13 South African Activewear Brands You Should Be Supporting

Proudly South African fitness items for your gym bag.


Thaaqib Daniels |

Let’s face it. Sweating away all those calories in the gym isn’t necessarily the prettiest sight (especially so on the treadmill). But that doesn’t mean our gym clothes can’t help distract fellow gym-goers from staring at our facial expressions. In fact, workout gear is increasingly becoming more stylish, so much so that a gym outfit can easily be turned into a casual look. What’s more is that you can dress like a pro-athlete all while supporting local brands.

Here are 13 Proudly South African activewear brands that you can add to your gym apparel collection.

Foxfit Athleisure

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Foxfit is a South African athleisure brand with a range of sportswear-built comfort, style and performance. From tank tops and hoodies to running shorts, Foxfit is a great place to go when you want to look good while breaking a sweat. Check out their website here and some of our product recommendations below:

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From left to right: Black Long Sleeve Scoop Neck (R349)Sky Blue Cut Off Tee (R290)Grey Essential Pullover Hoodie (R499).

Braver Apparel

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If you’re competing in a team sport and you need T-shirts or activewear to make your squad stand out, Braver apparel’s customs is an ideal option. They do screen printing of tees & hoodies in both adult and kids sizes – so the little ones can be part of the crew, too. For more information check out braverapparel.myshopify.com

Maxed

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Mr Price Sport’s athletic brand Maxed is a must-have for any gym-goer and fitness fanatic who wants quality activewear that won’t break the budget. Maxed have a wide-range of basically anything sports-related, and can be found in any Mr Price Sports store nationwide. Try these items out:

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From left to right: Dri-Sports Training Vest (R39.99), Maxed Trainers (R299.99)Seamless Knit Compression Top (R379.99)

Push Fitness Apparel

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Push Fitness Apparel is a functional clothing brand that firmly believes that gym clothes do not have to be boring and that they should show the personality of those wearing them. Push offers activewear that’s stylish, comfortable and supportive during a workout. And they allow you customise as well! Check them out at pushfitnessapparel.com

Dark Performance Apparel

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Dark Performance Apparel supplies minimalistic activewear that is designed for high-intensity training. The clothing brand was co-founded by Alan Foulis, a South African competitive CrossFitter who was also our Man Of Action in the February issue of Men’s Health (Find out our latest Man Of Action here). Here are a couple of Dark products that we recommend:

Left: OG Black T-shirt (R279),  Right: Midnight Performance Shorts (R699)

DRANGED Urban Athleisure

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DRANGED is an urban athleisure brand that supplies both lifestyle and performance apparel. They use simple yet striking designs that will make any gym-goer look twice. They also host an annual brand ambassador search called Ultimate Alpha, where fitness fanatics can enter with hopes of representing the brand. Check out our recommendations below:

Left: Hero V2 Stringer T-shirt (R359)Right: Delta Curved Peak Cap (R399)

Balega Socks

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These performance socks from local brand Balega are made for physical activity, making it ideal for your daily jog before and after work.  The socks are a soft blend of polyester, nylon and elastane. The hand-linked seamless toe causes less friction when moving, while the reinforced heel and breathable mesh construction creates a durable and comfortable fit. They’ve made The Cut section in our magazine earlier this year, and we highly recommend them for any outdoor activity.

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Monsta Gymwear

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Monsta Gymwear provides workout gear that just screams confidence. They also have a range of supplements and gym equipment – everything a growing beast needs. Find out more on monsta.co.za

Above: Monsta-G Dri Fit T-shirt (R199, was R299)

Grumpy Monkey Socks

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Grumpy Monkey’s quirky designs are completely intended to impress. But the colourful socks have active elements crafted into the foot cradle of for premium performance. Perfect for when you wish to flex your personality on leg days. Try out these epic colourways:

Left: KTM Orange (R125), Tuxedo Yellow (R125), Graffiti Black (R125)

RT Apparel

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Another Mr Price brand, RT has some cool, minimal athleisure items that can be worn every day and not just on gym days. Check them out below:

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From Left to Right: Training shoe (R199.99), Side Tape Tricot Pants (R179.99), Side Tape Active Top (R189.99)

Bee Aesthetics

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Bee Aesthetics specialises in handmade fitness products for the aspiring strongman or weightlifter. They have a range of weighted vests, knee sleeves, hand grips and wrist protectors. Check out their stuff at beeaesthetics.co.za

Above: Digital Grey Weighted Vest (R1600)

Nutritech Urban

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Nutritech Urban provides authentic hand crafted strength equipment and supplies which have been endorsed by some of our favourite athletes: Cover Guy Johry Batt, Enoch Mseleni and Trevor Lagerwey (creator of MH SpeedShred training programme). Check out some of our favourites from their collection:

From Left to Right: Wolfhound Tee (R319), Go Unbroken Tank (R299)

Pyramid Socks

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Pyramid Socks are performance based socks made in South Africa. Whether you enjoy brighter colours and patterns, or if you prefer something plain and simple, Pyramid has got you covered. Have a look at their range at pyramidsocks.com

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From left to right: Original Red, Blue, Black (R180 each).

If you come across any local fitness brands that you enjoy that we’ve missed, please feel to tag us on social media!

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