How to Choose the Best Fabric for Workout and Yoga Clothing Manufacturing

How to choose the best fitness fabric regarding workout and yoga clothing is key to a  successful activewear collection! This article is everything you should know about choosing the right fabric for your workout & yoga clothing collections.

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Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Fitness Fabric

Choose the right fitness fabric thickness

When choosing workout clothing, fabric thickness is the next criteria to selecting the best quality, the best performing—and best look, because we know style counts too! Fabric “thickness” is rated by weight per linear foot within the garment industry. Weight can range on the low side from 180 GSM (grams per meter square) that you’ll find at the massive big-box bricks and mortar discount stores upwards to 310 GSM. 

Other downsides of thin fabric are that it provides very little compressive support and has poor “memory”. This means the fabric will stretch out and bag quickly–typically at the knees, waistline, and tushy. Plus, the too-thin, less expensive fabric will not hold its coloring and last long.

At Thygesen Textile Vietnam, our superior sports performance fabric is classified within the luxury fitness category. All our buttery soft peached nylon spandex fabric weighs in at 271 GSM, which provides just the right coverage without smothering you. It’s luxurious, supportive, and moves comfortably with your body throughout every range of movement–just like a Second Skin–and lasts a long time too.

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Choose the Best Fabric Content

Make sure to read and check the fabric content before you make your purchase because choosing the right fabric content will guarantee that your garments last longest, hold their color, hold you in and don’t bag and sag after a few washes. 

You should choose garments made from nylon. Nylon is the most durable, strong, and long-lasting of all sportswear fabrics. Nylon was developed years ago to mimic the softness and strength of silk. Avoid polyester as it is nylon’s cheap knock-off that has little of nylon’s strength–not to mention that it tends to be significantly scratchier. Rayon is yet another poor relation that degrades quickly in the wash and has extremely poor breathability properties.

Moisture-Wicking Fabrics for Fitness Clothing

Today there are a wide variety of synthetic and natural fabrics to choose from that will keep you dry and prevent you from getting that “Soaked to the bone” look (unless of course you like that look). 
According to REI.com, avoid “Synthetic fibers that are, essentially, plastic—and virtually nonabsorbent.” Moisture travels along the surface of the fiber, but since it cannot be absorbed, the moisture from perspiration is then dispersed from the inside of the piece of clothing and drawn to the outside of it, where it evaporates when it makes contact with the air. 

In addition to the material itself, a chemical finish is often applied to moisture-wicking clothing to enhance its performance, allowing it to quickly draw moisture along its nonabsorbent fibers and transport it to the garment’s exterior. Our superior fabric has certified sports performance Moisture Wicking and Anti-Bacterial properties.

*We do recommend that you NOT put fabric softeners when washing Moisture Wicking fitness clothing as this will dissolve/decrease the Moisture Wicking properties.

Compression Fabric for Fitness Clothing

Using a special knitting process and fabric combination of primarily nylon/spandex, next-generation compression clothing is now shown to improve circulation during and after physical activity to help alleviate stiff, sore muscles and hasten muscle recovery. Compression clothing also stimulates blood flow, helping to reduce lactic acid build-up and prevent delayed onset muscle fatigue and soreness. 

Our fabric is a special custom blend of cotton/poly/spandex using a proprietary super thick spandex thread that creates the compressive support along with the perfect tummy control and body shaping/slenderizing fit. Thanks to our technical capabilities, our new workout clothes now feature anti-microbial treatments to combat odor (including all our fabrics). Our fabric is certified Anti-Microbial, because smelling funky is just not a good thing at the gym—or ever!

However, you should avoid rubber-based or plastic-based materials, because they keep sweat from evaporating and keep your body temperature too high during exercise. Fabrics made primarily from only polyester/spandex will also not allow your skin to breathe or allow your body to cool down/perspire properly–let alone polyester is a lesser grade material versus nylon and is always rougher to the touch. 

These fabrics lead to decreased physical functioning and may contribute to heat exhaustion. Our superior fabric is a proprietary blend of nylon/spandex that not only breaths but also moves like a second skin on your body.

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Comfort for Fitness Fabric

Avoid any rough fabrics that could chafe or irritate your skin during repetitive movement. Choose materials that let you move and don’t constrict you. Pay closer attention to fit than size, as some workout clothes tend to be smaller and more form-fitting than regular clothes. Look for items that have a small percentage of spandex listed on the label—about 10% is fitness fabric industry standard. This allows for a greater range of motion during exercise and can provide a comfortable, functional fit without being skin-tight or revealing your lady parts! Thygesen Textile Vietnam’s suede nylon/spandex fabric feels buttery soft and has what fit biz clothing buyers call a “beautiful hand” or feel.

The Takeaway: Choosing the right fitness clothing to exercise begins with choosing the best, top-quality fitness fabric first. Look for fabric that will provide function, support, coverage, and of course make you look your best, because style counts!

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Thygesen Textile Vietnam – the workout clothing manufacturer with limitless fabric options

First, Thygesen Textile Vietnam is one of the few manufacturers in Vietnam that provides the fabric itself in the production process. Therefore, the quality of the material is also guaranteed. 

More than that, we offer eco-friendly materials like Organic Cotton, Supima, Bamboo viscose, Soybean, Coffee, Recycled Polyester, Lenzing Tencel, Modal, etc. Almost all the textiles are breathable, absorbent, quick-drying, stable, and long-lasting, with colorfastness, low shrinkage, low pilling, eco-friendliness.

You can check out our diverse activewear product range here: Activewear Manufacturer

In addition, Thygesen Textile Vietnam has in-house yarn and fabric professionals with extensive expertise and experience in knit fabric production. They keep up to date on new fiber and yarn innovations. The sustainable fashion manufacturer Vietnam also has a lab where we can analyze, test, and inspect fabric samples to create a unique fabric that is the same as the customer’s sample while adhering to international standards such as ISO, AATCC, JIS, etc.

Thygesen Textile Vietnam also has a close partnership with fiber suppliers (Lenzing, Woolmark, Hyosung, Invista, Meisheng, Century, Tenbro, etc.) and new fiber materials as essential inputs in new product development.

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