, you want shorts that are made of a high-quality material that won’t show your underwear or wear out in patches over time. This gives you the security to stop worrying about how you look and focus more on correct form and strength.

As for the tightness of the shorts, look for features such as a thick elasticated waistband, plus ribbing around the thighs. With cheap gym shorts, you often find that the elastic warps in the washing machine or gets looser and looser over time.

So, choose high-quality leggings that are made of a good material (we use a nylon, elastane and spandex blend for our V-seam Shorts that’s totally squat-proof) that offers excellent security.



There’s no point spending a whole paycheck on designer shorts, or opting for the most high-tech pair you can find, if they aren’t comfortable! Comfort ensures that you can work out without distraction. It also keeps your motivation up if you can’t wait to slip into your shorts each day.

For comfort, you'll want to look for stretch (see above) as well as a blend of materials. Spandex and nylon provide good stretch and create that buttery smooth feel of Gym Exclusive Shorts.

Thick waistbands are also preferable for comfort, as they provide support and a hugging sensation, rather than digging into your flesh as you move. For additional comfort, we print the label inside our shorts instead of sewing labels, for a seamless look and an irritation-free feel.



Getting shorts that are the right size is important. Just because the shorts can stretch to a range of body shapes and types, you still need to take the time to get the right size. The right size shorts will stop the shorts stretching too far and warping, or bunching up in unflattering places.

Our size guide at Gym Exclusive is super simple. Either find your usual dress size or measure your waist and hips in inches to convert them into a shorts size using our Sizing Chart.



Finally, style. Finding a flattering style matters for the best sport shorts! You have spent so long working on your body and reaching your goals, you deserve to show off your gorgeous curves and strong defined muscles in the most flattering way.

You should also think about different colour shades that you can swap around between seasons and even pair with your casual wardrobe. Explore a full range of pastel, bright and neutral shades at Gym Exclusive.


Which pair of Gym Exclusive Shorts are your favourite? Tag us on Instagram or follow us on TikTok to join the conversation and find some new fitness inspiration. You’ll be the first to find out about the latest collections of the best fitness shorts and athleisure wear.