Every Thursday, Svveat Stories tackles your most pressing fitness questions—this week, we’re letting you in on our secrets to gearing up without going broke.
Free workouts are great and all, but keeping up with the latest trends in workout gear is far from cheap. How can I avoid spending a fortune on my fitness wardrobe?
— Insufficient Funds
Don’t fret, Insufficient Funds.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that there’s absolutely no need to pay full price for workout clothes. If you’re trying to limit your spending, this is a great place to do it because there are just so many discount options available—especially in the GTA.
- Plan a trip to your local outlet mall.
If you’re a sucker for the specialty sportswear brands, we suggest familiarizing yourself with the outlet malls and factory stores in your area. Sure, they’re often a bit of a pain to get to, but they’re definitely worth the trip. Some locations have a better selection than others, and you won’t often find the brand’s latest product releases, but you can save hundreds of dollars while stocking your closet full of awesome gear. Here are some locations to get you started:
Nike Factory Store locations: Vaughan Mills, RioCan Centre Oakville, Toronto Premium Outlets in Milton, Outlet Collection at Niagara;
lululemon athletica at Outlet Collection at Niagara (it’s the only one in Canada!);
adidas Factory Outlet at Toronto Premium Outlets and Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga;
Reebok Outlet at Toronto Premium Outlets;
Lolë Outlet at Toronto Premium Outlets.
- Shop big brands’ athletic wear lines for quality and convenience at a lower price point.
You may not realize this, but Gap, Old Navy, Joe Fresh and H&M all have activewear lines that cost significantly less than their specialty sportswear counterparts. The gear might not be quite as detailed or high performance, but it looks good, the price is right and these stores are known to have some pretty massive sales that you don’t need to trek to an outlet mall for.
- Attend free workouts for a big payoff.
Another little-known secret is that attending free workouts found right here on Svveat can result in big discounts at your favourite fitness stores. Titika Active offers a $25 gift card for participants who attend eight in-store classes and Hyba Activewear offers 15% off your purchase immediately after attending classes in-store. Lolë has been known to offer discounts to in-store class participants at special events and Toronto’s Nike+ Run Club will occasionally hand out coupons to runners and invite them to discount shopping nights.
- Seek out junk mail (we know it sounds wrong, but trust us).
If you don’t mind a little inbox spam, you can really benefit from signing up for your favourite brands’ e-newsletters. Most companies offer a pretty substantial discount for simply subscribing, and they’ll keep you in the know about seasonal sales.
- Make end-of-season shopping your new tradition.
If patience is your strong suit, wait until end of season to buy those high-ticket items you’ve been lusting over. It’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be on the clearance rack in a couple months, and you’ll be glad you waited.
- Track down friends & family sales.
Many employers get invitations to friends & family sales at sportswear giants like Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Under Armour. If your employer isn’t one of them, find someone whose is. Teachers and unionized workers are your best bets, so hit ’em up for great deals. Your bank account will thank you.
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