Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

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Brands in the Post

Swim/Beach/Resort Shorts

Gym/Lounge/Errands Shorts

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1980s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

Mens Physique Pro Jorge Tabet does leg day workout in soccer shorts.

In April 2021, Alex Abad-Santos wrote an article for Vox on the popularity of shorts with 5 inches or lower inseams.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

(Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights. Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Photo Examples

Andrei Gutierrez, engineering student and mens physique competitor from Aguascalientes, Mexico.
CandidConstantine in khaki cut-off shorts
Shorts from Athletegy.NYC. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.
Model: James Whipp
Deve Carvajal loves leg day.
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Media Coverage: Are Short Shorts in Style for Guys?

Five-Inch Inseam Shorts

On TikTok, there are posts encouraging guys to ditch long-length shorts in favor of 5-inch inseam shorts (aka short shorts). (See an article by Esquire Magazine.)

In 2021, in the New York Post, there was an article about actor Milo Ventimiglia wearing runner’s shorts to the gym.

Andres Gaspar by Adrian C. Martin. Beach shorts, Bang! Clothes, Miami, Fla.
Paul Mescal, actor, in short shorts. Photo by Click News and Media.
Shorts, O’Neill’s. See related news article.
Shorts, Addicted
Fraser Wilson, Australia; Short Shorts in Action

Fraser Wilson, a personal trainer from Melbourne, Australia, is sponsored by GymShark.

In the YouTube video at the right, Fraser performs a follow-along mobility workout while wearing five-inch inseam shorts.

Are Men’s Shorts Getting Shorter?

The Guardian newspaper had an article about men’s interest in short shorts (the way shorts were in the 1970s and 1980s) (author Priya Elan). Men’s shorts became longer in the 1990s and early 2000s. The theme of the story was the connection of menswear, sensuality, and affordable style.

There is some tension as the inseam gets to 5 inches and lower. (See discussion in next subsection.)

In the bodybuilding (and physique) world, I think that there is a desire to show the results of leg day training as well as practicality—better movement in the gym. With athleisure clothing, this gym wear is also worn in casual wear.

(See a previous article on leg day shorts.)

Josh Watson

An article in the New Idea, a publication for Australian women, also supports short shorts and provides practical tips (author Rhys McKay).

Some parts of Australian fashion embraced short shorts (for example, brands (2Eros (Zyzz (the late Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011)) shorts, also known as the S01 Icon Shorts (mentioned in a previous blog article) and fitness trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal) as well as sports (the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rugby).

Australian rugby
Expert calisthenics trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal
Australian Football League

When Are Shorts Too Short for Guys?

For shorter shorts, like the Addicted mesh shorts, below, there may be some negative feedback received from the guy showing too much leg. Rick for The Running Channel on YouTube investigated this question with two-inch inseam side-split running shorts.

The Guardian‘s Priya Elan wrote an article asking how low can men’s short short’s go. There is a split opinion on where short shorts should be worn.

Teo van den Broeke, British GQ’s styling and grooming director, agreed: “We’re more au fait with wearing sport shorts right now, given how much exercising we’ve all been doing, we feel more comfortable going a little short.”

Others think micro is not the way to go. “In most urban contexts, it would be more acceptable for men to wear knee-grazing shorts,” said Elizabeth Wyse, at the etiquette experts Debrett’s.

Priya Elan, Micro shorts for men: how short is too short?

Bang Clothing brand offers show shorts that have a three-inch inseam.

As discussed above with the Guardian article, the shorts force a connection between men’s fashion and sensuality. However, bodybuilders and AFL athletes has embraced the fashion trend enthusiastically.

A YouTuber and male model, Brandon Pikulinski, was having this debate in his video log. He’s a tall guy, 6’3″ or 1.91 meters. Brandon is a jogger, wore short shorts and leggings on a hot day to go for a jog (at about 30 second-mark in the video).

Later, for a swim, he tried on short swim trunks with a four-inch inseam and felt the shorts were too short (at about the 6:52 mark in the video). His girlfriend liked them.

If you decide to embrace short shorts, be confident and go for it. Maybe another guy is debating the same question internally. If more guys embrace it (as in the 1970s), it will encourage other guys to support it.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

DW Chase (shorts, Addicted)

Fashion Bloggers

Ollie Pearce

London, UK, based fashion and fitness blogger Ollie Pearce did a YouTube video on short shorts. While the shorts that Ollie showed on his video was a form of board shorts, he did discuss how shorter length shorts can help taller guys as well as guys who love leg days at the gym.

Models

David Cihacek by Photographer Marc Spielberg

Model David Cihacek, from the Czech Republic, wears Adidas shorts in a photo shoot by Photographer Marc Spielberg.

David Cihacek by Marc Spielberg in Germany

Swim-Based Short Shorts

The shorts in this category have a mesh liner as well as fabric that can handle being in the water. The shorts also dry quickly to be worn away from water.

BrandStyle
TucannCherry white swim shorts
Bang ClothesBjorn to be alive – Tailored Shorts
2ErosS60 Bondi Shorts – Navy  
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Tucann

Swim Shorts

Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts
Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts

Bang Clothes

Tailored Shorts

2Eros

S60 Bondi Shorts

Athleisure: Short Shorts for Workouts, a Party, or Errands

With the athleisure shorts, the garment has a low rise and does not necessarily have a liner.

BrandStyle
Jack AdamsUltralight short
Code 22Thrust short
AddictedTropical mesh short
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Jack Adams

Ultralight Shorts

Code 22

Thrust Shorts

Addicted

Tropical Mesh Shorts

Conclusion

I have presented a selection of short shorts that are available. Whether you are looking for something to wear at the beach or pool, at the gym, or running errands around town, there is an option available to you.

