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Our Favorite Fitness Products of 2014

Our Favorite Fitness Products of 2014

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As we draw closer and closer to the new year, it”s hard not to look back on all the amazing fitness finds from 2014. From clothing to fitness accessories and even snacks, we covered it all. And the best part? Our tops picks make perfect gifts for family and friends, or maybe even a pre-Christmas gift for yourself. You decide. Check out our must haves for the year and why we loved them!

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Temperatures are finally heating up, so it”s time to bare arms and increase ventilation! I am loving the cool comfort provided by the Hot Shot Tank ($48). Made of wicking fabric, the breathable top is great for heated yoga, studio cycling, or jumping rope in my backyard. The cut is fitted yet flattering, and a colorful sports bra peeking through the shirt”s three thin straps makes a colorful statement.

— Susi May, fitness director

Living in California means not having a extensive Winter wardrobe, but a few times on the mountain in regular streetwear has made me realize that technical snow gear is a must. After wearing this Helly Hansen Warm Freeze Half-Zip ($95) on a recent sunny ski trip, I”m totally sold. The baselayer kept me dry and comfortable on its own on, and the fun pattern got many compliments on the mountain top. The half zip makes cooling off easy after a few runs.

— Leta Shy, associate editor

Sleek, soft, and oh so warm, I”m in love with the Ibex Shak Hoody ($165). Made of 100 percent merino wool, it feels silky against the skin and is the perfect thickness for layering over a tank when there”s still a bit of a chill in the air.

The two-zippered pockets on either side are great for stashing tissues and my house key, and the thumbholes keep the sleeves in place to prevent wind from blowing up my arms. It”s semifitted and has a full zipper, so it”s comfortable, easy to throw on and off, and I must say I”m a huge fan or the Astro Blue. This piece is totally versatile, and I see it being used in the Winter under my down coat. If the price seems too steep, there are two colors on sale for $110.

— Jenny Sugar, contributing editor

For an extra layer to and from yoga class or something to slip on to stay warm in Savasana, try this silky Patagonia Glorya Wrap ($79). The fabric is addictively soft and smooth and is longer in the front than the back so you can wrap or tie it around your torso for added comfort. It comes in the black heather shown, whiskey plum, tobago blue, or feather grey. — JS

For an extra layer to and from yoga class or something to slip on to stay warm in Savasana, try this silky Patagonia Glorya Wrap ($79). The fabric is addictively soft and smooth and is longer in the front than the back so you can wrap or tie it around your torso for added comfort. It comes in the black heather shown, whiskey plum, tobago blue, or feather grey.

— JS

The airy Spirit Tank ($90), from Icebreaker, has become my go-to yoga top of late. It”s made of fine, soft merino wool so it naturally wicks sweat away and doesn”t trap odor like synthetic fabrics. The built-in bra offers the right amount of support for every pose I have tried, and the waistband keeps the tank from flying up during inversions. And it is flattering!

— SM

San Francisco days rarely get hot enough to melt during a run, but intense interval gym classes or studio cycling sessions are another (sweaty) matter. I”m always on the lookout for a shirt that will keep me dry(ish) during gym days, so I”ve been loving the comfortable, crazy-wicking Adidas Climachill Tee ($45). The all-over mesh-like fabric has tiny holes to keep you ventilated, but what really keeps you cool are the metal dots placed on the inside back of the shirt, which feel great on your skin when you”re overheating. The slim yet slightly loose fit and slightly weighted hem keeps me feeling confident that my shirt won”t ride up during class; my only quibble is that I wish it were slightly longer to accommodate for my long torso, but that”s nothing a midrise capri can”t fix!

—LS

When it comes to racerback workout tanks, my motto is that you can never have enough. The style is perfect for whatever workout I”m doing and always a go-to base when layering for a cold-weather run. The newest addition to my ever-growing workout tank wardrobe: the Nike Elastika Stripe Tank ($35). I love the open armhole design, mesh shoulder straps, and skinny neon elastic racerback — great for not only keeping cool during indoor cycling class or swinging kettlebells at the gym, but also just right for contrasting with a cute sports bra underneath. I loved this tank so much that I wore it during a half marathon the day after I scooped it up at the Nike store (no time to test it out on a training run) and felt comfortable, cool, and dry for all 13.1 miles.

— LS

Looking for an affordable, fitted tank that supports and covers your chest while also looking feminine? So was I; then I found the Prana Sabin Chakara Top ($60). I love the thick fabric that feels way more expensive than it actually costs. The snug fit and internal shelf bra stayed put through my vigorous Vinyasa practice, and I never had to worry about it riding up or my girls making a surprise appearance. The fabric not only feels luxurious, it”s also technical, wicking moisture away from the skin, making you feel dry and comfortable. I”m also a fan of the wide straps and racerback style — it”s just an all-around great basic tank to add to your fitness wardrobe. It comes in the colors shown as well as a charcoal heather, fire red, and sail blue.

— JS

My pet peeve is heading out on a run without the pocket space to stash everything I need, but this Alternative Apparel Move Flex It Tank ($44) means I”ll never run into that problem again. The stylish tank features zip-up pockets where I can comfortably keep everything from keys to an ID to my metro card — that way I never leave the house unprepared.

— Aemilia Madden, editorial assistant

While being healthy is a serious thing for me, it doesn”t mean my workouts have to feel that way. This is one of the reasons I love the fitness-themed tanks and sweatshirts from HUMAN ($20-$35). It”s hard for me to hate on that last push in Barry”s Bootcamp when I can look over in the mirror to read a tank top that says “Squat Like Ryan Gosling Is Watching” or “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.”

— Michele Foley, editor

I am normally a capri gal, but wintry months require covering up my calves. When it comes to full-length leggings, The Legendary Tight ($95) by Nike can”t be beat. Made of comfy wicking fabric, these tights keep me warm and dry on cool-weather runs. The simple cut is flattering, too. Rather than a flat seam around the entire waist, there is a subtle V in the back to help hug the curves of your backside. There is a small, laser-cut pocket at the back of the waistband perfect for stashing an iPod or ID.

— SM

The Lucy Perfect Core Capris ($98) really do live up to their name. They”ve got just the right amount of compression for your workout, without feeling like you”re trying to Down Dog in Spanx. What I love about these pants is that the higher rise and compression fabric make these a tummy-flattering design. I love the exposed chafeless seam detail (for an extra contouring touch) as well as the midcalf length. In short, these are my new go-to capris for the gym and the studio.

— LS

I wear fitness clothes about 75 percent of the time, and it”s hard for me to find workout pants that will give me a unique style and still be comfortable. Well, I found it in the Chill by Will Life Leggings ($92).

These breathable leggings have a gathered waistband that hits my hips at just the right place, and the mesh insert gives them a unique style. On those days when I feel the muffin top is slightly bigger than usual, I choose to slip into these leggings over all others. I will say that they run a little small, so I would get a size just above what you normally wear.

—Anna Roberts, health and fitness host

I”ll confess, while I love wearing the brightest tanks and printed sports bras when I work out, when it comes to the bottom, it”s basic black. But even though I won”t be joining the wild leggings trend anytime soon, my on-the-bottom regimen could still use a refresh.

The newest addition to my workout wardrobe is just what I need to add a little variety without taking me out of my black capri comfort zone. The gray, black, and white printed pattern on these Under Armour Perfect Tight Printed Capris ($60) adds just enough style without entering “loud” territory: in fact, the print is only on the front side, with an all-black panel in the back. Plus, these capris are so soft and comfortable — and hit me perfectly mid-calf — that they”ve already become one of my favorite pairs to slip on whether I”m running, hiking, or going to the gym. If you are a printed pants fan, you”ll be happy to know that this capri comes in several other colors and patterns.

