It's finally that divine time of year when the weather has warmed up enough to avoid frostbite when you set out on a 7 a.m. run. It's warm, but the wind is still crisp and cool, so outdoor activities aren't yet sweaty, uncomfortable, sunburn-inducing events. Weekend hiking excursions, Saturday morning runs, and maybe even a game of tennis are all tempting possibilities. And because your fitness routine will now be shifting a bit, activewear subsequently should adjust as well. When putting together the ideal spring workout outfit, replace heavier layers and long sleeves with breathable pieces that show a bit more skin than you've been able to the last six months. Yes, your shoulders, arms, ankles, and knees are all coming out of hibernation.
Ahead, hear straight from a handful of expert trainers across different area of workout expertise about how to transition your activewear over now that nice weather is finally here. If you love a good Shavasana, take your cues from a yoga instructor who’s down with trading in your leggings for a pair of spandex shorts. Ready to hit the pavement? A marathon runner knows exactly the best layers for securing a glorious spring sprint. And if you're bound for the great outdoors, a hiking guide can suggest a few ideas for making your trail experience the best and most comfortable it can be. Continue ahead to hear their insights and shop the pieces to get moving in whatever way you prefer.
For marathon runner and Athleta ambassador Trenni Kusnierek, priority number one for spring workout outfits is comfort. "Nothing is worse than literally feeling the burn at mile 16 of a marathon," she tells TZR. "This is most often a problem on top, so I won’t head out for a long run without [Athleta's] run free sports bra. It's the most comfortable sports bra I’ve ever worn." For races, she layers a high-neck tank on top and her go-to shorts. "If it’s a chilly day, I’ll throw on the Speedlight top, though I’m dying to pick up the Cadence. Both are lightweight and breathable. Most importantly, if the weather is in between, both tie easily around your waist so you can shed a layer and go with a tank underneath."
Once spring comes around, yoga instructor Jessica Cambronero makes the switch from longer leggings to shorts. "As the temperature starts to rise, I love a bike short — not too short, not too long, and with mid to high rise," she tells TZR. "Breathable but fitted cotton or spandex tops are great for most yoga practices. I like styles with a shelf bra and have my eye on a new halter style for spring."
If you're headed to the trails soon, take guide Lel Tone's advice and seek out pieces that prioritize versatility and comfort. "The weight, fabric, and wicking are super important to pay attention to. I always make sure to wear pieces that are comfortable, lightweight, and easy to layer," Tone explains. "I tend to go for my Trail Tight leggings because they are breathable yet protective which makes them perfect for spring, summer, and even those nasty fall days. They also have side zip pockets that I use for stashing keys, chapstick, and phone which is great! I gravitate towards pieces of clothing that have additional sun protection such as a Resolution Tank and some sort of bucket hat. I always wear sunscreen, but the extra UPF protection in your clothing is always an added bonus when hiking up the mountain."
If you're headed to a cycling class this spring "you want a 'fit that’s close to the body yet breathable," SoulCycle Instructor Tanysha Smith notes. "For indoor cycling, I would recommend a medium to heavy support for sports bras. Moisture-wicking tops and bottoms are also a must. They keep the skin cool and comfortable." Her current go-to is the Soul by SoulCycle collection for pieces that "feel like second skin."