Best Fitness Apparel for Every Activity

Take Your Workout Apparel to the Next Level

The fitness apparel industry is booming... In fact, according to the NPD Group, in 2014 athletic apparel purchases totaled $33.7 billion, a whopping 16-percent of the total apparel market. Sadly, 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 I'd never suggest a person should go broke buying running shoes and moisture wicking tees, it's important to understand that every activity has its special style. Check out some of the best gear and clothing for every fitness need.

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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, you're going to want to commit to a good pair of cycling pants.

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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 must-haves for your favorite barre class.

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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 that will help keep you cool. Not to mention, you're going to want your own gloves... I wouldn't trust a gym to clean out someone else's sweat effectively.

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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 fitness apparel can look.

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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.

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Guys' Yoga Gear

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Lululemon

Guys, you don't have to wear booty shorts when going to yoga. You want clothes that allow movement in every direction and gear that's designed for a man-sized frame. There are lots of fashion-forward options on the market.

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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 see-through-booty in the middle of a downward dog.

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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. Think high-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.

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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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