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4 of the very best activewear brands for low-impact workouts, according to a Pilates girly

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Pilates is the current “It” girl exercise, but I’ve been a fan of the low-impact workout for years.

Not only do the gentle moves sculpt serious muscle tone, but you don’t have to go super hard in the gym for hours to see and feel results. From increasing your core strength to improving your posture and decreasing stress, there are a ton of real health benefits to Pilates that make it worth a shot. Plus, it’s fun. (Seriously, I love it so much I’ve even written gift guides about it!)

But if you could use a little more motivation to try Pilates or another low-impact workout like cycling, barre or yoga, maybe a few fresh pieces of activewear will do the trick! Whether you could use a pair of leggings or a cute sports bra, sometimes all you need is the right outfit to tackle something new.

Keep scrolling to get to know four activewear brands that make pieces I’d wear 24/7, along with my top picks from each brand!

1. Beyond Yoga

Credit: Beyond Yoga
Credit: Beyond Yoga

Top picks (L-R)
Spacedye Lift Your Spirits Bra, $66
Spacedye At Your Leisure High Waisted Midi Legging, $99
Spacedye Slim Racerback Cropped Tank, $66

Shop Beyond Yoga

Beyond Yoga has been my go-to workout apparel for years and still tops my list of favorites! Founded by women for women, Beyond Yoga makes soft designs that are ideal for Pilates, yoga and more in all sizes XXS-4X.

As you can tell from my top picks, I’m a huge fan of their Spacedye line, made with the brand’s best-selling “buttery soft performance fabric.”

2. Alo Yoga

Credit: Alo Yoga
Credit: Alo Yoga

Top picks (L-R)
Ribbed Defined Long Sleeve Bra, $78
5″ Seamless Ribbed Favorite Short, $58
Wild Thing Bra, $68

Shop Alo Yoga

As its name suggests, Alo Yoga makes yoga clothes, but they are just as perfect for a Pilates or barre class as they are in a downward dog or child’s pose. I love Alo Yoga’s pieces for their comfort and light support and their fashion-forward designs.

I never have trouble finding something unique on the brand’s site, and I especially love that you can even shop by color. This way, I can mix and match my favorite shades or easily find everything I need to create the perfect monochromatic set.

3. Year of Ours

Credit: Year of Ours
Credit: Year of Ours

Top picks (L-R)
The Sports Club Quarter Zip Up, $170
Lounge Short Onesie, $125
Ribbed Football Bra, $82

Shop Year of Ours

You’ll love Year of Ours if you’re as interested in Pilates as hiking or running. This brand focuses on multi-functional pieces, so it has designs suitable for most types of activities as well as regular life!

You might recognize Year of Ours’ lace-up “football” designs, but you don’t want to skip over the brand’s selection of jackets and sweatshirts that will keep you looking cute and feeling comfortable in class, at the gym and when running errands.

4. lululemon

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Credit: lululemon

Top picks (L-R)
Align Tank Top, $68
Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets 25″, $128-$138
Flow Y Nulu Bra Light Support, $48

Shop Lululemon

Lululemon is synonymous with activewear for a good reason. Not only does the brand produce high-quality pieces for both men and women in a wide range of sizes, but it’s always coming out with some new fabric or design.

However, my favorites are definitely from the brand’s beloved Align collection. Made with the brand’s “light as a cloud” Nulu fabric, each breathable piece offers four-way stretch and sweat-wicking abilities and feels unbelievably soft.

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