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Life of (ath)leisure

Does it really matter what you wear when you work out?

Well, sure.

As sweaty and gross as you feel by the end of a session, looking good as you go is an emotional lift. After all, who wants to see herself do overheard presses in a ratty old T-shirt? And isn’t it better to catch a glimpse of your muscles flexing in cute running tights?

Plus, quality workout-wear stays in place, wicks moisture, has hidden pockets for your essentials, is woven with silver threads to absorb odor – basically everything but lift the weights or run the track for you.

That’s likely why global sportswear apparel sales have grown by 42 percent in the last seven years, according to research by Morgan Stanley.

Especially with all the new, super-comfortable choices. Some fitness pants are like Spanx, stretchy enough to be comfortable but firm enough to suck you in in all the right places. Fitness tops have built-in bras and/or are cut to flatter. And because fitness apparel has also become street apparel (a.k.a “athleisure”), designers have gotten much more innovative with color, pattern and design.

Here we present some of the hottest looks to hit the tracks, gyms, boot camps and yoga mats, on two local models: Marisa Stani, a popular local Zumba instructor, and Jasmine Peterson, a sales assistant who works out at Crunch Fitness.

Jasmine wears a “Kristina” pullover with an “Ida” jacket, pant by Kari Traa, and New Balance sneakers. Marisa wears the “Kristina” pullover by Kari Traa, Asics “Light Show” winter tights and Adidas sneakers.

Marisa tries her hand at JCC’s climbing wall wearing Fast Track plaid tights by Saucony, a moisture-wicking sports bra and muscle shirt from LuluLemon and Saucony “Ride” sneakers. Marisa, left, wears a Nike Therma Sphere Element long sleeve top and Nike running tights. Jasmine is wearing a Lux Mock Neck and Light Show Winter Tights by Asics and “Cloudflow” sneakers by On.

Marisa does a pull-up while wearing a sports bra, top and running tights from LuluLemon and Adidas sneakers. Jasmine’s “Run Strong” hoodie by Saucony pops against moisture-wicking grey LuluLemon pants.

All photos were taken at the Jewish Community Center in Getzville. Apparel and shoes from Fleet Feet, 2290 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, and LuluLemon, Walden Galleria. Hair and make-up by Corey Dilday and Amylynn Schuessler of Excuria Salon, Williamsville.

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