There are a lot of options when it comes to buying workout gear. Shops now go above-and-beyond, offering you more than just great workout apparel, with workout classes (which are often free) that bring together the community.
These four shops provide quality workout gear--everything from comfortable athleisure to technical gear for training and racing--and feature local events, group runs and opportunities to sweat it out with your fellow Washingtonian. When you're ready to upgrade your workout gear, or are looking for a weekend workout to get you moving, here are the top places to visit.
Outdoor Voices (or as the insiders call it, OV) opened in D.C. last October, making it one of the newer shops to hit the D.C. athletic-wear scene. OV makes products for recreation and creates gear that encourages the community to be out #DoingThings, like walking the dog, biking, jogging, rock climbing and beyond. The D.C. audience is currently loving the Springs Leggings, thanks to their versatility. The Georgetown OV shop is the first to feature a Rec Room which provides a zone for all the tools you need to get outside and start #DoingThings. The space has lockers for storage as you shop, plus equipment like jump ropes and basketballs. The shop hosts weekly events, like the OV DC Joggers Club and Knockout Night (hosted 3/25 at Equinox Sports Club). Stay up-to-date at events.outdoorvoices.com/washington and follow @ovwashdc to see the latest gear and happenings.
With seven locations across the DMV, Athleta has you covered for athleisure, workout gear, swimwear and even jeans. Athleta shops feature the Sculptek Denim, made from a flattering and comfortable fabric that moves with you. Athleta Georgetown Ambassador (and Zumba Instructor) Chandra Hampton knows that D.C. folks are always on the move and says Athleta's City Pants are a must for Washingtonian women, ideal for work to working out to hanging out. And next time you're shopping at Athleta, make sure to take a look at the newly redesigned swimwear line. The line is 85 percent sustainable, while still offering athletes performance-level pieces. Locations host monthly workout events suitable for any fitness level and also host girls events and events where women can bring younger girls to attend. Check out Georgetown's event calendar HERE.
No matter where you are in the D.C. area, you're likely to run into a Lululemon. With eight locations inside/on the beltway, there's no shortage to top notch gear and local events. With a huge range of leggings, Lululemon has become a go-to spot whether you're looking for a pair for lounging or the right piece to help you push your limits. The Georgetown shop features a loft space, frequently hosting events (check the schedule HERE) and unique events can be found across the various locations, including these special events coming up: Georgetown--Post-Natal Series, Breathwork Group Session Series // The Yards--Local Sunday Savasana Yoga Series, Sunday BOOMBOX Boxing Series // 14th Street--March Heart & Soul Flow Yoga Series.
Summit to Soul
D.C.-based Summit to Soul highlights a curated collection of apparel and accessories that take you from the mat to the mountains. The boutique features women owned brands that will make you feel good as you break a sweat. Expect to find brands like Oiselle, Beyond Yoga, WITH, MPG and more. In fact, thanks to a new partnership, it's the only place aside from oiselle.com and Oiselle's Seattle Flagship Store where you can find Oiselle's extended line, including outerwear, limited edition shorts, tights and more. Put your new gear to the test and join the Hill Runners for a 3-mile run on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Earn a discount to the shop for every five runs you join (all paces welcome). The shop also hosts a variety of events including pilates classes, group discussions, volunteering opportunities and more, check out the calendar of upcoming events HERE.