— LS

I was introduced to Chikum, an athletic line based in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Wanderlust Whistler this Summer, and I fell hard for their Supratis Leggings ($63) from my first wear. Beyond their creative design and bright mesh paneling, I have been hard-pressed to find tights that are as light, breathable, or as fun to wear as this pair. I also appreciate their flattering high waistband that keeps me feeling cool and confident in just my sports bra during any supersweaty workout. The first time I rocked my pair during a SoulCycle class, my instructor stopped class to ask me where I found them.— Lizzie Fuhr, assistant editor

I was introduced to Chikum, an athletic line based in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Wanderlust Whistler this Summer, and I fell hard for their Supratis Leggings ($63) from my first wear. Beyond their creative design and bright mesh paneling, I have been hard-pressed to find tights that are as light, breathable, or as fun to wear as this pair. I also appreciate their flattering high waistband that keeps me feeling cool and confident in just my sports bra during any supersweaty workout. The first time I rocked my pair during a SoulCycle class, my instructor stopped class to ask me where I found them.

— Lizzie Fuhr, assistant editor

I”ve always been a shorts-wearing kind of girl, but while writing about downtown fitness gift ideas, these Michi Spiral Leggings ($195) caught my eye. The mesh helps keep my legs from getting overheated, and the long length means that they are great for both workouts and days out on the town.

— AM

If you”re like me, you”re spending less time on the treadmill and more time running in the sunshine. That”s why I love these Athleta Relay Capris ($30-$45, originally $59). The vibrant, bold color makes me feel safer on busier roads, and I also feel more zippy, energetic, and alert, which has inspired me to run faster and longer. They”re soft and stretchy, include mesh fabric behind the knees for greater ventilation, and offer 50+ UPF protection. The thick waistband prevents muffin top and feels snug but not too tight, and it stays put, which means less fuzting with my pants. And as a bonus, there”s a small zippered pocket at your lower back to stash your house key or ID. If your”e not a fan of red, there are a few other colors, some of which are on sale.

— JS

It”s easy to forget that I”m even wearing a coat when sporting my Thermostatic Jacket ($200) by Mountain Hardwear; it”s that lightweight. The synthetic insulation keeps me toasty without weighing me down. You can wear it alone, or under a shell on rainy days. I wore mine all over Yosemite in temperatures in the 30s and 40s and love this jacket for hiking. The jacket can be stuffed into one of its own pockets for stowing in a backpack, which also makes it perfect for travel. The Thermostatic Jacket is also great for short runs for blustery days as Winter blends into Spring.

— SM

Lightweight and warm, the Emily Jacket ($119) from Lolë is the perfect hiking jacket. At home on woodsy trails and city streets, the coat is reversible too. It”s stuffed with down, but the outer fabric is water repellant so you can wear it on those misty days. And it comes with it”s own eight-inch stuff sack for easy transport. Did I mention it also has a hood, zip pockets, and a cinch waist to keep the cold from blowing up your jacket? Another plus — it has a slight drop tail in back so it”s bike friendly too.

— SM

I”m always on the lookout for workout gear that doubles as weekend wear, and this Under Armour StudioLux Bomber Jacket ($120) fits the bill. While it”s got all the features I need in a training jacket — it”s stretchy enough to move with me while I”m jogging outside and wicks sweat away so I can throw it on after an intense gym session — it also doesn”t scream “workout jacket,” meaning I can throw on a scarf, add boots, and head to brunch without looking like I didn”t make an effort.

— LS

Spring may have sprung, but I”m always in favor of having a comfy, long-sleeved top around. These days, I am cozying up with the Track Goddess Half Zip ($89) from Lucy. Made of wicking fabric, it”s perfect for early morning bike commutes to the gym and afternoon walks on windy beaches. Plus it is so soft; I never want to take it off. This top provides great coverage without feeling too heavy, making it the perfect top for the transitional and unpredictable weather of April.

— SM

If you”re like me, you”d rather brave the cold weather than succumb to the mundaneness of the gym treadmill. To avoid freezing your buns off, you”ll need warm layers like this Lululemon Think Fast Pullover ($98). This toasty long-sleeved top is insanely soft and just the right thickness to wear over a tank top and sports bra in 30- to 40-degree temps. Not only do the sleeves have thumbholes to prevent wind from blowing up your arms, but the bottom of the sleeve can be folded over like a mitten for days when it”s not quite cold enough to wear a separate pair. The fabric around the neckline can be raised up for added protection, and then folded down once you get warmed up. If you get really warm, you can lower the three-quarter zipper. I also love the mesh fabric in the armpits to help regulate body temperature, plus the wicking fabric keeps me feeling dry, preventing that horrible chill you can feel if you get sweaty on a Winter run. Another bonus is the two zippered pockets to hold my phone, house key, and tissues. I have it in the dark heathered gray, but they also make red and light gray.

— JS

I”m always on the hunt for a cozy running shoe that won”t make my toes cringe. From the first time I slipped on my pair of Brooks Transcend ($160) running shoes, I felt like I was walking on air. Between the extra cushioning, ample ankle support, and the lines of the shoe, my weight is equally distributed — without squeezing my foot! Anyone who is working with a wider foot on the hunt for some new running shoes that are stylish and well designed should test out the Transcends for herself.

— LF

When hitting the trail for Spring hiking, I have learned that a regular running shoe just won”t do. That”s why I have been sporting the Sugarpine Air Mesh ($86-$110) by Ahnu; it”s a sneaker designed for the trail. I love the bounce of the thicker Vibram sole and all the traction the tread provides, since April showers make for slippery rocks. The sole of the shoe is especially thick at the ball of the foot, protecting my delicate feet from stone bruises. Even with the more aggressive sole, the shoe feels lightweight and doesn”t bog me down when hiking. I love the fun colors too.

— SM

If your training program requires a lot of versatility like mine, the New Balance Minimus 20 ($110) is the shoe for you. This shoe is perfect for strength-training workouts in the gym because it provides a stable platform for resistance training, plus a ton of lateral ankle stability for those balance-training moves.

They”re comfortable, lightweight, and perfect for warm-ups, interval runs, stair-climbing workouts, or even outdoor beach cruising on my bike. Plus, if you like a shoe that makes a statement and gets heads to turn, this is a perfect fit! I can wear them on a weekend with cute shorts and be comfortable, functional, and stylish.

—AR

It might be the middle of Spring, but a recent Nike Training Club class felt a lot like Christmas when the entire class was given a pair of the just-released Nike Hyperfeel Training Shoes ($175).

I have to admit, when I first saw the Hyperfeels, I wasn”t immediately attracted — it seemed more like a thick sock than shoe. But once I put them on, the shoes made sense. Extremely light and flexible, Hyperfeels almost mold to my feet, which helps me feel more connected to the ground and move at a faster (and freer) pace. Since receiving them earlier this month — with the exception of running and Spin — I”ve worn them for every single workout I”ve gone to (and don”t see that stopping anytime soon).

— MF

San Francisco doesn”t get hot Summer weather like the rest of the country, but even in our breezy city it pays to be light on your feet. The knitted, sock-like Adizero Primeknit Boost ($200) has been my go-to pair for short, fast runs. The knit upper feels so comfortable and airy while I run, and the snug, moldable fit ensures I have enough support even with this pared-down pair. Not only that, but the black, white, and orange colorway is flashy and fashionable enough without overdoing it — I always get compliments on these when I wear them. Note that these only come in men”s sizes, so order two sizes down for a correct fit.

