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    Updated on Aug 3, 2020. Posted on Aug 1, 2020

    28 Products That Fitness Instructors Swear By

    Clothes, accessories, and more that come with a stamp of approval from people who sweat for a living.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. The "ultimate" sports bra with more than 15,000 5-star reviews raving about how it fits all different bodies and keeps boobs of all shapes and sizes in place.

    Model wearing the sports bra in black with thick straps, a wide band around the chest and a zipper down the front

    Shefit is a woman-founded business that has been making customizable sports bras since 2010. You can customize not only the fit of the bra but also the support. In this specific bra, the straps can be adjusted and also worn as an X-back or H-back. Plus, sizes 1Luxe and up have 1.25 inches of extra padding in the straps. The bra also has has a 2-inch bust band that works to stabilize the breast tissue and make it more comfortable, no matter how hard your workout is.

    Promising review: "I am a fitness instructor who has struggled to find a supportive sports bra. This bra is perfect. I love that I can adjust it. It’s easy to care for. I will be buying more." —Christine S.

    Get it from Shefit for $65+ (available in sizes XS-6Luxe and in five styles).

    2. Asics Gel Venture sneakers made with built-in cushioninig to keep you feeling supported no matter whether you're going for a run or doing a really intense HIIT workout.,

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable sneakers I own! I always try to find the right sneaker, and I finally found them in the Asics Gel sneaker. That's why this is the second pair that I bought in a month because I kind of go through sneakers very quickly since I'm a fitness instructor. I wear them for all four of my boot camp classes and my kickboxing class. I also run in them so, there's that. Good buy! Very very good buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon forr $54.95+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 in 10 colors and men's sizes 6-15 in 16 colors).

    3. Zig-Zag capris to add a pop of color to your workout attire and help make you that much more excited to take that class. It's an (unofficial) fact that cute workout clothes make you approximately *76% more motivated to workout.

    Model wearing the leggings with a criss-cross black and cut out pattern across the thigh and a purple and teal geometric pattern
    Culture Fit

    *That is a number I made up, but it's what I feel to be true.

    CultureFit is a Black woman-owned business creating activewear inspired by West African culture. The leggings are made with moisture-wicking fabric.

    Promising review: "I feel so fortunate to have been shown Culture Fit Clothing by a friend. I love the use of symbols you might see in batik fabric! As a yoga instructor, it is deeply important to support and represent companies that you feel connected with, and for me, that means supporting Black-owned businesses. The colors of these leggings pop over Zoom yoga. and the compression is great. No sagging! I love the peek-a-boo net. It gives a subtle glimpse of my tattoos that are usually tucked away! Oh, did I mention the price? These pants won't crush your bank account (or compromise quality)!" —Claire W.

    Get them from Culture Fit for $44.99 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    4. A compact foam roller great for helping relieve sore muscles the day after a really hard workout. Place it under any muscles that feel super tight and ~roll on~.

    Model using a black foam roller with blue speckles on their upper thigh

    Promising review "I love this foam roller. I am a dancer and fitness instructor, so my life is all about moving and working my body. This is such a great tool to have when I come home sore and tired. It's not easy to travel with because of the size, but I'll just need to get a smaller one for that." —LynnCheri J. Voorhees

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49 (available in four sizes and seven colors).

    5. A Girlfriend Collective Paloma bra designed with a band across the bottom for extra support you need in any medium-impact workouts. Plus, it's so cute, you may just want to wear it even if you're not working out.

    Model wearing the bra with thick straps that goes down to the middle of the rib cage in black
    Girlfriend Collective

    Promising review: "I am a full-time yoga teacher and practice regularly, and this top was a huge game-changer for me! This is, by far, my favorite top to wear to teach or practice. I love the longer length of the classic and how soft but supportive the material is. And I LOVE that it is made with recycled materials. I want to replace all of my yoga tops with this top in every color! In case anyone is wondering as I was, the Ivory is great — it's not see-through when it gets wet and I've worn it in HOT yoga. I have four colors now and can't wait to get more!" —Hailey J.

    Get it from Girlfriend Collective for $38 (available in sizes XXS-6XL and in eight colors).

    6. A tank top/bra combo you'll love if you have a larger bust, because it'll keep you supported in all sorts of activities, from yoga to long-distance running.


    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I NEVER buy shirts with bras already in them. As a DD, I have learned I need more support. However, this shirt works out great for me. I teach yoga and everything stays where it should! People are always asking where I got the top, and I have purchased two additional ones. It is tru-ish to size. I bought a large because I am a DD, but it fits loose around my stomach. This is ok with me." —AM

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 15 colors and patterns).

