The Perfect Men’s Underwear For Every Type of Workout

People tend to invest plenty of money in exercise clothes, but does that extend to underwear? The underwear you wear when working out is just as important as the rest of your outfit, perhaps even more so. To keep yourself cool and dry, and to prevent chafing or wedgies, the right type of underwear is everything. Check out this guide to the perfect men’s underwear for every type of workout.


High intensity interval training requires a specific kind of underwear. That’s where Malebasics Titanium comes in. Designed specifically with HIIT workouts like CrossFit in mind, this unique underwear combines comfort, breathability, and performance into one. Made out of a special blend of microfibre, this athletic underwear, available as boxers and boxer briefs,  feature a mesh band around the legs to prevent chafing and hold them in place (no wedgies here). Containing moisture-wicking, fast-drying properties, you can count on Performance Titanium men’s underwear to stay in place and keep you cool, even during the most intense of HIIT workouts.


Whether you’re a casual runner or a marathon champion, we recommend a fitted brief or bikini for your workout. Why? It’s common for men’s running shorts to have built-in liners, and typically these liners are either brief or bikini in shape. Take a look at your favourite running shorts and find a pair of underwear that mimics the liner. This will provide the most comfort. Plus, as running involves repeated movement of the legs, you’ll want a style that doesn’t get in the way. Briefs aren’t bulky and because they don’t cover your thighs, they won’t hinder your movement in any way. 


Weightlifting is one of the most popular types of workouts. Whether you’re using dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, or something else entirely, this particular type of exercise requires underwear that will stay in place, no matter how many reps, swings, jerks, or squats you do during your workout. That’s why we recommend a jockstrap for all men partial to weightlifting. Jockstraps offer the most freedom and movement of any type of underwear style. They won’t ride up and they won’t hold you back. They’re ideal if you’re combining several different weightlifting exercises into one workout.


Yoga is all about flexibility. In order to remain flexible, you have to be wearing the proper clothing and that includes underwear. Thongs are our go-to when it comes to yoga. Similar to the jockstrap, they provide ample freedom, allowing you to move and twist your body in any direction. Plus, a thong will ensure no underwear lines if you choose to wear tights during your practice. A proper-fitting thong will seamlessly take you from downward dog to crow pose to pigeon without limiting your movement. 


Reduce friction and minimize chafing when cycling with a long pair of boxers. Long performance underwear (i.e. underwear that reaches your knee or the lower half of your thigh) is ideal when going on long bike rides. This form of exercise is notorious for causing chafing – if you wear the wrong clothes, that is. Longer boxers offer protection for your entire thigh, in addition to your glutes and groin. However, the length of the underwear is just as important as the material. Don’t forget to choose breathable, moisture-wicking, and fast-drying materials, such as microfibre or nylon.

Best Kind of Underwear for Working Out

Both men and women know that not all underwear is created equal – especially when it comes to working out. Chafing, rubbing, and even a rash can be the result of wearing an ill-fitting pair of underwear during a workout session. Luckily, there is a way to be comfortable while working out, so long as you know what kind of underwear to look for. Below, we delve into the fabric and fits of underwear that are ideal for a sweaty session at the gym.

Malebasics Performance Titanium +Fit Boxer Brief


Shopping for underwear is about more than colour or style. Instead, your main focus should be on the fabric. When it comes to working out, there are really two underwear fabrics to be on the lookout for: cotton and microfibre.


Cotton is great because not only is it super soft, it’s also breathable, which is exactly what you want when you’re sweating excessively. Further, studies have shown that cotton helps you give off less post-exercise odour than many of its competitors, owing to its high absorption rate. That said, if you’re doing a high-intensity workout or tend to run on the sweatier side, you may want to consider another fabric, like microfibre, as cotton is not quick-drying, which means by the end of your workout you could be left drenched.


On the flip side, microfibre, unlike cotton, is both stretchy and quick-drying, ensuring you’re not soaked leaving the gym. Microfibre options are typically made out of synthetic fabrics like nylon, spandex (lycra), or polyester. Nylon, in particular, is very breathable, which allows cool air to reach the skin underneath, while simultaneously wicking moisture from your skin into the fabric, where it then evaporates. Meanwhile, spandex is a dream when it comes to stretchiness (fun fact: spandex can stretch up to six times its normal length, before easily snapping back into shape). Thus, the type of workout you’re doing, regardless of sweat, may also dictate which fabric you should go for. For example, if you know you’ll be moving your body every which way in a yoga class, then spandex is definitely a winner.



Although not quite as important as fabric, fit is still something to consider when shopping for exercise underwear. The key is to find a pair of underwear that fits your body snugly without riding up. Comfort is the most important factor, especially for wedgie-inducing exercises like squat reps or an hour on the stationary bike. If you’re weight training, then a pair of fitted, moisture-wicking trunks or briefs might do the trick. But if you’re running (and want to avoid bulky pantylines), then a thong, g-string, or jockstrap might be your preference. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong fit of underwear to wear while working out, so long as they fit correctly and don’t ride up.


Overall, we recommend having a wide range of workout-ready underwear in your arsenal, so no matter what form of exercise you do, and no matter what workout clothes you’re wearing overtop, you’ll be ready to go. Shop Malebasics’ wide selections of men’s performance underwear today.


