The worst of winter is long gone in Pittsburgh, with the snow and cold soon to be replaced by spring’s warmer temperatures, longer days and the opportunity to get outdoors and get back in shape after a long winter’s hibernation. For some, however, finding the motivation to get off the couch and into the gym can be the hardest part. Several studies have found an interesting connection between the motivation to workout and athletic wear. Known as “enclothed cognition,” this psychological theory suggests that the simple act of slipping into active wear or workout clothes can actually amp up your motivation to move more. If you think you can use a push toward the treadmill or a little something to get you pumped for Pilates, why not merge fashion and fitness by shopping the stylish and comfortable selection of women’s athletic wear at these five area boutiques and stores.
Aero Tech Designs
1132 4th Ave.
Coraopolis, PA 15108
Pull your bicycle out of storage and get ready to pedal the pavement in the most comfortable and chic athletic wear designed specifically for cyclists. The downtown Coraopolis-based cycling wear store, Aero Tech Designs, has thousands of affordable and stylish sportswear for women of all shapes and sizes. From petite to plus-sized, you’ll find the city’s largest inventory of shorts, jackets, sports bars, tops and shirts, cycling accessories and more from brands like Endura, Smart Wool, Illuminite and Skirt Sports. The majority of apparel sold at Aero Tech Designs is made in the U.S., so you can ride in style knowing that you’re working out in quality material that boasts the best in comfort and durability.
Dona Jo Fitwear at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon
1612 Cochran Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Pittsburgh-based company Dona Jo Fitwear has everything the fitness-loving lady could ask for in athletic wear, including strict quality standards, innovative comfort construction and the trendiest designs. Its ever-changing inventory of apparel features a variety of colorful printed yoga wear, cycling clothes, tennis skirts, barre apparel, running gear and Crossfit outfits. Shop the season’s hottest styles of skirts, bottoms, shorts, leggings, tops, sports bras, jackets, tanks and accessories, including gear that transitions easily from winter to spring. Find your next addition of Dona Jo Fitwear at Pure Barre’s Mt. Lebanon location on Cochran Road.
5407 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15323
If running is your idea of a great workout, you have to head to Shadyside’s True Runner. Its knowledgeable and friendly staff are available to assist you in finding the perfect running gear using a variety of its in-store services. For instance, arch and gait analysis will lead you to your personalized running shoe pick whereas a fitting expert can help you find the best sports bra for your shape, activity and size. Be sure to check the True Runner website for updated weekly deals, as well as details on in-store events geared specifically toward runners.
Ned’s Fitness Supplies
2859 Saw Mill Run Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Ned’s Fitness Supplies is the ultimate shop for everything from fitness apparel to supplements and weights. The store is a goldmine for female weightlifters and body builders, but it also offers a nice selection of swimwear, performance tops and bottoms, running shoes and accessories. In addition to women’s athletic wear, private personal training is also available in the store’s training studio that features equipment for cardio, plyometrics, martial arts and weight training.
The Dancer’s Pointe
2821 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Women keeping fit through dance-based workouts like Pure Barre or Zumba will appreciate the amazing selection of dancewear at The Dancer’s Pointe. Browse the store’s extensive inventory of camisoles and leotards, tights, dance skirts, shoes and accessories from brands like Capezio, So Danca and Suffolk. The Dancer’s Pointe is owned and operated by costumier for The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Janet Marie Groom. Stock up on your favorite dance fashions at its Strip District location on Penn Avenue.
Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.