Athleta Launches ‘Train’ Line for Intense Workouts

The activewear brand is targeting women who train hard with burpee and box jump-supportive fabric

Athleta has dropped a new activewear collection with advanced, no-slip fabric technology made for the most intense, high-impact workouts. 

It’s a crowded space, the activewear game — especially as brands and retailers clamor for the spending power of women, who account for nearly 60% of activewear sales. In recent weeks, fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson and Calia, a women’s performance wear brand sold exclusively at Dick’s Sporting Goods, have debuted women-focused activewear that places fabric functionality at its core.  

Athleta’s new Train Collection is not only innovative, it brings to life the brand’s mission to empower women through movement, said Casey Schumacher, senior director of design.

“With this launch, Athleta continues its commitment of creating products for real women with our obsessive attention to every detail,” she said.

The Gap-owned brand says it conducted third-party lab testing to perfect the eight-piece activewear collection, $69 – $135, to achieve the ideal fit, design and functionality for active women.

“We wanted to ensure we created a product she could jump, lift, sweat and move in without distraction,” Schumacher explained.

credit: Athleta

Athleta’s new collection relies on the magic of its PowerMove fabric, crafted partly from post-consumer plastic bottles (yet comfortable) while offering active-friendly coverage and stretch.

The brand says its Train Collection is “anchored” by  Interval Tight, which includes two lengths of high-performance leggings, capris, shorts with stay-put bonded waistbands and a fitted jacket with a removable hood.

For pre and post-workout style or layering purposes, Athleta has also included an Unstoppable Fleece assortment with ‘Flex Fleece,’ a new fabric made with spandex and recycled polyester fiber. A zip-up, lightweight jacket, vest and joggers are available, all quick-drying for the comforts of outdoor training.

Athleta also took care to include pockets in the pieces of the Train Collection for streamlined storage needs.

Sportswear Slump

Activewear and athleisure may have boomed during the pandemic, but brands are facing a more challenging environment at the moment.

Gap reported Athleta’s net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 were $279 million, down 18% compared to the prior year. The apparel company noted in its earnings release that Athleta’s sales in the quarter “continued to be challenged” and indicated that the brand would work to “reengage its core customer through better product and brand right marketing.”

Athleta isn’t alone — Under Armour is also facing a sportswear slump after reporting slowing sales. Last month, Nike cut its annual revenue forecast and announced a $2 billion cost-savings plan involving layoffs at the sportswear giant.

Lululemon, a leader in the active and athleisure space that joined the S&P 500 last year, also remains cautious in the face of market uncertainty as it enters the men’s footwear space. Although Lululemon’s men’s line saw a 15% growth in 2023’s third quarter, brand awareness has remained low in the U.S. and even more so outside of North America. 

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