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Spring fitness essentials: The best fitness gadgets and gear

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Spring fitness gadgets, gear and more

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your fitness routine. We suggest slipping on a new pair of running shoes to pound dirt trails, updating your swimwear, stocking up on nutrition bars made for women and shaping up to the latest fitness DVDs for the days you work out at home. To help you breathe new life into your regular workouts, here are our top picks for fitness gadgets, gear and more.

PUMA Complete NightFox TR Women's Trail Running Shoe

Puma Complete NightFox TR Women's Trail Running Shoe

(shop.puma.com, $95)

Built to last, the NightFox provides exceptional traction, protection and support over tough terrain. It’s a fully packed security system for your stride, as the EverFoam heel creates a snug, protective fit while the Rock Shield Plate plays bodyguard. As a big bonus, reflective plates keep you visible during early morning or dusk runs.

Ahnu Jackie Slip On

Ahnu Jackie Slip-On

(ahnu.com, $110)

Need a multi-purpose fitness shoe you can wear all day long, whether you're power walking in the park or going to work? Slip on the Ahnu Jackie shoe, a stylish and comfy celebration of today's woman and the many roles she plays as a true "Jackie of all trades." A low-profile shoe, the Jackie is designed for all-day wear, sporting a slip-resistant rubber sole, moisture-wicking synthetic mesh and microfiber with antimicrobial properties that reduce odor. Available in grenadine, chartreuse and blue.

PUMA Hooded Layering Shirt

Puma Hooded Layering Shirt

(shop.puma.com, $35)

When you need a casual cover-up for your post-workout endeavors, slip on this cozy, soft and stylish Puma hoodie. Available in black or pink, you can wear it from the gym to your everyday activities without looking like you didn't have time to change after your sweat.

LUNA Fiber

Luna Fiber

(www.lunabar.com, $1.39 per bar)

Luna, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has added a new bar to their delicious snack selection. Luna Fiber is a high-fiber bar (7 grams per bar) that provides the nutrients that women need, including calcium, folic acid, iron and vitamin D, all at 110 to 120 calories. This soft-baked, fruit-filled bar is the perfect grab-and-go option when you need a healthy bite before your workout or a tasty hunger-curbing nibble in between meals. Luna Fiber comes in three flavors: peanut butter strawberry, blueberry vanilla and chocolate raspberry.

Booty Camp Fitness Ultimate Home Edition 2

Booty Camp Fitness Ultimate Home Edition 2

(bootycampdvd.com, $100)

One of the largest international women’s-only boot camps, Booty Camp Fitness has launched its new at-home boot camp DVD program, Booty Camp Fitness Ultimate Home Edition 2, which delivers progressively more challenging workouts that are fun, motivating and effective for women of all fitness levels. Created for women, by women, each workout combines total-body and muscle-specific exercises to help women get amazing, transformational results in the comfort of their own homes. This fitness DVD set includes 11 energetic and fun workouts that range in duration and difficulty to target trouble spots, sculpt from head to toe, test cardiovascular endurance and deliver total-body workouts.

JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation DVD Set

JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation DVD Set

(jcorebody.com, $120)

What is accelerated body transformation? Your ticket to getting fit fast. The JCORE DVD set includes six videos, including Rev Up, Cardio Core 4x4 and Fire Fit. Along with the body-shaping workouts, you also get a nutritional plan with recipes, a rotational calendar and 30 days free live-streaming access to Workout Wednesdays with Jay. The creator of this effective workout plan, Jay Cardiello, is a celebrity fitness trainer, leading fitness expert and Shape magazine editor-at-large. His fitness philosophy is 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week, no equipment and a 4x4 workout space. Sounds good to us, Jay.

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