The Best Men’s Athletic Shorts to Improve Your Workout in 2022

By Beau Hayhoe  |  Updated June 30, 2022

The Best Men’s Athletic Shorts to Improve Your Workout in 2022
Courtesy of Ten Thousand

There are areas where you can’t cut corners: The gym or your daily training session are certainly two of them, but the gear you wear for said training session–like athletic shorts–is undoubtedly another. In the same way you level up your training and push for new personal bests, stepping up the gear you wear can help you meet those aims quite handily. 

It’s like finding the right set of weights, or the right weight for your ideal number of reps–when you find it, you know, and when you hit your stride, you really can tell. The same goes for stepping into the best athletic shorts, which can deliver essential mobility, much-needed moisture-wicking capabilities and all-around durability for repeat wear.

The best athletic shorts even feature helpful details like zip pockets, abrasion-resistant fabric and a length and fit that’s just right–all the better to power those repeat training sessions and new personal bests. The next time you heed that early wake-up call to hit the gym, do so wearing a pair of the best athletic shorts–like these WERD-approved favorites below. 

For more shorts options, view our list of the Best Men’s Shorts for Summer

Reigning Champ Training Shorts


Reigning Champ’s well-made athletic gear–including gym-ready sweatshirts and joggers–always seems to deliver both premium quality and hard-hitting training specs in one complete package. The fittingly named Training Shorts do just that quite handily, too: The four-way stretch fabric is finished off with a Durable Water-Repellent coating for go-anywhere workout capabilities, while reinforced side seams add much-needed durability, too.

Vuori Kore Short


The Kore Shorts from Vuori Clothing are ultra-comfortable, they wick away moisture from the very first drop, and as Vuori says, they’re designed to be “one short for every sport.” That’s the kind of utility you really can use in your life.

Ten Thousand Interval Shorts


Of all the companies in the arms race to make the best workout shorts, Ten Thousand seems to go above and beyond. They work with athletes to wear-test each product, then turn those tests into some of the coolest and most technically advanced pieces on the market. In the case of the Interval Shorts, that means a no-bunch waistband and shorts that seriously wick away moisture with a lightweight fabric blend.

WOLACO Warren Shorts


When WOLACO set out to perfect the workout short, they said they did so with a focus on shorts that would “fit universally into all aspects of our active lifestyle.” At first glance, it looks like the Warren Shorts could be your new go-to pair when it comes to the best athletic shorts, blending a high-stretch, anti-pilling nylon and spandex fabric blend with details like a sweat-proof zippered phone pocket. To that we say: Well-done, WOLACO.

Rhone 7-Inch Mako Shorts


If you’re in the market for a pair of athletic shorts designed to move with you–not against you–and a pair without a liner–then Rhone is the brand you need to shop now. The 7-inch inseam is our personal preference, with a fit that works for most guys, and handy details like a media pocket and a hidden zipper pocket make it all that much easier to store your everyday carry. Plus, the range of colors and prints injects a bit of style into your workout.

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