Fitness Buying Guides

Our experts recommended running, gym, cycling, supplements and fitness gear, all in one place


Running Shoes

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The 18 Best Running Shoes Available Right Now

This list of top performers incorporates recent winners and time-tested standbys to help you find the perfect pair.

Everything You Know About Running Shoes Is Wrong

Diagnosed as an under- or overpronator?

The 8 Best Shoes for Marathon Runners

Running 26.2 miles requires logging hundreds of miles, a serious mental fortitude and a good pair of shoes.

You Should Rotate Your Running Shoes — Here's Why

Buying multiple pairs of running shoes may seem like an extravagance, but it's actually better for your body — and your wallet.

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Running Apparel

The Best Running Jackets

Don't let bad weather get in the way of your next run.

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The 8 Best Running Hats

Enhance your miles with style and shade.

10 Socks Guaranteed to Make Your Run More Enjoyable

Socks can make or break your runs — here are the best ones we’ve tested this year.

Tips & Shopping Advice

5 Trail Running Tips a Top Ultra Runner Swears By

Katie Arnold, the 2018 Leadville 100 women’s champ, makes it easy for anyone to transition from road to trail running.

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19 Boutique Running Brands You Need to Know Now

Ditch the big names and opt for a smaller maker instead.

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9 Ultra-Marathoners Share Their Top Tips for You

Who better to give you running advice than runners who consistently log hundreds of miles?

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What Running Gear Should You Spend Your Money On?

Five key things all runners should know before suiting up.

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Workout Apparel, Footwear & Accessories

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The 10 Best Gym Bags of 2021

Not all gym bags are created equal. Here are our favorites for all kinds of people and uses.

The 11 Best Workout Shirts of 2021

What you wear for a workout shouldn't be an afterthought.

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The 15 Best Gym Shorts for Every Workout

All of the best training and recreation options, none of the jorts.

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The Best Gym Shorts According to 6 Pro Trainers

These six pairs deserve a spot in your wardrobe, whether you lift weights, do yoga, run, HIIT or box.

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The Best Gym Shoes for Every Type of Workout

Whether you crave CrossFit, hoist heavy weights or bounce around, there's a sneaker here for you.

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The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2021

No matter your budget or favorite type of WOD, we've got a winner for you.

The Best Shorts and Liners for Yoga

It's not a stretch to say it: shorts are the most important article of clothing for your practice.

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The Best Face Masks for Running and Biking, Tested

Check out the pros and cons of a bunch of innovative approaches from outdoors- and fitness-oriented brands.

Recovery & Self-Care

Messagers & Foam Rollers

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The Best Percussion Massage Guns of 2021

Recovery is critical, and these muscle-pounding gadgets are here for it.

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The Best Massage Guns on Amazon Right Now

Want lots of attachments? Looking for a specific price? We've got you covered.

The 5 Best Foam Rollers On The Market

Foam rolling helps keep muscles loose and flexible so you can perform at your best every single time.

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10 Workout Recovery Products That Feel Damn Good

These body-friendly items are worth stocking in your home, gym bag and travel kit.

Hydration & Skincare

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The Best Water Bottles of 2021

No everyday carry is complete without a reusable, durable, leak-proof water bottle.

The Best Hydration Packs for Running
Running without water is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. These six hydration packs are among the best on the market, e…
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How to Treat Blisters from Running

Your emergency kit to soothe hot spots, and the gear to keep them from flaring up again.

7 Sport Sunscreens For Summer That Actually Work

Summertime is around the corner, time to prep your skin for life.


The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online in 2021

Looking for a mattress online but feel like you’re drowning in options?

The 12 Best Sheets to Buy in 2021

We tested 35 different bed sheet sets to find the best bedding for every type of sleeper, at every budget.

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Everything You Need for a Good Night's Sleep

To wake up more refreshed, consider some well-tested bedroom upgrades.

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Home Fitness

Weight Training

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The Best Home Gym Machines of 2021

From traditional to high tech, check out the finest fitness equipment money can buy.

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The Best Adjustable Kettlebells of 2021

Wanna stash hundreds of pounds of awesome workout equipment in a corner of your rec room? Start here.

