Best jacket: Lucy Breakaway Jacket ($88) This lightweight nylon-and-spandex jacket wicks away moisture (dries quickly, too), feels buttery-soft, and fits great. Wear it on a power-walk or bike ride, or to and from Pilates. Apparel judge Jessica Matthews especially loves the zippered pockets on the front and back.
Best bar: PowerBar Energize Citrus Fruit Smoothie ($1.25 per bar) Great-bar alert! This tasty one is high in energy-producing carbs, packs a good amount of protein, and is low-fatthe perfect blend for staying pumped during a long workout.
Best gym bag: Timbuk2 Arnold ($120) Slim and durable, this bag has roomy end pockets and a vented shoe area to keep your kicks separate. Elastic top pockets and an inner organizing pocket/computer sleeve take you from work to the gym.
($12) The innovative self-sealing bite valve traps fluids in the bottle. Plus, insulation keeps your drink cool. Works with cup holders, bike cages, and hydration belts.
Best trail running: Oboz Ignition II ($95) Inside, a stretch-mesh bootie molds to your foot; outside, a stable “cage” keeps your foot in place. These comfy shoes also offer top traction and stability on dry, wet, or rocky trails.
Best cardio: Results Fitness: 10 Days to a Better Body ($14.98)
Trainer Cindy Whitmarsh keeps boredom at bay by alternating minute-by-minute between intense cardio (like jacks or jogging) and sculpting moves. Dont worry about getting lost. The program, which comprises of two 30-minute workouts, is surprisingly easy to follow.
This workout takes Pilates to a whole new level by mixing traditional exercises with innovative core movements and stretches as well as yoga- and dance-inspired moves. The DVD is divided into five 10-minute segments, each focusing on a different body part. For intermediate and advanced Pilates enthusiasts.
In this 69-minute routine, Smith shows you creative ways to use low weight with high repsplus your own body weightto sculpt and tone all over. The DVD lets you choose your skill level (though its geared toward intermediate and advanced) and whether you want music plus instruction or music only.
This is a true mind-body approach to yoga. The movements are so smooth that youll find yourself sweating without feeling like youre putting in tons of effort. Rea is a master instructor, and is easy to follow. Best for beginners and intermediates.
Best for intermediates, this DVD has an authentic Brazilian feel and three engrossing 12-minute dance routines that will make time fly. Fun without being intimidating, the calorie-blasting movesa mix of basic and challengingare easy to follow.
Best treadmill: Lifespan TR4000i ($1,999)
The innovative console on this treadmill offers an interactive USB feature that automatically transfers information to and from your computer to track progress and download new programs. A built-in Intelli-Step system counts every smooth, cushioned step, while contact pulse grips monitor your ticker. Plus, it comes with an excellent 5-year warranty, and folds up for easy storage.
Smooth and quiet, this sturdy elliptical offers an extended incline range that allows for impressive stride variation and natural-feeling walks and runs. The iPod dock with controls on the console and wireless heart rate monitor with chest strap help you get even more out of your workoutwhether you use one of the 10 pre-programmed options or make up your own.
This bike gives you a big bang for your buck. Besides its great performance, our Equipment judge loved the step-through design (no bulky base to step over), adjustable mesh seat with lumbar support, large display numbers, built-in fan, and a place to plug in your MP3.
This sleek, space-conscious gym folds into itself and is set up so the exercises mimic the way your body moves in everyday motions like bending and twisting, lifting and rotating. Get a customized workout program by going online to Torques web site.