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Kohl’s: The One-Stop Athletic Shop


The Fila Sport Performance Running Top had me at yellow.

I go to Kohl’s all the time. It’s super convenient for me because it’s a two-minute drive away, and I can do some one-stop shopping. Need jeans? They’ve got my beloved Levi’s. Need clothes for the kids? We’ll hit it up while we’re there. Done and done! And I don’t know if it’s because they rearranged the store or if they just recently upped the awesome workout apparel section, but I’ve been noticing all of the great workout clothes there. Team FBG actually hit up Kohl’s right before our 10K last fall, and Kristen stocked up on a whole new running wardrobe at the last minute. And I had to seriously restrain myself from buying everything out, too. So, needless to say, Kohl’s and its performance gear department has the FBG seal of approval.

I recently tested out a couple of items from the vast selection at Kohl’s, which leads me to another great thing about the place. They’ve got all kinds of brands, from Nike and adidas to Tek Gear and Champion. So instead of hitting up one branded store, you can mix and match and shop awesome deals to spruce up your spring wardrobe. I tried out the Fila Sport 1/4-Zip Performance Running Top recently in yellow, and nothing screams spring quite like this bright yellow shirt. (It’s also available in pink if yellow isn’t your bag, baby.) It’s super lightweight so it won’t slow you down (as if I had to worry about that!), and it’s really breathable—its wicking technology will keep you dry and oh-so comfortable. Also? It has a curved hem in back, so it gives you extra coverage. No more crack-flashing! I confess I’m a bare-armed exerciser, but this lightweight top had me reconsidering my bare-arm philosophy. Plus, it’s super affordable at just $28.


Functional and affordable, this Tek Gear sports bra did the trick.

Seeing as how I was in need of an inspiring new sports bra, I was super psyched about the Tek Gear Medium-Impact Racerback Sports Bra I tried, too. All of my other bras are either tight or worn out, and I haven’t really wanted to upgrade as I’ve been in a bit of flux in the boobage area because of breastfeeding. But this Tek Gear option was perfectly dandy. I found that it gave me the support I needed with the comfort I crave. Adding to the comfort? It’s minus tags, minus wires and plus moisture-wicking abilities. I also dig the slight padding for “modesty,” and the pink-and-gray combo is really cute. It’s good quality too—with the amazing price of just $18. (I’m not down for throwing too much dough into my sports bra purchases, particularly because even at my bustiest, I’m not all that busty.) So this bra might not work for C+ cups, but it certainly worked for me.

Then, of course, I just made the mistake of browsing around their site, and I found these cute adidas liner socks that are perfect for low-profile shoes, these super-fun bright red fitted pants (would those be overkill with my red shoes?!), active wear from Jennifer Lopez that looks perfect for yoga class, and this Free Society open-backed top that would be perfect in Pilates.

I better get outta here before I spend all of my money.

Do you go for broke when it comes to your workout clothing, or do you shop for deals and affordable options? —Erin

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