Washington, D.C. is a vastly athletic metro city and it’s imperative to have plenty of great shops to purchase the appropriate and required athletic and fitness gear.  A few aspects that make these locations great are that they carry a selection of athletic wear for multiple athletic purposes while being convenient for consumers who need to get in and out quickly.  Regardless of your sport or fitness activity of choice, the items sold in these shops cross athletic varieties with comfortable clothing that look pretty awesome.  Be sure to check out the fitness programs offered to customers at many of these store locations.

Fleet Feet
1841 Columbia Rd. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-3888

Runners love this place but more than that, Fleet Feet loves being the go to shop for runners to prepare for races, marathons, or just staying prepared for their daily running needs.  Fleet Feet has staff they consider to be “FITlospohers” who can assist customers with information vital to purchasing the best products for their needs.  Fleet Feet operates under the understanding that just as equipment can make a crucial difference in the function of an activity, fitness and athletic attire does the same for an athlete’s performance. The Adams Morgan area of D.C. has a gem in Fleet Feet.

Zweet Sport  
400 N Henry St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(301) 312-3812

Located just across the Potomac River in Alexandria, Zweet Sport is owned by two female former athletes who understand the importance of athletic apparel quality and variety. Zweet Sports specializes in yoga apparel but design clothing that can be worn for many other athletic activities. Zweet is committed to creating bonds with their local community an in turn providing quality breathable merchandise and also houses a hot yoga studio. The apparel sold at Zweet Sport is vibrant, fun, unique and provoke an energetic attitude. If Zweet Sports objective is to make items that get you pumped to sweat it out, they have hit the bulls eye.

G & T Sports Center
3913 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 726-1477

G & T Sports Center is a family owned local business specializing in sporting gear and apparel.  Not only can women find reasonably priced apparel at G & T but can also order specialty embroidered uniforms for teams and organizations.  With so much emphasis on developing a team support for women in fitness and sports, G & T is great for promoting your brand so that your fitness organization or sports team will be noticed.  Though they have a wide variety of gear for football, soccer and basketball, this shop has just as wide a variety of athletic apparel for both men and women.

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5502 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 686-4258

This is a very convenient city shop.  Core72 stocks quality merchandise with great prices. It is simply a pleasant place to shop.  Core72 carries a broad range of brands. The staff is delightful and very personable.  Even if you have something that didn’t quite fit properly and need to return an item, Core72 are more than happy to accommodate their customers. With a goal to have you return to Core72, there’s no wonder they go out of their way to treat you like friends and encourage your athletic journey. They sell items that will surely have heads turning when you’re out showing off your fitness and athletic swag.

Pacer Running
1427 P St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 506-2029

Pacer is truly a store for runners. The staff is highly knowledgeable about the need of runners and provide the products to support proper running technique and form. With apparel that is designed specifically for runners and cross trainers, Pacer is a one of the best places to go in D.C. for not just purchasing apparel and shoes for running but they reinforce their support for the runner’s lifestyle with free run and long distance running programs and training. Prices vary depending on the need of the runner but if you’re a runner, investing in quality gear is a must.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at Examiner.com. In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at Examiner.com.