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Why Quality Matters: Not All Fitness Apparel is Created Equal

March 16, 2020

While you might think that getting those leggings at the bargain bin was a steal, there may be a chance that they’re costing you more than you think. Or maybe you’re at the end of the week and you haven’t done laundry yet. Now, all you’ve got left is that ratty old tee that you got for free, complete with sweat stains and a few holes from the one too many times that you’ve worn it. Either way, we’re here to tell you that quality matters – especially when it comes to activewear.

But why, you ask? There’s a whole load of evidence that suggests that what you wear makes a difference in your workout. So, let’s take a look at the details.


Performance Driver

Have you ever fidgeted your way through a workout when it seemed like your leggings were a little too loose or your bra was a little too tight? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But here’s the thing – ill-fitting, uncomfortable, and low-quality activewear shouldn’t be the norm. When you’re at the gym or working out at home, the last thing you should be worrying about is how your activewear is fitting (or performing).

That’s because what you wear can make a huge difference in how you perform.

When you’re in the middle of a sweat sesh, you need gear that can keep up with you. You need gear that can perform with you.

To achieve your best performance, you should be looking for high-quality activewear that keeps you cool and dry and moves with you like a second skin. Because pulling up your saggy leggings is the last thing you need to be worrying about during your workout.


Quality, Quality, Quality

News flash! Not all activewear is created equal. Low-quality activewear can put a serious damper on your workouts.

Cheap fabrics can trap heat and sweat during your workouts. And while you might think this is simply an issue that can be ignored, we beg to differ. The longer that the heat and moisture are trapped against your skin, the greater the chance that you’ll run into an uncomfortable situation. This can lead to all sorts of skin conditions including chafing, rashes, or even hives. This is especially true if you’ve got sensitive skin.

Cheap fabrics can also be stiff and unwieldy. Sure your sports bra might be the darn tootin’ cutest, but if it digs into your side or doesn’t support you correctly, does it really matter how cute it is?

High-quality fabrics protect and support your body as you move throughout your workout. Look for activewear made with fabrics that protect your skin and let it breathe as you sweat. High-quality activewear also provides a protective barrier for you if you exercise outdoors. Some gear even provides SPF protection for those harsh, sunny rays that can damage your skin and increase your chance of skin cancer.

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Mind Games

Wearing high-quality gear isn’t just about its physical, second-skin performance. It can also affect your performance based on how you subconsciously think you should perform. Yep, psychologists have explored this concept.

We’ve written about how wearing certain colors can affect our performance, but the same goes for high-quality activewear. It turns out that our performance isn’t just affected by our mood. Psychologists call this embodied cognition. According to an article in Psychology Today, This theory suggests that “we think not just with our brains but also with our bodies”.

When you choose high-quality items over your old, worn-out tee-shirt, chances are you’ll perform better during your workout. And sure, you might pay just a little bit more for high-quality fabrics, but you’ll probably get more miles out of them. If you want to get the most out of your workout, maybe it’s time to opt for quality over quantity.


Recovery Mode

Did you know that your activewear can also help you recover after particularly intense workouts? Compression gear serves multiple purposes. While it is designed to help your muscles repair themselves after you put them through the wringer at the gym, it also helps support them during your workout.

Compression gear, well, compresses your muscles during a workout. This helps in a few different ways. First, compression gear minimizes the impact on your muscles as you move, flex and jump by reducing micro-vibrations from exercise that can lead to muscle tearing.

Compression gear also boosts blood flow by squeezing your blood vessels. This increases the rate of blood flow to your muscles. The more blood flowing, the more oxygen your muscles get, and the less lactic acid that builds up. Take care of that lactic acid, and you can significantly reduce your post-workout muscle soreness.

Can we tell you a secret? Cheap fabrics won’t give you the compression levels that you need to help your muscles recover. The cheap, thin materials that some manufacturers use can’t keep their shape and offer you the right level of support you need to get the most out of your workout.

If you ask us, we’ll choose quality over quantity all day, every day. That’s why you’ll never get cheap, thin, and saggy fabric and cuts from us. We understand that choosing the right (high-quality) activewear makes ALL the difference.

Ryan H


Ryan Hoang is a former fitness trainer, fashion entrepreneur, and creative force behind the modern activewear brand Centric. As a fitness enthusiast and apparel industry professional, he always strives to design and create high performance athletic apparel without compromising fashion for function. When he is not busy working on Centric, you will find him at the gym sweating it out or in the kitchen trying out new recipes.