The Best Workout Clothes, According to Fitness Experts

Bee Trofort-Wilson; Nigil Crawford; Platoon

There are as many places to shop for workout clothes as there are workout classes. Take a search for a breathable black sports bra, for example: You can find a different version for every day of the year, and then some. With more options than any locker can fit, we’re checking the tags on fitness experts’ outfits for the very best picks.

To find the best activewear for every activity, we’re polling the leaders at the front of their studios and those on our Instagram feeds. We want to know: What workout clothes do our favorite experts wear through their sun salutations and cycling sprints? Here, nine fitness instructors and wellness practitioners from Peloton, Barry’s, Sky Ting Yoga, and more share the workout gear they wear for (almost) every class. If we can trust anyone for activewear shopping advice, it’s the people who break a sweat for a living.

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Jasmine Marie, Breathwork Practitioner and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Black Girls Breathing

“Breathwork can elicit different bodily responses, whether emotional or physical. As you use this tool to reframe your nervous system’s response to various traumas and triggers, ensuring that your body feels as comfortable as possible during a session that may elicit discomfort is extremely important.

“One of my favorite pieces for facilitating breathwork or my own breathwork (that honestly has leaked into everyday wear for me, bust-up only Zoom calls, errands out in the grocery store) is the Under Armor Infinity Bra and the Under Armor Seamless Low Long Bra. I generally don’t like wearing bras but the cups are so breathable and adapt to my body in a way that it really doesn’t feel like a bra. I’m not rushing to take it off when I get home. ”

Infinity Low Covered Sports Bra

Seamless Low Long Sports Bra

Asia Milia Ware, Founder of Curves N Cardio

“I discovered Gymshark right before the pandemic. I remember slipping on Gymshark leggings and being obsessed with the material and the fit. They had a few different collections and I started trying them all, but I noticed I kept coming back to the Vital Seamless collection. .

“The way the leggings moved with my body when working out is what made me fall in love. Whether I’m running, squatting heavy, or jumping around for HIIT workouts, I know that I don’t have to worry about my pants falling or being see-through.It’s also designed with a sweat-wick material, which is a lifesaver for a heavy sweater like me.The Vital Seamless bra is also a special piece, because it is a challenge to find double-D-friendly sports While the bra is a medium-support one, I find myself doubling up on it and I’m fine throughout my workouts. Because the material is so lightweight, I never have to worry about feeling like I am suffocating under two sports bras. .

“I have the Vital Seamless sets in almost every color, and my favorite way to wear them is pairing complementing colors. It’s also my airport uniform, because I feel so confident in it and it’s so flattering on my body.”

Vital Seamless 2.0 Sports Bra

Vital Seamless 2.0 Leggings

Jessamyn Stanley, Founder of The Underbelly Yoga

“I love all bralettes, low-impact sports bras, and very high-cut underwear, like the Calvin Klein boy short briefs and my UB sports bra. I love practicing in my underwear, and I love how this underwear fits me and that it lets me move when I’m practicing. High-cut undies stay right at my waist while I’m practicing, and they don’t have a lot of fabric in the thigh or crotch, so it gives my leg maximum rotation. to throw on my UB cropped hoodie over this set. It’s absolutely my favorite Netflix-and-chill outfit — I prefer to be kickin ‘it around the house in my most comfortable clothes. “

Modern Structure Plus Bikini

Tunde Oyeneyin, Platoon Instructor

“When choosing the perfect sports bra, I look for not only the perfect amount of coverage but also colors and cuts that really pop. This Peloton bra is so soft. An uncomfortable bra can quickly kill a good workout, and that’s why I think it’s important to go for quality. The Nike mid-rise shorts are also my current go-to. The classic fit has never failed me on or off the bike. I wear them during workouts or leisurely with a cutoff top and a jean jacket around the waist. “

Krissy Jones, Cofounder of Sky Ting Yoga

“I definitely have a uniform at Sky Ting. In the summer, I usually wear an Eres one-piece bathing suit with Tory Sport bike shorts. I don’t like wearing sports bras to class or tops that fly over my head in down dog , and I like looking put together, so I found the Eres bathing suit to be the perfect piece. Post-class, I take off the shorts and throw on a skirt, and I’m ready for dinner! The Tory Sport shorts are high waisted and the perfect length. You’ll see me biking downtown to class sometimes in those shorts with a men’s button down shirt on top. “

High-Rise Weightless Bike Shorts

Tiana Okoye, Barry’s Instructor

“My favorite set to wear is Lululemon’s Wunder Under tight, Energy Bra, and matching oversized crew sweatshirt. I am obsessed with this set, because it’s versatile and functional. The leggings are fast-drying when things get heated in the Red Room, and The ladies are getting love, too, with the Energy Bra, providing enough support for a treadmill round, while not becoming too restrictive if I’m wearing it all day while writing programs for our digital platform, Barry’s X.

“This set is my favorite, because not only do I feel comfortable during my workouts in the Red Room, but the oversized crew sweatshirt immediately elevates the outfit from sweaty to swaggy (especially if you add my favorite jewelry brand, Automic Gold, on top ). I frequent this fit at LAX and to and from our Barry’s X set. It’s just too good. ”

Energy Bra High-Neck Longline

Wunder Train High-Rise Tight

Karla Garcia, Dance Teacher and Choreographer

“I love this Good American top, because it’s fun and intricate, but super flattering. These Alo high-waisted shorts are wonderfully comfortable as well! The Good American top was a gift from my mom, and I found the shorts at the Alo store at the Grove in LA

“I like when an outfit feels light, like a part of your body. I teach advanced jazz at different locations in New York City, including Broadway Dance Center and Steps Dance Conservatory. As a choreographer and teacher, I’m on the go a lot, so I need the pieces to feel like I can workout at the gym, teach a class, have a Zoom meeting, and then run a rehearsal all in one outfit. “

Tia Spowart, The Class Instructor

“My favorite set to wear when teaching The Class is the Like a Cloud Bra and Align Short from Lululemon. I was looking for simple pieces that I could mix and match, and then settled on the Cassis set because I loved it so much.

“I love how the Like a Cloud bra is contoured. It is supportive and feminine without needing those annoying bra-cup inserts that most of us discard anyways! The bra stays put all practice, and I never have to worry about adjusting the straps or pulling it down.The material is so incredibly silky and wicks away the sweat instantly, so I never feel the dampness on my skin.

“I also love the Align Shorts as they are high-waisted and buttery soft. Because The Class is so emotive and energetically driven, I like my clothing to feel like a second skin. I don’t want my thoughts to be consumed with what I am wearing so that I can focus on my breath and body. ”

Sarah Khan, SoulCycle Instructor

“Anyone who knows me or comes to a class knows how much I love a matching set. I’ve tried so many, but I’d have to say my favorites are the Soul by SoulCycle sets. I discovered them through trial and error, and fell in love once I started using workout clothes every day… multiple times a day. I love the ribbed sets and the high-rise milestone legging-and-bra combos. Not only are they so comfortable and form fitting, but they allow me to move freely on a bike or even during a good yoga session: no peeling, ripping, or even the slightest scratches.The material is functional, breathable, and paired with chunky sneakers and a zip-up — street style chic! who is rarely not in workout clothes, these are a must. “

Ribbed Seamless Bra and Legging Kit

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