11-18-2015

Fitness Gift Guide For Men (Apparel)

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Yesterday I wrote up a fitness gift guide for women, and today we are focusing on the men in our lives. Sadly, I don’t think Forever 21 has fitness apparel for men though… ;)

Check out this fitness gift guide for men!

Let’s jump into my fitness gift guide for men!

lululemon men's fitness apparelMetal Vent Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 (lululemon) – $78

I love lululemon tops and their “no stink” technology. I swear it does work. As much as I also love my Nike shirts, after a while there is just this sweaty stench to them. Hot, I know. Anyway, that is why this lululemon top is on my list!

Men's Fitness Apparel Gift GuideNike Men’s Short Sleeve T-Shirt – $26

You can’t go wrong with a workout shirt of his favorite team. Dan finds all of his Rutgers stuff at Kohl’s, so check them out for sports apparel (both normal stuff like cotton tees, sweatshirts etc. and also fitness/dri-fit stuff) too!

Reebok Men's Crossfit ShortsReebok Crossfit Board Shorts – $59.99 (on sale currently)

Have a crossfitter in your life? Definitely check out Reebok. Also, even if you’re not a crossfitter I’d look through their stuff. I really like some of their spandex shorts and board shorts. Their material is super comfy!

Nike Socks For MenNike Elite Crew Socks – $13.99

My brother loves these socks and so does my dad. Though he also buys the Puma version from TJ Maxx (which is just as good). I like thicker socks for working out/running, so these are a good option for that. 

Men's Lifting Gloves

 

“The Gripper” – $24.95

So I was actually searching for men’s lifting gloves but then found these. First of all, do guy wear lifting gloves or do they WANT calluses? lol. Second of all, how cool are these? I kind of want some of my own. I think they’d really help in exercises where your grip strength is lacking a bit, like pull-ups or any pulling exercise. 

And that’s all my men’s fitness apparel ideas! Stay tuned for a running gift guide and a fitness gift guide focusing on accessories (which is the one I’m most excited to write).

Did any of these ideas help you?

Are you or do you know a crossfitter?

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11-17-2015

Fitness Gift Guide For Women (Apparel)

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Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? Because I can’t! I have a few holiday related things up my sleeve for you all, starting with 6 gift guides coming at you this week and next. I figured we will all start shopping soon, and why not get inspired OR find ideas for what YOU might want to add to your own wish list ;)

Here are my topics for the gift guides after this one:

  • Fitness gift guide (apparel) for men
  • Stocking stuffers (health/fitness/running related)
  • Health and fitness gift guide (think tech, appliances, food, etc.)
  • Gift Guide for Runners
  • My Favorite Makeup Gift Guide

Today’s gift guide will focus on fitness apparel for women. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your mom, your spouse, your sister, your BFF…you will find some ideas below.

Holida Gift Guide: Fitness Apparel For Women

Okay let’ get started…

Forever 21 Activewear - Heathered Capri Leggings

 Heathered Athletic Capri Leggings (Forever 21) – $12.90

I love that these are heathered and high-waisted. Forever 21′s activewear is actually surprisingly good, and their heathered stuff is really soft. This is perfect for winter workouts!

Forever 21 Activewear - Pullover

 Drawstring Cowl Neck Pull-Over (Forever 21) – $22.90

I love cowl neck pull-overs! So comfortable and cozy. Perfect for warming up or just day-to-day wear.

Nike Winter Running Gear

 Nike Dri-FIT Headband & Running Gloves Set – $30.00

This will probably be in my running guide as well but a headband and gloves set is perfect for anyone who plans on exercising outdoors this winter. 

Nike Pro Warm Running Gear

 Nike Pro Hyperwarm Top – $80

Nike hyperwarm tops are my favorite winter tops. They are so warm (same with their tights) and I use them for running, sitting out at football games…basically anywhere where I will be cold. They make a great base layer as well to add lighter tops over them for those bitter, cold runs.

Old-Navy-Activewear

 Burnout Racer Back Tank (Old Navy) – $10

Winter = more indoor workouts. This tank is perfect for that! PS – all Old Navy activewear is currently up to 50% off online. Check it out!

Other places I shop for activewear also include T.J. Maxx (you can find really warm fleece-lined leggings here) and Marshall’s. I’m telling you though, you can find a lot of apparel (and inexpensive at that) at Forever 21.

