Just like we all give in to the temptation of December's over-indulging, January always ushers in new motivation for healthy living. But just because we're all doing what we always do, doesn't mean you can't be successful. This year, give yourself an advantage but upgrading your fitness kit. New year, new gear, right? A refresh of your workout wardrobe and accessories will give you the confidence to try new things at the gym, check out a class you've been wanting to join or simply feel damn good about yourself while you're getting in your reps. New stuff doesn't completely take the sting out of an early workout on a bone-chilling winter morning, but it helps. We promise.
Built for Sweat
This classically styled sweatshirt from Tracksmith looks old school but was designed to take a beating and still look great. The soft reverse-weave cotton blend was engineered to never pill. And such design details as ribbed side gussets, cuffs and hem help keep the garment's shape over time, while the large kangaroo pocket includes a cleverly concealed stash pocket and headphone port.
$98 by Tracksmith
Garmin has squeezed its well-respected data collection and analysis abilities into a pared down tracker that's slim, lightweight and waterproof. The OLED touchscreen monitors your heart rate, stress levels, sleep amount (and quality), along with your activity and workouts.
Vivosmart 4 tracker,
$130 / $99.99 by Garmin
Lululemon's advanced stretch technology and ergonomic stitching allows for full movement and bend without unwanted restriction. And the sweat-wicking Tech Fleece is thermal and brushed on the inside for warmth and comfort. Plus, the zippered back packet is handy for making sure your valuables are secure.
City Sweat thermo joggers,
$118 by Lululemon
Foam rolling is nothing new, but this roller from TriggerPoint takes the massaging vibrations of the popular Hyperice gun and puts them into a reasonably-priced rechargeable roller. The finger-like tips of the gridded pattern features a variety of widths and textures to mimic the sensation of a massage therapist's hands and channels blood flow for muscle recovery.
Grid vibe roller,
$94.99 by TriggerPoint
Hands down, the most comfortable pair we've tested to date. They're expertly fitted with a slightly raised back hem and flattened seams to comfortably hold you in place and increase blood flow without feeling like your circulation is being cut off. We also appreciate the invisible fold pocket, which keeps your phone from bouncing around.
Middy compression shorts,
$36 by Pacterra
Your Own Gym Towel
Do you need your own towel? Of course not. But does it come in handy, especially during the crowded times at the gym when people are less likely to properly wipe down machines? You bet.
$14.59 (for a three-pack) by KinHwa
for Any and Every Workout
These adaptable sneakers combine the lightweight flexibility of Nike Free with the durability and stability of the brand's popular Metcon shoes—which means they can stand up to short runs, boot camps, strength training and any WOD at your local CrossFit box. The lightweight mesh is extra durable in high-wear areas and deep grooves along the sole allow the shoe to flex and expand in every direction.
Nike Free x Metcon sneakers,
$120 by Nike
At first glance, it seems like the lovechild of Gatorade and LaCroix. But after trying it, we were impressed and quenched. Created by a CrossFit trainer and a medical doctor who were searching for a healthier replacement for sports and energy drinks, O2 is packed with electrolytes, natural caffeine and added oxygen to help your body recovery—all with just 20 calories per can.
$37.79 for a 12-pack (with free shipping) at O2