— LS

This Winter, I”ve been loving the Lizzielooms slippers ($30) from Feelgoodz. They”re part sock, part slipper, and completely cozy, whether I”m on the plane, at yoga class, or just need to give my heel-wearing feet a break at my desk. Lined with soft flannel and reinforced with a flexible sole, the slippers come in several different patterns, all handmade by Guatemalan weavers using traditional Mayan techniques. Sales of each pair help artisans in remote villages across Guatemala earn livable wages, which is something to feel good about indeed.

— LS

A few months ago I was sidelined with a pretty bad knee injury, and it”s been a slow road to recovery ever since. As I”ve progressed from just learning how to walk again to the basic strength training I”m doing today, the Nike Free TR 4 women”s training shoe ($100) has been with me all the way.

Its lightweight and flexible design has made it easier to tackle lateral movements while still providing enough support to keep me stable on my unsteady knee. Once I am fully recovered, I can”t wait to use these during some explosive plyometric moves in a circuit-training class.

— MF

Since I had the chance to take these Limited Edition Harley Pasternak Zero ($90) shoes for a spin, they have become my go-to lightweight shoes. I rock them in sculpting classes and the weight room for a minimal shoe that still helps me feel supported (read: no achy arches here).— Aemilia Madden, editorial assistant

Since I had the chance to take these Limited Edition Harley Pasternak Zero ($90) shoes for a spin, they have become my go-to lightweight shoes. I rock them in sculpting classes and the weight room for a minimal shoe that still helps me feel supported (read: no achy arches here).

— Aemilia Madden, editorial assistant

Ever since Adidas introduced its new kind of shoe foam, Boost, I”ve been hooked. I”ve run several races in different shoes that use the foam, my favorite being the supportive Adidas Adistar Boost. The company”s latest offering, the Adidas Pure Boost ($120), is my new bouncy favorite for short, fast runs, neighborhood walks, or biking all around the city. They are ridiculously comfortable, form to my feet, and make me feel like I”m doing everything just a little faster when I slip them on.

— LS

If you”re keeping up with your outdoor runs as it gets colder, gloves are a must to keep your hands toasty warm. These Under Armour Get Set Go Running Gloves ($25) are made of soft, moisture-wicking fabric, and I love that the fingertips are touchscreen compatible so I can access my iPhone without having to take them off. I also love how long they are, so I can tuck them under my long-sleeve shirt and don”t have to worry about wind blowing up my sleeves. And because they”re so thin, they bunch up into a tiny ball that can easily fit in my pocket if I get too hot. If you”re not a fan of the heathery purple, these also come in blue, gray, and teal.

— JS

After adding plyometrics to my workouts, I found my calves were taking a beating from all the jumping and were sore for days. To speed my recovery, I have started sporting compression socks and cute ones at that! The Artemis collection of argyle socks, from Vim & Vigr ($35), are made of a wool blend so they keep my feet warm while gently supporting the calves and encouraging blood flow. After hard morning workouts or runs, I slip on my socks and wear them for the day to keep a spring in my step.— SM

After adding plyometrics to my workouts, I found my calves were taking a beating from all the jumping and were sore for days. To speed my recovery, I have started sporting compression socks and cute ones at that! The Artemis collection of argyle socks, from Vim & Vigr ($35), are made of a wool blend so they keep my feet warm while gently supporting the calves and encouraging blood flow. After hard morning workouts or runs, I slip on my socks and wear them for the day to keep a spring in my step.

— SM

I love a good pair of running socks. I especially love wool running socks. And these days, the Tab No Show Ultralight Socks ($14) from Darn Tough are all I want to wear. Made from fine merino wool, the socks are naturally wicking, seamless, and are designed to keep hot spots cool. I”ve worn them on runs both short and long, in hot and cool temperatures, and have never gotten a blister. I also dig the low profile. The tab is just high enough for the heels of my running shoes, but the color doesn”t pop to compete with my bright sneakers.

— SM

I love having optimal support and blood flow in my lower legs and feet when performing any type of cardio exercise. The Elite Compression Socks ($60), from 2XU, not only help provide a more effective running or cardio experience, but I find that I”m less sore the day after a hard workout. The sock fabric is designed to support the muscles of the lower leg and foot, as well as increase circulation so your muscles get more oxygen! They have a cute and stylish look to them, too. Also great to sport when flying, these compression socks help prevent blood from pooling in the ankles and feet, which means less leg stiffness after long flights! Heck, you can wear them around the house too if you just need added support and circulation.

— AR

Fall workouts outside can be tricky. It”s too hot for long sleeves but too cold to sport your tank top. Whether running or biking, I”m a huge fan of these Bontrager Thermal Arm Warmers ($35). The fabric is soft and durable, and it wicks sweat so I feel completely dry. My other favorite feature is the silicone lining around the inner elastic band on the upper arm. These stay put until I pull them off, without having to mess with them. They keep me warm for the first part of my workout, but they easily slip off when things start to heat up. If you”re not a fan of plain-old black, increase your visibility to others by ordering red or white.

— JS

For most of my life, I”ve sported a pretty serious fringe, which makes it almost impossible to wear a headband. I recently let my bangs grow out, and with much excitement, I”ve been trying out different headbands during my workouts.

After some trial and error with various brands, I”ve discovered nothing does me right quite like the Two-Strand Headband from Athleta ($14). The underside of the headband is constructed of grippy material that keeps it in place but won”t snag hair. And, most importantly, the moisture-wicking material keeps the sweat out of my eyes — even during an intense SoulCycle class.

— MF

Cold ears are no fun when exercising in the cold. So on days when it”s too warm to wear a hat, I slip on a Mountain Hardwear Micro Half Dome Headband ($12). It”s perfect for running, hiking, chilly bike rides, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

— JS

Anything that combines fashion and functionality is a winner in my workout book, which is why I”ve been reaching for the Adidas Energy Bra ($55) a lot lately. It fits based on your normal bra size (up to 40D) and features a flattering V-neck, molded cups that don”t feel gross when you sweat, and adjustable straps with a three-clasp closure to ensure a perfect fit. And since this is made for high-impact workouts, I know everything will stay in place no matter how intensely I exercise. I wear the Energy Bra under a loose racerback tank and feel confident throughout my whole workout.

— LS

I”m not ashamed to say it: I”m that supersweaty girl you see in yoga class. I have always a towel on hand, and as of late, I”ve been rocking sports bras and capris during every Vinyasa session. For a little more coverage and a lot more fun than the average black bra, this wild Onzie Bra Bustier Top ($56) has become a staple in my yoga wardrobe. Not only does it keep me cool and comfortable, I”m able to see what”s going on with my whole core during poses. Luckily, this bra top is fully lined and provides the support I need as I”m hopping around my mat.

— LF

I have never — ever — been one to wear underwear when I work out, especially since almost all workout capris and leggings are made with a gusseted crotch.

When Sweaty Betty”s No Show Pant ($18) arrived on my desk, I was dubious. Several workouts later, I am a convert. Both moisture-wicking and quick-drying, it has actually made my workouts more comfortable. And even under fitted leggings, there is absolutely no VPL.

— MF

I love this little Amphipod Micropack Running Pack ($14) that clips right onto your shorts or pants. It”s not as bulky or heavy as a belt, and it rests on your body so comfortably with no irritation — you can hardly feel it. When I park my car for a run or just leave the house, I need to fit the essential items in my pack: keys, money, and chapstick. Plus, if you run 10Ks or half marathons, this also fits the gel packs and jelly beans to help you finish strong.

