Do it Better: Men’s Workout Style

Push your gym look to the limit
October 11, 2019
October 11, 2019
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We know you’re either on the grind (work hard, workout harder) or you’re still working on your New Year’s resolution. Don’t worry, there’s still time - sorta. Wherever you are in the game, we do know one thing: looking good while you’re flexing is the ultimate goal. It can inspire a workout even when you aren’t in the mood and keep you feeling good on that last mile, set of arm curls or chin lifts. We don’t know your workout routine, but you get the picture. 

It’s time to step up your game and push your strengths to the limits with these innovative online brands, here to improve your workout and make you look good while doing it. Definitely not the same old brands that everyone owns.

Path Projects

Founder Scott Bailey was challenged to run the San Francisco half marathon and the rest is history. Having spent 20 years in the shoe and apparel industry, he realized that the perfect pair of running shorts simply didn’t exist. That’s why he launched Path Projects, a company that doesn’t accept anything less than the highest quality.

The Facts

✓   Technical fabric

✓   Built-in mechanical stretch

✓   Outstanding breathability, abrasion resistance and a softer feel

✓   Dot Air - ventilation system in your clothing

✓   Shorts and liners are sold separately 

Brand Standards

✓   Believes in a community  built on a single premise of making your run more enjoyable. 


Tracksmith makes top quality gear for running and recovery. They believe in competition, not because it matters if you win or lose, but because it helps you achieve personal excellence. Their gear is designed to deliver durability with high stretch and recovery - and their modern day take on a varsity look is something we can get behind.

The Facts

✓   Founded in New England

✓   Veloce, a lightweight fabric that doesn’t cling or billow

✓   Moisture-wicking, quick-drying

Brand Standards

✓   Independent running brand

✓   Aim to celebrate, support and add to runnings distinct culture.

Outdoor Voices

At OV, the best way to test your endurance is by #doingthings. And that can mean anything you want. Just know that your look will be made with the best materials, ones that are crazy-soft and lightweight. Depending on what you’re up to, Outdoor Voices has the shorts, t-shirts and jackets to help you sweat.

The Facts

✓   LightSpeed

✓   Clothes meant for sweating in

✓   4  fabrics used: Textured Compression, CloudKnit, RecTrek, RecPoly

Brand Standards

✓   No need to be an “athlete” to wear OV

✓   Promote inclusivity & diversity

Ten Thousand

Meet Ten Thousand: the company that knows it takes hard work and grit to reach success. This brand focuses only on the essentials, providing three basic short styles. And get this, you get to personalize them. You’ll select the lining, inseam and size to ensure that you end up with the perfect shorts.

The Facts

✓   Just the essentials

✓   Sweat-wicking and quick-drying tech

✓   Fine Italian fabric

✓  Permanent silver-ion treatment - preventing the buildup of odor-causing bacteria

Brand Standards

✓  1 in 1 out - gives a chance for you to recycle your workout drawer


Lane—Eight is changing the game by saying that you don’t need different types of shoes for different workouts. Their sneaker is designed for a snug fit that conforms to your feet after a few wears and gives you support for running, biking, balling– or maybe just a walk to your local food spot. They’re versatile and we don’t judge.

The Facts

✓   Breathable knit and stability ensured

✓   Snug fit that conforms to your feet

✓   Extreme comfort

Brand Standards

✓   Founded on the idea of challenging traditional performance wear

✓   Elevating activewear for everyday athlete

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Image Credit: Path Projects, @pathprojects/ Tracksmith, @tracksmith/ Outdoor Voices, @outdoorvoices/ Lane—Eight, @laneeight/

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