See-through athletic wear has gotten some bad press lately. But as long as its not supposed to be covering up your butt, barely there fabric is a selling point.
At least it is for the Champion Vapor Tee ($14, Championusa.com), available in nine colors – and only for men. The super lightweight polyester shirt is silky to the touch and does dry rather quickly. And although it can be a tad transparent, thats all the more reason to work out harder.
Here are some more finds that will help you look good on the way to looking good:
The solution for sweltering days? More clothes. Hoodies ($20, Missionathletecare.com), arm sleeves ($44) and other items in Missions EnduraCool gear line all have the same trick: Soak em, wring em out, snap the fabric, and the temperature drops. While we liked the chill and the built-in sun protection, our testers didnt look all that cool in the hoodie, which kept slipping off. The tight sleeves were a production to put on, but stayed put.
The Bowflex UpperCut ($100, Bowflexuppercut.com), which looks like a step stool with resistance bands between the legs, gives push-ups a pick-me-up. Just place your chest on the pad – harder than it sounds for ladies – to pump out more reps and tougher variations than you could do solo, all with perfect form. Its also got some killer core moves. But the best feature is its small size. Itll be easy to store when you get bored of it.
Stressed about where to stash your drivers license, credit card and ID card when youre off to the gym? Fight unnecessary wallet use with the CardNinja ($20, Cardninja.com), a slim pocket with a powerful adhesive that sticks to the back of almost any phone or case. Like a real ninja, its barely noticeable. And even without nunchucks, its good at keeping your stuff safe – we tried shaking our cards out and couldnt.
Dont get too excited for Tinke ($119, Shop.zensorium.com). That will mess up your breathing and heart rate, which is what the box that plugs into an iPhone is there to test. Place your thumb over the holes and maintain pressure, and the accompanying application reveals your stats. You can also monitor your heart rate variability (aka stress level) by touching the Tinke while staring at undulating circles. The numbers are cool to see, but the price is too high.
Dont have a coach at the pool? Bring your own with Swim Speed Workouts ($30, Velo Press) by four-time Olympian Sheila Taormina. Her waterproof booklet and instruction cards lay out how to improve your freestyle stroke with drills, resistance tubing moves and detailed workouts aimed at competitive swimmers; novices will need to scale back the difficulty.
Our tester (and his masters team) liked that theres a clear purpose for each routine.