Best Men's Gym Shorts

The 20 Best Gym Shorts For Any Workout

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The new year is an absolutely essential time to kickstart your fitness and kickstart your style — and that goes for the gym gear you’re wearing, too. The start of the year always shapes up to be a crowded one in terms of the gym, and that means you should aim to look your best, all the way from the ground up.

In the way of the best men’s gym shorts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites in terms of looks and performance — two crucial pillars that are all the more important when powering through multiple training sessions a week. Believe it or not, there are brands out there that are taking the same care when it comes to crafting gym shorts as your other favorite brands take when it comes time to crafting chinos and suiting.

So, given that, we think it’s the best time to grab a pair or two of these gym shorts. Shop away, stock up and hit the weights.

GoRuck Gym Shorts

GoRuck Gym Shorts

GoRuck is quickly turning into a brand that can do it all in terms of ridiculously high-quality and tough gear — that even goes for gym shorts, if you can believe it. The brand has made this particular pair with its trademark focus on abrasion-resistant fabric and a stretch waistband for mobility and added toughness. The colors are simple and crisp, the pricing is on-point (under $60 when on sale) and the performance is undeniably excellent — you need these understated-yet-stellar gym shorts in your closet. – Buy It

Myles Momentum Shorts

Myles Momentum Shorts

Are you surprised that Taylor Stitch has now partnered with the lauded Myles Apparel brand to continue its expansion into gear for every facet of your lifestyle? It certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise — in fact, we’d be surprised if you didn’t want to snag the Myles Momentum Shorts right now. The lightweight nylon-spandex blend features four-way stretch, a crisp “River” color and handy touches like a headphone port opening and a series of hidden zippers for clean, effective style. – Buy It

Olivers Apparel All Over Short

Olivers Apparel All Over Short

OLIVERS has taken its lauded All Over Shorts — made to be worn, well, all over — and added a liner for extra functionality. The brand uses an All Over Stretch Weave, built with water-repellent fabric and a helpful 7.5-inch inseam that should fit most body types. When it comes to great gym shorts, OLIVERS can definitely get the job done, quite simply and effectively at that. It falls in line with the brand’s focus on simple, effective everyday gear. In short, that’s the type of gym short that you need for your next workout, without a doubt. – Buy It

Bonobos Core Shorts

Bonobos Core Shorts

Bonobos continues to set its sights on conquering your full wardrobe, from its classic slim chinos to an array of sharp blazers and outerwear. The brand’s Core Shorts add a touch of reliable performance to the Bonobos line, featuring moisture-wicking capability and four-way stretch for the type of performance you’d more likely expect from a traditional athletic retailer. A variety of eye-catching patterns and colors are on tap from a brand that’s managed to seamlessly blend function and sports-ready performance. – Buy It

Todd Snyder + Champion Cut Off Gym Shorts

Todd Snyder + Champion Cut Off Gym Shorts

The brand that makes your favorite suit and tailored wear can also do casual, rugged — and now, functional — workout gear with the best of ‘em. Todd Snyder’s partnership with Champion is as good as it gets on all fronts, and that extends to the Cut-Off Gym Shorts shown here. The 100 percent cotton fabric is quality and durable, and the Salt and Pepper color is welcome in terms of style — even if you pair ‘em with a trusty old college T-shirt for your next gym session. – Buy It

Under Armour Raid Shorts

Under Armour Raid Shorts

No list of workout gear is complete without including a piece from Under Armour — right? These 10-inch shorts feature a looser cut, made to the exacting specifications that Under Armour typically employs in all facets of the design and build process. The four-way stretch construction provides excellent mobility on the court, the trail or the gym, and the lack of a liner adds even greater mobility. All you need now is a pair of reliable Under Armour kicks and an Under Armour top, right? – Buy It

Topo Designs Global Shorts

Topo Designs Global Shorts

With a name like the Global Shorts, you should fully expect this standout Topo Designs product to take you anywhere, any time, to the gym and beyond. They’re made to be quick-drying and lightweight, the perfect pair of shorts to wear on a hike or trail run, while the 7-inch inseam offers flexibility. The range of color options available cements the type of versatility you expect from Topo Designs, too. It’s yet another standout product to grab from this standout gear brand. – Buy It

Myles Apparel Everyday Short

Myles Apparel Everyday Short

This pair of shorts, the Everyday Shorts, are a pair that built the Myles Apparel brand. They emphasize the brand’s emphasis on quality and crisp construction, while you can hardly find a better pair for under $60. Go clean and classic with a sharp Navy or Olive pair, all the better when it comes time to focus instead on your workout (and not what you’re wearing). Simply throw on the Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts and forget about ‘em — day after day. – Buy It

Nike Dri-Fit Training Shorts

Nike Dri-Fit Training Shorts

Nike is yet another brand that you can turn to time and again for the best workout gear on the market — tough gym shorts included. The brand’s Dri-Fit fabric has long been a reliable go-to in terms of keeping you feeling (and performing) your best, and it’s what makes these simple-yet-effective training shorts so essential as far as your next gym look goes. The black color goes with everything in your gym kit — even those flashier training shoes. – Buy It

