At-home workout sessions have become a reality for much of the world, in the name of safe social distancing. Whether you love YouTube videos, fitness portal subscriptions, live-streamed workout sessions on social media, or following your own routines, you’ll need the right gear. Check out the online offerings of these 15 brands for innovative workout tools and accessories, as well as activewear that will inspire you to get moving.
Adidas by Stella McCartney
British fashion designer Stella McCartney has paved the way for sustainable, responsible production in luxury fashion, proving eco-conscious clothing need not sacrifice taste or style. And while her main collection designs may be financially unattainable for many, her activewear line is not. McCartney’s long-time collaboration with Adidas presents unapologetically feminine performance fitness clothing and gear, including track trousers, sweatshirts, sneakers, fanny packs and sports bras designed to move.
Alo Yoga is a workout clothing and accessories brand that hones in on the practices and lifestyle associated with yoga. The California-based company serves up sexy cut-out yoga leggings for women and lounge joggers for men, as well as crop tops, muscle tees, mats and more. Bonus: Alo Yoga also has its own online workout platform, Alo Moves. Join the community to tune into professionally shot workout classes – some recorded, some appearing live on social media.
Add style and resistance: Bala’s weighted bangles come in 0.5, 1 and 2 pounds (225, 450 and 900 grammes, respectively) and are one-size-fits-all. You can wear them around your ankles or wrists to boost the intensity of your workouts (find out which weights are appropriate for your intended workout types). Bala bangles accommodate range of motion while increasing your heart rate, building muscle tissue and burning fat.
For women interested in couture-like performance yoga garments, Ernest Leoty is the brand. The French company is run by fashion professionals focusing equally on aesthetics, comfort and results. You’ll discover fine craftsmanship, breathable stretch fabrics and tailored silhouettes. Follow the brand on Instagram to tune in to live workout sessions in English or French.
You may be familiar with this German legwear brand thanks to their high-quality tights and socks. However, it should be noted that Falke has entered the activewear business as well, selling such products as technical jersey tank tops with cooling technology, performance leggings, cooling socks (perfect for any workout session) and technical sports bras.
Eco-friendly American brand Jade Yoga is recommended by top yoga instructors for their high-quality products. Shop a selection of accessories including rubber, non-slip yoga mats, yoga rugs, mat washes and yoga blocks. Shopping Jade Yoga is also a kind service to the planet; a tree is planted every time a product is sold.
Jazz up your workout routine with activewear separates that look like leather in bold hues and shiny metallics. You’ll also find singular products for men and women, including cropped anorak jackets, scuba sweatshirts, bomber jackets and jumpsuits in performance fabrics like UPF50+ sun protection jacquard and Koral’s own signature fabric, Evanescence (designed to accommodate workouts and help with recovery). The LA-based brand also occasionally live-streams workout sessions on Instagram.
There’s a reason why so many men and women live in their Lululemons. The Vancouver-based fitness brand delivers great-looking clothing that offers style, function and convenience by way of mostly machine-washable designs. These products are designed to last through many washes and wears, and the sizing is inclusive, accommodating a significant range of body types. Work out with Lululemon on YouTube.
According to some, Californian brand Manduka creates the greatest yoga mats in the world. The mats are pricier than most, but are still affordable and come with impressive lifetime guarantees. The sustainable brand has a convenient yoga mat finder tool and sells bolsters, straps, blankets, apparel and more; look out for their occasional live workouts on Instagram.
Australian brand NAGNATA blends fashion with eco-conscious ethics. Sort through biker shorts, bralettes, sweaters, dresses and more, made with natural dyes and from organic, upcycled materials. Pieces created with their organic cotton technical knitwear are a hit. NAGNATA offers accessories, too, including light scarves.
P.E. Nation is a cool, edgy and urban brand from Australia that originally catered to women, but now also offers collections for men. Another eco-conscious brand, products feature materials like organic cotton and ECONYL® regenerated Nylon; every e-commerce order arrives in 100% recyclable packaging. Sports bras, jackets, hoodies and logo tees are among the many items in their streetwear style collections.
The UK’s Sweaty Betty is an international sensation offering figure-flattering, performance-focused workout clothing that doubles as comfortable and attractive outfits to wear in any casual setting. Discover luxurious fitness separates and matching sets with important features like UV protection, legging pockets and sweat-wicking fabric. Some leggings feature posterior-sculpting designs and compression high waists. Follow Sweaty Betty on Instagram for live workout sessions.
The Upside is a fashionable Sydney-based brand offering photoshoot-worthy outfits for men and women. Choose from lightweight or mid-weight fabric styles and designs, including relaxed-fit shorts for aerobics or jogging, colour block leggings, one-shoulder crop tops and logo T-shirts. The robust collection features plenty of hues and prints, from understated stripes to camouflage. Work out with The Upside on Instagram.
London-based Vaara creates activewear meant to last, with products designed for a wide range of low- to high-intensity sports and exercises. Featuring sophisticated colour palettes that will never go out of fashion, collections include everything from long-sleeved crop tops for extra sun protection, to unitards as shorts or trousers. The construction is impressive, and Vaara understands the body’s lines: the brand’s founder is a former model.
Yellow Willow Yoga
Invisible Activewear Underwear is one of the best offerings from Melbourne’s Yellow Willow Yoga. They’re designed to remain unseen beneath even the tightest yoga leggings – they’re seamless, tagless and stay in place. The company uses recycled and biodegradable materials, and also produces yoga mats for women, extra-large yoga mats for men and unisex models. Their performance-grip rubber mats feature surfaces made from materials like microsuede, for more comfortable mat workout experiences.