The Best Workout Shirts for Men to Buy in 2022

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When it comes to finding the right workout t-shirt, our ratty varsity t-shirts won’t cut it. The best workout shirts for men are usually made from synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon that feature BO technology and sweat-wicking technology to keep you dry and cool during the most grueling workouts. . Some have spandex or elastane to provide stretch for workouts that require a wide range of motion (like, say, burpees). And of course, all of them look and feel amazing.

But with the sportswear and leisurewear bonanza of the past five years, finding the right workout shirt in a saturated market can seem overwhelming. That’s why we asked for help from men’s health‘s trainers and fitness experts, and have tried over 100 workout shirts (!!!) over the past two years to find the best workout shirts for men. Whether you’re looking for a shirt for your long runs or a do-it-all tee for your HIIT sessions, these men’s workout shirts have you covered (literally).



Best overall

Short Sleeve Reign
Rhone

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Ideal for outdoor workouts

Hot Shot Short Sleeve Tech Tee
saxx

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Best tank top

Men’s Project Rock Earn Greatness Tank Top
under protection

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Best Budget Workout Shirt

Men’s Tech Stretch Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Amazon Essentials

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Most Durable Workout Shirt

Versatile shirt
Ten thousand

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Best overall

Short Sleeve Reign

  • Incredibly comfortable fit
  • Moisture-wicking features kept us dry even during intense workouts

When it comes to finding the right fit for a workout shirt, ideally you want it to feel like a second skin. Enter Rhone’s short-sleeve t-shirt, which has a grounded (yet still secure) fit that’s loaded with gym-friendly specs like anti-chafing and moisture-wicking fabric. Plus, it’s infused with gold (yes, really) to repel the stench. Take it outside? It also has a UPF50+ exterior for adequate sun protection. The Reign’s suite of features made it an easy breeze for our men’s health Fitness awards.

  • Material: Nylon, polyester, jersey
  • GoldFusion technology to fight odors
  • UPF50+
  • Moisture wicking

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Ideal for outdoor workouts

Hot Shot Short Sleeve Tech Tee

  • Droptemp technology actually works
  • Superb cut

Hot weather workouts call for cooling fabrics. Enter SAXX’s impressive Droptemp technology, which does exactly what it says and helps lower your body temperature while wicking away sweat. We also love the fit, which stays snug to your body without riding up or interrupting your movements.

  • Material: Polyester and spandex
  • Three way stretch
  • Cooling and moisture wicking

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Best tank top

Men’s Project Rock Earn Greatness Tank Top

  • Cotton blend fabric is surprisingly durable
  • Wide armholes provide extra mobility

men’s health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel swears by this gym tank top for its airy fit. Wide arm openings provide extra mobility so you can do pull-ups, kettlebell swings, and everything in between. And we also love its graphic and motivational design, which is part of Under Armour’s recent collaboration with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

  • Material: Cotton and polyester

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Best Budget Workout Shirt

Men’s Tech Stretch Short Sleeve T-Shirt

  • Incredible value
  • Shirts can accommodate taller men

A week of quality workout shirts can cost you a few hundred dollars. That’s not the case with Amazon’s house brand of workout t-shirts, which cost less than $20 each and have racked up more than 1,400 five-star ratings. Customers love its (yes) incredible value and sun protection and moisture wicking properties. Plus, reviewers say these shirts fit taller men.

  • Material: Polyester and spandex
  • Moisture wicking
  • Double side seams

Most Durable Workout Shirt

Versatile shirt

  • Lasts after months of use
  • Fabric helps prevent chafing

Ten Thousand’s marquee shirt lives up to its name. Its anti-chafing flat seam prevents underarm irritation and the silver ions repel BO. Plus, despite the shirt’s relatively airy fit, it’s also incredibly durable and holds up even after months of constant use (and washes). In short, it’s a truly versatile training shirt.

  • Material: 3M easy-care fabric
  • Anti-odor
  • Moisture wicking

Best Long Sleeve Workout Shirt

Nike Dri-FIT Men’s Long-Sleeve Training T-Shirt

Long-sleeved t-shirts are great for air-conditioned gyms, but can feel swampy after an hour-long workout. That’s not the case with Nike’s best-selling shirt, which has Dri-Fit material that wicks away moisture even after multiple washes. Its slim fit makes it ideal for layering under a t-shirt or wearing on its own.

  • Material:Polyester
  • Moisture wicking

Drysense Short Sleeve Training Shirt

One of the lightest t-shirts we’ve tried, Lululemon’s workout t-shirt can still hold up when you want to hit the pavement hard. The sweat-wicking and anti-BO technology makes it ideal even for outdoor workouts, and it comes in a range of tastefully textured patterns to break up your solid color gym gear.

  • Material: Polyester, nylon and elastane
  • Moisture wicking
  • Anti-odor

True to its name, Proof’s signature t-shirt keeps us dry even after the longest workouts. And while most workout t-shirts have that slightly itchy synthetic feel, this one is as comfortable as our favorite loungewear, meaning you’ll want to wear it all day, every day.

  • Material: Merino wool, nylon
  • Temperature regulation
  • Moisture wicking

Fitted sleeveless Techfit t-shirt

If you like tank tops that are a little more fitted, the slim fit sleeveless shirt from adidas is for you. Made with spandex for added stretch, customers love how easy it is to move around in this shirt. In addition, its moisture-wicking fabric will leave your armpits very fresh.

  • Material: Polyester and jersey
  • Moisture wicking

Ideal for running

Van Cortlandt t-shirt

Yes, this Ivy League-inspired shirt is stunning, but don’t let the cute look fool you. It has a moisture-wicking mesh upper that provides maximum breathability and movement, so you can wear it through even your toughest sweat sessions. And while other training shirts we’ve tried after running more than five miles, this one stays in place perfectly during our long runs.

  • Material: Polyester and spandex
  • Moisture wicking

Over the past two years, we have consulted men’s health‘s Fitness and Style on the best workout t-shirts for men. Experts, including our Fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS and Fashion Director Ted Stafford, have put countless men’s workout shirts through their paces to rate their fit, support and effectiveness. We’ve tried them in a variety of settings, from long runs outdoors to hour-long workouts in the gym. We also considered top-rated men’s workout shirts that had at least 100 five-star customer reviews on e-commerce sites we trust.

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