— AR

Color me a pool convert. Whether it”s because I”m too sore to hit up Spin, or it”s just too cold for an outdoor workout, I”ve been using my gym”s pool for a heart-pounding cardio session. After swimming in several ill-fitting suits, I feel like I”ve struck gold with my Aqua Sphere Ursula Swimsuit ($65). It has a flattering cut for active workouts, dries quickly, and stays in place — a must for a workout!

When I wore it to an aqua cycling class at AQUAStudio NY, everyone — including the teacher — wanted to know where they could buy one for themselves. A pretty good testament to what”s (not) out there when you need a swimsuit that translates to the fitness world.

— MF

Talk about a flexible bag! This Lara Yoga Mat Bag ($64, originally $80) converts easily from a yoga mat bag to a large duffle. Loaded with pockets, the Lara bag can handle my thick, heavy Manduka mat while keeping all my sundries (keys, cash, lip chap, etc.) organized. With a quick unzipping, the bottom of the yoga mat bag opens to create a much deeper duffle bag, perfect for casual travel. I was surprised at the quantity of clothes I could pack in this bag, and since it”s soft and moldable I had no problems cramming it in the crowded overhead bin on the plane. When converted to the large duffle, this bag makes schlepping to the laundry mat a more manageable chore, too.

— SM

I”d been coveting the Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack ($90) for months, and I”m so glad I finally took the plunge and purchased one for myself. I had been slinging around my heavy laptop on one shoulder for too long.

The sleek design, padded shoulder straps, and a cushioned home for my computer have made the transition back to a backpack (I haven”t carried one since middle school!) even easier than anticipated. My shoulders and lower back only wish I had started carrying this bag on my commute when I first had the urge last year.

—LF

At a recent trip to Sun Valley, ID (courtesy of Smith Optics), I was able to try my hand at mountain biking on some of the best trails the ski resort town had to offer. It didn”t go so well. Within minutes, I was thrown off my bike and onto the rocky trail from a particularly nasty embankment turn. But while I may not be single-tracking my way down a mountain again anytime soon, I was happy to have been able to test out what has become my new favorite bike helmet: the Smith Forefront ($220), a streamlined mountain biking and racing helmet that fits snugly and low on my head and feels as light as air. Whether I was bumping my way down gravely tracks or clumsily falling off my bike, my helmet stayed securely in place. It also has an adjustable visor and groove to hold your sunglasses when you don”t need them. I can”t wait to get back on the trails with this helmet again — but this time, it”ll be on less steep (read: less terrifying) routes around the Bay Area.

— LS

If rain doesn”t keep you from your workouts, you”ll love this Topeak SmartPhone DryBag ($20, originally $30). Like a dry bag you”d used for boating, this one is designed for cyclists to protect your phone from rain and splashes. It comes with a mounting clamp band you can attach to your stem, so you can easily access apps, music, or your phone. But I love that it also has a clip attached to the case so you can use it while running, hiking, walking, or whatever kind of activity you”re doing where you like to keep your phone close by. This can even be used in the Winter for snow sports! Talk about a practical product.

— JS

After recently getting my first road bike, I realized wearing an armband to hold my iPhone just wasn”t going to cut it on long rides. I just got this Lifeproof iPhone Bike Mount ($24, originally $40), and it”s perfect. It”s only compatible if you use the Lifeproof 5S case, but when you”re riding fast through rain and splashing puddles, you”ll want a waterproof and shatterproof case anyway.

This mount comes with three different pads to ensure a snug fit to any diameter bar, and it installs within a minute. There”s even a lock to ensure it stays put no matter what. The rotating cradle holds your phone either vertically or horizontally, with your music, GPS, favorite bike app, and phone right in front of you for easy access. If you”re not into biking, this can also be used on the handle of your jogging stroller.

— JS

I”ll be honest, when it comes to headphone wires, I”m often tangled up. When I”m running, it”s not long before my flailing arms come in contact with my pair. Stay-put, in-ear headphones are a must when on a fast run to help me stay on track without having to always reinsert my buds, but lately I”ve been loving these waterproof, wireless Blue Ant Pump HD Sportsbuds ($93, originally $111). The Bluetooth headphones come with several different bud sizes — including some with “stabilizers” for intense workouts — to ensure a no-fail fit, and since they”re wireless, there”s nothing to get in the way of a good run. The best part? The sound quality keeps me, well, pumped, all throughout my workout.

— LS

During these cold Winter months living in Vermont, a girl”s gotta have gear to enjoy the snow. When it dumps half a foot and a run is out of the question, I opt for a snowy walk in the woods to burn calories and keep my legs strong. So snowshoes like these Tubbs Wilderness ($200) are a must. The lightweight aluminum frames coupled with the padded upper make me feel like these pair are just an extension of my own feet. The pivoting bindings shed snow with each step to reduce carrying extra snowy weight, and since they allow side-to-side movement, they”re easy to maneuver on uneven terrain. The nicest feature is the easy on-and-off strap system that opens and closes with one simple buckle. Wear them with your favorite waterproof boot, and get ready to burn over 200 calories in a half hour.

— JS

Seven years ago, I bought my first Jade Saffron Yoga Mat ($70) and was certain I would only use Jade mats . . . well, forever. But I”ll be honest: for a short period of time, I attempted to cheat on my longtime yoga mat of choice with a few others that friends and co-workers had raved about. Now I”m back to Jade and couldn”t be happier.

I never slip or slide on this natural rubber mat, and I feel totally supported from the start to the end of my Vinyasa practice. While it”s lighter and thinner to carry than other mats I toyed around with, it provides supreme cushioning to support my joints through jumps and transitions.

When I rolled out my brand-new mat at the studio, I stepped into Downward Dog with a big sigh of relief. There”s no break-in period with a Jade mat; they”re ready to support you and your yoga practice from day one.

— LF

I am that sweaty girl you see in yoga class — and I”m not ashamed to say it! As my workout schedule has become more intense this Summer, I”ve found myself in need of a towel at yoga class. I might not need a full mat towel, but I won”t show up unprepared without my Manduka eQua Hand Towel ($12). It”s cute, colorful, and absorbent and dries quicker than you could imagine. Beyond the yoga studio, it”s made its way to a few weekend camping trips this Summer and come in quite handy! A few other POPSUGAR editors will agree: they never leave home (and head to a workout) without theirs.

— LF

For workouts at home, following along to videos on my iPad is so much more motivational than doing routines on my own. It”s annoying trying to prop my iPad up — it would always fall over, and I”d have to interrupt my workout to fix it. Home workouts have become so much easier with the Logitech Hinge ($60). It”s a flexible case that has a built-in angle stand, so you can set your screen up at any angle you need, whether you”re sitting down or standing up. And the best part? It holds firmly in the place you put it and doesn”t ever fall over! This case also protects your iPad from accidental bumps, scratches, or spills. They also make one for the iPad mini ($50). It”s a must have for home workouts!

— JS

Plenty of healthy snack bars come across my desk, but I”ve been loving the redesigned 100-percent non-GMO Picky Bars ($18 for six bars). Each is 200 calories and offers seven grams of protein in just a few bites. They”re crunchy and sweet with the perfect hint of cinnamon to tie everything together. Even better, they”re the ideal blend of protein and carbs to help you recover after a tough workout.

