The Best Stores for Cheap Workout Clothes

Work out in style and save money at the same time.
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Scrolling through your Instagram feed, you'll probably see fitness bloggers sporting (pun intended) Lululemon, Alo, Ultracor, and other pricey workout gear brands. As great as those brands are, as college students our wallets are not bottomless vaults that allow us to afford such expensive workout gear. Fortunately, a lot of brands out there also make really affordable workout clothes that are cute and high-quality. 

We've shared our favorite stores for cheap clothes before. However, when I'm looking for cheap workout clothes, there are a few other stores I always frequent. Here are the stores and brands that are my go-tos for workout gear: 

1. Nordstrom Rack

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Nordstrom Rack carries a variety of workout clothing brands (e.g. Adidas, Nike) at a discounted price. You can find most of the classic styles for those brands here at a fraction of their usual cost. You can even find high-end activewear (at a much lower price!) from brands such as Michael Kors and Bebe. Bonus is they also have nice workout shoes that are on sale too! 

What to get: Basics (sports bra, leggings) and workout shoes

2. Target 

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This is a no brainer. Target has a wide collection of activewear, and it also features one of the activewear brands that is on the wave of making a full fashion comeback - Champion! Elsewhere, Target's in-house brand JoyLab is fun and full of patterns and colors, and it's inclusive in sizes as well. 

If you're looking for some interesting pieces to spruce up your workout clothes wardrobe, Target has your back.

What to get: Trendy matching sets and sports bra

3. Victoria's Secret 

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Ever since VS ended their swim business (R.I.P) to focus on developing their sportswear collection, Victoria Sport has been better than ever. Their activewear is stylish and trendy, and exceptionally well-made to boot. The pair of workout pants that I bought here three years ago is still my favorite thing to exercise in. VS may be a bit more pricey than other stores on this list, but the quality of the product makes it worth investing in. 

What to get: Basics (sports tops, leggings)

4. Old Navy 

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Old Navy is a paradise for those who love deals - they always have a bunch of promotions available for shoppers. Not only are Old Navy's workout clothes affordable, but they also come in a great range of options, especially their bottoms (see above). No matter what kind of sports you play, you can find the right bottoms here. 

Another notable mention for Old Navy is the sweat-wicking fabric they use for their tops. It absorbs moisture during your workout and leaves you refreshed throughout. It's definitely a higher end material that's available at a cheap price. 

What to get: Basics (tops and bottoms)

5. Gap 

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Gap is very similar to Old Navy (after all, Gap is the parent company of Old Navy), but what I like about Gap is its athleisure aesthetic. Athleisure has been a trend for a while now, and I like to believe the reason why it stayed is because we all like to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. 

Gap's workout gear is more than just your workout partner, it's also cool enough to be your everyday wear. Apart from their extensive collection of bottoms, Gap's workout tops are unique and well-designed. 

What to get: Basics (tops and leggings)

6. TJ Maxx / Marshalls

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These stores are under-the-radar places to find cheap workout clothes from name brands. While the finds are often best if you visit a physical store, TJ Maxx now has online shopping, and the brands they stock in their activewear section currently include Under Armour, Free People Movement, Reebok and more.

Marshall's is owned by the same company as TJ Maxx, and they're a similar place to find workout gear for less. You have to go to a physical store, though, as they aren't offering online shopping yet.

If you're shopping at one of these stores, know that pickings can be hit or miss, sizing can be limited, and sometimes you won't find matching pants for that top you love, or vice-versa. Still, if you want to save some serious cash, they're great places to go.

What to get: Trendy pieces that may not match, basics

There you have my favorite stores for cheap workout clothes! 

Do you agree with my choices? Where do you like to shop for your workout gear? Let me know in the comments below! 

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