I cannot emphasize the importance of high quality workout gear enough. Nothing drives me crazier than having to worry about pulling my capris up or adjusting my tank top while I’m trying to workout. I also find myself more motivated when I’m in a good workout outfit rather than throwing on an old baggy T-shirt.
I’ve had many years of trial and error and here are my top picks! As you can see, there isn’t one brand that I’m completely committed to.
Best of (starting top left, clockwise):
Long-sleeve workout shirt: Lululemon. Love Lululemon zip-ups and long sleeves. These tops are flattering, breathable, and even have fold over finger covers in case you are running or hiking outside on a chilly day (3/4 of Wisconsin’s year 🙂 ). They are also cute enough to wear out running errands. I view Lululemon items as investment pieces because of the price (right, husband?), and I can speak to the long-lasting quality. Pictured is the Define jacket.
Running Shorts: Under Armour. Best fit out of any brand I’ve tried. In a lot of other brands I’m in between two sizes, so they are either too tight or too baggy. The built-in underwear are also not bulky. These are my favorite running shorts for both training and racing. I would go with the Women’s UA Great Escape Shorts II.
Workout capris/pants: Lululemon. I’ve tried other brands, but my heart still belongs to Lulu in this category (side note: my friend just convinced me I need to try Athleta bottoms, so I will update you if this changes my mind). The crops and workout pants are flattering and the best at staying where they should. They offer many different styles. I prefer the Wunder Under line and I also own multiple pairs of their running crops. Again, an investment but I’m currently typing in pants that I’ve had for 5 years.
Workout tank: Athleta. I have been loving the Chi Tank because it is breathable, a perfect length, great at staying in place, and is not too tight. I’m wearing a white Chi Tank in the BalancedAmes cover photo and I own several more colors.
Running shoes: Brooks. I’ve run in several brands of trainers in my day, and I’m loving my current choice. Brooks are a bit more affordable than some of the other high-end running brands and they just feel great on my feet. I’m on my third pair of the Adrenaline series. Since everyone’s feet are so different, I would highly suggest going to a running store and letting an expert take a peak at your foot/stride and give you recommendations. I have been to both Endurance House and Movin’ Shoes in the Madison area and would highly recommend both. Each had a very knowledgeable and friendly staff, plus a big selection. These types of stores are all over, just do a quick search to find one near you. Pictured is the Adrenaline GTS 15.
Water-bottle: Nathan Sports. This was actually a gift from a pretty cool little sister that I have 🙂 It is the best water-bottle I’ve ever owned (and I’ve owned a lot because I have a problem with losing them). This one is a keeper because it has a narrow spout for easy drinking and no splashing (made of silicone for comfort), and the top can be unscrewed for easy filling and cleaning. Ease of cleaning cannot be understated because there is nothing worse than a gunky water-bottle. Plus, the color combinations will make your hydrating look fashionable. I own the Big Shot and love it!
Look good, feel good, workout hard!
What are your picks?