We went to Athleta and saw why the brand is one of Gap's secret weapons
Mechanic says part of the reason she enjoys shopping at Athleta is because she feels the brand provides customers with an experience rather than just a product.
Just behind the sale section we noticed The Studio, where Athleta holds the free fitness classes advertised on the sign we first saw outside the store.
We took a quick look at the sale rack, which was filled with everything from tights to tops to bras.
The brand's on-the-go tights are much more fashion-forward, and they feature accents like leather and zippers.
Pretty much all of Athleta's training gear is made with Lycra, an elastic fiber that's known for its strength. Lycra allows clothes to stretch with you as you work out.
We also noticed that while Athleta's prices weren't cheap, they seemed to be lower than some competitors'.
The shorts were organized in a similar way, depending on length. Their prices range from $44 to $59.
The store's sports bra section made it clear to us that the brand offers options for all shapes and sizes. They ranged from $44 to $72.
The store's Sculptek tights have a waistband that features three layers of mesh designed to hold in and smooth over your midsection.
Helpful signs were placed all over the store, explaining the different styles. For example, there's the salutation tight, which one sales associate described as feeling like "butter" on your skin and being ideal for yoga.
The tights are available in full length or seven-eighths length, and they range in price from $69 to $108, depending on their length and what level of activity they're best for.
Athleta's training gear is what it's best known for. The brand has a seemingly endless array of tights, or what some customers call leggings.
The store is organized into five sections determined by the type of activity its apparel is best for: train, restore, travel, on-the-go, and explore.
Upon entering the store, we were greeted by a table of neatly folded leggings and mannequins sporting a mix of workout clothes and loungewear.