The Best Gym Shorts for Guys to Keep You Working Out

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 them below. So throw a pair of these guys into your gym bag and get ready to sweat.

Best Buy

SAXX Kinetic 2N1 5-inch Run Short – $45
mens gym shorts saxx kinetic 2n1 run

Lined with the brand’s famous Ballpark Pouch, SAXX’s Kinetic 2N1 Run short are great for not only running, but working out and being active in general. The shorts are designed to be worn without underwear; the pouch will hold your boys in place and keep them separate from the legs, thus preventing chafing. Thanks to that separation, your balls will stay drier than they would in your average shorts. The perks of these SAXX shorts don’t stop there. They’re also super lightweight and moisture-wicking, so sweat and heat won’t hold you back while you’re leg-pressing 350 pounds or doing suicide sprints.

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Other Options

Olivers Apparel All Over Short with Liner – $88
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Built for optimum performance, the All Over Short from Olivers is a modern take on the all-purpose gym short. With a slim, athletic cut, an interior pocket, comfortable waistband, and a roomy, four-way stretch, these shorts are highly versatile and are as perfect for the gym as they are for running errands around town (a much classier alternative to Birddogs). This version is an update on the original All Over Short with a better moisture-wicking liner.

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Nike Flex – $35

With ventilating side perforations, water-repellent fabric, and sweat-wicking technology, the Nike Flex will keep you dry, cool, and moving freely during your most intense workout sessions. These shorts are made for athletes in mind and are tough enough to handle running, jumping, lifting, and everything else in between.

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Myles Apparel Everday Short – $58
Myles Apparel Everday Short

The Everyday Short from Myles Apparel is truly the renaissance man of gym shorts. Lightweight enough for workouts, stylish enough to wear with a button down at a beach part,y and durable enough for an outdoor trek, these shorts are guaranteed to serve you well in whatever environment you happen to find yourself in.

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Bolt 7-inch Short – $68
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If you’re a runner looking to break in some new shorts, consider picking up this pair from Fourlaps. Featuring a four-way stretch fabric that expertly moves with you, these shorts are ideal for long jogs, full marathons, and everything in between. They’re also outfitted with a boxer brief moisture-wicking liner, a rear zipper pocket that can hold an iPhone, and a comfortable elastic waist.

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Kore Short from Vuori – $68

Advertised as the “one short for every sport,” the Kore is built with a lightweight four-way stretch material and Coolmax anti-odor liner. This makes for a versatile short that promises to stay fresh through workout after workout. For reference, the 8.5″ out seam falls just above the knee for a comfortable, yet stylish cut.

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Faherty All Day Short – $98

Billed as the brand’s “Beach to Bar” short, these bad boys are as well suited for a game of sand volleyball as they are for Happy Hour drinks with the gang. Plus, the stylish cut is bolstered by all the fantastic technological benefits of swimwear, meaning their stretchy, soft and quick-dry.

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Lululemon License to Train Short – $78

These adaptable training shorts are made with a special fabric blend guaranteed not to snag or catch on equipment while you’re hitting the gym. Built with a breathable mesh, they’re also insanely cool and water-repellent, meaning they’ll be able to handle whatever you throw their way.

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Rhone Maneuver 7-inch Lined Short – $68

The ultralight performance shorts from Rhone are great for warm-ups or a casual pickup game with the boys. They feature a comfortable seven-inch inseam, a single zipper pocket, and a soft compression liner.

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Path Projects Brim FT Short – $49
path projects brim ft short

These chino-style shorts made from technical twill feature a chino-appearing front and an elasticized, work-out short back waistband, meaning these shorts can go from Sunday morning jog to Sunday brunch without missing a beat. And with plenty of ventilation, you don’t have to worry about soaking them in sweat ahead of your mid-morning mimosa.

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Article originally published September 7, 2016. Last updated May 1, 2018 by Cody Gohl.

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