Admittedly it’s difficult to get too excited about a pair of shorts. But while the best men’s training shorts will go unnoticed – allowing you to train without restriction – pick a pair that’s ill-fitting or ill-suited to the exercise in question and you’ll soon know about it.
As with any item of clothing, there’s a good deal of personal preference involved, but for most workouts – running, lifting or otherwise – you’re going to want fabric that is both sweat-wicking and breathable.
Beyond that, comfort is king, but always pay attention to the length, because while really short shorts may be acceptable in the running world, horizontal bench pressing might end up revealing more than you had bargained for.
Best Men’s Training Shorts 2022
SAYSKY Ranger Shorts 8”
£67 / saysky.co.uk
Copenhagen-based SAYSKY has made its name in the world of running, but these shorts are perfect for the gym – sitting just above the knee, with (and here’s the clincher) two uniquely deep side pockets for keys, phones and any other hand-sized essentials.
Four-way stretch material moves in all the right places, and they stay pleasantly light and dry no matter how hard you’re working.
Second Best Men’s Training Shorts 2022
Gym King Flex Short
£25 / thegymking.com
Another impressively high-quality but affordable bit of kit from Gym King, the Flex Short is the perfect length for weight training: short enough to move freely, but long enough to protect your modesty when sat on a bench.
Light and breathable, there’s also an internal brief lining to keep everything secure.
Represent 247 Active Shorts
£85 / uk.representclo.com
Luxury brand Represent’s 247 range styles itself on being ‘worn anytime, for every purpose’, though these dual-layered shorts are going to be better suited for your weekly 10k than an afternoon at the pub.
That baselayer inner provides a good amount of cramp-delaying compression, and two sizeable zipped pockets bring the practicality.
UA Vanish Woven Snap Shorts
£45 / underarmour.co.uk
Under Armour kit is always reliable, and these shorts were made to make your workouts as comfortable as possible, featuring temperature-regulating Heat Gear tech and a breathable mesh detail.
The ‘snap’ relates to a slight split in the sides to improve flexibility.
Castore Active 7” Stretch Shorts
£60 / castore.com
High-stretch fabric moves as you do, providing complete freedom of movement whether squatting or sprinting.
They’re nice and light, too, with handy zipped pockets and reflective logos for visibility if you’re running in low light.
adidas Train to Peak HIIT Training Shorts
£35 / adidas.co.uk
Made from at least 60% recycled materials, these versatile shorts are designed to withstand the demands of functional strength training – from box jumps to burpees and everything in-between.
‘AEROREADY’ tech keeps sweat from soaking in, and the woven design moves free and easy.
MP Men’s Tempo Ultra Shorts
£35 / mp.com
Designed with stretch woven fabric for unrestricted movement in the weights room, while being durable enough to be worn for running.
They are short, though, so only buy if you’re happy putting your pins on full display.