My New Favorite Workout Gear
May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey all! Happy hump day! After all the delicious food I had this weekend I thought I should post something about some of the new workout gear I’ve fallen for. It is almost summer after all and it’s important to keep a healthy balance in life! Whenever I go clothes shopping and don’t like the way something fits me, I opt to buy new workout gear to motivate me to work harder! There’s been a lot of that going on lately…haha!
Two years ago I bought a pair of running tights from Old Navy that fit like a glove, were thick and had a higher waist so they were also very flattering. They were around $30 or $40 which is a great deal compared to most brands and prices. I’m an hourglass or pear shape–meaning my waist is small and I have hips–so I look best in clothes that cinch my waist a bit to play up my better qualities. However I haven’t been able to find a pair of running tights I like as much or ones that have a higher waist until I came across the Sculpt line at the Nike store.
If you’re like me, you’ll understand why a high waist is important. First of all, if you have that little pooch many of us women have (especially after the winter months), it keeps it all feeling tight so when you’re working out you won’t feel self-conscious. For me, I love exercising but when I’m not in as great of shape as I like I want to make sure I look and feel good so I don’t rush through my workout because I feel “fat.” Women have so many body issues, myself included, and there’s no shame in wearing something to make you feel better about yourself. So, yes, these Nike pants are $100 but until I can start my own line or Old Navy makes more of their high-waisted running tights for less, I am going to have to just go for it and put the money out. The end result for me will be a longer, harder workout and I think that’s worth it! Another bonus to these pants, too, is that there are no unattractive rolls when you are doing your sit-ups! Get it, girls!
I have however, found some fun tops at Old Navy that are in my new rotation at the gym. My favorite tanks are the semi-fitted because I don’t like to feel like I’m being suffocated by my clothing while I’m working out. Their Knotted Tanks are awesome–they are incredibly light, long and hang just below the hip, are slightly see-through and dry fast. I despise tanks that are too short because, again, it just doesn’t work with my shape! These tops are only $16.94/each and are such a great deal! I’d also like to point out that Old Navy is the same company as Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta and the quality is just as good–don’t get sucked in by marketing and feel like you’re getting a less-superior product because it’s cheaper than some other brands! BTW–if you use the code ONSAVENOW you can save an additional 15-25% off!
Another top I like from Old Navy is the Bubble Tank ($14.94/each). It’s 100% polyester but it’s so soft and I like the tie on the side–it gives it a little bit of flair! Again, I love the price on this tank and I feel good wearing it!
I was at the Under Armour store the other day and picked up two of the women’s UA Achieve T-Back Tanks. They are slightly more than the ON racerback tanks but they have a lot of colors available and they were on sale so I went for it. They are $24.99/each regularly. These tanks are long enough to hit slightly past my hips (I’m 5’8 btw in case you were wondering) and are extremely light and cool. I will prob wear these when I’m not working out, too!
Last but not least–my new fav sports bra! This purchase came about because of a sale, like most of my purchases, but now I’m in love and I’m not sure if I can ever go back to my old brand. The Incredible by Victoria’s Secret has it all–style, more than 20 different colors and patterns, full support, shaping (eh, hem all you athletic girls know what I’m talking about), wicking, racerback design, and is completely flattering. I don’t even mind that it’s visible from some of my semi-see through tanks I’ve purchased because it just adds to the whole look! These bras are a little pricey at $49-$59/each but you know how Vicki’s is–when they have a sale, it’s amazing! I would recommend going out and grabbing one of these as soon as possible! You will feel amazing while working out and the girls won’t give you any problems!
As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s post! XOXO Jen