— LF

I am an almond butter fiend, and with Justin”s squeeze packs ($12 for a pack of 10), I can indulge on the go and keep my portions in check. The packs are so convenient, I keep a few at my desk for when the afternoon munchies hit and a couple in my gym bag if I need a protein hit post-workout and take the maple flavor on hours-long bike rides. The pouches are 1.15 ounces, and the classic flavor provides seven grams of protein. Squeeze it onto a halved banana or directly into your mouth (I do this all the time when cycling) for a tasty pick-me-up. My girls like these little packs, too, since they are perfect for snack time at school.

— SM

Maybe it”s the mom in me, but I always have snacks. Bars are the best because they”re nonperishable, lightweight, and can offer a big amount of nutrition in just a few bites. I”m loving the new flavors of these Clif Mojo bars. The Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt is my fave (which is why there”s no photo of it), but when I”m not in a chocolaty mood, I reach for the Coconut Almond Peanut. Each bar is around 160 calories and offers about four grams each of fiber and protein. They”re organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and the best part — superflavorful and slightly chewy with a satisfying crunch.

— JS

There”s nothing that I love more than a good spicy and savory snack, and as soon as I tasted The Good Bean Smoky Chili and Lime Crispy Chickpeas ($20 for six packs) I was hooked. They bring the heat and more protein than your standard savory snack. Enjoy a handful on their own straight from the bag, or toss them on top of your salad in place of croutons to satisfy your craving to crunch.

— LF

I”m a longtime fan of Kind Bars. Beyond being one of the best options around for clean eating (I can pronounce all the ingredients!), I don”t have a huge sweet tooth, so they offer the perfect balance of salty and sweetness for my taste.

I recently tried Kind”s new caramel almond and sea salt flavor ($18 for 12 bars), and it has quickly became my favorite Kind offering. With six grams of protein and only five grams of sugar, it”s a bar that satisfies and fills me up for a sweet afternoon snack, but I don”t have to worry about crashing from too much sugar a few hours later.

— LF

I”ll admit, I”m not the biggest protein or energy bar fan, but these Rise protein bars ($18-$28 for 12) may have made me a convert. After reluctantly trying them at the CrossFit Games over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste as well as the short ingredient list — just four or five ingredients in each bar, mostly organic. There”s nothing cardboard or fake-tasting about these bars, and there are about a dozen creative flavors to choose from. The vegan lemon cashew protein bar (15 grams of protein) and the gluten-free crunchy carob chip protein bar (17 grams of protein) get my vote, but be sure and check out all of the flavors and varieties here.

— LS

I”ve been a fan of Larabars for a while and appreciate that the bars contain recognizable ingredients that I stock in my own kitchen. The company has introduced two new flavors to its Uber Bar line ($3), and I can”t pick a favorite between Dark Chocolate Turtle and Dark Chocolate Peanut. These are healthier sweet treats reminiscent of a PayDay, but they contain considerably less sugar than the candy bar. With calorie counts just above 200 calories, these bars satisfy my sweet tooth and make for a perfect afternoon snack.

— SM

In the month that celebrates love and romance, skip the chocolate and go straight to the source with cacao nibs; these crunchy bits are essentially unprocessed chocolate chips. Rich in antioxidants and full of flavor, cacao nibs are not sweet, since no sugar is added after the roasting process so they are slightly bitter. If you”re a fan of dark chocolate, sprinkle this tasty bits on your oatmeal in the morning, add to yogurt for a flavorful treat, or toss into your greens. Cocao nibs add crunch and flavor to a simple salad of butter lettuce, mandarin orange slices, and goat cheese. My go-to brand is Navitas Naturals ($6 for 4 ounces), which you can find at Whole Foods or specialty baking stores.

— SM

After a long run, the last thing I want to think about is a post-workout snack — my stomach is never ready to digest food. But since protein and carbs right after a workout is so important for replenishing lost glycogen stores and repairing muscles, skipping that snack is not exactly a smart option. I”m always up for a post-workout protein shake, but the Clif Shot Protein Recovery Drink Mix ($39 for 12 single-serve pouches) is my new favorite way to replenish after an exercise. Designed to be consumed within 30 minutes of a workout, each pouch is portable, tasty, and contains 10 grams of protein and 30 grams of carbohydrates to keep me in good shape until I”m ready for a real meal. Plus, since all I have to do is mix it into a glass of water, it”s an easy fix for those days when I don”t want to break out the blender. I”m partial to the chocolate flavor, but it also comes in Orange Mango if you”re looking for a tropical treat.

— LS

I don”t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I”m looking to indulge, I want a clean treat that keeps portion control in check. From my first bite of Ginny Mini”s Chocolate Chip Love ($6 for six small bags), I knew I had met my dessert match. These crisp, chocolaty cookies are certified organic and GMO- and gluten-free, and they weigh in well under 200 calories per bag. I”m so satisfied after the cookies in one perfectly portioned bag; I”m not even tempted to open up a second helping. Well . . . not too tempted.

— LF

As someone who”s dabbled in the Paleo lifestyle for the last few months, I know how hard it can be to find quality Paleo-approved snacks that satisfy. Steve”s Paleo Goods offer a number of unique and convenient products perfect for Paleo eaters on the go, but I”m partial to Steve”s Paleostix ($7 per pack) that offer the perfect punch of protein you need after a workout. It doesn”t hurt that a portion of all sales goes to support gyms that train at-risk kids all over the country.

—LF

After opening my first bag of Bear Naked Honey Almond Granola ($5), I knew breakfast was covered for the next week. Just one-fourth a cup of this nutty granola offers whole-grain oats, 10 grams of protein, and only five grams of sugar — a number much lower than I was expecting with such a sweet flavor. It offers the perfect crunch to a bowl of Greek yogurt and is equally delicious with a little almond milk and fresh Summer berries on top. I finished my bag this morning and know I”ve got to go out and buy another ASAP.

— LF

I”ve no doubt that many of the claims of healthy benefits of probiotic-rich kombucha tea are true, but the drink can be an acquired taste, to put it mildly. So I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted Live Soda ($3 per bottle), a kombucha-based drink made with natural ingredients. The kombucha imparts a barely perceptible aftertaste; other than that, it”s like drinking any high-quality, organic soda made with just a few fair-trade ingredients. While I”m not a huge soda drinker, it”s nice to feel like I am doing something good for myself whenever I feel like having a treat, especially since each bottle is only 40 calories. Live Soda is available in six flavors; find it at a store near you.

— LS

Ever since tasting an early sample of Harmless Harvest”s Namacha Raw Tea ($3 per bottle) last Spring, I couldn”t wait for it to be available. Last week, I saw it for the first time in my local market, and I literally jumped for joy. Refreshing, tasty, and energizing, Namacha”s pickled leaves are never dehydrated or heated, making this beverage the first truly raw cold-brewed raw tea ever. The combination of amino acids, chlorophyll, and L-theanine leave you feeling energized and invigorated without any of the caffeine jitters. I”ve all ready treated myself to a bottle three times in the last week.

— LF

As much as I love cold-pressed juice, the idea of a cleanse always seems ridiculous to me. Then a weekend rolls around that leaves me feeling a bit like a curly fry — dripping in grease and covered in salt. Suddenly I have a epiphany that a cleanse would be great, “Let”s do this!” I tell myself. But then I remember the important stuff: there”s no fiber in juicing, but there sure is a lot of sugar.

