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Residents in body-conscious Rio de Janeiro (known as Cariocas) are constantly seeking out new ways of being active, having a fit, strong body and ultimately looking good. Going to the gym or doing sports isn’t a chore that has to be done — it is a way of life, and Cariocas like to dress the part. As a result, there are plenty of sportswear stores throughout the city. Here are our top picks.
Track & Field supplies quality sportswear that looks fresh, modern and sophisticated, using splashes of color but manages to keep away from garish patterns and prints. For tight-fitted leggings and sports bras that offer minimal up to maximum support, this is the shop to go to. It covers a wide range of sports attire such as yoga, running, swimming, cross-country and general team sports.
The sportswear in Areia Carioca aims to flatter the body and make working out sexy. The leggings sold there are skintight and embrace curves with high waists for support. Many of the sports bras and tops are designed to look good rather than offer support; fine for gym workouts but less effective for running. Crop tops, tied fronts and low-neck lines are currently in-style; it also has a strong collection of Brazilian-style bikins and swimwear.
Body Up provides stylish sportswear for both men and women. It offers classic pieces with gentle patterns and varieties of colors that are more likely to stand the test of time than passing fashion trends. Tops are fitted and flattering in a diverse range of styles, from practical options to more strappy and revealing pieces. It also stocks several all-in-one body pieces that are popular in the gyms in Rio.
Centauro is the hub of sportswear and stocks everything from an extensive range of clothing for women, children and men to sports equipment such as bikes, skateboards, trampolines and gym machines. This store has a wide range of different brands such as Nike, Adidas, Asics and others. It also stocks a wide range of trainers and a huge amount of clothes.