Best Fitness Apparel for Every Activity

According to the NPD Group, in 2014 athletic apparel purchases totaled $33.7 billion, a whopping 16-percent of the total apparel market. Unfortunately, the growth of the activewear market outpaces the actual use of activewear for athletic purposes, but for those who choose to use yoga pants for yoga, there are lots of options to be had. And while no one should go broke buying running shoes and moisture wicking tees, every sport or physical activity has its own special style. Check out some of the best gear and clothing for every fitness need, from indoor rock climbing to boxing to dance.

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Group Cycling Apparel

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Sugoi

If you've never been to group cycling class before, you're going to get sore...and it won't just be your muscles that are aching. All that time in the saddle leaves most people sore in the crotch. If you're ready to commit to cycling as a fitness activity, commit to a good pair of cycling pants and a few other must-have pieces of cycling apparel. Think, moisture-wicking tees to keep you cool, solid sports bras to keep your chest in place, and if your ears are sensitive, ear plugs to keep blaring music to a quiet roar. 

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Barre Apparel

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Shashi

Barre classes are usually held barefoot, but if the thought of taking your socks off in front of strangers gives you the heebie-jeebies, there are solutions. Grippy socks are just one of the many must-haves for your favorite barre class, which includes leggings with four-way stretch, a well-heeled gym bag, and, of course, cute headbands. 

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Boxing Apparel and Accessories

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Levitation Activewear

Get ready to sweat! Boxing and kickboxing classes are intense, and you're going to need clothing and accessories that help keep you cool. Not to mention, you're going to want your own gloves...you should never trust a gym to effectively clean out someone else's sweat from their assortment of shared gloves.

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Dance Workout Must-Haves

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ALALA

There are lots of club-style dance classes popping up all over the country. Think Zumba, but with after-class cocktails. You're going to want to look smoldering, while still feeling comfortable. You might be surprised at just how "clubby" a lot of dance fitness apparel can look, which gives you carte blanche to infuse your workout routine with your own personal style. 

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Indoor Rock Climbing Gear

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Lululemon

Indoor rock climbing and outdoor rock climbing are similar, but not exactly alike. The clothing can be fairly flexible, but there are a few accessories you don't want to go without. For instance, it's a good idea to purchase indoor-specific climbing shoes, rather than having your outdoor shoes do double-duty. 

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Women's Yoga Gear

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prAna

Walk into any store these days and you're bound to find a slew of yoga pants to choose from. The best part is you're no longer limited to basic black—there are lots of styles, colors, and patterns to choose from. Just make sure you butt-check the booty on your yoga pants before you make a purchase. You don't want to end up with a see-through booty in the middle of a downward dog. Here are a few of the best pieces of yoga gear around. 

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Men's "Athleisure" Apparel

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Lululemon

This is where things get fun. Because the whole world has gotten more casual, "athleisure" apparel is popping up all over the place including tech fabrics with high-fashion style. This apparel is designed to withstand an active lifestyle, whether bike commuting to work or taking a hike on a lunch break, while still being suitable for day-to-day life. Guys, here's what you need to nab to nail the look. 

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Women's "Athleisure" Apparel

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Lululemon

Just like the guys have athleisure apparel, the ladies do, too. In some cases you can even get away with wearing workout gear to work... although of course, that depends on your work environment. At any rate, who doesn't love clothing that does double-duty?

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A Word From Verywell

Of course, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to fitness apparel, and there's no need to buy into (literally) the fitness fashion craze. The most important thing to consider when selecting athletic apparel is to choose items you feel comfortable and confident in. If that's a pair of old sweats and a t-shirt from your high school days, more power to you. 

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