    7. A beautiful yoga mat everyone will be asking where you got it from — even if it's over video chat during a virtual workout class.

    Yoga mat with an illustration of a woman standing on yoga blocks with her head full of curly hair on the ground in front of her
    Toned By Baggedem

    Toned by BaggedEm is a Black woman-owned business started by two sisters to create yoga mats with illustrations of women working out on them. The illustrations are done by their mother. The yoga mat is made from 100% natural rubber with an absorbent layer on top (for any sweat) and is made with extra length, so it's great anyone taller than 6 feet, as well.

    Promising review: "I am in a yoga teacher training program. I’ve gone through several mats. This one is a keeper! My hands don’t slip, and I wore socks to practice with no fear of injury! It was my pleasure and joy to roll this baby out for class. Several people took pics of the well-placed logo to look you all up on IG. In time, I expect to replace all of my mats with these!"—Ebone

    Get it from Toned By Baggedem for $59.99 (available in 3mm and 5mm thickness).

    8. Elastic grip socks perfect for yoga, pilates, or barre workouts when you want to make sure that your feet don't slip while completing that really hard move.

    Reviewer wearing the socks with criss-cross straps across the top with one foot turned to the side to see the grips on the bottom in light yellow

    Promising review: "I'm a Barre instructor, so I really needed to find some good socks for teaching. These are very comfortable, and I love that the straps don't cut into my feet. I've found that they have good grip, but do not prevent any gliding movements. They're great for Barre." —Sarah

    Get a set of two pairs from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in one size that fits women's shoe sizes 5.5-11 and in five colors and varieties).

    9. A pair of high-waisted shorts you may find yourself living in because they're comfortable, supportive, *and* have pockets on the side big enough to fit your phone. Now that's a win-win-win.

    Reviewer wearing the shorts with pockets on either side and that go down the thigh in heather grey

    Promising review: "I'm a HIGH Fitness instructor and training for a marathon, and I LOVE these shorts! I want them in every color! The pockets fit my phone (iPhone 6s) great (but would fit bigger phones), which is perfect for runs. I bought the dark heathered purple and the black. I was afraid of showing sweat, so I avoided the lighter colors, but the black and purple don't show sweat. The black material is thicker and more cotton-like, while the purple is spandex-like material. Both are wonderful! I am a size 4 pants, 5-foot-6, 125 pounds, and I got a small. The purple shorts seem to run a tiny bit smaller than the black ones did, so I could have gotten a medium in purple, though the small in black is absolutely perfect. Either way, they fit well, and I absolutely love them! They feel very high-quality." —Erica

    Get them from Amazon for $22.98 (available in sizes XS-3X and in 49 length and color combinations).

    10. A Power Ring that weighs 10 pounds to add a little extra ~oomph~ to your workout when you're ready to take it up a notch.

    A hand holding the oval ring in black

    Bala is a partly woman-founded company providing fashion-forward fitness products from Los Angeles since 2018. The Power Ring can be used for many different things, from squats, presses, and even any move you might use a kettlebell for.

    Promising review: "I am a Pilates instructor and love this ring. I teach virtually and I’m suggesting that all my clients purchase one!!! It’s the best!!!" —Heidi F.

    Get it from Bala for $85.

    11. A cropped bra made with soft fabric that almost feels like you're getting a hug and the ~support~ you need to make it through that intense Vinyasa class.

    Model wearing the crop in bright blue while doing a side plank yoga pose

    Promising review: "I have this top in three colors now and essentially live it in. It has the perfect amount of support for me (B-cup) to do every activity in —even run! As a spin instructor, I have searched for the right high neck cropped top that was flattering and functional — this is it!" —Monica

    Get it from Athleta for $59 (available for cup sizes A-C in XXS-XL in six colors and for cup sizes D-DD in sizes XXS-XL in seven colors).

    12. A mat towel big enough to fit over your whole mat, which is great for hot yoga when you find your hands slipping from all the sweat as you try and hold downward dog.

    Anna Kopsky / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a hot yoga instructor and typically practice about four to seven times per week. These towels offer a great non-slip grip while in class. They also hold up well after multiple washes. I also love that they cover my ENTIRE mat. I highly recommend these to anyone who practices hot yoga!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in two sizes and five colors).

    And to read more about this yoga towel, check out "Just 11 Things You Might Want To Try In October" (#6).

