NYC's best: Fitness gear stores
Even if you never work up a proper sweat, you can look like a gym dandy thanks to these sporty emporiums.
Thu Jan 10 2008
RECOMMENDED: Fitness guide to NYC
Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Adidas Sport Performance Store
While the brand has come a long way since its iconic three-striped shoe, the 29,500-square-foot flagship pays homage to its signature style through black-and-white striped walls and furniture. Packed with high-end goods for every athletic endeavor, the shop stocks vegan Adidas by Stella McCartney and Mi Adidas technology, which allows customers to customize footwear. 610 Broadway at Houston St (212-529-0081)
KD Dance & Sport
This cozy Nolita boutique is outfitted with sleek wood floors and stocked with body-inspired knitwear, dance clothes and workout goods that keep you en pointe both on and off the ballet bar. 339 Lafayette St at Bleecker St (212-533-1037)
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Neatly organized to outfit runners, cyclists and swimmers alike, this depot offers NuMetrex heart-rate-sensing sports bras ($50), Craft Prozero’s insulating, second-skin-like shirts ($50) and BOB Revolution strollers ($359) for those overextended parents who run their kids around the park. Beginning joggers, half-marathoners and triathletes can also enroll in training sessions ($145–$445). 42 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-727-2980); 151 Seventh Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-636-9000)
Omni Fitness Equipment
Touting itself as the East Coast’s largest fitness supplier, this company offers virtually everything you’ll need for a home gym. Snap up affordable dumbbells ($15 and up), ankle weights (starting at $25) and resistance bands (from $12) to help you get toned in your apartment. 830 Broadway between 12th and 13th Sts (212-260-8537)
Been hiding from the cold so long you’ve forgotten what the sky looks like? Get outside already. Paragon fulfills all outdoor sporting-good needs, from the unusual (badminton, kayaking) to the everyday (they carry a slew of gym gear, plus essentials like sunglasses). Besides the Parks Department, Paragon is the only store in the city where you can purchase permits to use public tennis courts. 867 Broadway at 18th St (212-255-8036)
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Sporty loot hangs from the ceiling and walls of this massive emporium, which is patterned after a shipping container. Beyond the German label’s sleek low-tops for trail running ($90), the industrial-style shop proffers flowing, layered tank tops ($45), men’s moisture-wicking soccer shorts ($28) and double-sleeved tees ($35). Design snobs should check out the Meatpacking District’s Puma Black boutique for its limited-edition collaborations with designers such as Alexander McQueen and Neil Barrett. 33 Union Sq West at 16th St (212-206-7761); 421 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-334-7861); Puma Black, 121 W 14th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-206-0109)
You don’t have to be a Fame-hungry dancer to don the Lycra goodies from this brand for hoofers. Its leotards (from $18), cozy leg warmers ($15–$45) and cropped pants ($30–$45) are ideal for both prima donnas and Pilates devotees. Don’t forget to hit the Broadway outlet for discounted basics. 1650 Broadway at 51st St, second floor (212-245-2130); Outlet, 1776 Broadway at 57th St, second floor (212-586-5140); 136 E 61st St at Lexington Ave (212-758-8833)
Get your old-school kicks while you can, because this joint, frequented by Spike Lee, burns through stock of Michael Jordan retro sneakers ($115–$200). Also known for its fan gear, the 5,500-square-foot emporium in Times Square outfits every game in the book. With a dozen leagues to choose from, it’s easy to play defense by supporting your team—Yankee jerseys start at $90 and Mets baseball caps are $32. 50 Times Square at Seventh Ave and 42nd St and (212- 354-2009); go to champssports.com for more locations.
Founded in Boston by “a couple of local joes,” this haven for athletic paraphernalia introduces the world of exercise to the urbanite, with gear aplenty for both the indoor champ and the marathon dreamer. Those brave enough to weather the cold can accessorize their jog with Polar heart-rate monitors ($60–$800) to match with Mizuno’s new Wave Creation 9 running shoe ($130). The homebody can bulk up and tone with York dumbbells ($4 and up) while watching one of the many DVDs including Kettlebell training, a workout with cannon balls by Sarah Lurie ($15). 390 Fifth Ave at 36th St (212-695-0171)
Folks who like to perspire in private can invest in studio-apartment-friendly stability balls ($20–$40) from this fitness equipment resource, which has pumped up Woody Allen, Bill Clinton and Diddy with the latest elliptical trainers (starting at $2,000) and all-in-one weight-lifting machines ($1,500 and up). 40 E 52nd St at Madison Ave (212-688-4222)
Lady Foot Locker
Don’t be put off at the door by the overzealous zebra-striped salespeople—there are deals here. Film buffs can emulate Wes Anderson with a red Adidas tracksuit ($115) and matching Adidas shoes ($65 and up); those yearning for a more original look can choose from the extensive wall of Nike Dunks—both high and low ($65–$80)—which don’t necessarily need to be sported on the court. 112 W 34th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (212-629-4626); go to ladyfootlocker.com for more locations.
