By MICHELLE GUERRERE
Now that spring has arrived, it feels so good to venture outside without being wrapped in a puffer coat. It's finally time to ditch your layers, break out of the same-old gym routine, and take your workouts to the great outdoors. From yoga flow on the beach to running the distance on a new trail, the right gear makes all the difference. That’s why, in collaboration with Athleta, we’re bringing you the high-performance, eco-friendly wardrobe pieces that will be your new workout go-tos.
Not only does this new gear get us excited about heading outside, it also guarantees peak performance — think moisture-wicking materials, pockets to hold essentials, and waistbands that stay put. Below, see our top picks, ranging from the ultimate running shorts to swimwear that’s on-trend and paddle board-ready.
Getting your zen on beachside is kind of like hot yoga but better. A fitted crop top with a built-in bra means securely hitting your downward facing dog. Choose buttery-soft leggings with laser-cut details at the ankle for better air flow. Plus, a no-flip waistband means the only adjustments you’ll need are from your instructor. Poses are easier without distractions, so tie your hair up with a free-spirited bandana scrunchie. Settle into your savasana by throwing on a lightweight French terry sweatshirt — it’s stylish enough to take you from final meditation to brunch.
Going for a dip in the ocean (or pool) is an amazing cool down after you’ve been exercising — or sunning, sipping, reading, and repeating. This swim set's top boasts a hidden underwire design that lifts and supports you like your fave bra does. Full-coverage bottoms have a no-slip waist that will stay up even if you choose to dive or bodysurf. Throw on cozy linen shorts and easy sandals to head to the board rental shop.
Logging miles for fun? There’s nothing quite like queuing up a motivational playlist and pounding the pavement. Slip into a lightweight, breathable tee that pairs well over a bright sports bra. Printed run shorts that have mesh ventilation in all the right spots and a side pocket where you can stash your house key. Pull your hair up underneath a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes (we like this cool adjustable bungie tie that ensures the right fit). Bonus points: The shorts and hat are reflective to keep you safe during a night workout.
Serious hikers know that it’s not just what you take on your route that matters — it’s also the performance pieces that best prepare you for the trail. Carry a backpack that keeps your water bottle close by for easy hydration, outfitted with adjustable straps, so you’ll be comfortable on your climb. The Ascender Short is made from recycled material that’s light as air, plus it has a special compartment where you can stash a nylon windbreaker for when temps drop. The shorts were designed without an interior brief, too, so you can easily pull them on over your swimsuit when hiking to a watering hole.
With a few of these new gear picks on hand, heading outside for your next workout has never felt better. Whether you're practicing yoga or perfecting your swan dive, your next adventure is calling.