By: Emily Southey

3 Reasons You Need A Jockstrap In Your Underwear Drawer ASAP

Jockstraps were initially created with sports in mind. Today, the once popular style of underwear has evolved to a point where jockstraps are no longer reserved for athletes, they’re for everyday wear. First – a history lesson. The jockstrap was invented in 1874 by the Bike Web Company based in Boston. They were originally a way to protect and support the male genitalia while engaging in physical sports, with the standard style consisting of a front pouch attached to an elastic waistband and two elastic straps that wrapped around the outside of the glutes. While this formula has remained largely the same over the years, there have been major innovations in terms of fabric, comfort, and style, to the point that jockstraps are now considered trendy in the world of men’s underwear. More than just fashion, jockstraps are extremely versatile and boast a multitude of benefits. Keep reading to discover why you need a jockstrap in your underwear drawer.

They Protect Your Groin

Up until this point, your experience with jockstraps is likely limited to contact sports. If you ever played hockey, football, or soccer growing up, you likely wore a jockstrap for protection on the field or rink. Since the beginning, protecting a man’s groin was the sole purpose of a jockstrap. And while that still holds true today, there are a few misconceptions surrounding the style’s protective qualities – mainly that it is only necessary to wear when playing sports. First of all, not all jockstraps contain hard cups. Though this might be what you’ve seen on television, there are plenty of jockstraps on the market today that include soft or flexible cups, or even no cup at all, making them a viable option for everyday wear. Second, genital protection isn’t only necessary when playing sports. In fact, your manhood can likely always benefit from a little added support. Jockstraps provide just that. Whether you opt for a hard, soft, or no cup fit, the standard jockstrap design is made with reducing the risk of groin strain in mind.

They Help Combat Chafing

Chafing and sweat rashes are common occurrences when one regularly participates in physical activity. But there is a way to combat these negative skin reactions, and for men, that is through a jockstrap! By keeping your manhood supported, comfortable, and elevated, the jockstrap eliminates any risk of chafing around the groin and upper inner thighs. In addition, the exposed buttocks allows for maximum breathability, reducing the likelihood of chafing in the lower glute/upper hamstring region. A jockstrap’s ability to combat chafing and other uncomfortable skin ailments is just one of the reasons why jockstraps have entered the mainstream and become an everyday underwear of choice for many men who exercise on a regular basis.

They’re Trendy

Jockstraps have experienced a major resurgence as of late, making them one of the trendiest styles of men’s underwear currently on the market. This newfound appreciation for the jockstrap has everything to do with the leaps and bounds that have been made when it comes to the various design options now available to consumers. There is now a jockstrap to suit every man owing to the recent innovations that have been made. You can find jockstraps in a wide range of colours (and even in fun, masculine prints!) and fabrics (such as mesh, denim, and microfiber) on In fact, Malebasics has over 50 styles of jockstraps on their website alone, from international brands including Joe Snyder, Pikante, MOB Eroticwear, Mundo Unico, and Male Power. In essence, Malebasics has on-trend jockstraps for all occasions – from everyday wear to sweat-wicking options for the gym to styles for a sexy night in

Why Everyone Should Have A Pair of Microfiber Underwear For the Gym

If you’re someone who hits the gym on a regular basis, then there’s no way around it – you should already own multiple pairs of performance underwear. Malebasics boasts a collection of the most stylish and comfortable, not to mention highest quality, men’s performance underwear on the market. The secret? Microfiber! Microfiber is all about breathability, fit, and performance, which make it the ideal fabric of choice for any type of athletic activity. Continue reading for a complete breakdown of why every gym-going man should own a pair of microfiber underwear (we guarantee that by the end of this article you’ll be heading over to to order a pair today)!

They’re Moisture-Wicking

Microfibers’ claim to fame is its moisture-wicking properties. There is no other fabric on the market that wicks away moisture quite like microfiber, which is one reason why they make the best performance underwear. To create this beneficial fabric, the threads are woven in such a way that produces a product that is highly breathable, water repellent, and quick drying. Microfiber ultimately keeps the skin dry and cool, even in a sensitive area like the groin. This is the opposite of cotton or other plant-based fibers which absorb sweat. 

They’re Easy to Care For

Microfiber is known as being both long lasting and easy to care for. It is more resistant to pilling than cotton or traditional polyester, and can be washed and dried on a regular cycle. Even more impressive, a pair of microfiber underwear can be washed up to a maximum of 400 to 500 times before showing signs of wear and tear. These factors mean that a pair of microfiber performance underwear can last you years before you have to replace them.

They’re Soft and Supportive

When microfiber is compared with cotton, the latter is typically considered the softer fabric of the two. However, Malebasics has sought to change that by coming out with a line of soft-as-silk men’s performance underwear that is primarily made of a luxurious blend of polyester and nylon. This combination has unparalleled benefits. It is extremely smooth to touch and therefore feels great against the skin, plus it provides a snug and supportive yet flexible fit. Lastly, the way that the threads are weaved in a pair of microfiber underwear is specifically designed with airflow in mind to allow for maximum breathability. This makes microfiber the most breathable fabric on the market.

They Reduce Foul Odours

A sweaty session at the gym can result in some pretty unpleasant odours, especially south of the border. Luckily, microfiber is a fabric that actually reduces these foul odours. Unlike cotton which tends to trap and retain perspiration (and all the smells that go along with it), the breathability and airflow inherent in microfiber underwear allows for odours to escape and prevents them from lingering.

Exercising Proper Gym Etiquette

There’s a saying that goes ‘common sense isn’t always common’ and no one knows that better than gym-goers. It won’t be easy, but hopefully if we all band together we can stop these bad practices in 2017 to make going to the gym a better experience for all of us.

Please make sure that you and your friends exercise proper gym etiquette to prevent any ‘Bro-downs’ or throw downs. Continue reading “Exercising Proper Gym Etiquette”

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