Los Angeles is one of the biggest health and wellness hubs in the world—there’s a buzzy juice shop on nearly every corner and always a new workout (with a celebrity trainer, natch) popping up. Our editors aren’t immune to the city’s penchant for exercise, and between us we’ve got yogis, CrossFitters, Runyon Canyon hikers and everything in between. Each month, we’re sharing the gear we absolutely must have. Here, our top fitness picks for September.
Sweat It Out
"These caught my eye on Instagram and I needed them immediately! I'm obsessed with this brand's leggings and matching crop tops—so chic. They also have ballet wraps I will be living in this winter."
—Erin Nicole, Senior Lifestyle Editor
"One of my biggest pet peeves is driving home in sweaty clothes after the gym (if I'm coming from a place without any showers). This longline hoodie solves that problem."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor
"I saw someone at my CrossFit box wearing these trainers and promptly proceeded to stalk the brand on Instagram. They're lightweight and flexible but sturdy, making them perfect for my CrossFit workouts (and the gym in general). Plus they come in a bunch of fun colors and designs, though I'm partial to neutrals like this gray."
—Allie Flinn, Associate Lifestyle Editor
"I've been working out like crazy the past few months and these are by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. Perfect for the gym or a quick run!"
—Alyson Fishbein, Senior Manager, Social Media
"I'm obsessed with these leggings (in fact, this look head to toe). When it comes to activewear, I believe if you're not having fun, why bother?"
—Leah Benzie, Social Media Editor
"This pretty set is made of recycled water bottles from Taiwan so now I have two reasons to feel good about making it to yoga."
—Natalie Mattozzi, Senior Video Producer
"One of my favorite brands Lou & Grey makes the softest loungewear, and this month it's launching a line of activewear called Lou & Grey Form. I was lucky enough to take a pair of leggings for a test-drive (aka yoga class) and the fit is amazing. They're super high-waisted, incredibly comfortable yet supportive and actually hit me right above the ankle, which is a major feat for my five-four stature."
—Laura Lajiness, Senior Fashion Editor
"A fanny pack for when I hike so I don't have to carry every single thing I own in my sweaty hands."
—Christian David, Art Director
"Just because you're going to sweat in your gym outfit doesn't mean it can't look cute! Obviously I look for workout clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in, but I'm a sucker for pieces with a special detail. I love the asymmetrical cut of this sweater and the half zipper—it instantly makes my basic black leggings and sports bra look cooler."
—Stephanie Montes, Beauty Director
"I usually stick to black leggings, so the side stripes on this super-soft pair mixes things up. They'll take me from Saturday morning yoga through my daily errands seamlessly."
—Rebecca Iloulian, Marketing Manager, Partnerships & CRM
“I love an easy, heather-hued crop that's breathable enough for hours of vinyasa but doesn't draw unwanted attention to the derriere on every attempt of downward-facing dog."
—Samantha McDonald, News Editor
"I'm daring myself to make my next activewear purchase a bold sports bra. Since I usually only wear black leggings and stick to low-impact activities when I work out, this is a totally justifiable option that will bring a little more excitement (and hopefully motivation!) to my routine."
—Lauren Black, Content Analyst