What to Wear for Every Type of Workout

Today’s influx of culty workouts comes with its own set of challenges—specifically, finding high-performance gear that checks all the right boxes. Being equipped with the proper pieces can make a world of difference when it matters most (read: no mid-action wardrobe malfunctions). The below prove that you don’t have to sweat the small stuff…like your top flying over your head during downward dog.

Tracy Anderson

TA’s dance-focused classes use weight-shifting movements to put the core to work, which requires equally dynamic, unrestrictive gear, like a body-skimming leotard with built-in shelf support, to get through class unscathed. The curve-accentuating silhouette fares particularly well layered under sweats. Pro tip: scrunch the cuffs high on the calves, add sneakers, and take it from studio to street.


When it comes to a sweat-soaked spin class, streamlined separates—a sculpted tank and matching leggings with zero excess fabric—ensure that nothing gets between you and your bike. Anatomically sound flat-lock seams are particularly crucial when working on form, both in and out of the saddle. Post-sweat, throw on a zip-up to keep muscles from cooling down too quickly.

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Box + Flow

Equal parts feminine and fierce, the perforated puff-sleeve shirt pulls its weight for a boxing session thanks to its hyper-mobility—especially effective for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts; a cropped legging goes a long way towards keeping legs cool during cardio-fueled rounds. Bonus for the sleek side pockets (hi, hand-wrap storage).

Nike+ Run Club

The key to outdoor workouts is being armed with an all-weather layer you can throw on over a sports bra or under a puffer if need be. A ventilated technical long-sleeve pulls on (for warm-ups) as easily as it peels off (for cool-downs). Full-length leggings, complete with compression down past the ankles, go the distance for everything from trail-running to marathon training to hard-core sprints.

Sky Ting

For a moment of Zen, Sky Ting’s Tribeca studio is the place to be for lengthening, strengthening, and unwinding. Start your practice off with a shed-able layer (this relaxed-fit racerback tank fits the bill) that you can ditch when the room really heats up. Underneath, a hardworking sports bra/crop top hybrid feels right at home with something high-rise for total tummy control when you’re deep in the flow.

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