With the new year comes many resolutions to get in shape, or for some, to run a marathon. But in order to make that happen, you are going to need some equipment. Get yourself ready for your winter workouts by visiting these Atlanta stores and picking up the best gear to aid in keeping up with your new years goals. And since running may not be the best option for everyone, be sure to check out these stores carrying gear and equipment for a variety of ways to stay in shape. Who knows — you may even find yourself a new lifelong hobby while you’re there.
Play It Again Sports – Buckhead
3872 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 257-0229
www.playitagainsportsbuckhead.com

It’s not just about jogging here. Play It Again Sports offers bike and golf equipment, LAX and baseball gear, and everything in between. With such variety, you can pick up equipment to help you keep in shape the rest of the year while trying out all sorts of new things. Or, if you want to keep it to the great indoors, you can buy ellipticals, treadmills and weights. Plus, if the new year comes with cleaning out your closet, you can sell them your old equipment and make a few bucks!

Rocky Mountain Ski & Board
5323 Roswell Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 252-3216
rockymountainskiandboard.com

There aren’t that many mountains in Atlanta, but Cataloochee isn’t that far away. With the gear found here, you’ll feel like your right at the top of the Rocky Mountains. Get well-known, established brands like Padagonia, Spyder, The North Face and others, many at sale prices. Learning to ski or board, or refreshing your skills, is a great way to tone up without even realizing the benefit your body is getting — well, until you get home and realize how sore you are. It’s warm here in Atlanta, but while there, also be sure to grab some gloves, hats and scarves to prepare for the temperature drop at the top of the lift.

Wish Atlanta
447 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 880-0402
http://wishatl.com/

Conveniently located in Little Five Points, Wish Atlanta is the best place to find modern and limited winter workout attire.  The store offers high end fashion to even the pickiest of shoppers. Owner Lauren Amos drives the concept design as the “amalgamation of three distinct elements: chaos and anarchy, reflecting the raw urban energy which lies at the very root of the store, repetition and order, reflecting the space’s original municipal use and its actual physical grid-like structure, and an edgy sense of contemporary design reflecting the breakthrough labels now housed in the store.” For a unique shopping experience, Wish Atlanta is your place.  For additional information or photos visit their website and Facebook page.

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Decator Bikes
3535 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 267-0200
www.decaturbikes.com

Cycling during cold weather? Decator Bikes has the best winter cycling attire in Atlanta.  With a variety of clothing to chose from, the invested rider can find almost anything to fit their needs. Cycling during the winter can be fun, but without the proper attire a rider can freeze or perspire. Decator Bikes offers clothing, shoes, accessories and other items to make your ride comfortable and fun. For more information, make sure to check out the website or like their Facebook page.

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