My exercise wardrobe used to consist of sweat pants and free college t-shirts, so when I entered Lululemon Athletica, located in Old Town Pasadena, I felt a bit overwhelmed and out of my comfort zone. Wicking fabric? Dense foam block? What? Therefore, I took any and all advice given to me by one of the friendly staffers.
When she first asked me questions, like, “How often do you work out?” And “What’s your exercise routine like?” I wanted to crawl under a display table, mumbling, “You’re supposed to have a workout routine?” But then realized her probing demeanor was to help me select the best exercise gear for my lifestyle. This realization opened up an entire new world of fashion. She took me to their wall of pants–yoga pants, running pants, flared bottoms, cropped legs, lose-fit, skinny ankle–the options were endless. Next were the racks of tanks and tees, hoodies and jackets–all in gush worthy colors and patterns. Nothing here is cheap, I might add. But everything is impeccably made. Take the wicking fabric, for instance. Fabric that allows you to stay dry while you exercise? Pure magic.
Plus, I saw all sorts of accessories and layering pieces: vests, puffer jackets, silky-looking cardigans, asymmetrical jackets, structured bags — pieces I’d find somewhere like J.Crew. To look this put together while exercising? I was sold. I walked away with a beautiful dark grey pair of running pants and a grey and white stripped slim hoodie, which fits like a dream. Exercise has never been more enjoyable.
But Lululemon doesn’t just pride itself on its quality pieces–no, it prides itself on its healthy living outreach. That’s right, Lululemon is more than a fashionable exercise store. It’s a hub where healthy living is promoted. No surprise then that this now ubiquitous store began as one humble shop in Vancouver BC. One shop, with a goal to offer its community a place to discuss all things health related and sell quality active wear. It was a big goal. But by training driven employees who were passionate about healthy living –it’s become a reality.
Visit www.lululuemon.com for specific health related events happening in Pasadena.
Thanks for reading Robin’s post about Lululemon Athletica !
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