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    23 Fitness Buys That Will Inspire You To Get Gloriously Sweaty This Spring

    Because new gym gear is the world's best motivator. Fact.

    1. These (aptly named) booty shorts that are squat-proof and look just as good in the gym as they do day-to-day.

    Julia Willing / BuzzFeed, Cotton On

    Cotton On have taken support to the next-level with the Booty Bike Short. They're built with four-way stretch and feature a high waistband, which means they sculpt, lift and support you from backyard yoga sessions to early morning walks. Plus, did we mention POCKETS?! Total bonus.

    Promising review: "As someone who lives in activewear most of the year, I gotta say, I was seriously impressed by the comfort-factor of these shorts. They're snug without feeling suffocating — which is no mean feat when it comes to gym shorts. They've already seen me through a dozen HIIT classes and weekend brunches (see above re living in this stuff). Plus, they're just super cute and come in a huge variety of colours. Check me adding half a dozen more to my cart."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Cotton On for $24.99 (available in seven colours).

    2. Or, if you want a little more cover, they also come in an equally cute booty tight — at 7/8 length.

    Julia Willing / BuzzFeed

    Same great quality, little more length.

    Promising review: "I cannot overstate how impressed I am with all of the Cotton On activewear — they're so much more affordable than a lot of brands, but they've got such a high quality range. These tights are form-fitting, but never see-through. Even in this light pink colourway, I tested it with black underwear underneath and you can't see anything! Perfect for the gym and everyday use."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Cotton On for $39.99 (available in 12 colours).

    3. These tights by Aussie company, LSKD that will become your favourite gym buddy in an instant.

    LDSK

    These tights are made with a special four-way stretch fabric that will ensure no matter what way you twist and turn, you'll be comfortable and covered. This also means you won't have to worry about anyone catching a glimpse of your undies when you drop a squat.

    Buy it from LSKD for $80.

    4. The Nike Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit, of which at least 50% of materials is recycled.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Designed with Nike's ultimate goal of zero carbon and zero waste in mind (we love to see it), this new sneaker is at least half-constructed from leftover materials, recycled polyester and foam — and its comfy and stylish to boot.

    Promising review: “Are these the most attractive shoes you’ve ever laid your eyes on? Why yes, I believe they are. As a serial monochromatic dresser, these sneakers are the perfect addition to my wardrobe, for that touch of colour I’ve been sorely lacking. So lightweight, it’s like walking on clouds and I really appreciate its sustainable design — watch me never wear anything else on my feet again.”

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy them from Nike for $290.

    5. These chic and functional steady run leggings by P.E Nation.

    Julia Willing / BuzzFeed, P.E Nation

    Crafted from a sustainable, shiny soft fabrication, that's both breathable and compressive (v important), these 7/8 tights have a super flattering high-rise waistband and zippers at the ankles, which make pulling them on a breeze. Pair yours with a crop or an oversized hoodie for that laid-back signature P.E Nation style.

    Promising review: "P.E Nation has cult status in the fitness world for a reason — these are the perfect classic gym tight to take you from a body attack class to a leisurely stroll down Bondi Beach. They're super supportive and tight, without constricting movement. 10/10, would recommend."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Glue Store for $119.

    6. This elastic chest strap, which will minimise the dreaded bounce that comes from running with D+ cups.

    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would publish this information, bbut for the sake of big-ish tatas everywhere, here goes: My dream team is 32DD and working out with them is the absolute worst. When I go down, they go up. When I go up, they go down.

    The Booband was discovered by, of all people, my boyfriend. The product is so mind-blowingly simple and effective that I’m truly shocked I had never heard of it. The Booband is a long, elastic strap, about three or four inches wide, with velcro on one end. I wear it strapped on top of my sports bra. I thought it’d feel like a corset, but because the fabric is very flexible, wearing it was actually really pleasant. It felt like getting a gentle hug from a very big headband.

