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FINDING THE BEST GEAR FOR EVERY WORKOUT

Every workout has its own series of challenges. From sore muscles to sweat, your outfit should be the least of your worries. That’s why picking the right gear for the right workout is crucial to both your comfort and consistency.

Think back to the last workout clothes you wore. Did you have layers? Did you wear breathable fabric? Did your outfit move with you? All of these things are important when you’re trying to optimize your workout. Fabrics, breathability, and layers can control how much you sweat while stretchy material can make active workouts a breeze.

Whether you’re a marathon runner, a yogi, or both, optimizing your closet for each workout is a great idea. At Academy Sports + Outdoors, we carry a range of shoes, apparel, and gear for every situation. Below, we’ll share with you our top tips and tricks for common workouts.

RUNNING

When you’re running mile after mile, a lot of focus is given to the type and tread of the running shoes you’re using. But next time you’re about to hit the trail or the road, think about these factors when choosing your apparel:

  • Friction - Streamlined design can help combat excess material while preventing wear and tear on your skin, all while offering a more flattering fit. Check out the Nike Tempo Shorts and BCG Men’s Reflective Running Shorts for well-priced options.
  • Structure - Streamlined design can help combat excess material while preventing wear and tear on your skin, all while offering a more flattering fit. Check out the Nike Tempo Shorts and BCG Men’s Reflective Running Shorts for well-priced options.
  • Ventilation - Streamlined design can help combat excess material while preventing wear and tear on your skin, all while offering a more flattering fit. Check out the Nike Tempo Shorts and BCG Men’s Reflective Running Shorts for well-priced options.
YOGA

Before you roll out your mat or head into meditation, consider how the gear you’re wearing can affect both your mind and body. If you’re sitting or standing, moving from pose to pose will make you consider the factors below:

  • Fit - Forward bends and unique positions can make form-fitting clothes key. That’s why the Nike Women’s Balance Tank Top and the low-impact support of the Nike Women’s Indy Sports Bra are a better options compared to looser, running-style clothing.
  • Stretch - Freedom of movement is key when bending and twisting through your workout. That’s why we love the stretchy fabric in the BCG Women’s Lifestyle GFX Jersey Printed Leggings and BCG Women’s Athletic Tummy Control Strappy Cut Out Leggings.
  • Grip - Traction on yoga mats or the studio floor can help you engage your core and strengthen your poses. If you’re looking for more than bare feet, consider yoga socks and shoes designed with a non-slip grip.
CYCLING AND SPINNING

From intense indoor classes to exploring the great outdoors, cycling can be one of your most beneficial workouts. There are, however, a few factors you need to consider before jumping on your bike:

  • Support - When you’re doing a high-intensity sport like cycling, a sleek, structured outfit can help you power through each session and keep you from getting tangled in the gears.The BCG Women’s Training Bike Shorts and BCG Women’s Molded Cup Mid Impact Sports Bra are great options for providing the support you need.
  • Breathability - Keeping cool and dry while you’re cycling provides a more comfortable and focused experience. Check out the Nike Men’s Breathe Dry 1/4 Zip Training Pullover and Under Armour Men’s Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt, which both feature lightweight fabrics.
  • Function - Each layer of your workout attire should serve multiple purposes. That’s why the Nike Women’s Pro Tight wicks sweat, provides support, and has a flat elastic waistband you’ll never have to tug at.