Lululemon is the big name in athletic wear, with devoted "Luluheads" like Brooke Shields and Jennifer Garner wearing the ultra-comfortable, ultra-flattering designs around the clock. The Vancouver-based company mixes sports, style and spirituality, from bags imprinted with inspiring slogans to apparel designed for yoga, dance and "other sweaty pursuits." Now they’ve opened (Thursday-Saturday) in the U.S. Garage Building at 330 S. Pineapple Ave. Look for complimentary in-store fitness classes and collaborations with "ambassadors" from the local fitness community. (941) 366-6856
Running without Boundaries
Sarasota’s Fleet Feet Sports offers "No Boundaries" for wannabe runners. The popular three-month 5K training program, presented in partnership with New Balance, helps novice joggers (and walkers, too) compete in their first 5K race. Experts offer advice on nutrition, gear, stamina and avoiding injury, while group training sessions provide unbeatable motivation. $75. Another No Boundaries installment is set to start this month. More info: (941) 894-3338 or fleetfeetsarasota.com
Youbars.com lets you design your own nutrition bars with a choice of base, protein powder, nuts, dried fruits, sweeteners and more from an extensive menu. How about an organic almond-butter, honey-sweetened, whey protein blueberry bar with granola and carob? Best of all: The nutrition info adds up automatically as you create. About $3 a bar; sold in boxes of 13. Also available: customized protein shakes, trail mix, cereals and even cookies—all of them guaranteed delicious.
Why settle for someone else’s healthy snack?
A Brand-New Bag
Stylish cyclists are totally attached to totes, bags and baskets from Detours Sports. The durable, eye-catching gear is handy for hauling everything from groceries to a change of clothes for the office, and it’s socially responsible, too: Detours partners with international organizations like Money From Trash, a Philippines-based, women-owned cooperative that creates material out of recycled juice pouches for Detours’ colorful "Juicy" line. Available exclusively in the area at Ryder Bikes, 1530 Dolphin St., Sarasota, and 1905 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. ryderbikes.comListen Up! "
"After just six months, my [older] students feel more strength in their legs and hands, they’re more flexible, their balance and breathing are better. They even tell me they feel taller."
Robyn Albadie, who specializes in teaching yoga to those 55 and up.