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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2024
11 min read
Gymshark Review for Men Model Wearing Gymshark Crest Shorts While Working Out

Go to the nearest gym, and I’m willing to bet you can find at least one person wearing Gymshark. But that doesn’t mean their clothes are any good.

In this Gymshark review, I’m breaking down my experience with several of their best-selling items so you can decide whether this popular activewear brand is worth your time and money.

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Bottom line: Gymshark offers solid mid-price gym fits, and I’ve been enjoying every piece I picked up from the brand. The Arrival Shorts are definitely my favorite piece, followed by the Crest Hoodie. I was surprised at how slim the Crest Joggers were, but ultimately I don’t mind. Compared to more expensive brands, Gymshark activewear is less feature-rich, and their prices are lower to reflect that.

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Pros:
  • The designs are simple---unlike a lot of premium brands with tons of hidden pockets and zippers, Gymshark keeps it basic, which is a breath of fresh air
  • The Arrival collection is really lightweight and comfortable, and the Crest collection is soft and excellent for rest days
  • The colors coordinate easily, so everything I picked up looks like a matching outfit
Cons:
  • I’m not a huge fan of the fit of the Arrival Tee, plus there’s an issues with the stitching on the shoulder that doesn’t let it sit flat

Vuori, lululemon, Rhone, Ten Thousand, and plenty of others. 

The only remaining contender I could think of? 

Gymshark.

I picked up some of their best-sellers from their Arrival and Crest collections, and here’s what I think. 

What Is Gymshark?

Gymshark crest shorts on model

Ben Francis founded Gymshark in 2012, and in the very beginning, it was a supplement drop-shipping site. Doesn’t sound like the wildly popular Gymshark we all know today, right? 

But Ben had a genuine passion for the fitness industry and started to create his own clothing. The man literally sewed and screen printed in his small apartment to make the first of Gymshark’s own clothing. 

And within a few years, Gymshark was being touted by all the most popular lifters. See, at that time, there weren’t many brands that focused on bodybuilders and lifters. Lululemon wasn’t doing men’s clothes. Nike and Underarmour were pretty much the only games in town. And while those brands do everything, there was no focus on lifters, specifically. 

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So because Ben was a lifter himself, he just made the kind of clothes he wanted to wear in the gym, but couldn’t find. 

And year after year, the brand grew exponentially. Now, a little over 10 years later, you’d have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Gymshark, or at least seen their logo on someone’s tee. 

Things to Consider Before Buying

Gymshark model lifting weights

There are a few levels of workout clothes: there’s the cheap, the functional and value-driven, and then there’s the premium. 

Cheap is the $6 Champion jersey shorts I used to wear to the gym that fit like a garbage bag. Technically, they work. But you don’t feel good in them. 

Gymshark arrival shorts on model

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s premium. My favorite workout short is the Vuori Kore, and that’s what I wear pretty much every lifting day. But each pair also costs almost $70, which is a lot for workout shorts. So when I was needing one more pair to get me through an entire week of workouts, I shopped around for something more reasonable. 

And that’s where Gymshark fits in. Their shorts don’t have a liner, and they don’t have velcro, zippers, or any hidden pockets. They’re just basic workout shorts made with good quality, fast-drying, light-weight fabric. 

Best of all, they cost less than half of what Vuori’s shorts cost. 

My Hands-On Review

Arrival Shorts

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I picked up the Gymshark Arrival shorts in the 7” version, Olive. I love the simplicity of this short. 

Normally, I like to wear lined shorts which isn’t something Gymshark does a lot of (they do have a small collection of shorts with liners, but the vast majority of their shorts are unlined). 

So I first put on the Arrival Shorts thinking they might be toward the end of my “gym rotation,” but honestly, I’ve been loving these shorts every time I wear them. 

Gymshark arrival shorts on walking model

They’re a lot simpler than my favorite workout shorts: the Vuori Kore. There’s just two hip pockets and that’s it. But truthfully, what else do you really need in a workout short? 

I’ll still say that Vuori makes my favorite shorts, but it’s worth noting that the Gymshark Arrival costs less than half of what the Kore costs. The material for the Arrival Short is really lightweight and dries quickly. Plus, it’s easy to move around in, so ultimately, you’re getting a similar product for a much more friendly price. 

Gymshark arrival shorts front view

I’m a big fan of the Arrival Short, and it’s my favorite product from the whole bunch. 

Gymshark Arrival Shorts

I first put on the Arrival Shorts thinking they might be toward the end of my “gym rotation,” but honestly, I’ve been loving these shorts every time I wear them. They’re a lot simpler than my favorite workout shorts: the Vuori Kore. There’s just two hip pockets and that’s it. But truthfully, what else do you really need in a workout short?

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Crest Shorts

Gymshark crest shorts

The Crest line of clothing is more like sweats, so they’re a better fit for lounging or if you’re hitting the gym in winter. 

