I’ve tried a lot of workout clothes over the years, and these are the pieces I wear over and over and love.

These are my favorite pieces of workout clothes (and accessories)

I exercise six days a week, and have for a few years, so I’ve tried a lot of workout clothes. Like, a lot. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve hated. But today I want to share my tried and true favorites that I reach for over and over again.

The best workout clothes for running, strength training, and at-home cardio workouts

Sports bras:

  • Calia Sports BraI have a few bras from Calia and really, really love them. I think my favorite thing about them is that the padding is built in. It drives me bonkers when I wash my sports bra and the little insert pads get bunched up and I have to readjust them every time. Plus, these are super comfortable and very supportive. This one is on sale for under $20 and comes in a bunch of cute colors and prints!
  • Aerie Sports BraThis bra is the softest, smoothest material, and feels like you’re wearing nothing. It has good support, and also that band at the bottom is so long and so comfortable. I’m obsessed. Definitely size down in this one. It’s also on sale for under $20!

Leggings

  • Zella Leggings. These are my favorite everyday leggings, but I love, love them for exercising too. The material is nice and thick and they hold everything in. I own two pairs and wear both an XS and an XXS — they’re super stretchy. Definitely size down in these.
  • Aerie Leggings. I discovered these leggings a few months ago and have been shouting about them to everyone who will listen. They’re crazy lightweight (but not sheer), super comfortable, and feel like you’re wearing literally nothing. It’s crazy. They’re also super inexpensive. I wear a size XS.

Shorts: 

  • Starter Shorts. I bought these shorts a few years ago in a couple of colors and wore them all summer long to run,  and they’re still in perfect condition. It’s crazy since they’re only $10! They’re comfortable, lightweight, and have a built in liner so you don’t show off too much while you’re running in short shorts. Shop them here.
  • Biker shortsThese are a great pair of longer shorts that fit like a legging but are about finger tip length. They’re thick and sturdy, but don’t get too hot, great quality, and they’re super inexpensive. I run in these all the time during the summer!

Tanks:

  • Nike Muscle Tank. I love wearing muscle tanks – the fit is just comfortable and cute, and looks great with a pair of fitted leggings or shorts. This Nike tank is a favorite because the material is lightweight so it’s nice and breathable. I wear a size small.
  • Athleta TankI actually own a few pieces from Athleta and really love everything from there, but their tanks are amazing. This one is so lightweight and comfortable, has a fitted shape, is made of moisture wicking material AND has odor controlling technology, and is super breathable. I’m obsessed with this tank. I wear a size XS.

Shoes

Accessories

  • Hair TiesI searched for ages for a good hair tie that would keep my hair in place for miles and miles while I ran. These ones are the best. They’re comfortable, don’t rip or pull your hair, come in tons of colors, and last for ages.
  • Running beltI freaking love this little belt. I snap it around my waist and it holds my phone (and a key if needed) while I run. It’s super flat, so it doesn’t bounce around while I run, and it can be worn with the pouch in the front or the back (but I prefer the back).
  • Cushioned Socks. Of course you need good socks when you run. These are my absolute favorites.
  • Bluetooth Headphones. I’ve never tried Airpods so I can’t compare, but I use these bluetooth headphones and love them. They wrap around my ear and have a rubber piece that sits inside your ear, so they stay in perfectly and never move while I run. Literally never. They also have great sound a long battery life!

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My Favorite Workout Clothes (and Accessories)

black leggings and nike tank

I’ve tried a lot of workout clothes over the years, and these are the pieces I wear over and over and love.

 

These are my favorite pieces of workout clothes (and accessories)

I exercise six days a week, and have for a few years, so I’ve tried a lot of workout clothes. Like, a lot. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve hated. But today I want to share my tried and true favorites that I reach for over and over again.

 

The best workout clothes for running, strength training, and at-home cardio workouts

I’m sharing my top two favorites in each category — sports bras, leggings, shorts, tanks, and shoes. And then I’m sharing a few favorite accessories that I can’t live without when working out, like my bluetooth headphones and the best hair ties ever.

 

(click the images in the collage for links to the items)

Sports bras:

  • Calia Sports BraI have a few bras from Calia and really, really love them. I think my favorite thing about them is that the padding is built in. It drives me bonkers when I wash my sports bra and the little insert pads get bunched up and I have to readjust them every time. Plus, these are super comfortable and very supportive. This one is on sale for under $20 and comes in a bunch of cute colors and prints!
  • Aerie Sports BraThis bra is the softest, smoothest material, and feels like you’re wearing nothing. It has good support, and also that band at the bottom is so long and so comfortable. I’m obsessed. Definitely size down in this one. It’s also on sale for under $20!

