March 04, 2019
We’re well into 2019 (c’mon spring!) and your mantra since January 1st has been “new year, new me”. You decided one of your resolutions was to lose some weight; a very awesome resolution, might we add! As the end of January quickly turned into the beginning of February, you only made it to the gym a handful of times. “I’m too tired, too stressed, not enough time” were all becoming pretty common things you were muttering to yourself.
On a cold Monday morning, midway through February, you go to grab your usual gym attire; ratty, old college t-shirt and cotton shorts you wore to bed one too many times. It slowly dawns on you, “Huh, what should I be wearing to the gym”?! And you have no idea! It’s okay! We’re here to help you choose the best exercise clothing for your style of workout and not only will it improve those long and sometimes daunting workouts, you will also look and feel your very best (while sweating up a storm and dropping those lb.’s)!
We saw a lot of these exercises in 2018 and they aren’t going anywhere for 2019. Crossfit involves lots of high intensity workouts, like weightlifting, but also incorporates a sports-like aspect in there, like rowing or swimming. PiYo is a combination of Pilates and yoga and to get the most bang for your buck is HIIT, or high intensity interval training. Whether you want to develop those abs or tone up for your two piece, the perfect activewear can be key in helping you achieve your fitness goals. While you can’t totally avoid the inevitable, (sweat for days) you can choose athletic gear designed to make your workouts as comfy as possible.
You spend most of your free time at the gym and let’s be honest, you’re jacked! You need the best moisture wicking workout gear that's tight-fitting, breathable, and ultra-comfortable. When you’re in the thick of it, you don’t need to be fixing your bra straps or pulling up your workout leggings. Try crossfit shorts that move with your body, not restrict it. You’ll be squatting, and bending a ton so you need to feel secure (no mesh paneling here, ladies!) The ideal top will fit snugly and won’t be exposing your belly as you’re planking and lifting. Look for compression wear made of drying technology to keep you cool and comfortable. Grab a pair of sneaks that have excellent stability, lots of cushioning and extreme breathability.
Pilate enthusiasts and yogi’s, listen up! Yoga pants were designed with you in mind! Flattering for most body types, stylish and super comfortable, yoga pants are the supreme choice for these workouts. Look for light-weight fabrics that are quick-drying for a more intense class (hot yoga, anyone?) or a cotton fabric blend that are super stretchy for a less intense flow. Grab a pair that is high-waisted so while in downward-facing dog, you’re all “tucked” in. For the best yoga top, you want something that doesn’t ride up while you’re in wheel pose. Look for compression, racerback tanks that are moisture wicking or a long sleeved, shape retentive top that’ll keep you cool and dry. Opt for no shoes and socks here, as bare feet are best for grip on your mat!
HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is an intense workout as its name suggests. This exercise involves quick bursts of exercise with little recovery time. You’re going to need workout gear that’s snug, lightweight and dries very quickly. Look for high-waisted leggings that stay in place and offer support. Also, gravitating towards soft, smooth material is ideal to avoid chafing. Welcome the trendy, mesh paneled inserts in your leggings during HIIT workouts because they actually serve a purpose, ventilation! For the perfect HIIT top, look for a shirt with dropped armholes and mesh material. You’ll have full range of motion and breathability. If sports bras during an intense workout are more your thing, try a racerback compression bra with mesh fabric that’ll keep everything in place! Grab shoes that are specifically designed for HIIT. Avoid running shoes and opt for something with a grippy sole to help with stabilization.
Once you’re armed with your new gear, we promise working out will be a lot more comfortable and a lot more fun! With the right clothes, you’ll actually want to get your butt to the gym and your 2019 new year’s resolution of losing some weight will be happily achieved.
~ Shelby MacIlvain
May 06, 2020