Health & Fitness

By Caroline Davis

Spring has certainly sprung, kicking off my absolute favorite time of year in the city. And with the greenery sprouting up around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, it seems almost criminal not lace up those sneaks for a jog beneath the trees.

Plus, warmer weather means bikini season is just that much closer, so why not start gearing up for a tighter, toned body, while looking chic and ever-so-fashionable to boot? These fitness gear hotspots have everything you need for some serious self spring-cleaning and so you can start showing off those – er – assets.

Paragon Sports

From cycling to snowboarding, Paragon Sports has the gear and the duds for almost any sweaty pursuit. Carrying top names such as Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, and New Balance, you are sure to find the perfect tank to motivate you on the treadmill or the trails.

867 Broadway @ 18th Street (212-255-8889)

Lululemon Athletica

Never have I used the words “chic” and “sweaty” in the same sentence. After all, my workouts typically culminate with an ultra-red face and a drenched cotton t-shirt. However, Lululemon is sure to make that healthy, post-workout glow a possibility. This store is a haven for the city’s most dedicated of yogis, offering up fun, trendy sportswear for all of one’s active wear needs, from yoga to running to dancing.

1928 Broadway @ 64th Street (212-712-1767)


Head here for comfort of the Nike trademark swoosh, if you don’t mind fighting through the crowds and tourists of Midtown, that is. Niketown has items such as running shoes with an accompanying iPod that tracks your mileage, or select a simple shirt or pair of sweats from its five floors. Make sure to peruse the top level for a selection of the more fashion-y, cream of the Nike crop items.

6 East 57th Street @ Fifth Avenue (212-891-6453)

Super Runners Shop

It really is as super as it sounds! Super Runners Shop boasts a vast selection of walking, running, cross training sneakers for runners of all abilities, and racing flats and Polar Heart Rate monitors for the more serious of fitness buffs. Even moms can drop the baby weight (if you don’t mind dropping a couple hundred in cash) with a high-tech Baby Jogger stroller. Not sure what gear is right for you? The shop has free video gate analysis, as well as a Podiatrists and Pedorthists (footwear specialists) on staff to assist you in finding the right fit.

52 Grand Central Terminal (646-487-1120)

Originally published May 2010
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