    13. A racerback muscle tank so you can feel covered yet still let your skin breathe and not get pools of sweat building up on your back.

    Reviewer wearing the tanks in grey at the gym

    Promising review: "I teach fitness classes multiple times per week. This is my go-to top! I have it in six colors. I love the cut on the arm opening up to the neck. It really flatters the shoulder muscles. Also, the arm opening is low enough to show off a cute sports bra while also being loose enough to maintain appropriateness while 'working.' They wash and dry really well too. It fits true to size." —Ticket81

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $23.79 (available in XS–XL and 10 color combinations).

    14. Deodorizer balls, because your workout shoes have def seen better days (and smells), but with these, you just have to twist them and put them in the shoes. They'll work to absorb the bacteria inside, leaving the shoes smelling fresh and clean.,

    Promising review: "As a fitness instructor, I have many shoes, and they get sweaty! With that comes unpleased smells that need to be addressed. This addresses them and makes them smell great! You won't regret these little guys." —Tyson Peltz

    Get a pack of three pairs from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

    15. A sports bra for bigger bust sizes that promises no bounce — and, based on more than 5,000 5-star reviews, delivers.


    Promising review: "I ordered this bra for exercise classes that teach. I teach four different formats, and I have had a very hard time finding an exercise/sports bra that holds everything in and contains the 'bounce' when jumping or with impact movement. I ordered only one as I didn't know how well it would perform. I am quite happy to say that it WORKS. It's worth twice its price, if not more because it's working for me! I have sports bras that I paid three times as much for, and they don't perform as well. I also like that it's BLACK (with pink piping) as it goes perfectly with the tops that I wear when I teach." —Donna

    Get it from Amazon for $28.30 (available in 34C-50J and in seven colors).

    16. Feetures socks worth the splurge because they're designed with cushioning and a power band for extra support to really help you ~go the distance~. Once you try these, you may never go back to any other style again.

    The socks in grey with a white stripe pattern across the top and a grey band around the middle

    Promising review: "These socks are amazing for people who are hard on their feet and people who have bad feet. I have both! As a fitness instructor, my feet have to stand lots of jumps, need all-day arch support and compression. These socks have it all! Pricey YES. But really worth it. I only have three pairs, so I tend to do laundry all the time. I really love these socks!" —Red Geisha

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    17. An all-natural yoga mat cleaner spray that will clean *and* leave a pleasant lavender scent, so the next time you're in savasana, you'll get a whiff of relaxation.

    The spray bottle with a purple label with the words "Yoga mat detox" on it

    Asutra is a WOC-owned brand making natural self-care products at an accessible price point. The products are made with organic plants, minerals, and essential oils and do not contain parabens, phthalates, or petroleum. This mat spray is made with tea tree oil to help kill bacterial on the mat.

    Promising review: "I teach yoga and have recommended this product to many students and fellow teachers. I love the scent and performance of this mat cleaner spray. It doesn't leave a weird residue like others I've used, especially with the help of the little cleaning towel that comes with the purchase. I will definitely order again." —Heather

    Get it from Asutra for $12.99 (available in seven scents) or Amazon for $12.99 (available in seven scents).

    18. A pair of patterned high-waisted leggings made with 25% Spandex, so it won't be a ~stretch~ to say that these will quickly be your new favorite.,

    Promising review: "I now have two pairs of leggings from this company, and I cannot say enough good things. They fit perfectly, are so cute, so comfortable, and great quality. Best affordable leggings I've ever found. My job is a yoga teacher and group fitness instructor, so I've tried a million different brands in every price range. These may be the best of the bunch! I have recommended them to so many people, and I've never done that with any other workout apparel. Highly recommend. They are worth every penny." —Casey W.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 27 prints).

    19. Lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng to give your skin a quick cleanse so you have time to crush your early morning workout and not be late to sign in to your 9 a.m. meeting when a shower just isn't in the cards.

    Hand holding purple wipe packet with the words, "Goodwipes in my bag, swag"
    Goodwipes / Via

    Promising review: "The GoodWipes are perfect for me. I'm a fitness professional, always on a tight schedule and constantly on the go. After teaching a fitness class, I'm soaked in sweat and wet clothes. Using the wipes save me time versus a shower in the gym so I can get to my next client. There's no residue left on my skin when I use them, I don't feel sticky, and they have a nice "slight" refreshing scent. Highly recommend." —Tina G.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. A longline sports bra you can wear on its own or with a tank over it because you need pieces in your wardrobe that are versatile.


