There’s nothing like the feeling you get after you’ve completed a savage workout—you upped your weights, you nailed the upright rows, did every last duck walk, and are thrilled you’re donezo for the day. The only thing that can kind of ruin that euphoric state of mind is the state of your nether regions. Let’s be TMI for a second: sweating down there isn’t super comfortable. And not only that, your choice of workout underwear could be unhealthy too.
The right kind of underwear for exercise
Hands down, choose a pair with coverage. In Should You Really Wear a Thong When You Work Out?, Dr. Nicole E. Williams of the Gynecology Institute of Chicago told Elle, "Wearing a thong during exercise can bring E.coli living in the rear toward the front as you move, increasing your risk for urinary tract infection." Why risk it?
The right fabric for exercise
You’ll hear all kinds of opinions: go with cotton, skip the lace. Believe it when we say, Uwila Warrior’s founder and CEO Lisa Mullan did her research in this category when basing her entire company on manufacturing underwear that can literally be worn at work, on date nights, and during workouts—because underwear should be easy and versatile.
She says: “Silk is the best underwear to work out in. It doesn’t leave you feeling wet and uncomfortable like cotton does, since it’s much better at wicking away moisture. And contrary to popular belief, it’s totally fine to wear beautiful underwear while exercising. Why not?!”
Take your pick
All of UW’s undies are great for fitness of any kind, but here are our favorites. Best part is, there’s no need to pack ‘em in your gym bag. Wear them when you’re crunching numbers during the day, and keep them on when you’re crunching your abs at night.
Happy Seams in Nude
Perfect for: Yoga pants
Thanks to seamless laser cutting technology, you won’t feel like you’re wearing anything—and others won’t see any lines when you’re in downward-facing dog. Bonus: they’re tagless too. GET YOUR PAIR >>
Kickin Butt in Nirvana
Perfect for: Cardio
Our Soft Silks line has a lot of fun sayings to choose from, but the clear winner for your cardio class is our “Kickin Butt” pair. Made of 100% natural fiber silk, you’ll absolutely notice that silk wicks away moisture better than any other natural fiber fabric. GET YOUR PAIR >>
Manic Monday in Storm Blue
Perfect for: Any kind of fitness
For obvious reasons, Mondays are the hardest days to rise and shine and bang out some jumping Jacks. Put on a pair of UW’s Manic Monday undies and roll with the madness. Admit it: you’d much rather post a selfie of your glistening sweaty face post-workout than the usual “case of the Mondays” downer pic. Get it, girl! GET YOUR PAIR >>