11 Cool Outfits For Every Type of Workout
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Don't Sweat It1 of 12
By Tiffany Tse
Sure, going to the gym, on a hike or to a yoga class shouldn't be a fashion show. But that doesn't mean you can completely forget about your clothes. Wearing something that fits right and makes you feel good will only improve your workout. Whether you prefer Spinning, boot camp or Zumba, we've rounded up 11 stylish, sporty outfits for every type of fitness regime.
Dance Cardio2 of 12
Heading to your weekly Zumba class? Stay limber and comfortable in a loose top and cropped sweatpants. Because it's hard to tell how many calories you've burned when you're not on the treadmill, use Fitbit's wireless activity tracker to see if you're hitting your fitness goals.
Running3 of 12
Even a good old-fashioned run can benefit from up-to-date technology. HBsuper by HoodieBuddie's sweater comes with built-in headphones and a pocket to stash your MP3 player. Finish your look with breathable shorts and lightweight, cushioned running sneakers.
Underwater Biking4 of 12
Doing laps in the pool is so last year. Try underwater biking—also known as aqua cycling—in a sporty one-piece swimsuit and mesh-lined shorts instead of a flimsy bikini. Stash your gear in the locker room in a cute printed bag.
Hiking5 of 12
Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so layers are important when you're hiking. Wear a hat to block the sun and a supportive sports bra. Bring a thin jacket (Athleta's cover-up is made with natural silver salts to control the fabric's odor) in case it gets cold.
Crossfit6 of 12
For an intense strength-conditioning workout like Crossfit, go for a stay-in-place tank top and form-fitting leggings. And pay attention to your footwear: Flat sneakers work best, since a chunky cushioned heel could throw you off balance for some of the movements.
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Spin Class7 of 12
When you're burning calories in spin class, you want snug clothing that won't interfere with the bike. (Fabletics makes a chafe-resistant, moisture-wicking tank top and pants, perfect for sweaty sessions.) If you spin often, consider investing in cycling shoes, which allow you to pedal more efficiently and help stabilize you on the bike.
Barre-Based Class8 of 12
Most traditional barre-based classes are no-shoes or socks-only workouts, but if you're a regular, try Nike's slip-ons. Wearing them feels like you're barefoot, while still providing traction for those slippery wood floors. Complete your look with a drapey T-shirt and sweatpants.
Hot Yoga9 of 12
The last thing you want to be wearing when you're doing the downward dog in a sauna-like studio is cotton clothing that soaks up all your sweat. Opt for this stylish top and leggings, made of a quick-drying synthetic fabric called supplex, and add a cool cover-up to stay warm on your way out.
Boot Camp10 of 12
Because there are always plenty of floor exercises in boot camp, you'll want to steer clear of clothes with buttons, zippers or cords that dig into your back. Instead, wear a streamlined top, biker shorts and a headband to keep distracting flyaways off your face.
Indoor Rock Climbing11 of 12
Taking your workout to new heights? Opt for fitted, full-coverage pieces to avoid flashing everyone on the ground. Try a longer top that can be tucked in (ideal for providing a buffer between your skin and the harness). If you become a regular, you might want to purchase a pair of climbing shoes, which will conform to the shape of your foot.
Kickboxing12 of 12
For this high-powered workout, it's important you wear clothes that allow freedom of movement. Pair a sturdy sports bra or tank top with fitted capris, and accessorize with cheeky wristbands to give you some mid-class motivation.