We Found 7 Winning Fitness Gear Items Under R500

Best part: They're all online. No shopping-centre las required 👊🏾


Wanita Nicol |

Raise your hand if you hate shopping malls. The queues, the vlou music, the trolleys, all those people. So what’s a guy to do when you need new fitness gear?  Easy – shop online. We even did the legwork for you. Here are seven bargains all conveniently available at one online store. All you have to do is find a comfy spot on the couch, crack open a cold one and click here.

Shorts That Don’t Dig In

The key here is the waistband. It’s tight enough to keep your shorts up in the squat rack, but forgiving around the love handles to limit that muffin-top effect. The lower crotch and light stretch in the fabric prevents the seam from digging into your junk.

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adidas Performance 4KRFT Sport Ultimate 9-Inch Knit Shorts

R 479

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Tights That Won’t Slip

So much warmer than shorts on a frosty Highveld morning but with way more ease of movement than your go-to tracksuit pants, tights are a winner for winter. But not so much when they’re slipping down in a box jump, riding up your ankles or hanging awkwardly around your calves. The higher waistband, longer length and compression fabric team up to keep these in place.

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Reebok WOW Big Logo Compression Tights

R 499

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Long-Sleeve Top That Doesn’t Become A Sweat Rag

Sleeves look appealing when you’re packing your gym bag before work in what feels like the middle of the freaking night. But when you’re halfway through a bench set and sweating like an MP appearing before the Zondo commission, they’re more like a curse. That’s where this lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric comes into its own – it keeps you warm going into the gym, but prevents overheating. Mesh in the back allows heat to escape, preventing that steaming-like-a-racehorse effect.

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Nike Performance Long-Sleeve Run Top

R 399

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Vest That’s Not Too…Well…Vesty

There are loads of reasons to choose a vest over a t-shirt. Chief among them: It’s so much easier to lift a barbell over your head or hang from a bar when you don’t have a t-shirt riding up to your ears. Also, how are you meant to low-key check out your guns in the mirror otherwise? But maybe you don’t want to be that oke rocking the deep-V strappy number either. With this cut you get the best of both – a higher neckline and broader shouders, plus the slim fit won’t parachute around your waist and the performance fabric won’t get too sweaty.

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Puma Performance Sports Style Core Ignite Singlet

R 399

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Cap That Doesn’t Squash Your Head

If you train in a cap, you’re probably familiar with that cap line across the forehead. Really professional in post-training meetings. What you want is a bit of stretch and fabric tech that wicks away sweat. This has both.

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Under Armour Men’s Blitzing Cap

R 299

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Gym Bag With Space For Shoes

That awkward moment when you put your shoes in the gym bag and there’s no room left for anything else. This bag has a separate shoe compartment and is still compact enough to throw in a locker. An easy-access mesh side pocket takes your wallet, phone and keys.

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Nike Performance Medium Training Duffel Bag

R 389

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Hoodie You Can Wear With Jeans

Ok, so technically this is just over 500 bucks, but it’s on special so you’re getting a bargain. The problem with a lot of gym hoodies is that they look like gym hoodies. And not even The Rock looks like he’s always on his way to the gym. I mean, he is always on his way to the gym, but he doesn’t dress like it. Throw this on before your workout and wear it again with jeans and sneakers on the weekend.

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Lotto Spider II Sweater FZ HD

R 524

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