Staying motivated to workout is hard, especially as summer draws to a close. But one way to stay on top of your fitness routine is keeping your workout gear fresh, particularly your shorts. The best gym shorts for men are breathable, flexible, and durable enough to stand up to the strain of a daily workout. While there’s no shortage of options in the world, there are only a few that can truly claim the title of the best. Luckily for you, we’ve assembled some of the best men’s workout shorts. Throw a pair of these guys into your gym bag and get ready to sweat.
Luwell’s running shorts are one of the top-rated workout duds on Amazon for their lightweight material, moisture-wicking features, and their myriad pockets for storage.
Public Rec Flex Short
Yes, we’re all on board with the 5-inch inseam shorts trend, but if you’re looking for a pair of shorts that offer a bit more coverage (without skimping on breathability), these superb shorts from Public Rec (one of our favorite activewear brands) are just for you.
Ten Thousand Set Short
Ten Thousand has steadily made a name for itself in the athleisure sphere over the past few years for its uber-functional garments. Case in point: The brand’s new workout shorts that double as swimming trunks, and are tested by Navy Seals and marine rangers, so you know they’re the real deal.
Vuori Banks Shorts
We can’t stop raving about Vuori’s signature shorts. They feature a blend of moisture-wicking fabrics that also fend off odors, plenty of support for your family jewels, and ample pocket room for your phone or outdoor gear.
Fabletics Men The Franchise Short
On top of being anti-odor and sweat-wicking, this was one of the few workout shorts we tried, and we found they provide plenty of secure pocket space that won’t fall out when you’re exercising, whether you’re carrying tennis balls, your keys, or other EDC.
Brooks Running Sherpa 5″ Shorts
Brooks Running has made a name for itself as a purveyor of top-notch running shorts (especially at its price point), and we especially like these 5-inch shorts that dry quickly, and more importantly, look presentable on and off the track.
Nike Men’s Flex Stride Future Fast 5” Brief-Lined Running Shorts
When looking for a pair of running shorts, you want them to be lightweight, aerodynamic, and comfortably lined, and these five-inch shorts from Nike do just that. These are great for any running workouts you may be doing.
Champion 8.5″ Jersey Shorts
If you’re looking for ultra-comfortable shorts, whether to wear at the gym or on the couch, you can’t go wrong with Champion, purveyor of some of the coziest jersey knits in the game. We’ve found more of the best athleisure brands like this one to browse as well.
Gap Jogger Shorts in French Terry
Add a splash of color to your workouts with these quality joggers at a price that can’t be beaten.
Adidas Design 2 Move ClimaCool Shorts
If temperature regulation is a big issue for you in the gym, take a look at these training shorts from Adidas. Built with recycled polyester, these bad boys are outfitted with plenty of cooling properties, most notably the brand’s ClimaCool interior mesh inserts. These not only promote breathability but also actively work to wick moisture while you sweat it out.
Outdoor Voices RecTrek Shorts
For something simple and effective, check out the Rec Short from Outdoor Voices. With a classic 5-inch inseam and nylon stretch fabric, these shorts offer up a straightforward alternative to some of the more souped-up options on the internet. Plus, they come in an array of fun colors.
Mack Weldon Stratus Active Shorts
Featuring an odor-free silver lining, temperature-regulating tech, and reflective side details, the Active Short from Mack Weldon packs a serious punch. In addition to all these functional specs, the shorts also have a hidden pocket in the back for your cell phone or other essentials.
Rhone Versatility Short
In this case, the name really says it all. Here, you’ll find a pair of incredibly versatile gym shorts designed with an adjustable interior waistband, zippered invisible pocket, and lightweight, quick-drying fabric exterior. Whether you’re getting your cardio on or making your way through leg day, these bad boys will definitely see you through.
Myles Apparel Everyday Short
If you’re in need of some brightly colored training shorts that don’t even really look like training shorts, these beauties from Myles Apparel might be the ones for you. Built with a durable double-weave fabric (that also happens to feature some mighty fine four-way stretch), these shorts are a great versatile option. And it doesn’t hurt that they also come in so many fun colors.
On Running Hybrid Shorts
On Running is home to some of the best running gear and the Hybrid Short is a clear standout. Though slightly pricey, these shorts are incredibly breathable, durable, and mobile, built as they are to move with the person wearing them. What’s especially interesting about these shorts is their two-in-one design, which means you can wear the breathable outer shell or the interior compression layer independent of one another.
Topo Designs Global Shorts
Topo Designs sells a lot of fantastic items (from backpacks to wallets, water bottles, and workout gear), but one of its best is the Global Short. This versatile accessory is lightweight and quick-drying, making it a great option for guys on the go, whether to the gym or on a mountain hike.
Patagonia Strider Running Shorts
Though known primarily as an outdoor clothing brand, Patagonia also sells some great gym clothes, like the Strider Running Short. Made from recycled polyester stretch material, these shorts are built to move with you, allowing for a wide range of motion that’s ideal for high-intensity workouts.