Motivate Your Workout: The Top 5 Athletic Apparel Stores in Philadelphia

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It’s the time of year to start drafting your New Year’s resolutions, a task that isn’t too difficult as most of the country jots down the same three or four every year. And loosing weight seems to always top that list. Perhaps it’s the post-candy cane hangover (or the real one caused by one too many mini mugs of egg nog), but we want to be leaner and lither by the first day of spring. So start counting your calories. Enroll in that Zumba class. And look good dropping the pounds with workout gear from one of these top Philadelphia sports shops.

1 Lululemon Athletica

Modern duds for the athletes on your list, this community-centric shop focuses primarily on yoga and running gear. That means supportive tops for the ladies and slim but attractive shirts for the guys. All selections for their own line, some of these pieces could even be called fashionable! Mats and other gear is on hand, too, as are support in the form of runners' clubs and yoga sessions.

1527 Walnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


2 Philadelphia Runner

This store is so dedicated to helping you enhance yourself as a runner -- team training clinics, expert guidance and a staff that wins marathons -- the clothing almost seems secondary. However, they have a stellar selection of the best names in serious running and walking gear, like Puma and New Balance, even if you are only tackling your first 5K.

16th & Sansom streets

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Plus locations in University City and Glen Mills

3 City Sports

This mini East Coast chain has nearly every athletic endeavor covered. From tennis skirts to ski masks to wetsuits, they have all the gear you need, not to mention local sports team wear.

1608 Walnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103


4 Chestnut Hill Sport

Small and personable, this shop caters to all the popular school sports, but majors heavily in lacrosse. The best sticks, pads and, of course, work-out gear,  can be found here, which is why can the teams from nearby Springside and Penn Charter.

8628 Germantown Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19118


5 Rittenhouse Sports Specialties

For more than 15 years, the Penn grad at the helm of this shop has been stocking quality shoes and workout wear, specializing in the city's thriving running community. Come in for selection and educated staff -- the owner lectures for the Temple University School of Podiatrist Medicine, so she knows a thing or two about how those shoes should fit your feet.

1729 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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