The Best Shirt Materials for the Gym: A Comprehensive Guide
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The Best Shirt Materials for the Gym: A Comprehensive Guide

This guide will help you decide which material to use for your next custom gym apparel order.

Choosing the right shirt for gym workouts can significantly impact your comfort and performance. Various fabrics are available, so knowing which materials are best suited for intense physical activity is essential. 

This guide will discuss the top t-shirt materials ideal for the gym, providing examples from Real Thread's collection to help you make an informed choice.

100% Cotton

Cotton t-shirts are a staple in many wardrobes due to their softness and breathability. However, there may be better options than pure cotton for high-intensity workouts. Cotton tends to absorb moisture rather than wick it away, potentially leaving you feeling damp and uncomfortable.

The Bella+Canvas 3001 is an excellent choice if you prefer cotton. It's made from 100% ring-spun cotton, offering a soft and comfortable fit suitable for light to moderate activities​.


Polyester is a synthetic fabric known for its durability and excellent moisture-wicking properties. It dries quickly, making it ideal for sweaty gym sessions. Polyester shirts are also lightweight and resistant to shrinking and wrinkling.

The Next Level 6210 is a high-quality polyester blend t-shirt that provides comfort and performance​.


Tri-blend fabrics combine cotton, polyester, and rayon, offering a perfect balance of comfort, durability, and moisture-wicking capabilities. They are also lightweight and breathable, making them a favorite for gym-goers who want the best of both worlds.

The Next Level 6010 Men's Triblend Crew and the American Apparel TR401 Triblend Short Sleeve Track Shirt are popular options for their superior comfort and fit​ 


Bamboo fabric is gaining popularity due to its natural antibacterial properties and excellent moisture-wicking abilities. It's also highly breathable and soft, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.


Viscose, a type of rayon, is made from wood pulp and shares many qualities with cotton and bamboo. It is soft, breathable, and effective at wicking moisture away from the body.

Poly-Cotton Blends

Blending cotton with polyester enhances the fabric's durability and moisture-wicking properties while maintaining some of the cotton's softness and breathability. These blends are versatile and suitable for a wide range of activities.

The Bella+Canvas 3413 Unisex Triblend Tee is a fantastic poly-cotton blend that balances comfort and performance​. 

Why Material Matters

The material of your gym t-shirt affects your comfort, performance, and overall workout experience. Here are some factors to consider:

So… Which Should YOU Choose?

Choosing the suitable t-shirt material can significantly impact your gym experience. 

Whether you prefer the softness of cotton, the durability of polyester, or the balanced benefits of a tri-blend, there's a perfect t-shirt for you. 

Explore Real Thread's extensive range of custom apparel to find the ideal gym t-shirt for your needs and style.​ 

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