Spandex: The Best Workout Material for Active Wear Performances

The right activewear can work wonders for your training and performance. It is an essential tool for efficient training and reaching your goals faster. With so many technicalities involved it is often tricky and confusing to choose right training apparel. It’s not just about fashion or looking good — it’s also about fit and performance. Spandex or elastane, a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity is stronger and more durable than rubber. It can be stretched repeatedly and still recover to very near its original length and shape, making it perfect for active wear material. 

Generally, it can be stretched more than 500% without breaking and is lightweight, soft, smooth, supple. Spandex provides a combination of comfort and fit, prevents bagging and sagging, required during the workout sessions. Many more qualities of spandex include heat-settable i.e. facilitates transforming puckered fabrics into flat fabrics, or flat fabrics into permanent rounded shapes, dye able, resistant to deterioration by body oils, perspiration, lotions or detergents, abrasion resistant. The elementary properties essential for the right activewear are performance, comfort and durability. The best activewear uses a combination of design and fabric to hit these metrics.

The elasticity and strength (stretching up to five times its length), of spandex has been incorporated into a wide range of garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics. For clothing, spandex is usually mixed with cotton or polyester, and accounts for a small percentage of the final fabric, which therefore retains most of the look and feel of the other fibers. Sports fabrics are technical materials which help to keep the wearer comfortable during exercise. 

One of the most desirable characteristics of your training gear is to be breathable. The ability to regulate body temperature is a useful feature for intense training sessions. Activewear should feel light and soft on the skin, so you can focus more on your training and less on factors like chafing and skin irritation. Most training apparel fabrics are treated with a chemical wash to make them feel softer and smoother. Spandex is a popular material used as base layers to soak up sweat. This fabric also eliminates instances of static cling and pilling. When spandex fabric is added to cotton, for instance, this fabric becomes much more elastic, and spandex can also be used to add elasticity to traditionally rigid fabrics like polyester. Even if small amounts of this fabric are added to other textiles, these fabrics become much stretchier; since spandex can stretch up to eight times its original size.

 Due to its novelty and the relatively laborious manufacturing process used to make it, spandex fabric commands a relatively high market price but since it is generally only used in small quantities in apparel, price usually make itself apparent at the consumer level. The more spandex fabric that is included in a garment, the more expensive that garment becomes. It will chemically free prevent odors because a bacteria microclimate cannot grow on dry skin. This broad category of spandex is used to make garments like T-shirts, sports bras, running and cycling jerseys, socks, tracksuits, and polo-style shirts for any physical activity where the goal is to keep the skin as cool and dry as possible. They move perspiration away from the body to the fabric’s outer surface where it can evaporate. These fabrics typically are soft, lightweight, and stretchy—in other words, they are perfectly suited for making activewear. All the qualities together contribute in a perfect fiber for workout material for  active wear performances.

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