Favorite Things

I love shopping for workout clothes.  I use it as an excuse to buy super comfortable clothes in obnoxious colors.  What’s not to love!  Here are a few of my favorite new things I’ve purchased lately.

My New Favorite CaprisUA Capris

Under Armour has this new “StudioLux” line of clothes that seem to be a page out of the Lulu book. Sometimes I find the Lulu capris too thick or that they run kind of small in size. I think Under Armour did a nice job of coming up with a lux capri at a price point that is just little easier to swallow (unfortunately not too cheap).  They stay in place well while I work out, and look great too!Target CaprisI think Target is trying to jump on the same bandwagon.  I picked these up at Target the other day.  Just like the typical Lulu capris or the UA ones I got, they are a little longer than the average workout capri, and have a little extra style factor.  They don’t have quite the weight or probably durability of the other brands, but not bad.

My New Shoesnew gym shoes

I got two pairs of new shoes recently: one for running, and one for the gym.  I usually use the same pair for both but I always wondered if a wearing a running shoe to do a gym workout, or a cross training shoe to run was detrimental.  I will test them out and report back.  The above are Reebok’s RealFlex Fusion TR, my flashy new gym shoes (yes, that is the color I got)!NB

These I will only use for running outside.  I actually bought them at a running store, and the salesmen said they are a very popular lightweight option for many people. I’ve realized that lightweight is key for a running sneaker. I litterally feel like it’s easier to run if my shoes are lighter. I’m not in love with the black color, because I typically like something a little more interesting.  This was the only color they had in my size, but at least the mud and dirt from outside won’t be so visable!  They aren’t too much of a departure from my previous New Balance sneakers, and so far, so good!

Have you picked up any cute work out gear to get you motivated this new year?

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Workout Wish List

Shopping for workout clothes is one of my favorite pastimes.  Here are a few things that are on my wish list right now:

For obvious reasons.

Under Armour has put a lot of hype around this new bra, I want to give it a go!

These look fun too!

I’ve heard good things about this bra from Champion.

Whenever I need to motivate myself to get my rear in gear, I think about some of these things to get going.  Sometimes the right words can be just the spark I need!  Have a happy workout!

PS- full disclosure, some new athletic socks would also be a step in the right direction.

Favorite Things

I work out everyday so sometimes I get more excited about workout clothes shopping then regular clothes shopping.  Nothing motivates me to workout like some cute gear.  Some of my latest (tested and approved) faves:

Super comfortable, great fabric, and don’t have to adjust them at all while I’m working out, I love that.  I have them in black, and it’s my mom’s birthday tomorrow, guess what she’s getting…  They’re from Athleta.

Softest Shirt Ever!  It’s Under Amour‘s Charged Cotton.

This Sports Bra is for serious workouts.  It’s from Under Armour too!

I love a fun pattern, and Nike has some great variations on this classic bra.

Super Comfy, great fabric, great basic!  Nike knows what’s up.

Aren’t these cute?  I just bought them, I’m a sucker for cute New Balance kicks!

I stick to basics for working out because I hate having stuff that has 7 different trendy straps pulling everywhere, or colors that require coordination.  And I love me some Target workout gear, but to be perfectly honest, I workout so often that I’m coming to the realization that I need to wear real workout clothes for the occasion.  Whether I like it or not, I’ve realized a $50 pair of spandex capris have a much longer life cycle than the $15 ones at Target.  And I still love all my gear left over from high school and college sports, but I’ve learned that my weight room shirt from 8 years ago will not smell like anything other than 8 years of sweat no matter how many times I wash it (which is sad because it’s got the whole worn-in retro thing going on now).  Plus who doesn’t love another reason to shop!