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Cyborg Cardio: Fitness fashion meets the future


Milla Jovovich in "The Fifth Element"

“Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines.” ―Donna J. Haraway, “Simians Cyborgs and Women”

The future of fitness fashion is here with high-performance pieces that take you beyond your cardio threshold, beyond your idea of personal strength, to the place where woman meets (elliptical) machine.

Using modern metallic details and electricity motifs, these looks also address the black hole of black in your fitness wardrobe.

Ready to meet your fitness fashion future? View the trend’s most out-of-this-world pieces now… —Jamie McKillop and Melisse Gelula


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SPLITS59Leggings for a whole new breed of athlete are appearing across the fitness universe.

Splits 59 Ginger 3/4 Length Legging ($96, pictured) are inspired by the metallic trend, while the cool panels on the Under Armour Studio Lux Noir Moto Legging ($108) place them aboard a flight to the fashion space-age.

The compression of the Zoot Performance CompressRx Thermo Tight ($110), with a computer-grid pattern, and the Dri-Fit Nike Pro Printed Tight ($90), with a skeleton print, lend stellar performance and fashion features.



MichiThe bondage-meets-Bladerunner silhouette of this Michi Empire Bra ($125) and the slightly more modest Lucy Long Run Compression Bra ($40) evoke a tough, “I could do backflips across the room” look. When paired with a Pearl Izumi Infinity Run Shrug ($45) as a warm-up layer, the result is smoking hot.



Aiko workout leggings with scale patternCyborgs have the technological ability to dominate nature.

Conquer the elements (or just fitness-fashion familiarity) in these croc-patterned Aiko Duff Lacquered Leggings ($195, pictured).

Pair them with a jacket that can carry the theme, like Under Armour Printed Coldgear 1/4 Zip ($65) or Nike Element Shield Max Running Jacket ($250), both of which are designed to help you prevail over almost any weather conditions.




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Get amplified. Many of this season’s workout tanks supply the fitness wattage required to kill it in class, on a spin bike, or on a run, like the New Balance Go Anywhere Tank ($38, pictured), Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Tech Fit Tank ($125), and the Nike Stud Burnout T-Shirt ($30).



metallic Electric Yoga gym bagAccessorize the cyborg look with cutting-edge gizmos:

The Electric Yoga Ultra-Light Bag ($58, pictured), holds all of your gym necessities.

Zoot Ultra Therm Run Gloves ($25) make your outdoor workouts frostbite-free.

Nike FuelBand ($150) is a data-geek’s necessity for tracking your output.

Sweaty Band Viva Diva Super Skinny Headband ($16) keeps workout hair in a reasonable orbit.

And ToeSox Half Toe With Grip Sock ($15) are ideal for tricked-out Pilates classes and fusion workouts.






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