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5 Local Brands to Check Out If You’re a Fitness Junkie

By Chandra Pepino For Belo Medical Group on January 2, 2021

Quarantine can go either one of two ways. Either you form a covalent bond with your duvet, or you decide now is the time to get ahead of that creeping weight gain from being cooped up at home. Luckily, the local activewear and fitness industry has responded to the rapidly growing demand for home-friendly gear. Here are five local fitness brands you should definitely check out if you wanna look cute for your next pre-workout IG boomerang.

  1. The Sweat Collective

This quarantine-born activewear label is a dream if you love neutral color palettes. From high-support tops to sports bras with pretty back detailing to booty shorts that give you max mobility, you’re sure to find something so cute, it’ll make you want to work out more often.

Their philosophy: Your value isn’t measured in inches. Your progress isn’t measured in pounds. You’re fit to achieve goals. Fit to do something good. Fit to break boundaries. Fit to overcome challenges. Fit for anything. Fit for all.

  1. Our Recess

Founded by the OG It Girls (and Belo Babies) Anne Curtis Smith-Heussaff and Isabelle Daza, Our Recess may be a new kid on the block, but it’s proving to be the heir apparent. You’ll find tanks and tees that are perfect for WFH + leggings and bras that allow you to “do everything.” Scrolling through their website is a trip—the aesthetic reminds us of another local brand also founded by It Girls, Sunnies Face.

Their philosophy: We are activewear and life-intervention-wear. We’re what you wear when you need to be good to you. We can lunge, lounge, or water the plants and call it a day. We’re not here to set records. In fact, we’re here to give your full potential a break. So let’s move to refresh, relax, recharge, and renew.

  1. Good bodies

Always good to stock up on multitaskers, whether it’s your skincare, your makeup, and now, your workout clothes. good bodies’ matching sets are “buttery-soft, wear like air, and can go from work to workout.” Their color range is also pretty inclusive: you’ll find your usual neutrals, plus pops of tasteful blues and oranges for when quarantine is a bummer and you need to feel cute.

Their philosophy: “We’re as normal as it gets. Some days we get up and move, and some days we’d rather stay in bed. This is what drove us to build Good Bodies. We believe that when you’re comfortable, you’re confident—this is what we want our community to know.”

  1. MillennX

MillennX has been around for quite a while, long before the pandemic. They’re a testament to the fact that if you focus on quality and attention to detail, you can build a loyal and loving customer base. If you’re the type that doesn’t like ordinary-looking workout wear, MillennX is for you. X-strapped backless bras, cheeky cutout patterns, and surprising color combinations await you. (They even have a new maternity line!)  

Their philosophy: “We believe that sports fashion goes way beyond just printed fabrics, that’s why we have fused together our knowledge in the art of fashion design and the art of the body’s fluid motion to come up with form-flattering patterns that further enhance the beauty of the human body.”

  1. SunnySix Active

We know it’s tempting to completely switch out wardrobes every year, but if the typhoons and forest fires of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that we should value our Earth above all else. SunnySix Active prides itself on creating activewear that is made with ethically-manufactured eco fabric. If you’re already the type to carry around metal straws and refuse plastic bags every chance you get, becoming more conscious about your clothing choices is your natural next step.

Their philosophy: “It is our mission to encourage others to live a more productive lifestyle and get moving, do things and do them boldly, and most importantly, give a damn and live consciously. That’s why we’re committed to producing activewear with bold colors and high quality design using only regenerated and eco fabric—our first collection is made out of discarded fishing nets (yup, it’s possible!). It’s perfectly okay to start small—whether it’s in deciding to start a healthier lifestyle or switch to more conscious choices—because small conscious choices are better than none at all.”

At the end of the day (or workout), Belo Beauties, it’s not about what you wear. It’s about how you feel in what you’re wearing. Whether you sweat it out in a brand-new matching set or your ratty old T-shirt from college, what’s important is you took the time to be good to your body. Happy fitness trails!

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