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Best Places For Fitness Gear & Equipment

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Just because you're sweating, doesn't mean you can't look good doing it. These shops equip you with everything you need for peak performance and style.

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11620 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 360-0067

For active people that want to look as good as they feel, FrontRunners is the place to find great brands that provide just what they're looking for. Their specialty is custom fitting footwear, but they're more than just a shoe store. Thanks to their newly expanded space, workout apparel from some of the most admired brands can be found here, including Beyond Yoga. A vast selection of their made in L.A. core styles are stocked all year long, with colorful seasonal items that offer the same flawless fit for all bodies that this Los Angeles based brand is known for.

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The Shop at Equinox
8590 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-1900

When it comes to shopping, the edginess that Equinox epitomizes is not just available to its members. Each Equinox location is equipped with a store coined The Shop at Equinox, yet what most passerby's may not know is that they are open to the public. They carry a progressive brand mix and selection of high-performance and high fashion fitness labels, ranging from cult favorites Lululemon and Stella McCartney for Adidas, to up-and-coming brands like Michi, Hey Jo, and Electric & Rose (based out of Venice, CA). The West Hollywood location recently completed a renovation and expansion that also added a public entrance to the The Sunset courtyard.

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9560 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-9998

It's a brand recognized by a simple swoosh, yet it represents a merchandise line of such tremendous depth. The store even requires a two-story store to showcase the vast fitness gear and equipment it offers. Come through the impressive front doors to discover inspirational sports quotes on the walls, Nike commercials and sports events on large screen TV's that inspire visitors to empty their wallets on shoes, clothing, and gear. Sports specific areas are built into the floor as well, such as the Manny Pacquiao pavilion, whose offerings bulk up during the weeks leading up to his fights. Due to its high traffic location, valet parking is available in back with validation offered with a purchase.

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Helen's Cycles
2501 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-1836

Located in Santa Monica, Helen's Cycles has been serving the bicycle community in Los Angeles County for over 75 years. Each location caters to their individual communities as well, offering top names in bikes, gear, bike parts, accessories, and rentals. In addition to bike fittings available for all types of riders, Helen's Cycles offers top bike brands including LA based I. Martin, Trek, Santa Cruz, Pure Fix, Linus, Cannondale, Electra, and more. Whether you are prepping for a triathlon or using your bike to commute to work, proper bike position will maximize ride comfort and efficiency. Check out their website to find their additional 5 locations in the LA area.


12199 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 761-4361
Multiple Locations

By now, most people have heard of Lululemon. The store, which is known for its comfortable athletic apparel for both men and women stands apart from other retailers selling workout clothes though. With apparel for yoga, running, and everyday use, the clothes here not only feel good on, but also look great and are durable. The shop also offers a limited but great selection of fitness related items as well.

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We can all use a good yoga session when life gets hectic, and Affirmats exists to support you in a unique way. Offering brilliantly scribed affirmations on their top quality, biodegradable yoga mats, you'll be motivated throughout your entire workout. So, when you're in down dog, you can direct your gaze to phrases like "I radiate love" and "look how awesome you are." Get the inspiration and little reminders you need to feel instantly better with this mat grounding your yoga practice. Visit their website for a full list of retail locations throughout Los Angeles.

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Corepower Yoga
3575 Cahuenga Blvd
Universal City, CA 90068
(323) 969-9642

Located directly off of Cahuenga Boulevard, the Studio City location of the ever-popular Corepower Yoga features a full retail boutique with a full array of women's and men's activewear and accessories. Hot yogis are obsessed with Venice California based brand Onzie (Own-Zee), which will soon debut their new fall collection featuring edgy metallics and serious style. Onzie apparel, which is 100% made in the USA and designed with free-flow fabric technology that dries quickly for ultimate ventilation, offers edgy styles that also help you to stay cool, comfortable and fully supported while sweating it out. Perfect for hot yoga to surfing and everything in between.

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A Snail's Pace Running Shop
750 S Myrtle
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 471-9101

Have you ever had an expert observe the way you run or walk to make footwear recommendations that perfectly suit your biomechanics? They offer this specialized service here, and you'll be astonished at the difference it makes for your feet. Once you've had your gait analyzed, you can select a perfect pair of shoes that fit your needs like a glove. Aside from shoes, they also carry a full line of running apparel and accessories, including hard to find items like head lamps to keep your nigh jogs safe. These pros have a well established running club that is the perfect way to meet, mingle, and run with like minded fitness buffs. Training for a marathon or other race? Check out their Running Academy for a training program that will prepare you for the finish line. This local mainstay is truly a one-stop shop for all your running needs.

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Adventure 16
11161 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-4574

The great outdoors offer a vast, beautiful playground for adventurous fitness pursuits, and at this fantastic outfitter, you'll feel like a kid in a candy store. Referred to as A-16 by its loyal fans, this local spots knowledgeable and friendly staff makes it a no-brainer choice for rookies and pros alike. All you can ask for and more for your outdoor pursuits can be found here, including gear for climbing, camping, backpacking, hiking, cross-training, snow, and more. They also offer various permits and passes like the California State Park Adventure Pass. For $30, you get 12 months of a variety of access privileges at trailheads, parks, and camps throughout California. For the occasional enthusiast, they have gear available for rent such as trekking poles, backpacks, and more. Check out their website for additional Los Angeles area locations.

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Joy Bitonio has the phrase "Joie de Vivre" tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. She will soon be launching m0th2flame, a fitness and lifestyle blog. Check out what else she recommends around Los Angeles in the links below.

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