    Promising review: "I am a fitness instructor and wear sports bras 90% of the time. This is my absolute favorite bra. It is beautiful and looks like a Lululemon product. The fabric is thick and feels expensive, and it definitely holds me in through the toughest workout. I ordered true to size, and it fits great, but if you are in-between sizes, I would recommend going up a size. You have to pull it over your head to put on or off, and that’s when it feels snug. It covers just enough of my sides/rib cage that I can wear it with more revealing tops and not feel exposed. It does show sweat pretty easily, but I think that’s because I got the lilac color, and I can’t imagine that color NOT showing sweat. I’ll be ordering more. I really have no desire to buy more expensive bras after finding this one." —Ally

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 11 colors and patterns).

    21. A mat with a built-in towel that works to keep you from sliding even when you're dripping in sweat from hot yoga.

    Close up of the mat with a texture to it and a model's hands and feet on the mat

    Promising review: "The best mat on the market for people who sweat!! I'm an instructor and take my mat everywhere with me. The travel-size folds and rolls easily and lightweight. I recommend this mat to beginners and experienced yogis!" —Leslie Prince

    Get it from Amazon for $88 (available in three patterns).

    22. A high-neck bra to make you say, "~Olive~ it so much" every time you wear it.

    Model wearing the bra in heathered green with the matching leggings

    Promising review: "This is the softest sports bra I’ve ever owned. I’m a yoga instructor, and I’ve found this is perfect for what I do. It may not be ideal for high impact, but it’s my new favorite. It’s so cute as a bra, but also doubles as a really cute crop top too." —Sierra

    Get it from Target for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors). And you can also get the matching leggings (pictured above) for $34.99.

    23. A tie-back tank with a mesh panel to prove — once and for all — that you really are bringing ~sexy back~.

    Promising review: "I love the fit. I ordered a medium, and it was true to size. I am a yoga instructor, and it's perfect for teaching since it does not ride up when doing inverted postures. I ordered it in black, but am considering getting it in multiple colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 22 colors and styles).

    24. Lululemon align leggings that are as soft as butter and comfortable, so you might not want to take them off after you're done with your yoga or barre class.

    Model wearing the leggings  with a black and white marbled print

    Promising review: "These are my all-time FAVORITE leggings. They are so soft, so comfortable, so easy to move in. I want them in every color. The high waist is perfect, and the length is great. The fabric could not be more comfortable! I'm a barre instructor, and I always wear these to teach and take class, as well as to do other workouts. They're so versatile!" —BarreStar12

    Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0-14, three lengths, and 18 colors and patterns).

    25. A set of resistance bands made with fabric that's designed to not roll or snap, because that's one of the worst parts about using a band during a workout. With these, you'll never have that annoying problem again! Voilà!,

    Promising review: "I am a fitness instructor, and these are great! They don’t roll up like others I have used, and I love the different sizes!" —Akers

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two color combinations).

    26. A seamless tank that won't ride up when you're upside down, which means you won't have to stop every three minutes to adjust your shirt.

    Model wearing the fitted tank top in light blue
    Sweaty Betty

    Promising review: "This is a really good shirt, especially when I am teaching Pilates. It does not ride up or move, and it's comfortable to wear and feels great." —Vic79

    Get it from Sweaty Betty for $48 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 17 colors).

    27. A sports bra designed for high-impact workouts to keep your boobs in place while your crush those jump squats, high-knees, and jumping jacks.


    Promising review: "These are the perfect sports bra. They're so COMFY. I’ve been a group fitness instructor as a Professor of Kinesiology for two decades. These are the BEST sports bras I’ve ever found, and the price is INCREDIBLE! Three for $20, WOW, you can’t even find a decent one for that price in the stores. I remove the padding (but they still look good wit it). I bought Large, and it’s perfect." —Jennifer highlander Perkins

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S-3X and in six color packs and varieties).

    28. And some low-cut socks, because one can never have too many pairs of workout socks, especially ones designed with comfort and support.

    Six black socks

    Promising review: "I am a gym manager, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor. I need socks that hold up to all the training I do. I wish I could give this product an even higher mark! I used to pay four times the price for other socks, which were my favorite for years. I decided to try these because of the reviews. These are my new favorite! They're super soft and tough and breathable in all the right places. Don’t hesitate. I wear a 9.5 in tennis shoes so a medium is perfect for me. Buy these socks!!" —Andrea Ivins

    Get a set of six pairs from Amazon for $15.95 (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors and combinations).

    You ready to crush your next workout thanks to the products recommended by fitness instructors:

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