Where do you shop for yourself or the fitness lover in your life?

Do you prefer capris or shorts for gym workouts in the winter (or you don’t care)? I like capris so I’m not AS cold on the walk from my car to the gym lol

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06-09-2015

RBX Activewear at T.J. Maxx

I’ve written about RBX Activewear before…and it is still one of my favorite brands for workout gear. I bought two new pieces recently that I wanted to share with you.

But first…can we talk about how marathon training officially started yesterday??? Who else started training for Chicago Marathon, or will start soon? I’m excited that I will be working with Coach Marc again, though also equally as nervous. He just sent me this email today:

We’re going to totally mix it up – some day hard hills, some days long repeats…and then a combination of all of them.  The mileage will be comfortably uncomfortable and you’ll be tired.  All the time.  It’ll be so important for you to take care of yourself and give yourself every opportunity to race fast at Chicago.

I lifted for the first time in months yesterday and was sore before I even went to bed last night. Woke up super sore. Sad thing is I did 3 sets of KB single leg deaflits + rows, KB squat, KB sumo squat, KB overhead press and cable leg kickbacks. All with like 15 pounds. My hamstrings and inner thighs are killing me. But gotta get back into it…I need a PR this fall! *knock on wood*

Okay anyway, let’s get into RBX Activewear. You can find some of their pieces at T.J. Maxx for really great prices. Both my top and bottom in these pictures were $9.99. 

I took these photos on Sunday at the NYRR Retro 4 Miler in Central Park (which was awesome by the way!).

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

The shorts are colorblocked with grey and green (had to match with my Tiux socks!). The main thing I love about these shorts are that they’re high-waisted. So they aren’t falling down or riding up.

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

The top is a very similar material to lululemons swiftly tanks, so very soft and comfortable. One thing I didn’t like is that it’s a bit low cut for me in the front, so I had to wear a higher cut sports bra. Otherwise, it would not be a pretty sight while running ;)

The front and back are ruched, and the shirt itself is on the longer side, which I also like. Because of the ruching, it is more fitted towards the waist, so you don’t have to worry about your shirt flapping in the wind or riding up.

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

And gotta end with a running action shot…

On a budget? Try shopping at T.J. Maxx for RBX Activewear pieces!

Head over to T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s and check out RBX Activewear. I know in the past I have said I don’t like tanks for running, but I think I am a fan now! I still need something to wipe my sweat, but tanks do make me feel a bit cooler than t-shirts.

Up next, race wise, is the Oakley Mini 10K this Saturday. Anyone else running?

Where do you shop when you’re on a budget?

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05-13-2015

My Forever 21 Activewear Picks for May

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Since my posts on affordable workout clothes are some of my most popular, I decided to feature my picks each month. This month, I’ll show you two pieces from the Forever 21 activewear line that I just bought and love!

I have to be in the right mood to shop at Forever 21. I feel like their hangers are always so tightly squeezed together, it’s so hard to actually browse through clothes. I discovered their activewear line a few months ago and really liked the quality, especially for the low prices! Some of their stuff feels like the same type of material as a lululemon swiftly shirt…I actually wanted to buy one to show you for this post but they didn’t have my size :( This is one of the ones I’m talking about.

I found the last of this tank top I’m wearing in the photos below, and really comfortable spandex shorts. The shorts don’t ride up much, and are such a soft material. I love the wide waistband and waistband details as well! Check out my photoshoot and I’ll link to the items at the end :)

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I love this last photo…my hair – what is it doing??

The pink run top is really soft and I think will be perfect for summer races. Unfortunately, I can’t find it online, but here is a similar option that says “See You At The Finish Line.”

Here are the colorblocked shorts in both gray (like I’m wearing) and black. The shorts are $12.90, and the top is also $12.90…can’t beat that!

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On a budget? Try the Forever 21 Activewear line!

I think next month I’ll show my workout finds from T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s. Sometimes you can find great deals there as well.

Have you shopped at Forever 21 for workout clothes? Where is your favorite place to shop?

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12-18-2014

Fitness Apparel Under $25

I’ve written about fitness apparel on a budget before…from Forever21, Old Navy & T.J. Maxx. It doesn’t have to cost you a lot to get some cute workout clothes! The other good thing about not spending a lot is that if you get a rip or a run in your clothes, you won’t stress over it.

