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Pre- and Post-Workout Routines: The Best Outfits for a Complete Session

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Published June 14, 2024

PRE- AND POST-WORKOUT ROUTINES: THE BEST OUTFITS FOR A COMPLETE SESSION

PRE- AND POST-WORKOUT ROUTINES: THE BEST OUTFITS FOR A COMPLETE SESSION

A workout is like a three-act show. While the workout itself is the main event, the opener and closer are just as important to the success of the performance as a whole.

Your pre-workout routine preps you for the work ahead. Meanwhile, your post-workout cool-down enables you to transition seamlessly to your next task and helps you recover in time to do it all over again. To enhance these effects, you need some killer pre- and post-workout activewear.

P.E Nation brings you the ultimate outfit guide to maximize your total performance with confidence, comfort, and style.

THE WARM-UP: PRE-WORKOUT OUTFITS

When it’s time to work out, you want to jump in head-first. But warming up is the key to going all-out.

An effective warm-up combines stretching and light aerobic activity to fire up your muscles and heart. In fact, warming up before a workout is shown to:

  • Circulate more oxygen and nutrients through the body for better performance.

  • Improve muscle elasticity and range of motion.

  • Activate your brain for enhanced balance and coordination.

Some days, making it to the gym can be a feat in and of itself. You shouldn’t have to make a quick change between your warm-up and your workout, eating into your precious time.

The solution? Layers, layers, layers.

SWEATS & TRACKPANTS: THE PERFECT WARM-UP DUO

During your workout, you’re a wonderfully sweaty mess, but that’s not the case when you arrive at the gym.

It might be a chilly day, or the AC might be blasting, or maybe you just run cold. Whatever the case is, you probably don’t want to show up in just your workout leggings and a tank—goosebumps and shivers are not great for getting into an active mindset.

To start your pre-workout warm-up already warmed up, layer a comfy sweatshirt and a pair of trackpants over your workout clothes.  

P.E Nation has a wide selection of warm-up attire you can mix and match for the perfect pre-workout get-up: 

For a classic, all-black fit, try the Heads Up Sweat in White and the Cut Shot Trackpant in Black.

If you prefer to workout in the great outdoors, go for an earthier look with the Phoenix Hoodie in Washed Chestnut and the Phoenix Trackpant in Washed Chestnut.

Once your core temperature starts to increase, just pull your layers off and kick it into high gear.

THE COOL-DOWN: POST-WORKOUT OUTFITS

After your workout, you want nothing more than to peel off your sweaty clothes and change into something comfy. But your work’s not quite done yet.

Personal trainers and fitness experts agree that a short five- to fifteen-minute cool-down is the key to locking in the effects of your workout and making it easier to return full-force the next day.

Cool downs are said to:
Reduce the impact of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Prevent post-workout blood pooling.
Enhance the stress-relieving effects of your workout. 

Once you put down the weights or step off the treadmill, your body starts to return to normal temperature, which may make you feel cold. Grab your gym bag and throw your pre-workout layers back on, or try a cozy alternative, like the Sherpa Hoodie in Pearled Ivory or the oversized fit Phoenix LS Tee in Washed Dark Shadow.

THE BEST OUTFITS FOR EASY TRANSITIONS

Life moves fast. Often, you have to jump straight out of the shower and go about the rest of your day. Once you’ve caught your breath, put on post workout clothes that motivate you to keep working, even after your sweat sesh.

For a relaxed yet elevated look, try the Pitlane Pant in Black or the Tiebreak Trackpant in Black. Style with a fitted top, like the Alpha Sports Bra in Black, or keep it loose with the Trifecta Tee in Washed Electric Blue.

And for those colder days, layer on a signature jacket like the Cropped Man Down Jacket in Cheetah Print.

THE BENEFITS OF RECOVERY WEAR

To maximize your post-workout gains, take a look at compression recovery workout gear.

Compression workout gear like arm sleeves and gym leggings gently squeeze your fatigued muscles to speed up recovery times. Despite the emphasis on sports recovery, they can be worn at any point during and after your workout session.

Recovery wear is believed to:

  • Promote blood flow and waste removal.

  • Reduce muscle soreness and swelling.

  • Increase running economy and joint awareness during exercise.

Experience the benefits of compression wear yourself and get back in the gym without the aches and pains of your last workout hindering your performance.

FOR EPIC PERFORMANCE AT THE GYM AND ON THE STREETS, CHOOSE P.E NATION

Your pre- and post-workout clothing should be as stylish as it is functional.

Be the star of your workout from start to finish with all-day activewear from P.E Nation. Whether you prefer fitted leggings and a patterned sports bra, or baggy tees and a signature pant, we have the high-quality pre- and post-workout clothing you need to perform your best no matter where you are.

And for more tips on styling the perfect gym-ready fit, check out P.E Nation’s guides to choosing the perfect workout set and other gym outfits.

 

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