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The Best Adjustable Dumbbells of 2021

Save money and space and get pumped with these wonderfully versatile weight sets.

Everything You Need to Build the Perfect Home Gym
Building your own gym can be accessible and affordable for even casual worker-outers. Here's everything you need, and nothing you don't…

Body Weight Exercises & Apps

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The Best Ab Machines of 2021

It's almost beach season. Chisel out a ripped midsection with these proven winners.

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The Best Pull-Up Bars of 2021

Pull-ups are among the best fitness moves you can do. And no matter your situation, one of these bars is perfect.

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The Best Fitness Apps of 2021

Countless apps strive to help make you fitter, stronger and leaner than ever before. Here are our favorites.

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The 10 Best Yoga Mats for 2021

Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, these superlative mats will support you through any practice.

Cardio Machines

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The 6 Best Home Rowing Machines

Our favorites will help you reach your stronger, faster, better goals right from your living room.

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The Best Peloton Alternatives for 2021

As these picks prove, you don't have to go outside to pedal up a storm.

Peloton vs. Wahoo: Who Makes the Best Indoor Bike?

With home indoor cycling exploding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to investigate.

The 9 Best Treadmills for Every Space and Every Experience Level

Whether you’re just starting out or looking for an upscale upgrade, these treadmills are great for at-home use.

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Cycling & Bike Gear

Bike Recommendations

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The Best Commuter Bikes of 2021

When it comes to commuter bikes, one size does not fit all — which is why our guide includes picks for every kind of rider and terrain.

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The 7 Best Fixed Gear Bikes of 2021

Fixies are more than a category, they're a lifestyle. Here are our favorites.

The Best Beginner Road Bikes Under $1,000

You don’t need to take out a second mortgage to ride a bike.

The 12 Best E-Bikes of 2021

Pedal assist can seriously expand your cycling footprint and open up a whole new world of riding. Start here.

Bike Accessories

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The Best Bike Racks of 2021 for Any Vehicle

The right one will make your life so much easier. Here are our favorites.

The 9 Best Bike Lights For Commuting

Pedaling home from work gets dicey in the dark. Illuminate your ride with these hand-selected lights.

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9 Awesome Items for New Cyclists Under $50

Plus three under $100 and a bike under $600 to boot.

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The Best Bike Wall Mounts and Indoor Storage Racks

Nice bikes need a place to rest inside. Enter: the indoor bike rack.

Nutrition & Supplements

Protein & Recovery Supplements

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5 Protein Powders Top Fitness Trainers Swear By

Protein powder is crucial for recovery — take a hint from these experts.

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5 Vegan Protein Powders Top Trainers Swear By

Thinking of going vegan with your protein powder? Here are the surprising advantages, plus five great options to try.

5 BCAA Supplements Personal Trainers Swear By

Branched-chain amino acids can reduce fatigue, aid recovery and boost growth.

7 Post-Workout Recovery Creams Athletes Swear By

After a tough workout, you need to take care of your muscles. These seven products might just help you find some relief.

Supplement Knowledge

What Everyday Athletes Need to Know About Supplements

The future of supplements continues to expand, but what should you actually take?

What Athletes Need to Know About Collagen Peptides

Used properly, this protein can work wonders.

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You're (Probably) Using Protein Supplements Wrong

What you need to know about protein, from a couple of pros.

Is Caffeine Good for Your Workout?

Everyone’s favorite drug is also one of the best athletic performance enhancers.

New Frontiers

Ditch the Protein Powders and Enhance Your Training Regimen with Beet Pigment Instead

Professional soccer teams and record-holding marathon runners eat them.

Are Electrolyte Beers the New Recovery Drink?

Breweries keep dropping electrolyte-filled beers, and we tested a handful of them to see what they really taste like.

My Non-Scientific Test of Non-Approved Supplements

Since this whole working from home thing started, I’ve tried everything from focus-enhancing gum to brain-boosting bee secretion.

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6 CBD Products Professional Trainers Swear By

It's believed that CBD can soothe muscles and promote relaxation, which makes it perfect for workout recovery.