I’ll start with this: There is nothing to stop you from performing your best in a cotton t-shirt and a regular gym shorts. But what can I say, nearly nothing motivates me to show up for a class or head out for a run like a shiny new pair of leggings.

I love Bandier, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. But it’s not always realistic (or necessary) to purchase a full workout wardrobe from an upmarket store.

Two things that I do think it’s CRITICAL to be picky about are socks and sports bras. In my case, going for a run in shitty socks leads to blisters 100% of the time. (Tip: I love the brands Feetures and Balega for running socks.) When it comes to sports bras, I am loyal to Lululemon and Sweaty Betty.  These bras cost well over forty smackaroos a pop, but when you’re jumping up and down, you’ll think it’s worth every penny.

cheap workout gear

If you know where to look, you can find gorgeous fitness gear without the hefty price tag. All of your favorite brands can be found for (relatively) cheap on the world wide web. Plus, there are some lower priced brands that make fashionable, high-quality duds. Grab your wallet (or use the credit card you’ve memorized) and start shopping:

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