    The company claims you should wear the band to avoid saggy breasts, but that’s not why you should get this product (love your saggy bewbz!!!). The Booband not only made me feel more comfortable, but more confident running in public, too. I started picking up my pace and stopped fearing workouts that ended in burpees. This thing is, hands down, the best 30 bucks I’ve ever spent on my chest pillows."

    Nicole Nguyen

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $37+ (available in five colours).

    7. This Nike crop-like bra, which proves I needn't have been wary of putting my D-cup sized breasts into a sports bra with such thin straps in the past.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising reviews: "The Nike Indy bra is this brilliant combination of flexible support and looks — which you might say doesn't matter, but if I'm going to live in my activewear, it might as well look cute. Featuring a figure-hugging fit (no falling out during downwards-facing dog!), a flattering low-cut-design, thin, adjustable straps, padding and a breathable mesh insert to back, it's ideal for all the pretzels you put your body through during barre."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Nike for $40 (available in five colours).

    8. These high-waisted workout leggings, which will solve the problem of where to put your phone when hitting the pavement.

    Julia Willing / BuzzFeed

    These tights are made of ultra-fine fibres that mimic the softness and durability of silk — so whether you're working out or sitting on the couch all day, your tush will remain comfy. The fabric is also super stretchy, so you'll be able to move in any direction you please without feeling any discomfort. Plus, it features a side pocket for your phone — so, you'll no longer need to stick it in your bra and let it get all sweaty.

    Promising review: "Every time I saw an ad for these tights I thought; 'Damn, her bum looks great in those'. And evidently that's my only requirement of activewear, because I finally caved and bought a pair in dark green. Let me tell you, these are seriously worth the hype. They're so comfy, they feel like silk on and — I can confirm — they DO make butts look great. I've done some high-intensity training in them already and they don't ride up, fall down, or cause a wedgie mid-lunge. They're ridiculously cheap too, so I'm going to load up on different colours. Treat yo' butt."

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.98+ (available in 30 colours).

    9. These Sound PEATS wireless earbuds, so you can blast your music without cords interfering with your form on runs.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    With just a touch of a single earbud, you have access to excellent sound quality to take calls and listen to music for around four hours per charge. Plus, it has over 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds — I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love the convenience of not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $44.99.

    10. This resistance tube, which can be used to stretch away any oncoming cramps post-run.

    Evelyn Bevans / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is your entire gym for under $20. With lockdown and no gyms available, the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on gym equipment that would take up my entire living room — and cost as much as the membership money I am saving for the 3+ months of iso — was not ideal.

    This bad boy filled a gap I never thought was possible with one item. Attach it to your door, a tree, your bench or just use your body — this is the epic strength and cardio workout that is as adaptable as anything."

    —Evelyn Bevans

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.57.

    11. This insulated drink bottle, which will keep your water cold and grip to surfaces — everything you could want from a workout buddy.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Okay, I'm not sure if it's normal to be loyal to a bottle, but loyal I am. This double-walled, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel bottle keeps my water chilled for the duration of any given workout (and longer) and grips to any surface, avoiding spills. Plus, a handy loop makes for a comfortable hold.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $48.95.

    12. Alternatively, this water bottle with etched-in measurements, so you can remember to stay hydrated, even after your workout.

    instagram.com / Via @nalgene, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Promising reviews: "Nalgenes are light and so easy to carry around. Whether you're hiking, strolling through town, throwing one in your backpack or just hanging around the house, they're a joy to bring along. The screw-top lids never fail and the BPA-free and dishwasher-safe plastic is nice and durable. I can admittedly be extremely clumsy and have yet to crack a 'gene."

    Rachel Dunkel

    To learn more, check out "Here's Why I Won't Stop Telling People How Much I Love My Nalgenes".

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $18.33.

    13. The Fitbit Alta, which unlike its predecessors, doesn't only count steps, track sleep and calories burned — it also shows calls, texts and calendar alerts too.

    Jeff Barron / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I really liked a feature called SmartTrack that automatically recognises what kind of exercise you're doing...In truth, it's the only wearable I could see myself wearing every day. What I like about the Alta versus other non-heart-rate bands (like Jawbone's UP) is that it has a display to see the time."

