Best gym stores

The only sweat we're breaking is over these health club's cool shops.

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  • David Barton Gym

  • Exhale

  • Exhale

  • Tanya B tie-dye organic halter, $85, at Pure Yoga

  • Pure Yoga

  • The Shops at Equinox

  • Aviator Nation bright '70s-style zip-up hoodie, $145, at The Shops at Equinox

  • Sarada Ayurvedic herbal body oils, $17--$76, at Sonic Yoga

  • SoulCycle

  • The Sports Club/LA

  • YogaWorks

David Barton Gym

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Photographs: Keith Morrison

David Barton Gym
This quad-level gym in the East Village feels like a swank Meatpacking club—flattering low lights, thumping beats—and it has the goods to match in its small retail area just off the lobby. Get the party started with a box of Suck UK bar-game coasters ($15), which feature puzzles, mazes and pickup lines, or show off your toned figure in Christopher Kane body-con atomic-print dresses ($198). If you're looking for something to wear while pumping iron rather than your fist, pick up flashy 2K by Gingham disco skull tees ($45) or David Barton's own muscle-baring ribbed tanks, emblazoned with his gym's mantra, LOOK BETTER NAKED ($25). 4 Astor Pl between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-505-6800, davidbartongym.com)

Exhale
This hybrid spa and fitness chain has a cult following for its yoga-meets-Pilates Core Fusion classes (Cameron Diaz and Heidi Klum are fans), but we think its beautifully appointed "wellness boutiques"—present in all six Manhattan locations—are just as big a draw. At the Central Park South location in particular, there's a well-curated assortment of jewelry, including vintage-inspired pieces from Nicole Richie's House of Harlow 1960 ($60--$200) and Ettika blinged-out bracelets ($40--$60); affordable fashion-forward threads from lines like Free People ($40--$180) and BB Dakota ($40--$100); and accessories, such as insanely soft, eco-friendly Toggery burnout leggings ($50) and traditional Mexican blankets ($35) in bright tribal prints. You'll also find products from the all-natural skin-care line G.R.N. ($10--$60), favored by Exhale's spa technicians, plus the full range of Spa Ritual organic nail polishes ($12) used in the adjacent mani-pedi rooms. 150 Central Park South between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-249-3000, exhalespa.com)

Pure Yoga
Both locations of this modern yoga mecca boast an impressive variety of classes, but it's the West Side studio that wows with its selection of downward-dog-ready apparel and accessories. The spacious, Zen-like shop stocks everything a modern yogi could desire, including colorful mats ($47--$66) and stretchy yoga pants ($75--$88). Standouts include Tanya B's tie-dye organic halters designed by Pure instructor Tanya Boulton ($85) and electrifying neon lace Phat Buddha sports bras ($55). For those who want to embrace the Om lifestyle without breaking a sweat, there are wellness-themed books, candles and Chakra-printed tanks, but none offers the tongue-in-cheek humor of Alternative Earth's spiritual gangster graphic tees ($48). Mention TONY for 20 percent off full-priced merchandise through Sept 30; may not be combined with other offers. 204 W 77th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-877-2025, pureyoga.com)

The Shops at Equinox
With upscale clubs all around the city, Equinox has become synonymous with the high-end gym experience, and its retail stores—carrying exclusive lines of on-trend clothing and fitness duds—certainly follow suit. The Upper East Side location houses the largest selection and feels like the Bergdorf of gym boutiques: Workout wear runs the gamut from big-name basics by Adidas, Nike and RLX to lesser-known brands like Sugoi, whose sweat-wicking tops ($35--$75) come in a variety of eye-popping colors. Yet it's the store's fashion-forward street garb that really gets our hearts pumping: Dudes will dig John Varvatos super-sharp gingham button-down shirts ($98) and Aviator Nation bright '70s-style zip-up hoodies ($138--$188), while Ella Moss drawstring silk shorts ($110) and Sanctuary skinny chinos ($175) are great for gals who have logged time on the elliptical and have the legs to prove it. Mention TONY for 20 percent off full-priced merchandise through Sept 30; may not be combined with other offers. 817 Lexington Ave at 63rd St (212-752-5365, equinox.com/shop)

Sonic Yoga
Don't let the small retail area in this cozy Hell's Kitchen studio fool you: What it lacks in size, it makes up for in its homey neighborhood vibe and just-right selection of yoga basics. Among the racks of men's and women's separates, there's an emphasis on eco-friendly labels like Brooklyn's Omala, whose bamboo-cotton tanks and hoodie tunics ($48--$56) are ridiculously comfy. While a range of books and DVDs encourage you to take your practice home with you, we prefer the equally relaxing, earthy, sweet Nine Brooklyn aromatherapy room sprays ($18) from local Shannon Haick, and Sarada Ayurvedic herbal body oils ($17--$76) packed with Indian herbs. 754 Ninth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts, second floor (212-397-6344, sonicyoga.com)

SoulCycle
When SoulCycle founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice first conceived of their now-all-the-rage chainlet of indoor cycling studios, the goal was to create a workout that was equal parts high-intensity and hip. The new line of in-house performance wear, stocked at all three city locations, follows that same ethos, offering up funky retro striped tights ($70), sexy bralette tops ($42) and skull-print headbands ($11) designed to stand up to the notoriously sweat-inducing workout. Gym rats looking to fill out their exercise wardrobes should beeline to the Tribeca flagship, where its bright, airy retail area also features private-label goods from Nike (skinny Dri-Fit capris with hidden zip pockets, $55--$70) and Adidas (classic striped sneakers, $65), along with chic, loungey styles to wear after class—notably, SoulCycle's motorcycle zip-up cotton jackets ($72). Pay homage to the peeps who made your bangin' body possible by sporting E.Vil tunic tops ($121) decorated with the studio's wheel-spoke logo in crystals. TONY DEAL! Mention TONY to receive a free tank or tee (worth $30 to $50) with purchases over $75 through Sept 23. 103 Warren St at West St (212-406-1300, soul-cycle.com)

The Sports Club/LA
Just like the class schedule at this ritzy, full-service gym, the recently revamped boutique within the club offers a little bit of everything (and, unlike most amenities, is open to nonmembers). While you'll find requisite gear like water bottles ($25), hair ties ($4) and Lululemon stretch pants ($68--$98), fun finds include popular Toph Daddy "212" area-code tees and tanks ($45--$50), luxe Voluspa candles ($10--$50), Amazona loofah soaps ($9--$11) and ingenious Spare Soles foldable ballet flats ($35). There's also an impressive jewelry case stocked with one-of-a-kind baubles by NYC designers Cristina V and Keri Starker, who hold frequent trunk shows in the gym's lobby. We'd pick a double-finger gold bar ring ($48) from local line Nissa over six-pack abs any day. TONY DEAL! Mention TONY for 10 percent off select full-priced merchandise through Sept 30. 330 E 61st St between First and Second Aves (212-355-5100, thesportsclubla.com)

YogaWorks
Considering this studio's stylish Soho setting—one of five YogaWorks locations citywide—it's no shock to find a bounty of fashionable yoga wear for sale. What is surprising, though, is how affordable and truly versatile much of the merchandise is: Love Child henley-style cotton tanks ($32) and Shae slouchy surf-blue tops ($48) both go just as well with sun salutations as they do with skinny jeans. Besides the apparel, shelves are stocked with Zen-inducing goodies like Soi natural soy candles ($30) in relaxing scents like lilac and microwavable Wellness Bags ($38), which use heat therapy to reduce muscle tension and increase relaxation. 459 Broadway at Grand St, second floor (212-965-0801, yogaworks.com)

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