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April 22

Choose the Length of Men's Gym Shorts for Different Activities

If you're of a certain age, you'll remember gym shorts. There are now men's gym shorts for almost every activity, and each sport has unique features that help optimize them for the task at hand, such as moisture wicking capabilities or reinforced drawstrings. 

No matter what sport you play, you want to make sure you have the right sportswear to make the most of your efforts. The right sportswear will make it easier for you to move around, and they will keep you comfortable and cool as you do so. The cut of men's athletic shorts, and in particular the length of the seams inside the athletic shorts, depends heavily on the activity you are engaged in and the requirements of your particular sport. Let's examine some common sports. 


While there is a seemingly endless market for women's yoga gear, especially leggings, if you're a man, it can be hard to find well-cut yoga clothes. Therefore, the default setting is usually to wear whatever sweatshirt shorts and t-shirt you have on hand. 

Your best bet is somewhere in between the two extremes. Look for shorts with an 8 to 10 inch inseam and make sure they contain some spandex or other stretchy material so you can focus on moving smoothly into your poses.

yoga wear


Whether you're a serious runner or a Sunday morning jogger, a good pair of men's running shorts can make a big difference. Made from lightweight synthetic materials, running shorts often have specific design features such as hidden key pockets on the waistband and a built-in lining that optimizes their functionality and breathability. 

A 4 or 6-inch inseam provides plenty of freedom of movement and reduces the weight of the shorts so you can make the most of your daily run.

Cross training

For the ultimate high-intensity workout, you don't want shorts that put you in a bind. However, if your shorts are too short, they may not provide the coverage you (and the rest of you) want. 

Slim-fitting shorts made from performance fabrics are just the thing for your day's workout. Our tip: Choose a 10-inch inseam for cross-training shorts. This will give you excellent coverage during your bobbies, planks and crunches. 


In the early 2000s, baggy shorts that hung below the knee were the ideal choice for men's shorts, not just for men's sportswear, but even work shorts and jeans! 

Today, the consensus seems to have settled on a length of about 11 inches for basketball shorts. Shorts that are slightly above the knee in length combine good coverage and freedom of movement. You will usually pair basketball shorts with compression underwear, so choose shorts without a built-in liner.

basketball shorts

Strength Training

Whether your idea of strength training is HIIT or pumping iron, the shorts you wear should allow you to move comfortably while still providing the coverage you need as you perform a set of deep squats. Since you may want to wear compression underwear underneath, steer clear of shorts with built-in liners. 

Choose an 8- or 10-inch inseam for best results. This will give you plenty of freedom of movement when things get tough. 


Lightweight and breathable are two key adjectives to look for when buying soccer shorts. You don't want heavy fabric and sweat to get in your way when you're sprinting for a straight ball. 

You want to make sure you stay underneath when you're going all out on the field or sliding to shovel the ball. The ideal inside seam length for soccer shorts has stabilized at about 7 inches, and shorter shorts are back in vogue. 

football shorts


Not all rides use tight-fitting lycra. More traditional men's athletic shorts are a good choice if you're heading to the local bike path or double track. They'll provide plenty of coverage and often offer pockets to store your keys and wallet. 

For the perfect combination of functionality and practicality, look for shorts with a 9-inch inseam and purchase extras like removable padding and zippered pockets. 

The right length

As we've seen, there are many factors to consider when shopping for the right style and the right length of men's training shorts. 

High quality men's workout shorts are perfect for your time in the gym, but they are also great for many other activities. Cut to the right length, they will work well and look great both in and out of the gym, so it's no wonder why they are a best seller. Please contact AOMI to buy them.