5 Must-Have Items For An At-Home Workout

At some point during the pandemic, most of us tried working out at home. For some of us, it was a reminder of just how much we missed our gyms and fitness studios, but for others, it may have converted you to a whole new way of working out. If you fall into the latter camp and you’re committed to working out at home for the foreseeable future, then there’s a few must-have items we recommend. To maximize your at-home workout regimen, consider investing in the 5 items below. 

Adjustable Bench

If you have the room for one in your home, then we highly recommend an adjustable exercise bench. Let’s face it – no one really wants to work out on the floor of their home. An exercise bench will not only make your home feel more like a gym but is extremely versatile. You can use it for ab exercises, tricep dips, cardio step-ups, and of course, all kinds of weightlifting exercises, such as chest presses or dumbbell rows. 

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are critical to strength training, which is why they are included in this list. A good set of dumbbells is a must-have piece of equipment, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Ideally, you’ll want several sets of dumbbells, each of different weights so that they’re conducive to a variety of exercises. (Remember, use lighter dumbbells for arm workouts and heavier ones for lower body exercises, such as squats.) Also, we recommend looking for vinyl-wrapped dumbbells, which offer more grip and are rust resistant. 

Kettlebells

Kettlebells offer impressive results – if you know how to use them. After dumbbells, kettlebells are the next piece of workout equipment we recommend. Heavier than your standard dumbbell, kettlebells are designed for lower body workouts, which makes them great for everything from squats and lunges to swings. Kettlebells are typically available anywhere from 5 pounds up to 50 pounds.

Resistance Bands

Another fantastic type of equipment for at-home workouts are resistance bands. Upon first glance, you might be wondering how these small, stretchy bands could possibly lead to an intense workout, but trust us when we say, they do. Resistance bands usually come in sets, with each band providing a different level of resistance. Bands can provide a full-body workout. Use them on your arms, glutes, legs, or shoulders. As an added bonus, they take up practically no space, making them easy to store even in small apartments or condos. 

Performance Underwear 

Finally, no workout is complete without a proper outfit. And the key to a proper outfit? Underwear. Even though you’re working out at home, it’s important to wear the right type of underwear. That means performance underwear made from moisture-wicking, fast-drying materials like microfibre. Breathability and comfort are vital to any quality pair of workout underwear. We also recommend longer boxers to minimize chafing. Malebasics’ Performance Titanium Athletic Boxer was designed specifically for athletes, with their needs in mind. 

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.

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Fabric

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.

 

Fit

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

Everything You Need to Know About the New Malebasics Titanium + Collection

Titanium + has arrived!

Titanium + is the newest line from Malebasics, designed with athletes in mind. If you wish to take your workout to the next level, this is the underwear for you. The result of years of research and testing, each pair of Malebasics Titanium + men’s underwear was engineered for maximum performance. How exactly does this work, you may be wondering? Continue reading for a breakdown of the benefits behind the construction and design of each Titanium + garment. (Warning: By the end of this article, you’ll be wanting to buy a pair ASAP). 

Maximum Breathability

Breathe like never before. If you thought microfiber was breathable, you’ll be amazed by the Titanium + boxer. Titanium + combines three types of fabric into one pair of underwear to ensure maximum air flow during the most intense workouts. Each fabric plays a different yet equally important role in the design of the boxer. First, the material covering the legs and buttocks is made from nylon and lycra. This tried and trusted combo facilitates moisture release, minimizes humidity exchange, and ultimately improves breathability. The second fabric was used for the inner leg panels. These panels were created using Malebasics’ signature, ultra light microfiber, which not only provides a snug and supportive fit, but also prevents chafing and activates air flow. The third fabric, used for the nesting pouch, is perforated microfiber (more on that below, because this new technology deserves its own point!).

Perforated Microfiber Technology 

Titanium + uses never-before-seen micro perforated fabric for the ergonomic nesting pouch. This unique fabric truly takes this new performance collection to the next level. The flat lock seams on the pouch regulate temperature where you need it most, by isolating the front pouch from the legs. This allows for specific temperature control of this sensitive area. Combined with the perforated microfiber’s quick-drying properties, you can bet that you’ll remain cool and dry no matter how much you sweat.

No Ride-Up Guarantee

I don’t know about you, but my personal pet peeve is when you’re working out and your underwear keeps riding up. This is especially common during high intensity workouts like CrossFit. Malebasics’ Titanium + line solves this uncomfortable problem. In fact, the no ride-up guarantee is one of my favourite features of this new line. Malebasics added super soft and sleek leg bands to keep boxers in place. Each band prevents the fabric from riding up and bulging between the thighs, which also helps facilitate air flow. 

Each Pair is Ethically Made

With concerns being raised over the factory working conditions of some of the world’s major retailers, it’s extremely reassuring to know that each pair of Malebasics’ Titanium + underwear was ethically made. In fact, the Titanium + line was made in the company’s own factory in Medellin, Colombia under strict labor conditions. Meanwhile, the underwear was designed in Canada and tested by athletes in the United States. Thus, you can rock a pair of Titanium + boxers totally guilt free.

Shop Titanium + today!

Ranked: 5 Great Pre-Workout Supplements

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Some find it easy is to gain or shed weight while the struggle is certainly real for others. What’s worse is for many, half the battle is getting to the gym in the first place. Once there, you may find yourself doing calculations in your head of what workouts you can possible skip multiplied by how long you’ve been there divided by how bad your armpits smell. This is partially a motivation problem, but more likely an energy problem. Continue reading “Ranked: 5 Great Pre-Workout Supplements”