Fit Apparel: Fall Fitness Trends for Men and Women

Some people could care less how they look going to the gym, while admittedly there’s more people that do care. I’m one of them, not because I lack self-esteem but rather because I run a lot of errands before and after the gym and would prefer not to look like I just got hit by a bus and then dragged down the street whenever I walk into a store. Women care more about their apparel matching their sneakers while men are more concerned with the latest technology in their running shoes. I think the best time to go on a fitness apparel binge is during the fall. Beginning in August and continuing through the entire fall and winter months, gym attendance takes a noticeable dip. People are more busy and less motivated to exercise. Buying new fitness apparel not only gives a little pep to your step but you’re more likely to be more motivated if you have the right gear. Fitness apparel is huge right now and I don’t think it’ll be a fading trend. In Boston I found it funny when girls would wear Lulu out in the street as fashionable leggings without ever stepping foot into a gym. $100 on a pair of fitness leggings that you’ll never use in the gym? I guess whatever floats your boat.

Anywhoooo here’s some new releases coming out for my fall fitness enthusiasts. And in terms of shelling out money for fitness apparel, I personally think in some cases some pieces may be worth a higher price tag. At one point I was teaching 5-6 days a week and would sweat so much I had to wear different clothes every single day. So that meant I needed a large selection of fitness clothes AND needed pieces that I knew could be thrown in the wash every week and still survive. Plus I cringe when I see women wearing leggings to the gym and their see-through. This normally happens when they buy the cheap cotton leggings and use them for the gym when they aren’t meant for such purposes. (Except in the case of Lulu’s see-through fiasco).  Some people are cool with two tops and two bottoms because maybe they only exercise once every week or so but for those gym rats that go a couple times a week, I think investing in quality fitness apparel is a necessary part of a workout plan.

-J.S. Gates

Altra Lone Peak 1.5- A lighter fit and more flexible off-road package. Some smart additions: drainage ports in the front toe cap and a Velcro gaiter connection at the heel.

Asics Gel-Kayano 20-features the Asics’ Impact Guidance System to enhance the foot’s natural gait, GEL cushioning units in both the heel and forefoot for impact protection, and the DuoMax dual density midsole system for comfort and stability. The 20th installment of the Kayano does, however, come in with a redesigned upper that features reconstructed overlays for improved fit.

Mizuno Wave Creation 15-In terms of weight, the Wave Creation 15 is about half an ounce lighter than its predecessor at 11.3 ounces. Also present in the shoe is a redesigned Infiniti Wave plate for improved cushioning and energy return.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14-The upper on the GTS 14 has been upgraded to a more porous mesh construction for improved breathability, as well as reconfigured overlays for enhanced midfoot support. The shoe also features added foam in the midfoot shank for increased ground contacts for a fluid transition from heel-to-toe.

Nau Shell-A-Tour Jacket. With four-way stretch that lets you to move with ease, the coat has seam sealed construction, making it highly waterproof. Plus it’s wind-resistant so nasty weather won’t affect your routine. $350;

ASICS Thermopolis Lt. Half Zip-The compression fabric absorbs moisture from your skin and is designed to enhance circulation and reduce fatigue, helping you pound out that fifth mile like it’s the first. $64.99

Under Armour ColdGear Thermo Hi-Crew might weigh close to nothing, but the warmth it provides is unbeatable. The pattern design of the shirt allows it to trap heat, while the fabric simultaneously wicks sweat. Yes, this top makes being cold a thing of the past. $60;

Back On Track Pullover-It’s stylish, warm, and full of details to inspire the miles: a hood with ponytail opening, breathable mesh under the arms where you will sweat even in cold temps, and cute details at the wrist highlighting the thumbholes. The pullover has a zippered stash pocket and an offset zipper at the neck to make pulling on the top easy and to create extra ventilation when necessary. $108 Lululemon


A cute simple sweatshirt perfect for going and leaving your workout. Sandro Toboggan Play Sweatshirt, $165;


ASICS Thermopolis Lt. Run Pant-Not only are they comfortable, they are specially made with insulating material to help keep you warm in the harshest of climates. Reflective ankle zips that accommodate your running shoes are just another perk ASICS has brought to the table. $69.99

Grey leggings are a perfect diversion from the traditional all black boring leggings usually present at the gym. These Fera Bliss Leggings are ankle lentgth and provide necessary ventilation in the right places. $40;

New Balance Men’s NBx Control Tights-These New Balance tights are supposed to be some of the most comfortable running pants around. They have ventilation panels at the back of the knee to prevent overheating. The NBx Control Tights also contain a phantom waist to further enhance your overall comfort level. Perfect for a post-Christmas meal run. $49.99

Be pretty in purple with these ankle length leggings from Michi NY, perfect to match with a warm sweatshirt for your morning runs or your favorite yoga top for an afternoon stretch. Michi Stardust Pant, $129;

Under Armour Fleece Logo Hoody-Perfect for an outdoors workout, trip to the gym, or casual trip to a friend’s house, you can count on Under Armour providing you with plenty of warmth and comfort. $54.99

These slouch pants are what I would wear to yoga, pilates or zumba simply because they allow easy movement without making you feel uncomfortable doing certain moves. Lolë Blue Slouch Sweats, $90;

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