When I first read about these Quick Dri towels, I knew they would be great for working out at the gym. I purchased a small towel to use during my workout and a regular sized bath towel to use after I shower at the gym. The towels are advertised to dry you off about 33% more quickly and I think that it's true. The water absorbs quickly into the towel and you don't have to wipe yourself several times just to get dry. These are great for the gym because you just want to shower quickly and dry quickly after a workout so that you can hurry up and get home. The Linden Street towels are not that thick, but they are still soft. They're lightweight and super absorbant. My only complaint is that the towels do shed a lot of lint at first, but online descriptions of the towel do warn you of this side effect, so it's not a big deal. The lint does go away eventually after a few washes. However, when I'm home, I still prefer to buy thicker, more plush towels. I just like the look and feel of them more even if they don't dry me off as fast.