What you wear while working out is more important than you think. Not only do you want to be comfortable but you also want to look good whether you are at the gym or in the park. Wearing proper athletic gear can enhance the experience for you and at the same time build your confidence. Here are some of the best athletic-wear shops in Tampa Bay.

Collegiate Fashionista
250 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 287-1671
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Owner Diane Dal Lago creates apparel with licensed college logos on them, embellished in crystal. In addition to college teams, the company also has Licensed NASCAR merchandise.  Conveniently located in the Westshore Plaza Mall near center court, this one of kind store also has plus sizes available. You can find t-shirts, tanks, hats, pashminas and more. Wholesale is also available.

Tampa Bay Outfitters
701 S. Howard Ave.Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 254-8444
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Adventure seekers need not look farther than Tampa Bay Outfitters for their adventure and athletic-wear needs. Knowledgeable staff members can advise you on everything from how to dress for a run on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail to an extreme ski weekend in Vail, Colorado. And they can outfit you with the gear for these great adventures as well. Tampa Bay Outfitters is located on the corner of Howard and Swan (next to Panera Bread). They carry the best brands such as Patagonia, The North Face and Mountain Hardware for all your skiing, hiking, backpacking, cycling or climbing needs.

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Swim Bike Run
6417 County Line Road Suite 104
Tampa, FL 33647
(877) 822-4769
Hours: Mon to Fri -10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat -10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 12p.m. to 5 p.m.

Swim Bike Run has some of the highest quality triathlon supplies in town, including triathlon equipment, gear, running shoes, apparel and tri-bikes from some of the best manufacturers in the world. Whether you are just starting out or competing professionally at distance endurance events, the knowledgeable staff can you help you find what you need. The store also has nutritional supplements in addition to protein bars, energy bars, drinks, gels and more.

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2223 N Westshore Blvd.
Inside International Plaza
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 873-2786
Hours: Mon to Sat -10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

With over 10,000 square feet of fitness and running gear, you can find anything you need to exercise at this store, from footwear, apparel and accessories to fitness equipment, sports eyewear and even a GPS wrist personal trainer. The staff is always more than willing to help you find the right products or gear, whether you are a runner or a walker at any level. The store is conveniently located at the International Plaza, close to the airport.

UBC Bikes
1220 E Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 971-2277
Hours: Mon to Fri -10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat -9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun -Closed

Founded in 1972, this family owned and operated business is committed to customer service. The current owner has even run UBC bikes since 1979. This specialty bicycle store has on-site repair department that can assemble, tune and adjust almost any bike. The shop also sells road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, hybrids, comfort and BMX bikes. In addition to bikes, UBC also carries bike parts and accessories, clothing, exercise equipment, watches, nutritional supplements and more. Some of the brands found in the store include Titus, Cannondale and Chariot.

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Farrah Estrella is a native of the Dominican Republic. She has a passion for fashion and she loves to share that with her readers. A former model, she is married and lives in Tampa, Florida. She also loves traveling, photography and music. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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