Are you interested in short shorts? Please tell us of your interest and brand that you like in the comments. If there is a dream vacation spot or resort that you would like to visit post-Covid, please also write it in the comment area.

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

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Introduction: The Struggle and Benefits of Leg Day

The legs are a large muscle group. It takes focus, dedication, and time to add size. The effort produces impressive results, as seen with some examples in this section.

This blog will describe some shorts that will allow you to maintain your focus on the important leg training day.

Read below for leg-day training information so that you can build your own tree-trunk thighs.

Some Leg-Day Results

Baxter Linn’s leg day
Deve demonstrates his leg day in Colombia.
Mens Physique Pro Jorge Tabet’s leg day in soccer shorts.
Model: Brad Jaxon

Leg Day Shorts Brands

Leg Day Lifting Shorts

Strong Lift Wear

Strong Lift Wear is a fitness clothing company based in Australia. Of the shorts available on the Strong Lift Wear website, I liked the premium lift shorts for the colors, length, and design. (Stong Lift Wear is a brother brand to Tucann.)

The premium lift shorts are marketed for leg day but they could be used for a cardio session or just relaxing at home as well. The fabric composition is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent spandex. The shorts are made in China.

My Review

I selected the XL size (orange bolt color). It is hard to find the size guide. I have found sometimes that sizes for clothes from Australia can be on the smaller side. After an Internet search, I found the size guide.

I ordered the shorts (before the COVID-19 pandemic) from the US-based website. (The shorts still are shipped from Australia using Australia Post.) At the time I ordered, I was offered a deal to add socks for 10 US dollars and I accepted that.

I had no issues with the shipping before the pandemic. During the pandemic, international mail is affected as flights are being disrupted for the moment.

Shipping and COVID-19-related disruptions. For United States readers, there is a United States Postal Service webpage that details international postal service disruptions. In addition, Australia Post has a webpage for international mail deliveries affected by COVID-19. There are delays in shipments to the United States.

The shorts arrived in a large mailing envelope. Inside, the shorts were in a plastic bag and the sock was in plastic in the same envelope.

The lift shorts have a liner. It is the wearer’s preference to wear the shorts with or without underwear. The shorts fit great and I used them for an at-home HIIT workout and weight-training session.

The length of the shorts was perfect for HIIT training with lots of exercises similar to what was done in my physical education classes in the United States (mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, and so on). The shorts were perfect with the weight-training portion of my routine as well.

I am very happy with the lift shorts. I will order another pair.

Care Instructions

According to the label on the shorts, the shorts can be machine washed with warm water (no bleach) and tumble dry low, removing promptly from the dryer.

Stay Shredded Quads for the Gods Lifting Shorts

Stay Shredded, based in Australia, makes shorts designed for leg day. The shorts, named quads for the gods lifting shorts, have a lining like swimwear and a short length (mid-thigh) to allow the flexibility for leg exercises, like squats and deadlifts.

The website states that the fabric composition of the shorts is polyester and cotton. See the website for the size chart for the shorts.

My Review

I ordered these shorts to try them out. At the time that I ordered, the sizes that I was looking at (L & XL) were only available in certain colors. I ordered the black with white logo and the black with black logo.

When I tried them on they felt a bit tight around the hips but overall there was good support and flexibility.

I did a workout with them, particularly high-rep squats and walking lunges. The shorts worked well for both the exercises. Going deep with the squats was no problem with these shorts.

They have quickly become one of my favorite shorts for leg day.

Care Instructions

The lifting shorts have cotton in them. Cotton, the company explains, can shrink in the first wash, if the shorts are not washed correctly.

Thus, Stay Shredded recommends washing the shorts by hand in cold water or dry clean only.

For drying, the company recommends drying on a flat surface or hanging on a clothing hanger.

2Eros Icon Shorts

The company, 2Eros, is based in Australia. The shorts, S01 Icon shorts, have a mesh brief, are mid-thigh. The shorts are designed for swimwear as well as working out, according to the description on the website. A physique enthusiast named Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011), also known as Zyzz, used to wear these shorts in his social media posts.

The fabric for the shorts is 100 percent polyester and the mesh brief is made of polyester Elastane. A potential issue is that the shorts tend to be small. Check out the 2Eros size chart before buying.

Love Leg Day; Get Thigh Gains

I enjoy training legs in the gym. The legs happen to be a big muscle group and I love to do squats, walking lunges, and deadlifts. Many shorts are too long and interfere with leg-exercise form. (See another article about Crossfit shorts for men.)

Perhaps, some guys have great leg development and are physique or bodybuilding or are workout enthusiasts who are concerned about muscle size and development. These guys might want to see the legs working while they exercise. (In general, short shorts seem to be making a comeback.)

Shorts, Athletegy. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.

Why Leg Day is Important

What is Leg Day?

For fitness enthusiasts or people just starting out with weight training, leg day is the day that exercises for the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) are done.

Some people train legs more than one time per week following a full-body training routine. Others do a body-part split training routine. The all parts of the legs could be worked on the same day or the quads, hams, and calves are trained on different days.

The legs, especially the quads and hams are huge muscle groups that carry our bodyweight everyday. Because of this the legs can handle a lot of weight and be exhausting to train. The reward is well-toned legs.

I typically focus on the barbell squat and deadlift for leg day. I have found that shorts that do not get in the way on the movement are better.

Conclusion

Leg day is much talked about because the legs are such a large muscle group that takes effort and energy to train. The benefits of having well-conditioned legs makes the effort worth it.

The shorts (in this post) that have been designed for leg day have worked well. The high quality of the Strong Lift Wear shorts impressed me.

Are there other shorts that you like for leg day? Any favorite leg day exercises or routines you would like to share? Let me know through a comment.