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Gear Up: You get what you pay for

…or do you?

Let’s start with the obvious. Fitness gear is the stuff that you sweat in, tear up, smell up to high heaven and beat to a wretched pulp every time you work out. Right? Right.

So WHY, pray tell, are you paying an arm and a leg for it?

This is the question that I ask myself every time I go shopping for fitness clothing. My solution is: I don’t. That’s not to say that I buy substandard clothing in which to work out. I just don’t pay full price for it. Ever.

Here’s why: I completely and thoroughly disrespect my fitness gear. I am not interested in looking cute when I work out. I’m interested in getting the job done. I rely on quality clothing to help me reach that goal. But while some folks are shelling out thousands of dollars for gear with some logo or symbol on it that they think will make them look more fit (it won’t), I’m digging through racks of my local Marshalls or TJ Maxx (actually, check that. TJ Maxx is too expensive when it comes to fitness gear) or Nordstrom (some of the best sales EVER) to get my workout clothes.

If you go through my workout clothing dresser (not that there is any reason that you would), you’ll find all manner of Nike, Puma, Under Armour, Saucony, Spiritual Gangster, New Balance, Hard Tail, Prima Studio, FILA… you name it, I’ve got it. I haven’t paid full price for a single item. Most of it was scored at some discount retailer, some outlet store, or a sale at my local gym. Because the thing is, they ALWAYS go on sale. Always. So why in the world would I pay $65 for a running shirt, when I can get it for 14.99? Same shirt, different place. And don’t even get me started on the bottoms. I’m not paying $100 for yoga pants (I’m looking at you Lulemon). I’m just not. The state of my yoga clothes are truly sad at the conclusion of any given practice. I wouldn’t want to put a $100 (retail) pair of pants through all that. But that same pair for 39.99? I’m already in them and on the mat. Hmph.

Now, understand that I’m not disparaging all gear at retail prices. I get that the quality of some gear is worlds better than others. But if I can get that same thing, at a much cheaper price… guess what I’m going to do? And yes, I understand irregularities (Although I’ve yet to come across a single article of my clothing that is ‘irregular.’ Having friends in the fashion industry who teach you to check for such things is priceless). But I also understand that if I’m tearing my gear a new one during my workout… I’m not interested in tearing a hole in my wallet in the process.

Just saying.

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