Wheat Ridge Cyclery(credit: Wheat Ridge Cyclery)

It’s time to start getting in shape as summer is fast approaching. With a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities, Colorado is a wonderful state for working out. Whether you’re into organized sports, outdoor activities, dance, or yoga, the correct gear can help get you in the right state of mind. It can also help you perform your best. Get ready to unleash your inner athlete with performance gear from these stores.

Boulder Running Company
2775 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 786-9255

Runners and hikers with different terrain preferences can find shoes, apparel and more at the Boulder Running Company. With a variety of shoes for mountain trails, street runs, indoor tracks and even races, runners of all types can choose a pair to suit their needs. The shop also carries t-shirts, pants and shorts, base layers, outer layers and much more. For those who don’t want to trek all the way up north, Boulder Running Company also has a location in Littleton and one in Cherry Creek North, so most people in the Metro area have a location close by. If you’re a runner, a hiker or a walker, check out this store.

Sol Shine
1501 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-7743

A yoga studio, art gallery and boutique, Sol Shine is a unique place at which to take classes or purchase gear. The owners are dedicated to supporting local artists as well as eco friendly clothing brands. If you are looking for a comfy yet functional outfit in which to practice yoga or Pilates or simply go to the gym, stop by the studio’s boutique. With clothing that is artfully designed, you can find a top to fit your personality so you can showcase it in your class. Sign up for a class while you’re shopping for your outfit.

Hart’s Dancewear
5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 456-5561

With dance-based fitness classes growing in popularity, it’s good to know where to buy proper gear. Having the right shoes is essential in dance based fitness classes to improve performance and prevent injury. Hart’s Dancewear in Olde Town Arvada has dancewear for dancers of all ages and abilities. If you’re trying a new class, the employees can help you find proper attire, including shoes, and they can answer all of your questions as well. From ballet to ballroom, this store has everything you need to start dancing.

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Colorado Swim Shop
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Unit C-4
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 545-2090

Recreational swimmers, boaters, paddleboarders, kayakers and more will find their wares at this store, which is located in The Village Shopping Center in Boulder. Whether you’re looking for a swim suit in which to hit the pool or a rash guard for more brutal water sports, you can find it at this shop. With more choices than many retail locations and employees who are passionate about water sports, this shop is perfect for anyone who has questions or who wants specific recommendations for swimwear.

Wheat Ridge Cyclery
7085 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 424-3221

For pro cyclists, Wheat Ridge Cyclery is a one-stop shop for apparel, bikes, gear and more. Apparel, including shorts, shirts, skin suits and more are all available, along with bikes for many different types of terrain. You can find what you need for mountain biking, simply biking through the park or training for a triathlon. A specialty shop dedicated to all things cycling, its employees can help you find the right gear for your own needs, and it also hosts cycling events throughout the state, including a Women’s Night Out event.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.