This is where Lulitonix Blended Greens ($9-$12) come in; they have all the good stuff you want from a green juice and keep all that other good stuff — hello, fiber! — in the bottle. Think of it like a blended smoothie, but unlike Odwalla, it”s not full of sugar and overpowered with fruit. Lulitonix contains tons of leafy greens, as well as good-for-you herbs and spices like mint, ginger, and cinnamon. And for you superfood fanatics, there are even chia blends. While I have yet to embark on a Lulitonix cleanse, I have definitely had one of these as a meal replacement on those days where I just feel a little sluggish and heavy and need a reset. The result is always a lighter and more alert me who is ready to jump back on the healthy-eating train.

— MF

I”ve never been a diehard fan of one particular coconut water until I tasted Harmless Harvest”s 100 Percent Raw Coconut Water ($3-$6). The texture and flavor is unlike any other bottled coconut water I”ve ever tasted — it”s the closest thing to drinking it straight from the source! Harmless Harvest coconut water is available at Whole Foods Markets and health food stores all over the country, so if you love to sip on this potassium-rich drink after a workout, do yourself a favor and find a bottle near you. Now.

— LF

As someone who doesn”t want to work out on an empty belly but can”t stomach anything heavy (or time-consuming) before an early SoulCycle or yoga class, Svelte”s cappuccino protein shake ($4 per shake) has become a mainstay in my fridge for the last few months. Offering more than 16 grams of protein in a convenient, reclosable carton, there”s nothing easier than grabbing this shake when I”m on the go early in the morning.

At the Natural Product Expo, I tasted its newest banana cream flavor, great for anyone looking for an even sweeter treat in the morning. With that said, the creamy, rich cappuccino flavor has remained my absolute favorite flavor.

— LF

Since giving up dairy a couple weeks ago, I was wondering how I was going to get my daily dose of good bacteria. Boom! Kevita ($4) came into my life. Low in calories, refreshing, and sweetened with stevia so they”re sugar free, each bottle contains four strains of live probiotic. Since it”s water based, not milk based, it”s perfect for those who are avoiding dairy. They”re light in flavor, almost like drinking water with fresh lemon juice. My fave flavors are the mojita lime mint coconut (10 calories), mango coconut (20 calories), and the hibiscus berry (10 calories).

— JS

Organic Gemini”s Guarana Energy Coconut Water is a match made in heaven for fitness professionals: energy plus hydration! You could just resort to the water and coffee combination, creating a constant cycle of hydration and dehydration. My favorite hydrating fluid is already coconut water since it adds electrolytes not found in water. Also, I occasionally need a boost of energy and cringe at the thought of having coffee as the only option to get an edge up, making Guarana Energy Coconut water the perfect solution for me. The natural energy of the superfood guarana, a South American seed naturally high in caffeine, mixed with coconut water satisfies my thirst while giving me a little pick me up. Try it out: a four-pack of 11-ounce bottles on Amazon for $11.

— AR

Accused (rightfully so) of being a juice addict, a tall glass of pressed greens is usually how I like to start my day. Sadly, it”s an expensive habit to have — especially since cold-pressed juice is not what I”d consider a real breakfast. Project Juice to the rescue! Already one of my favorite shops to pick up juice, it now has a vegan protein smoothie ($9) on the menu. At 350 calories, it makes a great breakfast and is filled with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients like almond butter, banana, and 17 grams of plant-based protein. And for those not able to stop by one of the company”s local shops in San Francisco, nationwide shipping is available.

— MF

It”s no secret that we love the beautiful blog Oh She Glows over here — Angela Liddon”s creamy avocado pasta is a go-to dish for a few of the POPSUGAR Fitness editors! I was so excited to learn that Angela had compiled more than 100 of her delicious, wholesome recipes into the very first Oh She Glows Cookbook ($15, originally $25). Anyone who loves learning new ways to clean up their diet needs this healthy canon in their cookbook collection.

— LF

When I first embarked on my Paleo project, a close friend (and Paleo enthusiast) told me that Nom Nom Paleo was her go-to stop for clean and delicious recipes. The husband and wife duo behind the site have just released their first cookbook: Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans ($20). This conversational, quirky, yet incredibly informative cookbook offers some of their most-loved dishes plus plenty of new recipes. Anyone looking to clean up their diet in 2014 will love this cookbook — even if they”re not committing to a rigid Paleo plan.

— LF

If you”re into Lifefactory”s BPA-free glass bottles, you”re going to flip for these tempered glass food storage containers ($15-$20). I love that they offer three different sizes to suit my snack or lunchtime needs — one-cup, two-cup, or four-cup sizes, with their signature silicone sleeve for nonslip grip and protection. The silicone button tabs keep the lids secure, and these babies are dishwasher-, oven-, microwave-, and freezer-safe! And because they”re glass, they”re durable and stain-resistant, and I love that I can see what foods are in them. They come in the four fun colors shown, and although I found them to be slightly weightier than plastic or stainless-steel containers, I love how easy they are to eat out of and clean.

— JS

This simple three-compartment container has become my new favorite lunch-from-home item. The Goodbyn Bynto ($7, originally $9) is totally affordable; easy to clean; BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free; dishwasher-safe; and so fun to fill up. The locking lid keeps all three sections completely separated, so you don”t have to worry about your yogurt dripping into your hummus sandwich or carrot sticks. These silicone baking cups fit perfectly inside to keep smaller items like nuts or raisins safe and sound. It comes in four fun colors, and I can”t say enough good things about it!

— JS

There”s nothing like drinking a smoothie out of a big glass mason jar, and if you like to take your drinkable breakfast to go, like me, you can avoid spilling your precious kale-pineapple-blueberry smoothie by using one of these Cuppow lids ($8, originally $12). Slip one underneath the metal ring, and you have an instant to-go container. Made of BPA-free plastic, choose one that fits a regular or wide-mouth mason jar, and the small hole is perfect for slipping in a straw. They come in a few different colors such as blue, mint, or pink if clear isn”t your fave.

— JS

If you”re a fan of packing lunch from home to save money and keep track of calories, you”ll love this new model from Bento-ware called the Bistro Bento ($19, originally $24). The original has four smaller compartments, but this one has three, with one being large enough for a big salad, full-size sandwich, or for last night”s leftovers. I love that the lids snap on tightly to keep food separated without worrying about leaking, and of course this BPA-free container is safe for the microwave and dishwasher. It”s lightweight, compact, and comes in the color combo shown called Jazz (this is the one I have) or Americana (blue and red).

— JS

If packing healthier lunches is on your agenda for this September, get inspired by Yumbox”s four-compartment Panino container ($28). It offers one two-cup section, perfect for a salad or sandwich, two half-cup sections for fruit, veggies, or whole grains, and one one-ounce section for dips or a small treat. It makes packing lunch fun and easy, and because the cover seals completely, it”s leakproof, so go ahead and pack wet foods like hummus or yogurt. The inner tray can be removed for easy cleaning (it”s dishwasher-safe) or to heat in the microwave. It”s great for portion control, and if you prefer more of a variety, Yumbox also makes containers with six compartments ($28).

— JS

As if a slow-cooker wasn”t already superconvenient and a cinch to use, this Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Enabled With WeMo ($130) allows you to access all the functions of the machine with your phone using the WeMo app. Yes! You can adjust the temperature and cook time, which means if you”re stuck in traffic and need to turn it off or keep it warm, you can without stressing about coming home to a pot full of mush. Since meal planning is the key to losing or maintaining weight, this kitchen gadget is well worth the dough.

