So you’ve sorted out the gym membership along with your new gym bag, you have your sights firmly set on a summer six pack, first things first though, what you gonna wear? The swim shorts you wore on the beach last summer aren’t really fit for purpose and you don’t want to suffer any kind of malfunction, wardrobe or otherwise, doing your squat rack reps or dead-lifting your PB. You need a pair of gym shorts that will serve you well and help retain your modesty and your dignity. You need to be considering length, range of motion and moisture-wicking. No-one wants hot, sweaty…need we go on? Check out the our latest best of review for the gym shorts you’ll love working out in.
Best Gym Shorts For Men (Our Top Picks)
1. Champions Men’s Jersey Shorts
Established sportswear brand Champion have been kitting out athletes just like you since 1919 so they know a thing or two about comfort, style and fit on and off the field or in the gym. These Jersey Shorts are blended from a cool and comfortable cotton mix available in either Oxford Grey, Black, Navy or Granite Heather so even for the co-ordinated amongst you, there should be a pair to suit. With a comfortable waistband that won’t cut into you when you’re squatting and bending and handy side pockets so that you can keep your phone safe ready for that gym-selfie, these are a great pair of standard issue sports shorts.
4 color options; cotton mix blend
Handy drawstring closure and adjustable elasticated waistband
Side pocket for essential storage
Logo displayed on left hem
- Weight8.2 ounces
2. Under Armour Flex Shorts
There’s nothing that the design team at Under Armour haven’t thought about when it comes to manufacturing their extensive range of men’s shorts. They literally have a style for pretty much every sports activity from golf, to football, running to working out and their gear works as hard as you do with plenty of technical wizardry. These flex shorts feature their HeatGear technology which is designed to keep you cool and transfer body heat generated on account of you working out like a beast! They’re constructed out of a super breathable fabric that will keep you feeling cooler and drier.
Lightweight flatback mesh fabric
HeatGear technology for ultimate comfort
4-way Armour stretch design
Side pockets for secure storage
Logo displayed on bottom right hem
- BrandUnder Armour
- Weight1 pounds
3. Hanes Jersey Sports Shorts
Whilst there’s certainly nothing fancy about these shorts from Hanes, they are definitely comfortable and feel just like wearing your favorite jersey t-shirt. They’re quick and easy to pull on and off and come in 6 sizes and 6 colors too taking you all the way from a Small to a rather Large XL and every shape in between. Great for the gym but equally comfy as leisurewear for when you are just kicking back and taking a well-earned rest.
6 color options; cotton and polyester blend
Elasticated adjustable waistband with drawstring closure
Handy side pockets
- Weight7.5 ounces
4. Nike Men’s Layup 2 Shorts
No excuses guys wearing these beauties – you just got to get on and do it! They’re from Nike so you know they will have paid attention to the finer detail. They design clothes for professionals after all. These are a great pair of athletic shorts that have a generous 11-inch inseam which means they provide plenty of room for mobility and freedom of movement. With their trademark swoosh logo and also featuring fashionable co-ordinating side design detailing these represent, style, comfort, fit and total functionality.
8 fresh and funky color options with pinstripe detail
Elastic comfort style waistband with internal drawcord
Pocket side seam for storage
11-inch inseam for great mobility
Nike swoosh design ironed on left hem
- Weight4 pounds
5. Patagonia Men’s Nine Trail Shorts
If you are dedicated and seasoned runner then these are the perfect running shorts for you. They’re super light-weight which makes them particularly comfortable for when you are pounding the side-walks. For the environmentally and sustainably conscious amongst you, these also happen to be manufactured from recycled materials and feature a blend of polyester/elastane that wicks moisture drawing it away from you. With a couple of reflective logos too these will mean that you are still visible running at night. They also feature a boxer brief style lining so that means they perfectly control odor and better still, provide a chafe-free ride!
Durable water repellent finish
Supportive, light-weight and moisture wicking
Large zippered front pockets perfect for your phone and keys
Reflective logos on hem and back
Secure drawcord fasten
- Weight181 g (6.4 oz)
6. Gerlobal Active Training Shorts
These are a lovely super soft and stretchy pair of shorts that feature chafe-free flatlock seamless technology which makes them the perfect comfort fit for all kinds of indoor and outdoor fitness activity. Seams can cause aggravation and rub against the skin especially if you are doing any form of vigorous workout and particularly are a nuisance if you like to practise yoga. The waistband feature with external drawcord also makes these a supremely comfortable and unobtrusive fit. They look pretty fresh and stylish too so will take you easily from the gym, to your bike to the park and even look great as everyday leisurewear or to coin the latest term, athleisure. No exertion required! With their stay dry as well as quick dry engineered fabric you can wash and wear regularly too.
