The Get-Fit Guide: Hot Gear

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No matter what your fitness personality is, we’ve got the best clothes, gadgets and accesories to take your workouts to the next level.


For the Thrill Seeker…

CamelBak Lobo Hydrapack [1]: This high-performance, rough-and-tumble pack is backed up by a lifetime guarantee—a true testament to the bag’s quality and durability. And, they don’t call it a hydrapack for nothing; the streamlined bag boasts a hydration capacity of three liters. Big Shark, 6133 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.1188.

Garmin Forerunner 210: Perfect for the die-hard adventurer, this watch gives you the freedom to work out whenever, wherever, while accurately keeping track of important data like heart rate, calories and distance. Big Shark, 6133 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.1188.

Yurbuds are headphones that never fall out—ever. They were created by a local triathlete to inspire people to push themselves “beyond the wall” with music. The inspiration is evident in yurbuds’ unique design and exceptional sound quality. Big Shark, 6133 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.1188.

C9 by Champion Athletic Tee: UV protection makes this tee a godsend for all-day adventures in the sun, and we just can’t resist the amazing assortment of colors (15 bright and juicy shades). For the price ($12.99), we’ll take two!

For the Calorie Counter…

Fitbit Ultra: one click on this handy gadget lets you switch from calories burned to
distance to total steps, so you can obsessively monitor the day’s progress with ease. Plus, wireless uploading means there’s no need to enter data, or push any buttons.

Homemedics Health Station: This scale tells you more than just your weight—you’ll get info on bone mass, muscle mass and body fat. Discreetly save your profile, so only you can access your stats and monitor your progress. Dick’s Sporting Goods, multiple locations,

Fila’s Toning Resistance Collection [2]: Built with four-way stretch and compression, Fila’s performance-enhancing activewear is a favorite because it makes your muscles work a little harder. it also increases circulation to maximize the results of your workout. Did we mention it’s also flattering?

Thrive Digital Jump Rope: Digital readouts on the handles keep time and count so you can focus solely on optimal calorie burning. even jump rope novices find it much easier to handle than “old school” versions. Dick’s Sporting Goods, multiple locations,

Measure Up Bowls [3]: Nix your traditional measuring cups and opt for The classic Measure Up Bowl. marks on the inside of the bowl measure your food in 1/2-cup
increments (up to two cups), delivering a quick and easy way to control portion size and avoid overeating. Bonus: fewer dishes to wash.

For the Workaholic…

FitnessBuilder app by PumpOne: Easily track your personal fitness goals on your iPad or iPhone. choose from thousands of exercises, watch videos of specific exercises or customize your own workout by creating and editing your own fitness program.

Altus Latex Stretch Bands Stretch Bands aren’t new to the fitness world, but they are one of the lightest, easiest pieces of equipment to store in a suitcase or at your desk. Altus bands come in three varying levels of resistance that are perfect for alternating between naturally weaker and stronger muscle groups. Dick’s Sporting Goods, multiple locations,

Lucy Tanks [4]: It’s the cute, feminine detailing that keeps us coming back for more. lucy Tanks can pass for everyday casualwear, but they also have the support and quality construction essential for a great workout. Blue Moon Activewear, 159 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.256.1823.

It’s a Cinch Dress: This chic little number was specially designed for layering and fits seamlessly over most workout apparel. The intention is to wear it to and from
the gym, but many reviewers admit to working it into their regular rotation as a wardrobe staple. lululemon athletica, Plaza Frontenac, 314.994.7662.

For the Yogi…

OMALA Fitness Apparel [5]: Both streamlined and flattering, OMAlA is your new studio-wear staple. New at Blush, these garments are constructed with
much attention paid to fit and functionality, while maintaining a modern, attractive aesthetic. 110 N. Clay Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.

Livestrong: One of the easiest, most user-friendly ways to track your nutrition, this handy app not only lets you monitor your daily nutrition, but you can also search its
extensive database for nutrition info on all of your favorite foods—many brand-name restaurant choices included.

Ogorgeous Yoga Bag: This bag is all the motivation you’ll need to get off the couch and into the studio. even if you’re not a full-on yoga aficionado, you might just take up the practice in order to tote one of these ultra-feminine bags, built specifically for the girly-girl athlete in all of us.

All-Grip No-Slip Yoga Socks [6]: The name pretty much says it all. You’ll stay put in
even the most challenging poses without sacrificing comfort. The socks are ventilated to keep you cool and dry for yoga, Pilates or any other sport that requires superior stability. Dick’s Sporting Goods, multiple locations,

Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat: You’ll love that this mat is made only of natural rubber. The unique fabric-like texture of the Shakti mat by Gaiam provides superior slip resistance and won’t bunch up or stretch out like other mats, so you can stay focused and centered.

For the Social Butterfly…

Nike Training Club App: Sure, the 85 custom workouts are a draw, but we’re most interested in unlocking the celebrity fitness regimens from top trainers. The more hours you clock working out, the more access you gain.

Reebok RealFlex Transition Training Shoe: The low-cut design of these tennies makes quick movements a breeze, which is crucial for the social butterfly. This is your go-to shoe for dance, Zumba or any other quick-hitting workout that keeps you on your toes. Dick’s Sporting Goods, multiple locations,

Light As Air Shorts by lululemon [7]: No one wants to be weighed down by their workout clothes. The fit on these lightweight men’s shorts does anything but. And, because they’re lululemon, you’ll be equally impressed by the comfort and function these multi-purpose shorts provide. lululemon athletica, Plaza Frontenac, 314.994.7662.



[1] CamelBak Lobo Hydrapack


Fila’s Toning Resistance Collection


Measure Up Bowls


Lucy Tanks


OMALA Fitness Apparel


All-Grip-No-Slip Yoga Socks


Light as Air Shorts by lululemon


Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons

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