The fabric is a 80/20 mix of cotton and polyester. Usually I don’t like workout out with this kind of fabric because it can get a bit hot, and I already struggle with massive butt-sweat issues. 

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So I usually reserve my sweats for rest and recovery days—especially if I’m going to do some stretches and then hit the sauna afterward. 

I love the fit of the Crest Shorts. Most sweat shorts I’ve tried in the past usually flare out a ton in the thighs, but not the Crest. These still stay relatively narrow through the thigh, which is great for showing off my leg-day gains. 

Like the Arrival Short, the Crest is simple—two pockets at the hips and a secure button-snap back pocket for your phone or wallet. 

Gymshark Crest Shorts

I love the fit of the these shorts. Most sweat shorts I’ve tried in the past usually flare out a ton in the thighs, but not the Crest. These still stay relatively narrow through the thigh, which is great for showing off my leg-day gains.

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Crest Joggers

Gymshark crest joggers in grey

The Crest Joggers gave me the biggest curveball. I’ve tried joggers from all the major brands, and I probably have more joggers than anything else in my closet. 

These are quite slim. So if you have big quads, these joggers are going to highlight them. And if you have skinnier legs, then you won’t be swimming in fabric. 

I picked mine up in Light Grey Marl, which—as a color for sweatpants—has a long history of being the most attractive thing a guy can wear in the gym, apparently.

Gymshark model showcasing crest joggers grey

How true is it that women love a guy in grey sweats? I have no idea. I don’t have any data on the subject. 

But I can say that the Crest Joggers are really comfortable, and I’ve been enjoying wearing them on my rest days. 

They’re a bit too snug for me to wear during my workouts, and I think I prefer a bit more room through the thigh and calf for lounging, but they still get the job done, and the price is right.

I’m 32, but I feel like these joggers have a cut and styling that’d be more fit for a 22-28 year old guy. They look “younger” and “cool.” At this point, I’m not really either of those things. 

Gymshark Crest Joggers

These bad boys are stylish, simple, and bring everything you need in a good pair of winter workout pants. The cotton and polyester construction serve up the perfect amount of warmth and stretch for working out and braving the elements. 

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Arrival T-Shirt

Gymshark arrival tee on model

As long as my search for the perfect gym shorts has been going on, my search for the perfect gym tee has been running in tandem. 

Alas, the Arrival T-Shirt from Gymshark is solid, but it’s not the one. 

It’s a comfortable fabric—stretchy, lightweight, fast drying. I really like that it’s a bit longer so it doesn’t bunch up around my hips like some gym tees do. 

Gymshark shoulder seam pinched

But the seams around the shoulders don’t quite sit flat, so they look a bit cheap compared to other brands I’ve tried in the past. The issue is especially pronounced on the left shoulder, where there’s a bit of a “pinch” where the fabric rises up. 

The Arrival T-Shirt gets the job done, and I’ll still wear it every week, but I don’t think I’d get another one. The sewing quality and finishing just wasn’t there for me on this product. 

Gymshark Arrival T-Shirt

The Arrival T-Shirt gets the job done, and I’ll still wear it every week, but I don’t think I’d get another one. The sewing quality and finishing just wasn’t there for me on this product.

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Crest Hoodie

Gymshark crest hoodie green

The Crest Hoodie is a big win. Behind the Arrival Shorts, the Crest Hoodie is my next favorite piece. 

I’m a 6’2” 200lb guy and picked up the size Large in Olive. 

Gymshark model wearing jogger and sweatshirt

The fit is slim without being too tight. I like the raglan sleeves and the kangaroo pocket in front. Plus, the hoodie is attached in a more modern way that gives the sweatshirt a bit more refinement overall. 

Gymshark hoodie closure

This is a great piece, and it’s the gym-hoodie I’ve been looking for over the past 6 months. I’ve tried more expensive brands, but the Gymshark Crest Hoodie is my go-to for the gym, even when compared to more premium brands. 

Gymshark Crest Hoodie

The Crest Hoodie is a big win. The fit is slim without being too tight. I like the raglan sleeves and the kangaroo pocket in front. Plus, the hoodie is attached in a more modern way that gives the sweatshirt a bit more refinement overall. This is a great piece, and it’s the gym-hoodie I’ve been looking for over the past 6 months. I’ve tried more expensive brands, but the Gymshark Crest Hoodie is my go-to for the gym.

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What Do Other Reviewers Say?

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Gymshark has a loyal following, and next time you go to the gym, you’ll definitely see someone rocking the brand. 

In reading through hundreds of reviews online, I’ll boil it down to this: don’t expect a ton from their customer service—they’ll be able to help you, but don’t expect Amazon Prime levels of ease (which a lot of people do). 

