Motivation Performance Gear for the Athlete with Minimalist Style

Performance Gear for the Athlete with Minimalist Style



By: Karen Kwan

If you’re into minimalist style, make your next stop for gear in Toronto at the new 2,200-square-foot RYU store on Queen St. W. Opened for a few months now, the brand, which is based out of Vancouver and originally focused on gear for mixed martial arts, features apparel both for training and running.

The colour palette at RYU (which stands for Respect Your Universe) is primarily black and grey, with some small print details, however the focus is monochromatic styles that you can easily wear to your workout and straight to coffee afterwards. Although it certainly works well for athleisure looks, don’t dismiss it as a fashion brand; the apparel is designed for performance. The tights feature a high rise, making them comfortable and you won’t ever feel the need to fuss with your waistband during your workout (we tested them out both for running and Pilates). The fabrics are soft and drape nicely for pieces such as their tank tops, plus are treated with silver to prevent them from retaining odour. In the market for a new gym bag? RYU’s Express Pack is simple and unfussy in terms of style but with features you need in a bag; for example, there’s a spot for your laptop so it’s kept tucked away from your workout gear.  

With the new year beginning, perhaps a refresh for your workout wardrobe is in store?

RYU, 361 Queen St. W. Not in Toronto? Check out the pieces online at

Karen Kwan is a regular iRun fashion and travel contributor, and you’ll find her running fashion posts every Friday on Instagram. She contributes to a number of publications and you can also follow her travel and running adventures at Health & Swellness.