The Right Winter Clothes to Wear to the Gym

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but dressing to go to the gym is no longer as easy as throwing on cotton sweats and a long sleeve shirt, grabbing your keys, and going. Cold weather is here, and this means layers upon layers are needed for your trek to the gym. You want clothes that you can easily peel off once you get there, and just as easy pile back on when you leave.

We look to Kanye West, GQ’s most stylish man of the year, for our layered workout wear inspiration. Spotted leaving the gym in what can be best described as the ideal 5-layer workout outfit for cold weather. His outfit is warm, functional, and undeniably cool. Instead of reaching for your oversized parka and sweats, West inspires us to not only masterfully layer, but to do so without compromising on style. His thick hoodie under a bright fleece and a pair of compression tights under a pair of long sweat shorts makes your typical workout uniform much more interesting. Gentlemen, we present you with your ideal winter gym uniform to make your walk (or drive) to the gym better.

Here’s a look at the layers and how you can get this look:

The Base Layer

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This layer is the closest to the body and will help you stay dry and comfortable during your workout. Because this layer sits tightly against your skin, look for materials such as wool blends, silk, or synthetics such as polypropylene. Do note that polyester-blend tights keep your legs warm and allows for freedom of movement.

1. Shirt: Under Armour Men’s Tech T-Shirt,

2. Pants: Nike Running Shield Dri-FIT Running Tights,

Insulation Layer

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This next layer is the one that’s really going to keep the warmth in. Trust us, you’ll be happy you have fleece shorts and a sweatshirt when you’re fighting the frigid winter winds. Fleece is the perfect insulation layer — fleece anything: pullovers, sweatshirts, jackets, and vests.3. Shorts: EvoShield Men’s Fleece Shorts, dicksportinggoods.com4. Sweatshirt: Zanerobe XO Hood Sweatshirt,

The Outer Layer


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This final piece to the layering puzzle, the protective outer layer, is one that will seal the deal and trap heat to make your walk to the gym bearable in the freezing cold temps. Don’t leave home without your warm outer layer.

5. Jacket: Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Ribbed Down Bomber,

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