Hylete Vertex Zip Pocket Shorts

Hylete Vertex Zip Pocket Shorts

Hylete calls the Vertex Zip Pocket Shorts a pair of shorts that “started it all,” and given the approach to sleek design and paramount workout functionality, it’s hard to argue with them. A patented waistband creates a secure fit for extra mobility, while the polyester-spandex blend is breathable and performance-ready (no matter how long your workout lasts). Zipper hip pockets offer more space to store your everyday carry, while the simple grey color is hard to argue with — throw in some slick Nike sneakers and hit the gym. – Buy It

Rogue Black Ops Shorts

Rogue Black Ops Shorts

If a pair of shorts defines themselves as “Black Ops,” you best believe they’d better deliver in terms of quality specs and performance. One can imagine that they certainly do, thanks to a four-way stretch fabric blend of poly and spandex, all that you need to get around the gym and the trail easily and effectively. With both side pockets and a zippered pocket, you’ve also got all the space you need for your everyday carry — and you’ll be able to go plenty of places outdoors, workout after workout. – Buy It

RVCA Yogger III Shorts

RVCA Yogger III Athletic Shorts

RVCA is perhaps better known for surfing and West Coast-oriented gear than it is for workout gear, but the brand’s Yogger III Athletic Shorts should do just fine when it comes time to gear up for a workout. These are flexible, lightweight performance shorts that look sleek and come in neutral colors, all the better for wearing alongside more eye-catching running or training sneakers. Notched hems also enhance mobility, and you can’t go wrong with a sub-$50 price tag. – Buy It

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts

For all the care that Patagonia has put into its classic outdoor gear, from layering pieces to puffer jackets, that same approach carries over to the Nine Trails Shorts seen here. They’re made from polyester and spandex, yet done so in a way that’s different from other brands — Patagonia uses recycled materials for this particular pair. A waist drawcord offers you a secure fit, while the moisture-wicking liner is yet another handy design touch done the right away by these guys. – Buy It

Marmot Regulator Short

Marmot Regulator Short

When you want a pair of shorts that keeps you on the move reliably, the Marmot Regulator Shorts could just be the way to go. The color is simple and crisp, the performance is on-point (Marmot specializes in basic-yet-functional gear), and the fact that these shorts feature a UPF of 50 is just icing on the cake if you ask us. With stretch for mobility and a drawcord for a custom fit, you can’t go wrong with reflective running shorts that work for any training session you’ve got in mind. – Buy It

New Balance for J.Crew 5" Hybrid Impact Shorts

New Balance for J.Crew 5″ Hybrid Impact Short

Even J. Crew gets in on the game when it comes to running shorts, thanks to a partnership with New Balance that melds retro style with neat functionality. It’s the brand’s first-ever collection of workout clothes, made with techy fabrics like poly and lycra and featuring reflective details. We like the Olive Black Combo specifically for its easy wearability and the potential to pair with your favorite black or grey running or training gear. Maybe pick up a J. Crew chambray shirt while you’re at it? – Buy It

New Balance Max Intensity Shorts

New Balance Max Intensity Shorts

For max intensity — truly, max intensity — you really can’t go wrong with gear from New Balance. That goes for both running shoes and running shorts in equal measure, and it’s high time you got yourself a pair from New Balance. They’re a bit pricier than other options on this list, but for good reason — the quality stacks up. The 9-inch cut is more forgiving than other workout shorts, while the 3-D stretch woven fabric is innovative and essential for your next gym session. Hand pockets keep things streamlined, too. – Buy It

Rhone Bullitt Shorts

Rhone Bullitt Shorts

Need a pair of shorts made specifically for cross training? The Rhone Bullitt Shorts are the pair to buy, without a doubt. They come in two simple colors and retail for the agreeable price of $64. That’s a steal when you consider the unique nylon-poly blend that adds an extra dash of durability. When your workouts involve nearly anything, you’re going to need a pair of shorts that can keep up — Rhone has you covered, to say the least. – Buy It

Aether Momentum Shorts 2

Aether Momentum Short 2

Aether is the definition of a modern brand that does things the right way, especially when it comes to tailored, easy-to-wear activewear. The brand’s Momentum Shorts 2 embody that quite nicely, featuring the brand’s icon heat transfer and four-way stretch, plain-weave fabric that manages to retain all the qualities of classic athletic shorts with a much more streamlined fit. The water-resistant finish is a nice touch, and zippered hand pockets round out the offering more than readily. Get ‘em now. – Buy It

Gymshark Sport Shorts

Gymshark Sport Shorts

For a shockingly low price, you can get your favorite pair of gym shorts — or potentially your new favorite pair. At just $26, the Sport Shorts are tailored, cool-looking and modern, a perfect pairing in terms of upgrading your gym gear in serious style. They’re made with modern material and an even more modern cut, all the better for wearing day after day through hard-training sessions to kick off the new year the right way. It’s part of Gymshark’s full line of athletic apparel, which we think is definitely worth checking out. – Buy It

Vans Core Basic Fleece Shorts

Vans Core Basic Fleece Shorts

VANS comes in last but certainly not least on our list, all the better for pairing up with both your training gear and your favorite VANS sneakers. We think the Core Basic Fleece Shorts would perhaps do best when you want retro workout style and standout performance, thanks to the cotton-poly blend and the modern fit. Get ‘em in black for gym gear that’s subtly stylish and more importantly, performance-ready. Maybe pick up a couple pairs thanks to the agreeable price. – Buy It

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