Otherwise, folks didn’t seem blown away by the quality, but were overall very happy with what they got. The general sentiment was that the price is right, and the quality exceeds what you can get elsewhere for a similar price. 

Gymshark Alternatives

lululemon

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My favorite workout shirt—the lululemon Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve

lululemon is the big-dog in the space. And after doing a deep dive and trying tons of different lululemon products, I can say this: their clothes are incredible, but I’m not sure they’re worth that much more than Gymshark

lululemon puts a ton of time and effort into product development. Their workout shorts have gizmos, whizbangs, and more secret pockets than a pair of jeans designed by the Illuminati. But at the end of the day, I always use one hip pocket to carry my phone. 

Now, this also comes with a caveat: I don’t wear activewear clothes casually. 

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Lazy days with the lululemon Surge Jogger

If you regularly wear activewear as your daily go-to style, then I think spending more and getting higher quality is justified. 

But my activewear is limited to the gym, where I really only have a very specific use. 

So for the gym, Gymshark gives me everything I need for less cost. 

But if you wear activewear all day everyday, then bumping up for lululemon might be a better option for you. 

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lululemon activewear is quite pricey, but the style, fit, and features are among the best I’ve ever tried. I definitely recommend lululemon if you want multipurpose clothes that you can wear to the gym and for more casual, relaxed days out, because they’re both functional and stylish.

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Vuori

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My favorite workout shorts—the Vuori Kore Short

Vuori makes the Kore short, which is my favorite workout short. It just looks so good and feels so comfortable. 

What’s true about the comparison between lululemon and Gymshark is also true with Vuori. 

If you’re on a tighter budget, then there’s nothing so substantial that Vuori has you can’t get from Gymshark for less than half the cost. 

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The Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger

But if you wear activewear daily and it’s your main style-staple, then stumping up the cash for the more premium end clothing is going to leave you with more confidence, better quality, and more refined fits. 

Vuori

Vuori’s lineup of performance-wear looks and feels good. Their sizes are on the small side, so if you’re in between, go larger. Their customer service is on-point so you can focus on getting clothes that take you from the gym to the lake to a Sunday stroll.

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My Thoughts Overall

What I Like

  • The designs are simple—unlike a lot of premium brands with tons of hidden pockets and zippers, Gymshark keeps it basic, which is a breath of fresh air.
  • The Arrival collection is really lightweight and comfortable, and the Crest collection is soft and excellent for rest days.
  • The colors coordinate easily, so everything I picked up looks like a matching outfit.

What I Don’t Like

  • I’m not a huge fan of the fit of the Arrival Tee, plus there’s an issue with the stitching on the shoulder that doesn’t let it sit flat.

Who Is Gymshark For?

Gymshark is a fantastic brand if you’re looking to get high-quality gym clothes on a reasonable budget. I can see bringing $200 bucks to Gymshark and leaving with a full week’s worth of gym clothes that will leave you feeling confident and ready to lift and then check yourself out in the mirror.

The Verdict

I’m a fan of Gymshark. I love the simplicity of their Arrival Shorts and Crest Hoodie. 

The brand does have a “younger” style, so items like their Crest Jogger were a bit slim for me, but I can imagine a guy in his 20s absolutely loving the fit. 

I was disappointed with the Arrival T-Shirt—the seams around the shoulders weren’t well done and so the shirt looks pretty cheap as a result. 

The Crest Hoodie is my favorite gym hoodie—and I’ve tried stuff from brands that cost more than double. Still, cost aside, I reach for the Crest Hoodie more than the others. 

And the Arrival Shorts are exactly what I need for a workout—lightweight, comfortable, and fast-drying. Plus the price is right. 

So overall, I’ll shop with Gymshark again—most likely with the Arrival Short and the Crest Hoodie.

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Gymshark offers solid mid-price gym fits, and I’ve been enjoying every piece I picked up from the brand. The Arrival Shorts are definitely my favorite piece, followed by the Crest Hoodie. I was surprised at how slim the Crest Joggers were, but ultimately I don’t mind. Compared to more expensive brands, Gymshark activewear is less feature-rich, and their prices are lower to reflect that.

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FAQs

Are Gymshark clothes good quality?

Some pieces from Gymshark are better quality than others. The Arrival Shorts and Crest Hoodie are good quality, but other pieces like the Arrival T-Shirt are less so. 

Do Gymshark clothes run small?

No, Gymshark clothes don’t run small. They run true to size. 

Gymshark is so popular because they make affordable modern workout clothes. There aren’t many brands that do so, and Gymshark was one of the first movers in the space.

What are the cons of Gymshark?

Gymshark is a massive brand that manufactures a lot of their clothes in Bangladesh. Human rights issues aside, you’re not guaranteed amazing quality on every piece you get. Overall, the brand can be a bit inconsistent. But with the pieces that work, you’re getting good quality at an excellent price.