— JS

It”s that time of year for picking pints and pints of fresh strawberries! From fruit salads to strawberry fudgesicles to strawberry banana creams, a Chef”n Strawberry Huller ($8) is a must. It quickly and easily removes the leaves and stem, leaving the juicy, fresh flesh. As a bonus, you can also use it to core tomatoes when making bruschetta. I love how comfortable it fits in my hand, how much faster and safer it helps me make my favorite recipes (no more dealing with a paring knife!), and that it”s dishwasher safe.

— JS

When out on long, sweaty rides, reapplying sunscreen is a must. But I am always trying to lighten my load too — there”s only so much I can stuff into those three back pockets on my jersey. I have taken to packing a couple Adventuress Sunscreen Wipes ($24 for 24). They make for quick application, keep my hands and gloves mess-free, and weigh next to nothing. The SPF 30 sunscreen is free of the questionable chemical oxybenzone and preservative parabens. I keep a stash of these wipes with my cycling gear and take a couple with me whenever I hit the road.

— SM

When I am rushing to make a SoulCycle class and don”t have time to give my face a proper scrub, Dermalogica Skin Purifying Wipes ($19) have saved my acne-prone skin from total disaster. Besides not containing any artificial fragrances and colors, they are made with salicylic acid, which keeps my skin fresh and keeps those pesky breakouts at bay. Over the last month, these wipes have become a mainstay in my gym bag!

— MF

Primal Pit Paste ($9) might not sound glamorous, but neither is the aluminum found in many antiperspirants. I am liking the lavender deodorant these days; the scent is not overwhelming, and I find that it keeps me from reeking on stressful days or when I wear synthetic-fabric tops. The simplicity of the recipe (baking powder, shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils) also makes me feel comfortable giving this to my almost-teenage daughter when her hormones take a shift and something like this becomes necessary. — SM

Primal Pit Paste ($9) might not sound glamorous, but neither is the aluminum found in many antiperspirants. I am liking the lavender deodorant these days; the scent is not overwhelming, and I find that it keeps me from reeking on stressful days or when I wear synthetic-fabric tops. The simplicity of the recipe (baking powder, shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils) also makes me feel comfortable giving this to my almost-teenage daughter when her hormones take a shift and something like this becomes necessary.

— SM

While I”ve tried plenty of other razors on the market, I always find myself coming back to the Gillette Venus. However, tossing a big razor into my gym bag isn”t exactly the safest idea — I”ve learned the hard way. I was thrilled this cute little Venus Snap ($10) popped up in stores. The travel-friendly size offers all the same benefits of the regular razor, and it also comes with it”s own bright blue carrying case to keep it safe and for easy access when you need to find it.

— LF

I”ve been trying to find an all-natural deodorant that will hold up to my workout needs and day-to-day activities, and after months and months, I”ve finally found one that fits the bill and doesn”t smell too hippie-dippie or far out. This Herban Cowboy Deodorant ($10) comes in a light, floral, and pleasant blossom scent that smells like any traditional deodorant I”d buy at the drugstore. After running around all weekend and a few intense workouts, I can say with confidence that this is a product worth trying out for yourself.

— LF

You could call me a gym rat rather than a studio one, but that doesn”t mean I don”t appreciate the more intimate, upscale experience that many small studios offer. The problem? It”s hard for me to justify spending $30 or more per class, especially when I have a perfectly good gym membership waiting in the wings. The solution: my newest workout obsession, ClassPass. For $99 a month, you can take unlimited classes at an impressive array of studios around your city. Think all the yoga and Pilates you could ever want, as well as in-demand workouts like Barry”s Bootcamp, Flywheel, and The Bar Method. The membership pays for itself in just a few sessions, and it”s a great way to test out studios you didn”t even know existed (I”ve already got my eye on a beginner aerial silks class on the ClassPass San Francisco list). It may just take the place of my gym membership for good! ClassPass is offered in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Washington DC, Austin, Dallas, Seattle, and San Diego.

— LS

With a not-so-gentle nudge from my physical therapist, running has been placed on hold for a bit while an injury I am dealing with gets time to heal. My fitness routine has since turned to low-impact cardio, and during my search for a studio that could replace the hole that Barry’s Bootcamp left, I’ve fallen for Pilates Pro Works. While the studio offers a variety of classes that include TRX and barre, for me, it’s all about the signature class: Pilates Pro Method. The small group class takes place around the studio’s specially designed FitFormer — think of it like the classic Pilates Reformer but tricked out to make for a much more challenging workout. Besides the work on the machine, the class also incorporates the use of small hand weights and minibursts of cardio on the mat. By the end of the 55-minute class, I am always sweating and completely energized by the upbeat soundtrack the teachers always put together. There are studios located in major cities like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, with more on the way — definitely make your way to one if you have the chance!— MF

With a not-so-gentle nudge from my physical therapist, running has been placed on hold for a bit while an injury I am dealing with gets time to heal. My fitness routine has since turned to low-impact cardio, and during my search for a studio that could replace the hole that Barry’s Bootcamp left, I’ve fallen for Pilates Pro Works.

While the studio offers a variety of classes that include TRX and barre, for me, it’s all about the signature class: Pilates Pro Method. The small group class takes place around the studio’s specially designed FitFormer — think of it like the classic Pilates Reformer but tricked out to make for a much more challenging workout. Besides the work on the machine, the class also incorporates the use of small hand weights and minibursts of cardio on the mat. By the end of the 55-minute class, I am always sweating and completely energized by the upbeat soundtrack the teachers always put together. There are studios located in major cities like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, with more on the way — definitely make your way to one if you have the chance!

— MF

I”m a big fan of kettlebells; the calorie burn, the total-body moves, the mix of cardio and strength training make kettlebell workouts a great, efficient option when I”m pressed for time. Even easier? Doing a kettlebell workout in my living room. The KettleWorx 8 Week Rapid Revolution DVD set ($80) features 10- and 20-minute workouts that only require a kettlebell or two to do. Each main workout is divided into cardio, core, or resistance, along with even more directed workouts for your upper or lower body. There”s an eight-week calendar and nutrition plan for jump-starting your fitness goals in time for Summer, but I especially like the set because I know I can pop in a DVD depending on what I need to focus on and be done with my workout in the time it would take me to get to my gym.

— LS

With rooms heated to between 80 and 85 degrees, stepping into a class at CorePower Yoga feels like a walking into a tropical oasis. My body, and spine in particular, craves these hot, sweaty classes as the temperatures outside dip. The chain of studios, sleek and comfortably designed, offer a wide variety of classes beyond yoga: straight-up boot camps, yoga sculpt (yep, add some light weights to basic poses, and you will be amazed how sore you are the next day), and studio cycling with Real Ryder bikes that lean and steer, and more! One class is about $20 (though prices can vary from city to city), and at most studios your first week is free.

These days, I am loving the 75-minute intermediate level CorePower Yoga 2. It challenges and stretches my entire body and feels like a serious workout and serious yoga. With multiple studios scattered around 13 states – and quickly growing — it”s likely there is a studio near you.

— SM

I”m a bit of a water-bottle hoarder. I love my Bkr for its smooth silicone sleeve and vibrant color options. My Lifefactory bottle was one of the first glass bottles on the scene, and besides being BPA-free, its mouth is wide enough for ice cubes. And then there”s my Camelbak Eddy; that straw makes everything easier — especially workouts!

As much as I love all these water bottles, they”ve taken a backseat to my new Takeya Modern Flip Straw Bottle ($25), which combines all of my favorite features of the above bottles into one. One bottle to rule them all.

