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The Best Affordable Workout Gear for the Athlete on a Budget

You can put your wallet away, this won’t cost much.

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Finding decently priced workout gear is hard to do. Stroll through the lines of Marshalls or TJ Maxx and you’re guaranteed to pick up some steeply discounted items, but the sizing might be a little wonky. Walk into a sports giant superstore and you’re bound to be overwhelmed by the options and shocked at the pricing. With each year that passes, it seems like the cost to workout rises.

We pulled together a variety of items from some of our favorite stores offering budget workout gear that doesn’t skimp on performance. From long runs to boxing to HIIT workouts, there’s no stopping you once you’re decked out from head to toe in proper attire.

Gap Sport T-Shirt

We tested some of Gap’s sweat-wicking tees for our best running shirts guide and the gDry wicking technology serves up a cool workout in a soft jersey material. Right now, a variety of colors are on sale making this normally $25 tee even more affordable.

Buy Now: $18

Old Navy Go-Dry Performance Shorts

Old Navy is a haven for active folks. You might have to head to the back of the store to find the fitness section, but online there’s a vast amount to pick from. We like these Go-Dry performance shorts in a 10-inch style. There’s a range of others, starting with a 5-inch up through 12-inch, all in a relaxed fit and machine washable package.

Buy Now: $25

C9 Champion Tech T-Shirt

C9 Champion is Target’s proprietary brand with all the workout basics you might need. Shorts I bought in high school lasted me through the end of college, and while they were in pretty sad shape when I finished, that’s still eight good years. The tech tee is a quick drying and breathable option. Also, check out the compression activewear, joggers and zip-ups so you can breeze out of the gym.

Buy Now: $13

Forever 21 French Terry Knit Joggers

You’ll have to do a little digging to find activewear on the site, but Forever 21 is a goldmine for cheap joggers and sweats as well as old-school athletic French terry knit shorts and sweatshirts. Channel your inner off-duty athlete and store these staples in your gym bag to feel fresh after a gym session.

Buy Now: $16

H&M Running Shorts

H&M’s activewear section is just as steeply discounted as the basics it sells. Pick up a pair of joggers for just $30, sport shorts for $13 and a variety of tees, tanks and socks for less than that. The patterns are minimalist and simple, just what we like in our activewear. The less flashy, the better.

Buy Now: $25

Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Running Sneakers from Macy’s

Finding a cheap pair of running sneakers is a challenge, but thanks to all the back to school sales and new versions of sneakers coming out each month, there are some stellar steals out there. Macy’s is a perfect site to look around for your next pair. Randomly, high-performing sneakers, like these Pegasus 35s, will go on sale when there’s not a full range of sizes, but a variety.

Buy Now: $100

Man Embroidered Tank and Short Set

A tee and shorts for just $20 is hard to beat. In black, grey and maroon, this set is ideal to head to the ring or just head outside. Boohoo Man is based in the UK so depending where you live, shipping might take a while, but the variety of items on sale and for a low price are worth looking around.

Buy Now: $20

Uniqlo Dry-Ex Knee Length Pants

Uniqlo’s collaborations with artists create extremely unique activewear pieces. The brush strokes on these shorts are inspired by Meguru Yamaguchi, a Japanese artist who currently lives in Brooklyn. The quick-dry material of the Dry-Ex line keeps you feeling great, even if you wear your sweaty workout gear all day long.

Buy Now: $20

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