Since it’s the holiday season, you may be looking for last minute gifts for your fitness or running fanatic, or you may just want to treat yourself! My gift to myself last week was the limited edition red lipstick from MAC called 5 Alarm. I love it. It’s glossy and sheer so you can do one layer for just a bit of red or layer it on for a more dramatic look. I decided I’m going to get back into doing my makeup/trying new looks. Is that something you’d be interested in reading about? Such as makeup reviews, etc.?

Anyway, back to fitness apparel…here are my picks for items under $25…can’t get much better than that!

Forever 21 Activewear

Seamless Athletic top – $15.90 (Forever 21)

This top reminds me of the long sleeve Swiftly tops from lululemon. No seams means no itchiness or chafing!

Merino Wool Running Socks

Merino Wool Running Socks – $15.95 (Darn Tough)

I actually need a pair of these myself. Hey, Kara Goucher told me to run in wool socks in the winter, so that’s what I’m going to do ;)

Forever 21 Activewear

Seamless Athletic Leggings – $11.90 (Forever 21)

To go with the seamless top. These look like they would be super comfy, and I’m all about high waisted leggings. 

Victoria's Secret Leggings

Victoria’s Secret Leggings – $19.50 (on sale)

These are actually originally $29.99, though some of their leggings with printed waistbands or that are reversible are more. AND Victoria’s Secret is having a 30% off all leggings sale, and free shipping on orders over $40. If you’re looking for a good pair of thick leggings definitely check out these out. They have a thick waistband so it doesn’t awkwardly cut into to you. I actually prefer these over my lululemon wunderunders now. I paid over $80 for wunderunders and on the 3rd or so wear they started pilling. Awesome. Ok, /rant. ;)

Running Earbuds

Dynamic Sports Earbuds – $5 (Five Below)

Okay, this isn’t technically apparel, but it’s pretty awesome. I found these at my local Five Below and love them. If you’re like me, you lose your headphones a lot or only use them to sweat, to why spend a ton of money on them? These are similar to Yurbuds in that they do not budge in your ear. That piece of rubber that sticks up goes into the crease of your ear and they don’t move at all. Trust me, I hate earbuds because they ALWAYS fall out due to how much I sweat…these are awesome.

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Is there anything you know of/love that is under $25? Leave a comment and share!

Have you gifted yourself anything this holiday season?

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08-28-2014

Football Fan Fitness Apparel

Football season is here!! Whether you like pro or college football, I bet you like wearing your gear to support your team. Maybe you even like wearing it while working out like I do.

Football Fan Fitness Apparel

Here are a few items I found for those of you in the NJ/NY area who may root for the Giants, Jets, and of course, my alma mater Rutgers ;)

Nike Women’s Short Sleeve New York Giants V-Neck T-Shirt – $32.00

A Dri-Fit t-shirt to wear to the game AND a workout/running shirt all in one ;)
 
 

Nike Men’s Short Sleeve Dri-Fit T-Shirt – $28.00

Dan loves the Giants and their old logo so this is perfect for him. Perhaps an anniversary gift for this October?

 

 Nike New York Giants Women’s Tempo Performance Running Shorts – $27.99

Love these! Although I mainly wear spandex shorts now, I have a ton of these Nike shorts. They were my first real running shorts. 

 

New York Jets Elastic Headband- $9.99 (set of 3)

Why not rep your team with a tiny headband while working out? 

 

Nike Women’s New York Jets Warp Tank Top – $32.00

Although I’m not a Jets fan, I do like the lettering on this!

 

Rutgers Under Armour Women’s Mesh Tank – $19.99

I need this. This is from the Rutgers Barnes & Noble site. I always go into that store and want to buy everything in site. Anyone else feel that way with their university bookstore?

 

Under Armour Women’s Sonic Shorty – $39.98

Um…yes please? Like I said above, I prefer spandex shorts to looser shorts. I hate when you’re running and shorts start bunching up in the middle. I love the “R” on the waistband!

There you have it…a short little roundup of fitness apparel you can wear while also supporting your team. I usually wear workout apparel to football games anyway (Dan and I are Rutgers season ticket holders) because I like being comfy while tailgating and at the game. When it’s cooler out, I’m all about the yoga pants and big sweatshirts!

 What team do you root for? What’s your alma mater – are we rivals? ;)

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