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The Best Fitness and Workout Clothes, Accessories, and Equipment

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Whether you’re looking to bulk up or lean out post-holidays, sometimes the best motivator is just the right piece of clothing or equipment. To help you on your healthy path, we’ve put all of our fitness stories in one place, from the best running shorts and fitness trackers to the sturdiest yoga mats and highest-quality exercise machines.

The Best Workout Leggings

To find the best stretchy pants to exercise in (whether your workout of choice is running or yoga or barre), we talked to 13 women about their favorite leggings.

The Best Sports Bras for Any Size

The perfect sports bra really depends — what are you using it for and what’s your bust like? To find the best version for various body types and workouts, we talked to a slew of New York fitness instructors about their favorites.

The Best Workout Shoes for Women

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To find the best workout shoes for any kind of activity, we talked to 12 different women who do all sorts of exercises, from HIIT to marathon running.

The Best Resistance Leggings

If you’re looking to up the intensity of your workout, consider resistance leggings, which make every step and lunge and move you make slightly more difficult. Writer Crystal Martin loves them.

The Best Running Shorts for Men

If you’re looking for lightweight, sweat-wicking running shorts with their own built-in liner, the Rhones are just about the finest we’ve ever tried. If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable during yoga or lifting, they’re great for that, too.

The Best Affordable Running Shorts for Men

For a more wallet-friendly option, Grub Street editor Alan Sytsma loves these Nike running shorts, which are just the right length and have a secure pocket for your phone and wallet.

The Best Workout Shoes for Men

We talked to CrossFitters, marathoners, and Barry’s fanatics about the workout shoes they wear to exercise, from New Balances and Nikes to Asics and Hokas.

The Best Foam Rollers

Any workout professional will tell you that the best way to prevent sore muscles and injury is to use a foam roller post-workout. We talked to personal trainers and instructors to find the ones worth getting.

The Best Yoga Mats

If you’re serious about yoga, not just any mat will do. The best ones are just the right thickness, won’t slide during downward dog, and don’t become slick with sweat. We talked to seven yogis to find the very best ones.

The Best Big-Ticket Gym Equipment

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We talked to fitness professionals to track down the rowing machines, ellipticals, and treadmills they’d recommend for at-home use, no gym membership necessary.

The Best Workout Gear, According to Trainers

New York trainers can be a tough lot, and these are the leggings, dumbbells, and jump ropes they swear by.