    Nicole Nguyen

    Learn more about the Fitbit's Alta (and Blaze!) here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $134.80.

    14. These eco-friendly leggings, which are made from recycled bottles(!) and recycled polyester and spandex.

    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Right off the bat, I was impressed by how buttery soft these leggings were. They're super stretchy (definitely squat-proof!) and supportive without being constricting. And at $68, they're a total steal given how high-quality they are.

    I usually wear them for low-impact workouts, like Pilates and yoga (and lounging on the couch), but they didn't let me down during high-impact HIIT cardio classes either. The material is really breathable so even though I'm sweating a lot during my workouts, the leggings don't get swampy."

    Melanie Aman

    Read our friend from across the pond, Melanie, rave about her pairs more here.

    Buy it from Girlfriend for US$68.

    15. This Gaiam yoga mat, which instantly grips to studio floors, meaning you're not constantly having to straighten your mat during warrior pose.

    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    Sold in a myriad of colours and designs, this widely-loved yoga mat provides cushioning to joints during pilates or yoga sessions, without the frustration of cheaper alternatives that slide around when in use. Plus, every purchase comes with a complimentary downloadable workout to get you started!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $38.90+ (available in seven colours).

    16. This body fat scale, which you can connect to your phone, because we all need to be aware of our health — especially in this new reality.

    Amazon

    With changes to all of our routines, diet and exercise, it's easy for our health to fall by the wayside. Keep your health on track with this scale that calculates all of the things — including BMI, body weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle. Plus, it has more than 30,000 five-star reviews, so you know it works.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    17. The original FlipBelt — designed to hold all essentials, so you needn't run with your keys or phone in hand.

    Amazon

    This handy accessory has over 5,200 five-star ratings on Amazon and it's of little surprise. With multi-access pocket openings and no buckles to cause discomfort, you won't ever want to run without it. Choose one of the many reflective colours for added visibility at night.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $32.14+ (available in nine colours).

    18. This microfibre towel, which is designed to cool your body down in an instant — no excuse for not going to bootcamp now.

    Amazon

    Eco-friendly and anti-bacterial, this wonder of a towel creates a cooling sensation simply by being run under water. Wring excess water out, then use as a bandana, neck wrap or towel.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $6.74.

    19. These calf compression sleeves, which will help boost blood circulation in your legs, cutting down on recovery time.

    Amazon

    Ideal for wearing during any physical activity, these calf compression sleeves will assist you in warming up safely and recovering quickly. Mitigate shin splints, prevent calf cramps and in the case of contact sports, minimise scratches from knocks.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.97+.

    20. These silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.

    Amazon

    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and support your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure that walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    21. This Nike Swoosh Icon Clash sports bra, which solves the problem of squashed and misshapen cups — and conveniently provides a place for your cards or phone.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My absolute pet peeve when pulling my sports bras out of the wash are their misshapen cups, which are always then a task to get back to their usual position. I LOVE that Nike have designed this bra to have one piece padding that can be easily pulled out and put back in. Plus, the opening at the top makes it convenient for storing your phone or cards on your daily run."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Nike for $25.

    22. These darling, scalloped, basil green tights, which are perhaps the cutest gym tights we've seen.

    Cotton On Body

    Moisture wicking fabric treatment keeps you cool and dry, while the skinny fit is designed to firmly hug the body. These 7/8 length tights feature a supportive, high-waisted design and is cute enough to wear to your local cafe after your morning run.

    Buy it from Cotton On for $39.99.

    23. And finally, this ribbed, long-sleeved, crop top, which will not only move with your body as you run, but looks amazing.

    Nike

    Promising review: "As a lover of all things cropped over high-waisted tights, this sleek, ribbed, elastane top can double as a running top and jumper. Plus, in such a bold hot pink, I won't have to worry about being visible on the road while running at night."

    Natalia Krslovic

    Buy it from Nike for $60.