These Tanks Are Hilariously Fit

We love a fitness joke. A good — or heck, even bad — pun. A phrase turned on its head. Some cursing. Hey, if it involves fitness and some cleverness, we’re down. So when the new apparel company Activate Apparel sent us these tanks, um, we were kind of obsessed!


Burpees! Training like a beast! And the answer to the forever annoying dude checking you at the gym! These are brilliant! And I’m not just saying that because the co-founder is one my friends from high school (Hi, Tanisha!). This stuff is legit LOL-funny (clearly Tanisha is gifted and hilarious). And the whole site is brimming with other fun designs. You can even sort by if they’re “Liftspiration,” “Brawny & Brainy,” “Beast Mode” and more. There are about a million funny ones, and they’re making new ones all the time.

Now, these tanks, which range from about $20 to $30, aren’t your typical high-performance gear. The tanks we tried weren’t moisture-wicking with reflective striping and built-in bras and zipper pockets and all those bells and whistles that so much of the workout apparel we review has. BUT, these are certainly endearing. Besides the hilarious sayings that will no doubt get you a few nods and high-fives at the gym, these are kind of a throwback to the apparel of yesteryear. They’re just basic cotton tanks. The tanks are soft, give you room to move (all of my medium-sized tanks had plenty of room for my wide upper body), and they’re fun to wear.

The Burpees tank was the loosest, the Beauty and Beast Tank was the most revealing and low-cut, and the At the Gym tank was probably my fave with a more fitted cut that was just the right in-between for me when it comes to fit and coverage. However, there are a ton of different styles on the site, so just check it out to see what’s best for you. The whole brand isn’t about just outfitting the already fit; it’s also for those new to fitness and non gym-rats. So there’s a little something for everyone.

And you know, I’ll go ahead and say that you might actually walk a little different and work out a little harder in these. Sure, it’s just a piece of clothing, but words have power. And when you see that funny or inspiring message before you get dressed and then you know that others are reading it, hey, it might make you more focused. On a particularly hard day, I know that when I put on my Burpees tank, I was inspired to — you guessed — do some burpees. And they really did make me feel better!

Do you love wearing funny tanks? What are a few of your favorite sayings? —Jenn

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  1. Martina says:

    I have actually been giggling out loud for the past five minutes looking at these.

  2. Caitlyn says:

    I just bought my finance and I the “swole mates” shirts!!! can’t wait to get them in and wear them for our engagement photos!!! Loved this websites quirky apparel! probably by far my new favorite athletic shop!