The fitness classes you take, the routes you run and the health food stores you shop are all unique to Washington, D.C. — so why should your choice in activewear clothing be any different? Capitol Hill is home to several local fitness apparel stores, whose individuality, involvement in the community and dedication to customers make D.C. residents want to come back again and again. Whether you’re looking for a running shoe or the perfect pair of yoga pants, check out these local D.C. stores for your next purchase.
Core 725502 Connecticut Ave NW
Tired of wearing the same Lululemon leggings as everyone else? Head to Core72, a women’s activewear and lifestyle boutique that houses American-made brands designed mostly by women. Owner Ferrall Dietrich is passionate about trail running and the outdoors, and puts some serious thought into the labels she selects for her shop.
Georgetown Running Company3405 M St NW
Whether you’re a marathoner or jogger, the staff at Georgetown Running Company is happy to help you find the shoe that fits or the running apparel right for you. Test out kicks on a treadmill before buying and ask about discounts with a student ID or running club membership. The company also hosts group runs and is active in the D.C. running community.
Tranquil Space1632 17th St NW
Do you want a shopping experience as relaxing as your yoga sessions? At Tranquil Space, complimentary tea and cookies and comfy seating areas make a retail store feel like home. The boutique is attached to a studio, but Tranquil Space embodies so much more than group classes and trendy yoga mats. The company partners with advocates of the environment, women’s rights and animal rights; trains yoga teachers; and offers retreats overseas.
Pacers Running1821 14th Street NW
Pacers Running likes to think of itself as not just a store, but a “running community center.” Besides helping you find cool gear and get fitted for shoes, Pacers Running hosts training programs, social group runs and both fun and competitive races. Their in-house designed running gear includes hats and T-shirts featuring the D.C. flag.
Zweet Sport400 N Henry St (Alexandria)
Zweet Sport is “made for the girl who demands to be noticed,” and noticed you will be in the brand’s patterned yoga pants, bright sports bras and bold tank tops. Zweet, which means “to sweat” in Danish, was founded by Marja Toan and Kimberly Sickmen Landini. The two met in the gym more than a decade ago, where they formed a friendship that allowed them to create an activewear line embodying comfort, fashion and a passion for healthy living.