What woman can deny the current fitness fashion trends? With big chain stores like Target and Kohls increasing their athletic apparel sections, and sleek fitness clothing boutiques popping up everywhere, it is almost impossible to not purchase new workout clothes on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, this can have damaging effects on your wallet. These tips will help you cut down on the spending without forgoing any of the cute outfits.

What Do I Really Need To Splurge On?

There are a few things you should spend more on than others; shoes and pants. Other gear such as shirts, shorts, and socks are easy to shop for, easy to replace, and don’t usually require a trip to the dressing room.


A good pair of running shoes or workout shoes are vital. Be sure to take your time finding a pair that fits you well and will last a long time. Resist the temptation and the urge to gravitate towards the shoes with the attractive color schemes. Focus on the actual shoe itself and what is has to offer you and your workouts.


A good pair of pants are also vital. It doesn’t matter what kind of workouts you do, a well-made pair of pants is something every gym-goer needs. For longevity and to eliminate any see-through scares, skip the thin, generic yoga pants, and try to find thicker materials with less cotton and more lycra.

Don’t Buy Into The Trends!

It goes without saying, stores like LuLulemon are king – or should I say queen – of the fitness clothing world. People shop their brands, not necessarily for the material or the fit, but for the name printed on the tag. Their products are genuinely well-made and comfortable, however, you can find similar products at stores like Gap, Nike, and even TJ Maxx for a third of the price.

Cheaper Alternatives

Going cheap doesn’t always mean forgoing quality, too. There are plenty of great companies out there who create wonderful products at a lower price to consumers.

A few affordable brands you might not know of or have overlooked:

  • GapFit
  • Old Navy
  • 90 Degree
  • Mondetta
  • New Balance
  • REI

Whatever your workout of choice is, you should never feel pressured to have on the latest and greatest brands. What you wear is not a reflection of your abilities or your knowledge of fitness.

But the best part about buying your workout gear for lower prices is that you can buy even more!

Micah Larsen

Micah is a traveling swim coach and personal trainer, depending on the season. She is also currently working on her Master of Science in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Micah loves to live an active lifestyle, whether she is competing in open water swims, running a road race, practicing yoga, or biking with her dogs. The main objective in her career is to... Read More

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