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How to choose the best workout clothing for heavy sweating

It is true - Sweating is inevitable. However, there are a few steps that you can take to lessen the amount you perspire or make it less noticeable to others. Here are a few things to look out for to reduce the appearance of prominent sweat patches: 

Choose moisture-wicking and breathable material

If you take one thing away from this blog, let it be this. Moisture-wicking material is the ideal fabric for heavy sweaters! It is both lightweight and breathable, helping to draw sweat away from the skin to keep you cool and dry. By wearing the right fabric, you can help reduce the amount of sweat that forms in the first place. Some of the best moisture-wicking materials to look out for include: 

  • Polyester - Polyester is great for wicking moisture and dries fast. It is also durable, lightweight and breathable. Keep an eye out for Nike Dri-Fit Technology, which heavily utilises polyester. 
  • Nylon - Nylon is another great moisture-wicking material. It is stretchy and light, making it perfect for working out. 
  • Polypropylene - Polypropylene is a good moisture-wicking fabric for colder weather. Although lightweight, it also has thermal properties. Opt for this material if you love to exercise outdoors in the winter. 

At Rebel Sport, we stock the best sportswear brands that are catered toward those who want to push themselves to the limit. When you are browsing our range, keep a look out for the following moisture-wicking technology from our bestselling brands: 


Wicking Fabric

Moisture Wicking Fabric

Avoid cotton, silk or linen fabric

Watch out for fabrics like cotton if you are trying to avoid transforming into a puddle of sweat. For example, if you wear a cotton workout top, all the sweat you produce will get absorbed into the fibres. This makes your top feel damp and heavy and makes it even more difficult to cool down on hot days. 

If you feel like your cotton t-shirt is causing you to overheat at the gym, opt for a moisture-wicking technical fabric instead. Trust us, you won’t regret it. 

Wear very dark or light colours

There is a certain science to choosing the right colours to wear, especially when it comes to activewear. A big no-no is wearing grey or bright colours to the gym if you are concerned about sweat showing through. These colours will highlight sweat stains, making them more obvious to those around you.

If you are looking to hide your perspiration, consider opting for very dark or very light colours. Black is an obvious choice, with navy, pale pink and white being close runner-ups. If you choose to opt for a white shirt, make sure to wear deodorant rather than an antiperspirant, which can cause yellow stains to appear after your sweat session. 

Another great option is patterned fabrics, as the busyness of the print may help to disguise the appearance of sweat stains. Opt for floral patterns or tie-dye prints if you are feeling bold.

Working Up A Sweat

Wearing Grey At Gym

Choose a sweat-disguising style

If you don’t want your sweat to become a spectacle, be smart with the style of workout clothes you choose. Tank tops and singlets are great for detracting from armpit sweat. As they don’t have sleeves, you won’t have to worry about sweat patches shining through. 

If tanks and singlets aren’t your style, a loose t-shirt might be a better option. This style can help circulate air and reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. The fabric won’t cling to your skin as much as a tight-fitting t-shirt, taking the spotlight off your sweat. 

If you are comfy in a pair of shorts and a sports bra, then that is the way to go! It might seem obvious, but the less clothing you wear, the less you’ll sweat.


Tanks and singlets

Lightweight tanks and singlets are great for heavy sweaters. With no fabric around the underarms, you can enjoy maximum air circulation. Not only that, but the lack of fabric under the arms means sweat won’t soak through in this area and create stains.







A pair of breathable, lightweight shorts are key to staying cool and dry. If you are used to wearing tights/leggings, now is the time to switch it up. Maximise your airflow by opting for a moisture-wicking material. Nike Dri-Fit technology is excellent for this! 







Sports Bras

A sports bra is key for the ladies out there, helping you feel supported and comfortable as you work up a sweat. If you are confident wearing a sports bra on its own sans shirt, you’ll get the benefit of getting maximum airflow.  Choose a moisture-wicking fabric that wicks the sweat away to keep your chest cool. 





Anti-Chafe Balms

If you’ve ever experienced chafing, you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be. Chafing can often occur during exercise when your body is overheating and friction is at its highest. 
An anti-chafe balm can help protect your skin against chafing, by forming an invisible and protective barrier. This reduces the level of friction and prevents the red, raw irritation that chafing causes. It is both sweat and water-resistant, so you won’t have to constantly re-apply as you sweat during your workout. 

Look after yourself with our range of anti-chafing products.

Sweatbands and Wristbands


Sweatbands and wristbands are nifty accessories if you struggle with excessive sweating during exercise.

Pop on your wristbands and use them to wipe away any facial sweat before it drips onto any surfaces. Alternatively, you can opt for a sweatband to catch any forehead sweat. 

Shop our selection of wristbands and sweatbands.

Gym Towel


Even if you aren’t a heavy sweater, a gym towel is a must-have, especially at the gym. Not only will it keep you fresh and dry, but it can also prevent sweat from landing on the communal gym equipment.


Overall, bringing a gym towel to the gym is not only great etiquette but also a helpful addition to your sports bag as a heavy sweater. 

Wipe your sweat away with our range of gym towels

Deodorant or Antiperspirant

If you are a little self-conscious of the odour that comes with sweating, deodorant is a good solution. Deodorant is designed to reduce your armpit odour and deter bacteria. However, if you want to reduce the amount of sweat you produce, opting for an antiperspirant might be your preferred option. 

Cooling Towel

You’ve heard of gym towels but have you heard of cooling towels? Cooling towels help keep you feeling refreshed, staying at 30 degrees below your natural body temperature for up to 2 hours. All you need to do is run the towel under cold water, wring it out and enjoy. 

For a quick refresher, shop our range of cooling towels

A Grippy Yoga Mat

This one is essential for all yogi’s and pilates enthusiasts out there. There is nothing more irritating than a poor grip affecting your ability to perfect your technique.

The sweatier you are, the worse your grip is bound to be. A mat with a  little extra grip might be a good way to reduce the slip factor. 


Stay grounded with our selection of yoga mats.