performance essentials: The best activewear for the best workout

Performance Essentials

Five ways to make working out hurt less. Give your workout a lift with the best apparel from panties to t-shirts.


Rock the Right Sports Bra

Many women experience redness or sore spots on their bust after working out due to an improper fitting sports bra. Women with larger breasts tend to develop irritation under the bust while women of all sizes can experience nipple aggravation or chafing on the side near the seams of bras. Remedy this by wearing a sports bra that fits snug to the body and is made of moisture-wicking fabric. Cotton sports bras trap moisture and will cause the fabric to slip and slide during a workout. The Panache Active Molded Sports Bra is perfect for larger breasts with its supportive straps and cool fabric. Prevent chafing by placing baby powder under the band and seams of your sports bra.

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Wear Your Smarty Pants

Part of the Falke Ergonomic Sport System, the Falke Ergonomic Support Brief is an ultra-sleek and supportive performance panty. Made from a breathable, lightweight stretch microfiber, it features seamless edges for a smooth look under clothing and ergonomic construction for support and movement control. Designed with moisture-wicking properties and a seamless fit, you’ll enjoy a chafe-free, comfortable workout.


Love Your Feet

The socks and sneakers you wear when working out are paramount to a long sweat session. Just like sports bras, the trend in workout sneakers is moving to lighter and more breathable fabrics with people investing in premium brands and designs for optimal support. Socks tend to be an afterthought but the right pair can greatly enhance the comfort of your workout.

Wigwam has been constructing unisex performance socks since 1905 and has a special line of IRONMAN socks designed to withstand the IRONMAN triathlon race duration of 17 hours. A unique reversed seam on the toe and cushioned heel provides optimal support for grueling competitions. Imagine what it can do for a gym workout.

Voted Best Workout Socks, the Wigwam Super 60 Low Spare Pair Sock is a sturdy unisex sock that features a cushioned sole for comfort and shock absorption (plus it comes with a 1-year comfort guarantee). Available in a handy 7-pack, sport a clean pair every day of the week.


Find Your Outer Zen

Every woman needs a pair of yoga pants (even if you don’t do yoga—the comfort will sell you). The Calvin Klein Essentials Yoga Pant is made from modal and spandex so it’s perfect for light exercise, running errands, or lounging around the house. With pants this comfortable, you’ll want to stock up.


Pack the Post-Sweat Sweater

A casual long sleeve top, the Spanx Cinch It Hoodie transitions your workout season to season. Whether jogging outside or heading to your car post-gym, the Spanx hoodie is a sensible choice. Layer it over a tank or your favorite sports bra.

Work out when you’re not working out:

The power of the Wacoal iPant Long Leg Shaper. On the outside, this high-waisted mid-thigh shaper instantly slims and tones from your tummy through your thighs. On the inside, the special nylon fabric infuses your skin with fat-blasting caffeine, smoothing ceramides, anti-aging vitamin E, moisturizing aloe vera, and retinol to even out skin tone and firm. Simply put on the iPant and let it do all the work for you. The key to the cellulite smoothing benefit is to wear the iPant for 28 days straight, 8 hours a day, so you'll probably want to get two pairs. Wacoal studies show most women who followed the iPant regimen reported improved overall appearance, a reduction in thigh measurement, and that their clothes felt less tight. Wear the Wacoal iPant Long Leg Shaper and tell your cellulite to take a hike.