Make a fast break from the in-store basketball court at this hoops shrine to snag official jerseys and other paraphernalia from the NBA and WNBA. Even if you’re not into ’balling, this handsome spot stocks an excellent lineup of comfy sneakers (on sale for $50, regularly $75), knee-skimming guys’ shorts ($35 and up) and colorful NBA 4 Her fleece hoodies ($30–$65). 666 Fifth Ave at 52rd St (212-515-6221)
Weekend warriors suit up to conquer the running path at this sneaker company’s midtown outpost. Pluck frill-free shoes ($70) to cushion your stride along with quick-drying zip-neck tops ($29 and up). 51 W 42nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-997-9112); go to newbalance.com for more locations.
Sure, the Swoosh’s massive flagship is usually clogged with tourists, but where else will space-age chutes deliver your sneakers? Five floors brim with inspiring quotes by coaches (“If you have a body, you’re an athlete”), top-notch athlete’s clothing for both genders and iPod-friendly shoes ($85–$140). Its top floor also hosts the freshly minted NIKEiD studio, where you can customize your kicks. 6 E 57th St at Fifth Ave (212-891-6453)
Super Runners Shop
Educated in biomechanics, the expert staff at this Long Island chain can help cure your aching arches via the right pair of shoes. They’re also patient—you can try on as many pairs as you need from the from a well-curated range including Asics, Brooks and Saucony—and the store carries helpful sprinters’ accessories like anti-chafing socks ($6-$20). 52 Grand Central Terminal (646-487-1120); go to superrunnersshop.com for more locations.
Upper East Side
The Pro Shop at the 92nd Street Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport
Located in the third-floor lobby, the Y’s all-purpose depot serves up sports apparel, aquatics gear and fitness equipment for both members and non-members. Customers can satisfy their brand-name-fix with Reebok, Speedo, Schwinn, Aqua Gear and more. Exercise videos, dyna-bands, yoga mats and carriers, goggles, swim caps and gym locks also abound. 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5700)
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The Shop at Equinox Fitness
Those searching for an incentive to work off the extra eggnog can earn their reward at this health club’s onsite fitness boutique. The mélange of high-end athletic gear such as a zip jacket by Sugoi ($176) and comfort-conscious wear-everywhere T-shirts from brands like Splendid ($26–$108) and James Perse ($44–$164) guarantee that you can stay trendy as you train. The store also embraces on-the-go yogis via Dali Mama yoga mats with straps ($65). 817 Lexington Ave at 63rd St (212-752-5360); go to equinoxfitness.com for more locations.
Upper West Side
Packed with apparel, yoga gear and fitness equipment strictly for—and designed by—women, this loftlike space also boasts an expert staff, many of whom are dancers and athletes. The store holds “Wellness Wednesdays,” biweekly events focusing on women’s mind, body and spirit. 159 Columbus Ave between 67th and 68th Sts (212-724-2992)
Lululemon AthleticaThis popular Canadian company—whose clothing is designed in part by working yoga and fitness instructors—may be a bit upscale, but innovative ideas, such as zipper pulls that double as hair ties and reversible pants justify the hefty price tags. The company employs extremely durable fabrics such as Silverescent (which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungus) to create pieces that you’ll be inclined to wear outside of the yoga studio, too. Lululemon also has a soul: In 2005 its stores gave $300,000 to local communities through its Charitable Giving Program. 1928 Broadway at 64th St (212-712-1767)
House of Hoops by Foot Locker
Providing an assist to ballers, this freshly minted glass-and-steel joint is the first in the nation dedicated to just Nike, Converse and Jordan kicks and clothing. Modernist glass displays of court-friendly sneakers surround photos of stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, and if you feel like stepping into their shoes, you can pick up the NBA players’ personalized models ($130–$200). Splashy T-shirts ($20–$90), hoodies ($50–$110) and warm-up jackets ($45–$300) will keep you looking like a pro even if you’re a mere benchwarmer; and superfans can snag limited-edition shoes including those previously released only in China. 268 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) (212-316-1667)
Husband-and-wife duo Kate Gaertner and Patraic Reagan decided to open this yoga- and Pilates-centric nook last May after realizing there was a dearth of ladies’ workout wear that fit well during cobra poses and Alexander Technique moves. Their breezy storefront offers flattering gear for the flexible, such as private-label, curve-hugging bamboo pants ($75) and chic sweatpants-alternatives from such labels as Tao Freedom. What’s more, after picking up your eco-friendly yoga mat ($62), you can instantly put it to use via free instore yoga, pilates, and meditation classes. 400 Atlantic Ave at Bond St, Boerum Hill (866-696-6252)