Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Affordable Work-Out Gear Brands

Despite working in the gym and actively staying fit, I'm not in the Lululemon Club. In fact, I probably would never join that club.

Working out can be expensive. Luckily, working at the gym gives me free gym access but I understand the high cost of a gym membership. So, why should our workout gear be expensive as well?

I'm all about saving money on things I can save and clothes is definitely a big thing I can save on. I'm not big on brand names - as long as it does its thing at an affordable price, you've got me!

Sometimes, I feel clothes can influence your workout. For example, I would feel intimidated wearing all Nike gear. I feel as though Nike is the number one brand people think of when they think about workout clothes. Because I'm not training intensely or training professionally, I like my workout stuff to be more casual and "fun".

Here are a few of my favourite active wear brands at a price where it wouldn't break your bank ;)

1. MOVE by Ardene

Ardene is a popular teen store in Canada. Known for mostly having accessories, Ardene also carries clothing as well, including active wear. Both of my sports bra are from Ardene and they're extremely affordable. They're extremely comfortable and already padded (which is a must for me when I shop for sports bra). On top of a few sports bra from Ardene, I also enjoy their relaxed tees and hoodies. Ardene has a perfect mix of casual cute active wear and also something a bit more "professional" looking to say.


2. Active by Old Navy

Old Navy is so underrated when it comes to active wear. I absolutely LOVE their active wear section. If you're asking me, Old Navy would be my first go-to place when I'm in search of new workout gears. When it comes to workout bottoms, I like my pants to be just a bit thicker to hide any underwear lines - I sometimes wear normal cotton underwear to the gym which is not seamless in any other active wear pants BUT Old Navy's (and sometimes I wear seamless). I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect pants to match my criteria and finally found it in Old Navy. A lot of my work out tops are from Old Navy as well. Old Navy carries both fun and vibrant styles to plain black.


3. H&M Sports

I feel like the sportswear in H&M is new... is it? Anyways, I got one pair of pants from H&M Sports and while it looks AMAZING on me (LOL), I feel it's more of a pair of leggings than actual active wear. I've only worn it once to the gym and I felt extremely awkward in it. Now, I recommend H&M Sports for those looking for more of a "serious" look while working out. This sportswear line is much more basic and toned down from the previous brands mentioned above. On top of it, most of their materials are made with spandex and they offer little to few cotton/similar items.


4. Forever 21

If you can make it through the mess of Forever 21, then you'll be greeted with cute, bright and vibrant workout gear. Forever 21 has the most options available when it comes to affordable workout gear. I normally enjoy their jackets, shorts, and workout tops. Forever 21 is a great place for fashionistas looking to stand out in the gym.


5. Winners

I know this isn't a brand but I love shopping at Winners when my favourite stores fail me. Winners offers brand new items at discounted (up to 60% off) prices. For those seeking to avoid these casual brands and want Adidas or Nike should check our Winners. They have Nike gear from $20! While it's affordable, like I mentioned above, Nike as a brand intimidates me!

So, for all those feeling unmotivated to hit the gym, check our these stores at your local mall! Purchasing new workout gear tends to motivate a lot of people! And, don't be afraid to strut in there with style! Many of my co workers are decked out in brand name workout gear but these "no name" brands does just as well!

12 comments:

  1. I love the lululemon outfits but they're so damn expensive!!!! I caved in and bought a pair but I actually find myself wearing my old navy pants way more often than the lululemon pants! I've never considered HM activewear! Thanks for the tip!!!

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  2. Great brands you mentioned. I just went to Target & was really impressed by their workout gear selection. :]

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  3. Not a problem, I hope you enjoy the H&M active wear! I haven't tried any Lululemon pants solely because of the prices. I'm afraid that when I try them on, I'd fall in love with them and then take a big dent to my wallet, haha.

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  4. I wish I spent more time at the workout gear section when Target was still in Canada! It's definitely on my list to check out Target again when I head down to Seattle soon - super excited :D

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  5. YOU JUST READ MY MIND!
    I began searching for affordable gym gear when I stumbled across your post ;) well done lady! I'll have to see how expensive these things are when shipped to NZ/if we have anything similar in NZ :D

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  6. Most of my stuff is from H&M or Forever 21, but I did buy some Adidas leggings because of the VPL awkwardness I'd found when trying on other brands!

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  7. Whoooo, get your fitness on! Haha, I got your back ;) I'd mail all the attractive workout gear to NZ for you :P Let me know what you find over there!

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  8. I want to give H&M another shot on their leggings and hope it feels more of a workout gear than a fashionable piece, haha. The H&M in my city has a lot of flared yoga pants that I absolutely dislike... yoga pants are fine but I can't stand anything flare.

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  10. Jessica PyrefliesJune 27, 2015 12:34 PM

    maybe this is what I need to do so that I can get some motivation to work out! :P I love the Old Navy picks!

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  11. Definitely check out some stores! New things motivate me at the gym sometimes! Just picked up a yoga mat recently to try to get into yoga!

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