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Target’s New Workout Brand JoyLab is Worth a Try

I’m a sucker for Target. I’m one of those moms who will tack a Target Run onto date night with the hubs just because then I can actually shop and not just prod my kids to get out of the toy section. The other day, I made a quick trip after the kids were in bed all by myself because we realized that they started soccer the following day and had no suitable shoes to wear. I had time to pick out new towels and look through the clearance racks, which any Target aficionado knows is where you can score great deals on end-of-season kid clothes for next year.

The JoyLab tights I picked up at Target. They’re black with a bronze pinstripe (vertical on the front and back, horizontal on the sides). (Not me in the picture.)

This trip, I actually checked out the ladies workout clothes and was surprised to see that Target has a new (newish?) line under the JoyLab label. Bras, tops, tights, shorts, jackets – the brand has everything you could need, and I recently cleared out some old gear that was past its use-by date, so I picked out a pair of 7/8-length tights to give a try. Of course, they were on the 30% off rack, because I like deals.

In short, the JoyLab tights are worth a try. They are fairly high-waisted and I found they ran true to size. I’m 5′ 8″ and about 155 lb, and I prefer my gear a little on the big side; the L was a great fit for me although I would have also been happy with the M. They have a pocket in the waistband that would fit an older version iPhone but not the 10; it’s good for a lighter car key and a credit card, for sure. I wore then for a 4-miler and did not notice any chafing or bunching, and didn’t have to tug on them (either up or down) once. In other words, they’re good running tights.

Regular price is $34.99 for this specific style, but some styles start at under $30 and currently there are a number of styles on sale. They also have their gear in plus sizes which I love because not just size-8 people work out! And who among us hasn’t picked up a race shirt in your usual size only to suspect that someone swapped out the shirts with kid’s sizing? Seriously.

Less important than fit and function is the style, but I could totally see someone wearing these with a crop top or tunic and looking really cute. There are a ton of various colorblock and print styles, with matching and coordinating tops (so you can be super matchy-matchy or just look like you at least have a light in your closet).

I haven’t tried out their tops yet or their bras, but I will be checking them out as well. I’m more critical of tops than I am of tights, and I have a hard time with bras (34D, so I need a pretty solid bra), but if you’ve tried out the JoyLab sports bras or tops, let us know what you thought of them. And in the meantime, steal some Target-time for yourself next time you want new gear. You might be able to buy a few items with your budget instead of just one pair of tights!

A promo photo of JoyLab gear from

About Kelly Barten (1049 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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