Total Motivation Workout Gear

Motivation drives your workouts, but cool gear helps too.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Dec 2017
women wearing fashionable fitness pants and working out in a class
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Whether it’s for your shape, your sanity, or an hour or two of solitude, you have your own motivating factors for working out. But tiny humans are enormous energy zappers, and parenthood is rarely conducive to maintaining your physique. While we can’t carve out time in your day or be there to time your ab workouts, we can show you the trendiest, most useful gear that will motivate you to break a sweat. Trust us; you’ll want to use this stuff. And you’ll look good doing it.

Photo: Vooray

Vooray Roadie Classic Gym Duffel Bag

Imagine looking forward to packing for the gym. This is the bag to make it happen. And it’s not just a pretty face; military grade clips and zippers plus a water-resistant shell mean it’s built to last.

Buy it: $35,

Photo: Mighty


Hate working out with your phone? Meet Mighty. As Apple discontinues its iPod Shuffle, this near-identical music device is the perfect replacement. It’s intended exclusively for Spotify playlists, and stores up to 1,000 songs offline. Pair it with Bluetooth headphones or speakers and clip it onto your clothes for maximum portability.

Buy it: $86,

Photo: Tarte

Tarte No Shower Happy Hour

Yep, even makeup has ventured into athleisure. Complete with travel-sized deodorant, dry shampoo, tinted moisturizer, lip paint and blush, this little kit allows you to freshen up after a workout when you don’t have time to shower.

Buy it: $34,

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Zoku Stainless Steel Bottle

Whether staying caffeinated or staying hydrated gets you ready for a good, hard workout, Zoku’s vacuum-insulated design has you covered. It keeps cold beverages cold for 70 hours and hot beverages hot for 15 hours. Plus, you’ll stand out from the S’Well crowd.

Buy it: $35,

Photo: Yeti

The Bowie Yoga Mat

If it’s been a while since your last downward dog, you might need some added motivation to get your ohm on. A pretty patterned mat from Yeti Yoga Co. might just do the trick. Like all the company’s mats, this one is PVC-, phthalate- and latex-free.

Buy it: $60,

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Misfit Shine 2

This isn’t your average wearable. Part fitness tracker, part remote control, part fashion statement, it sends data like steps and sleep right to an app on your phone, and vibrates to nudge you when you’re off track from your goals. Vibrations also alert you to texts or calls. On the flip side, though, it allows you to be lazy; just a few tapping motions allow you to play music or take a photo from any synced device.

Buy it: $80,

Photo: Lululemon

Lululemon Glow On Hair Ties

There’s only so many hours in a day; chances are at some point, you’ll find yourself walking or jogging in the dark. An easy way to make sure you’re seen? Hair ties with reflective strips.

Buy it: $14,

Photo: Jabra

Jabra Sport Coach wireless headphones

It doesn’t get much more motivating than this: These wireless headphones literally coach you through your workout. An in ear “coach” uses motion sensors to count your reps and guide you through circuits. More of a runner? It can also track distance, pace and calories burned.

Buy it: $120,

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iMangoo Armband

You know that mental checklist you run through before you leave the house: Wallet, keys, phone. This iPhone armband covers all of your bases, and makes it easy to run an errand or two after you log your miles.

Buy it: $9,


4id PowerWrapz LED Lights

Shorter days don’t have to restrict you to the gym. Slap a PowerWrapz safety band on your jogging stroller and hit the streets with baby. Flying solo for your workout? Try the light-up PowerSpurz heel or PowerArmz armband for safety after dark.

Buy It: from $20,

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