100% polyester, light-weight but durable fabric
Machine washable, quick dry time and two-way circulation
Chafe-free flatlock seam construction
Deep pockets perfect for your phone or mp3 player
4 size options to choose from
Perfect for the gym, yoga or running
Deodorizing function repels any unpleasant man odor!
- Weight5.3 ounces
7. Adidas Designed 2-Move Men’s Shorts
Couldn’t possibly write about anything remotely gym or workout wear related without Adidas get a big old mention. As you’d expect they cater for all sporting types, shapes and sizes and these 2-Move shorts are no exception coming in 6 sizes from S through to 3XL and so many color options that we’ve lost count! These have the added comfort feature of mesh back and side panels for that all important ventilation when things are getting a bit hot down there! In a regular style fit with a streamlined elasticated waistband they are secure and great to wear. They also feature Adidas’s own Climalite fabric which helps sweep sweat away from the skin keeping you cool, calm and staying collected. These are the perfect multi-sport shorts for active men just like you.
100% polyester with tones of color options
Contrasting tonal stripe design
Side seam pockets for housing essentials
Flat knit waist for a streamlined look
Mesh back insert and side panel for ventilation
Climalite fabric construction
Adidas logo on left side
- Weight1 pound
8. Gymshark Men’s Sports Shorts
These are really budget friendly but stylish pair of multi-purpose workout shorts from the experts at Gymshark that will have you looking sharp. In seven contemporary colors and five sizes these are sure to become a firm favorite and wardrobe staple whether you are pumping iron or pounding the streets. They’ve been absolutely designed with your comfort in mind and feature an all-important mesh panel for increased ventilations when things get really active meaning that you definitely won’t lose your cool. They also feature a concealed zip which is another stylish design feature giving a discreet and streamlined overall look to these shorts but meaning that they also deliver on the functionality stakes. They will quickly become your go-to sports shorts and we bet you buy them in more than one color you’ll love them so much. Our personal favorite is the port color which really creates a stylish statement offset against the white GymShark logo.
Mesh panelling for extra comfort ventilation
Concealed zip pockets for carrying your essentials
Contemporary color selection
Printed with trademark Gymshark logo
- ModelSport Shorts
9. Puma Men’s Formstripe Mesh Shorts
Puma are yet another our most loved and known fitness apparel brands with their iconic Puma logo. These formstripe shorts come in 5 standard sizes and in 4 different color options each with a contrasting feature stipe that will have you standing out from the crowd and cutting a stylish figure as you work out. What’s more, because they feature dry cell fabric technology they won’t let you down when you are under pressure, trying to squeeze out that extra rep or lap. You might be soaking with sweat on the outside but your shorts with help keep you dry and comfortable. Fact. With an easy to wear elasticated waist too they are secure but at the same time comfortable and stretchy. With a long 10-inch inseam they also provide plenty of much needed manoeuvrability, whatever activity you are putting them through. A great workout short for all kinds of indoor and outdoor fitness regimes.
100% Polyester and made in the USA
Elasticated comfort wear
Dry cell fabric to keep to remove moisture
Puma logo emblazoned on left bottom hem
- Weight1 pounds
10. Olivers Apparel Water Repellent Stretch Gym Shorts
These are a super stylish pair of shorts with 4-way comfort stretch. What that means is that these shorts will move with you, no matter what rigorous pursuits you are putting them through. The addition of Spandex into their fabric mix is that gives them that extra stretch when you need it most. They are also Water Repellent so these make the ideal shorts for any outdoor fitness or leisure activities like running and cycling when you might well be at the mercy of the elements. You have 4 sizes to choose from and a range of very cool and contemporary shades with names like Cypress and Sycamore. These make a great fitness short for the more aesthetically conscious amongst you and it’s no surprise that with such a finger on the fitness as well as fashion pulse, that they are made in San Francisco, an epi-centre for cool! With a modest 7.5-inch inseam you’ll get to flash a bit of that thigh muscle too!
87% Nylon and 13% Spandex mix
Water repellent and featuring 4-way stretch material
Inner pocket on the right hand for essentials
Made in San Francisco
11. Core Basic Fleece Short from Vans
You don’t need to own a skateboard to where a pair of Vans shorts. Whilst they make a great pair of leisure shorts for casual wear, they are also functional and perfect for a workout too. With their blend of cotton and polyester these are soft and fleecy to wear and very comfortable. The Vans logo is proudly embroidered on the left thigh so it won’t come off with regular washing either. There a side entry picket as well as a useful back patch pocket. A basic but really wearable short that will be great for working out or indeed just hanging out.
60% Cotton and 40% Polyester brushback fleece
Contemporary sweat short design
Logo embroidered on left thigh
Side pocket and back pocket
- ModelCore Basic Fleece Short