Leggings

  • Zella Leggings. These are my favorite everyday leggings, but I love, love them for exercising too. The material is nice and thick and they hold everything in. I own two pairs and wear both an XS and an XXS — they’re super stretchy. Definitely size down in these.
  • Aerie Leggings. I discovered these leggings a few months ago and have been shouting about them to everyone who will listen. They’re crazy lightweight (but not sheer), super comfortable, and feel like you’re wearing literally nothing. It’s crazy. They’re also super inexpensive. I wear a size XS.

Shorts: 

  • Starter Shorts. I bought these shorts a few years ago in a couple of colors and wore them all summer long to run,  and they’re still in perfect condition. It’s crazy since they’re only $10! They’re comfortable, lightweight, and have a built in liner so you don’t show off too much while you’re running in short shorts. Shop them here.
  • Biker shortsThese are a great pair of longer shorts that fit like a legging but are about finger tip length. They’re thick and sturdy, but don’t get too hot, great quality, and they’re super inexpensive. I run in these all the time during the summer!

 

Tanks:

  • Nike Muscle Tank. I love wearing muscle tanks – the fit is just comfortable and cute, and looks great with a pair of fitted leggings or shorts. This Nike tank is a favorite because the material is lightweight so it’s nice and breathable. I wear a size small.
  • Athleta TankI actually own a few pieces from Athleta and really love everything from there, but their tanks are amazing. This one is so lightweight and comfortable, has a fitted shape, is made of moisture wicking material AND has odor controlling technology, and is super breathable. I’m obsessed with this tank. I wear a size XS.

 

Shoes

 

Accessories

  • Hair TiesI searched for ages for a good hair tie that would keep my hair in place for miles and miles while I ran. These ones are the best. They’re comfortable, don’t rip or pull your hair, come in tons of colors, and last for ages.
  • Running beltI freaking love this little belt. I snap it around my waist and it holds my phone (and a key if needed) while I run. It’s super flat, so it doesn’t bounce around while I run, and it can be worn with the pouch in the front or the back (but I prefer the back).
  • Cushioned Socks. Of course you need good socks when you run. These are my absolute favorites.
  • Bluetooth Headphones. I’ve never tried Airpods so I can’t compare, but I use these bluetooth headphones and love them. They wrap around my ear and have a rubber piece that sits inside your ear, so they stay in perfectly and never move while I run. Literally never. They also have great sound a long battery life!

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. heatHer says:

    Love these choices!! what kind of underwear do you wear under your leggings and bike shOrts? Ones that don’t shOW Any panty lines and are comfortable. Can yih share please?

    • Merrick says:

      I found some great no show ones at target a while back but I can’t find them online…I’m sorry to not be more helpful, but check your local target!

  2. Amanda Gillen says:

    Ohmygosh! i AM SO GLAD TO SEE THAT i’M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT HATES REMOVABLE PADDING IN SPORTS BRAS. dRIVES ME BANANAS. i HAVE ONLY FOUND ONE THAT HAD PADDING BUILT IN OVER THE YEARS AND BOUGHT ALL THEY HAD AT DICKS. 🙂 dEFINITELY GOING TO TRY OUT YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS. i HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR RUNNING BELT. HOW/WHERE DO YOU POSITION IT. AROUND YOUR HIPS, YOUR NATURAL WAIST? I HAVE ONE BUT NOT SURE HOW TO WEAR IT WITHOUT IT MOVING AROUND OR MAKING MY SHIRT RIDE UP. WOULD LOVE TO KNOW THE MERRICK SECRET!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Ohmygosh! I’m so sorry my capslock was on for this comment!

    • Merrick says:

      I almost always tuck my shirt/tank into my shorts/leggings when I run so it doesn’t move, and then I put my belt over the tank around my natural waist so it doesn’t move at all. And I always run with the phone/pouch in the back. Hope that helps!

  3. Nicole says:

    When i recently replaced my old running belt, my new one now rides up and I am constantly pulling it down and readjusting during my run. Does your belt stay put – even on Smooth lulu running pants/shorts?

    • Merrick says:

      I wear mine around my natural waist so it don’t move. If I wore it lower on my hips it might ride up. Are you wearing it lower?

  4. frolen says:

    I stopped buying very expensive clothes for workouts. It is a waste of money. You need to wash them after each training. So even the most reliable brands need to be regularly changed, do not you think so? I prefer to have new clothes at a moderate price from time to time instead of wearing old things. I am from https://populationstat.com/united-states/ and there are enough sales here for the smallest budget.

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