Working out isn’t always fun — but it can be. But if it’s not your idea of a good time, there’s one way to make it one: by looking good doing it. If you’re looking for clothes that will endure your workouts, whether you’re working hard or hardly working, look no further than these amazing Canadian brands. They’ll have your blood pumping and pulse racing and feeling fab in no time — for the long haul.
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Knix, the brand known for redefining intimates, is also leaning into the workout wear space, creating clothes that aim to support all active bodies in a comfortable way. From comfy base layers for outdoor winter sports, to period-proof workout pieces, you'll find something you'll want instantly.
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Lolë, which was born in Montreal, stands for "Live Out Loud Everyday," and that's what you'll want to do in their sleek, stunning activewear that comes in all kinds of colours that somehow manage to remain neutral and feminine and classic, and go from yoga basics to sweaters to dresses and outerwear for cold weather workouts, the kind suitable for all the seasons from coast to coast.
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Hyba may have shut down its standalone stores in 2018 but the brand still exists within Reitmans stores and often goes on sale — so whether it's for a hardcore circuit or simply from going from home to work to work out, Hyba's street style is ideal for those on a budget.
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FitGal has only been around since 2016 but it's great for women who want performance-based gear that can seamless go from gym to work (or play). The versatility and comfort is one thing but the price point can't be beat.
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TerraFrog's durable, reliable athletic wear (think mid-rise bottoms and fitted — but not too fitted — tanks) are in actual sizes that fit all kinds of different body types, all at a reasonable price. Um, yes, please.
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Keylime Athletic Wear
Keylime, an Alberta-based gymwear manufacturer and retailer, strives to provide comfortable, quality-made clothing for women of all sizes and fit preference.
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The Vancouver-based Ryu keep things pretty minimal for women and men, which makes it easy to go from workout to work in a pinch. There are also some unisex shirt options, if you so prefer.
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The Calgary activewear company's items are ethically sourced and ethically produced, whether it's a graphic tee, fun leggings or pretty bras. But the dudes get a little love from Sweat Society too, and can opt for gear for high intensity workouts or pieces to lounge in, if that's their thing.
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Titika Active Couture
For high quality, high fashion workout gear, Titika is as good as it gets. The unique and stylish features from the Toronto-born company will cost a bit more but considering what you're getting, it's totally worth it.
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You can find everything you need from bras and tanks to shorts and leggings, in sizes ranging from XS to 3X, all for an affordable price. Joe Fresh's style is trendy, the quality is excellent and, if it works for you, you can get your grocery shopping done at the same time.
Written ByDenette Wilford