— MF

Armed with the CamelBak Eddy glass water bottle ($25), I”ll bet that I”ve become the most well-hydrated person at my gym. It”s so easy to sip from, I quickly find myself at the bottom of my bottle. Plus, since it”s made of glass there”s no worry about BPAs or chemicals.

— AM

When I got my first S’well bottle ($25-$45) as a gift, I was a little skeptical about its claim that the bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. Still, I added my ice, sipped, and ultimately forgot about the bottle until the next morning, when I took a sip of it and was pleasantly surprised (and pretty impressed) that my drink was still entirely ice cold.

This reusable, eco-friendly, stainless-steel bottle comes in multiple sizes, and has a mouth big enough for ice cubes, but not so big you spill all over yourself when you drink from it. It also fits in a regular-sized cup holder, so it”s great to take on your workouts. There are cute options for colors and textures too, and since you can customize the bottles, they make perfect gifts. I swear by my S’well bottles now (oh yes, I have more than one), and love knowing that part of the money from each one I buy goes to various charitable causes.

— Hilary White, editorial assistant

Staying cool on long, hot bike rides can be a challenge, especially in the late afternoon when the asphalt feels like a radiator. Beat the heat with the Insulated Purist Moflo ($11) water bottle from biking giant Specialized. The interior of this flexible plastic bottle is designed to prevent odors and stains so your water tastes like water, and the thin layer of outer insulation keeps your beverage cold for a long, long time. I was amazed when riding in 105-degree temps that there was still ice in the bottle after an hour of pedaling. The opening of the cap is a bit wider than most cycling water bottles, making it easier to sip — or gulp, as the case may be. — SM

Staying cool on long, hot bike rides can be a challenge, especially in the late afternoon when the asphalt feels like a radiator. Beat the heat with the Insulated Purist Moflo ($11) water bottle from biking giant Specialized. The interior of this flexible plastic bottle is designed to prevent odors and stains so your water tastes like water, and the thin layer of outer insulation keeps your beverage cold for a long, long time. I was amazed when riding in 105-degree temps that there was still ice in the bottle after an hour of pedaling. The opening of the cap is a bit wider than most cycling water bottles, making it easier to sip — or gulp, as the case may be.

— SM

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Who says you can"t start resolutions before the year is over? We"ve compiled a list of 51 foodie resolutions to check off, including this helpful roundup of culinary how-tos.Whether you"ve always wanted to learn how to peel fava beans, cut through an unwieldy butternut squash, braid challah bread,…

The Trainer That Is Taking Instagram By Storm

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The Trainer That Is Taking Instagram By Storm
Aussie trainer Kayla Itsines seems to be everyone"s current Instagram obsession. Her toned, strong, and lean physique; bright and beautiful food photos; and high-energy workout videos make us want to drop our iPhones and hit the gym hard. She"s helped tons of women lose weight with her tips, tricks,

Year in Review: The 10 Best Butt Moments of 2014

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Year in Review: The 10 Best Butt Moments of 2014
The “Anaconda” video—and Nicki’s subequent live performances of the song—was a nod to “Baby Got Back” in every way, complete with gyrating butt cheeks, 90’s-style thongs and the degradation of women. Wait, we didn’t really mean that last…

The year on Twitter: How a little bird told us the news in 2014

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The year on Twitter: How a little bird told us the news in 2014
From the twin ­tragedies on Malaysian Airlines flights to Ben Haenow winning The X Factor, whatever happened during 2014 – a little birdy was there telling us all about it.A Twitter account is the quickest way to spread the word on anything, but Facebook, Instagram and Reddit also gave people the

Porn protest: Sex workers and campaigners rally against new laws at Parliament

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Porn protest: Sex workers and campaigners rally against new laws at Parliament
#pornprotest "it's tough on the knees... maybe that's why it's not allowed now" - @MAbsolute pic.twitter.com/WzjpLBfOqI— Ms Slide (@sliderulesyou) December 12, 2014 Sex workers and campaigners have gathered in front of Parliament to protest against changes to…

Saudi Arabian airline to separate genders after men complain about blokes sitting next to their wives

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Saudi Arabian airline to separate genders after men complain about blokes sitting next to their wives
The national airline of Saudi Arabia could be set to segregate sexes on board its flights amid claims men have lodged complaints about male strangers sitting next to their wives.Saudia will order staff to keep men and women seated apart on its aeroplanes unless they are close relatives, according…

TMZpp Hilarious Parallel PARKING VIDEOS

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TMZpp Hilarious Parallel PARKING VIDEOS
We moved around L.A. for the latest parallel parking challenge.  A women on Melrose Place tried PPing with her backup camera, a nice lady in Korea town does a redo after our photog gives her a valuable tip, and a guy in Silverlake is ... just awful.  1) Awesome Camera Assist 2) The…

Winston Churchill's onesie and other inventions you didn't realise celebrities had come up with

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Winston Churchill's onesie and other inventions you didn't realise celebrities had come up with
GettyOnesie of a kind: ChurchillHe was the inspirational prime minister who led Britain to victory in the Second World War.But only now is Winston Churchill gaining credit for his little-known role as a fashion trendsetter. This week it was revealed that while saving the nation from the Nazis,…

ISIS: Police quiz teenage girls who tried to flee Austria to become terror brides in Syria

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ISIS: Police quiz teenage girls who tried to flee Austria to become terror brides in Syria
Police are quizzing two teenage girls who tried to flee Austria for Syria to become terror brides.The girls disappeared from their homes in the provinces of Salzburg and Upper Austria after making plans to marry Islamic State (ISIS) fighters.Cops believe the younger of the girls, aged 16 and from a…

Does Chris Soules Know? The Bachelor’s Jade Roper Starred In Two Playboy Videos & Has Multiple Arrests

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Does Chris Soules Know? The Bachelor’s Jade Roper Starred In Two Playboy Videos & Has Multiple Arrests
With 30 gorgeous women competing for Chris Soules’ heart, the last thing anyone would expect is for one of them to have an X-rated past, especially cosmetics developer Jade Roper.Photo: ABC/instagramStar magazine reports that The Bachelor contestant was charged with underage…

Lizard penises evolve at super-speed to satisfy fussy females

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Lizard penises evolve at super-speed to satisfy fussy females
Speed is rarely a desirable characteristic in the human penis. But in the animal kingdom a whip-fast willy can be a useful thing - especially when it comes to evolution.Scientists have found that lizard penises evolve at super-speed to match the differing desires of fickle females.The fast-changing

17 Grooming Brands You Should Introduce Your Man to This Christmas

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17 Grooming Brands You Should Introduce Your Man to This Christmas
Chances are the men in your life have been using the same grooming brands since they started shaving back in middle school, but it"s time to expand their beauty horizons. Whether you"re shopping for your husband, father, brother, best guy friend, or boss, there is something new he can discover when…

Busy fitness fanatic mum goes viral after using her children as workout equipment

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Busy fitness fanatic mum goes viral after using her children as workout equipment
A fitness fanatic mum has become a viral sensation after incorporating her two children into her exercise regime.But Jordan Cruttenden, 33, has inspired thousands of women to take their fitness more seriously after filming exercise videos that feature her children, impromptu pauses for nappy…

Jihadi John demands $200m ransom or he will kill two Japanese hostages

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Jihadi John demands $200m ransom or he will kill two Japanese hostages
British extremist Jihadi John made a chilling return to the Internet yesterday - demanding a $200m (£132m) ransom or he will kill two Japanese hostages.A man appearing to be the same black-clad Islamic State thug who has beheaded British and American hostages in Syria threatened to kill the two…