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Where can you buy workout equipment? Workout equipment is available to purchase at big-box retailers and specialty stores alike, but Nordstrom also carries weights, foam rollers, water bottles, massage guns and other athletic gear worth adding to your cart. Whether you're running, practicing yoga, working out at home, or hitting the gym, this is the athletic gear you need to get the job done.
- Running gear – On summer days when the sun is blazing, workout hats and sport sunglasses are great additions to your activewear. The best workout gear for women with long hairstyles are hair ties that keep it off your face. Pull your hair back to keep it out of the way of your wireless sport headphones— a must for blasting hits at the gym or on the trail. If you're nerdy about your fitness stats, use a fitness tracker or smartwatch to track your pace, distance, heart rate and more. When the weather turns cold, grab a vest, beanie, and running gloves to keep your digits thawed as you sprint.
- Yoga gear – The only yoga gear you really need is a yoga mat, but adding a yoga towel on top can help keep your mat clean and grippy. The best yoga clothing needs accessories. If your hair is always falling in your face or sticking to your neck, pull it up and back with stylish scrunchies and headbands. Monitor your step count or the calories you burned during Sun Salutations with a fitness tracker that records your every move.
How thick should your yoga mat be? There's not one perfect yoga mat thickness for everyone. Instead, consider how much room you have to store it and how much support you need. A standard yoga mat is 1/8-inch thick and balances a feeling of support with a connection to the floor. Plush yoga mats are 1/4-inch thick and offer more support for inversions, core work, and injured knees. If you're limited on space and looking for a lightweight, portable option, choose a 1/16-inch thick travel yoga mat that stows in suitcases and rolls up small.
Where should you buy yoga mats? Yoga mats are available at most athletic gear retailers and Nordstrom, where you can choose between an affordable, basic option or super grippy options for sweaty practices. If you're looking to splurge, the unique Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat combines a rubber mat with a microfiber towel to support your poses and fight sweat.
- Home workout equipment – Get your lift on without the gym by stocking your garage with all the home workout equipment you need. Instead of traditional dumbbells, replace them with easy-to-grip, ergonomic Bala Bars; add on Bala weighted bangles for extra resistance on your wrists or ankles. Get a set of sliders for at-home lunges, resistance bands for on-the-go toning and a smart jump rope that tracks your rotations to add a cardio burn. If you're always jamming to the latest hits, the best workout gear for men and women is a pair of wireless earbuds for taking your tunes everywhere.
What home workout equipment do you need? That all depends on what type of workouts you plan to do. But a good place to start is with a set of free weights, workout bands or sliders to add resistance to your moves. When you start to amp up your routine, consider purchasing weight racks, fitness trackers, and other big-ticket items.
- Gym – There's more to athletic gear than workout clothes and free weights. How you stash your stuff matters, and gym bags or totes are handy for getting everything from A to B. Choose athletic bags with slots for reusable water bottles and zippered pockets for stashing sport headphones and fitness trackers/smartwatches when not in use.
- Recovery – A big part of working out is recovering right, and some of the best workout gear can help ensure your muscles are loose and ready for your next gym session. Try a foam roller or foam roller water bottles to roll out tight quads and hamstrings, or splurge on a fancy percussive massage gun that delivers intense muscle relief anytime and anywhere.