Add style & function to your workout wardrobe
There’s a lot that goes into transforming your body, like making sure you have healthy snacks, but also what you wear to the gym is a legit issue as well. You want to dress comfortably (you’re gonna be working your butt off!), and you need gear that helps your workout, not hinders it. But the other idea is, you need clothes that help you be comfortable and confident in your own skin. You’re working hard and you want to wear clothes that show the results of your efforts. I love the idea of taking an old T-shirt and making it into a cute tank. Whether you spend a little effort or a little money to make your workout wardrobe work for you, you have to view your fitness wardrobe as an investment – just like being healthy! Plus, when you LOVE the way you look at the gym, it motivates you to stick with your fitness goals and routine.
So…what should you buy?
Here’s a breakdown of the best types of clothes to wear when you’re working out. Brands are optional of course, but I’m sharing with you some of my absolute favs!
Turbowear: Obviously, I love Turbowear!! It’s fun, comfortable and has something for everyone. You’ll add attitude to your workout with clothes that work with you, not against you! Tanks, Ts, capris, skirts…You name it! I absolutely love the skirts! Just be sure to wear your favorite booty shorts underneath You can add some bling to yours like Chalene did below! Personalize it and make it your own!
Bottoms: As with every bit of clothing, the type of workout you do should play a major role into what type of clothes you buy. Are you an avid yogi? Obviously, you want to stick to tight shorts, capris or pants that move when and where you do. I also have this pair of workout shorts that I absolutely love and so many people ask me where I got them, so here’s the scoop! These bright, energetic shorts are from SanDiegoFit. This site has amazing Brazilian workout clothes and I love their shorts. They’re snug and don’t get in the way of any workout or move. Oh, and did I mention they make your butt look a-maz-ing?! A little tip: don’t get too distracted how hot you look that you mess up your form!
Tops: What’s more annoying than rolling up sweaty cotton sleeves from your T-shirt during a workout? Maybe the fact that you’re still wearing baggy clothes to the gym? Whether you make a T a tank or make room in your budget to buy a snug top, moving towards clothes that help you perform better and add to your confidence is always a smart choice. Nike has amazing tops, and really keeps the woman’s body (and her self-confidence) in mind in their designs. The tank I’m wearing in the picture above is from Nike and what I love about it is that it’s shorter in the front, but longer in the back so you’re never flashing any of your gym mates. Lululemon also sells awesome tops and they’re super cute too!
Bras & Bra-tops: Ah, the sports bra. Let’s start this section out with a tip: make time to go into the fitting room to find the right bra. Whether the kids are with Dad or engrossed in a game, make sure you try on your sports bra before you buy it. They’re not cheap and they make a HUGE difference (no matter what your cup size is) during your workout. I would recommend relying on a bra-top only when your workouts aren’t high-impact. If you’re going running or doing a serious circuit, you need support in your bra!! I heard this one trick of sticking dumbbells in a bra to see how much weight it held….seriously, true story! FORGET THAT! Just head to the fitting room and try it on then do a few jumping jacks, run in place, maybe a few supermans…feel it out and make sure it feels good!
Shoes: Shoes are another VIP performance piece. They literally can make or break your workout. Just like your bra needs to work for you, so do your shoes. I’m a bit biased to Nike, but again, the brand that has the best shoe for YOU is what you need to figure out. You can find specialty shoe stores where their workers are experts; they’ll watch how you land, ask you about any issues you have with your feet and legs during a workout and make great recommendations on what’s the best shoe to buy. I love the Nike Lunars for lifting and low-impact workouts. They are a more level shoe and provide stable support. Nike Air Max is what I use for high-impact workouts or running. They feel like I’m running on a cloud and that’s exactly the feeling I need when I’m pounding pavement or on the treadmill. Good shoes aren’t cheap. You definitely need to think about what workouts you do (running is with forward motion; cross-training or bootcamps or Turbo has more side-to-side motion) so that you can buy the best shoe to support your foot during each workout. Chances are, if a knee or hip is bothering you, it could be the simple solution that your shoes need to be replaced (not a Dr., so don’t diagnose, but that’s just my experience). Anyway, DON’T SKIMP ON THE SHOES!
Alright, now that you’ve made a list and a budget for how to revamp your workout wardrobe (lookin’ good and workin’ hard!), tell me: What piece of workout gear is most important? Give us your recommendations too!