Favourite Things For Fitness

First and foremost I wrote a guest post for Paige that I encourage you to check out. It’s all about what it’s like when injury forces you out of the job. Click here to read it!

Seeing as I work in a fitness apparel store, I felt it appropriate to share with you, dear reader, my favourite fitness apparel. Now this is all personal preference based on experience and product know-how. Your favourites don’t have to be my favourites, but I do encourage you to try some stuff out!

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I am a total Brooks shoes convert. After years of being a Saucony gal, I find the midsole just wears down too quickly. The Brooks (Ghost 2 pictured above) hit my feet in all the right places, are flexible without being instable, and generally just make for a really comfy ride.

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Trail shoes. I love my Nike Air Pegasus because of my neutral gait. If you need arch support, Asics Trabucos are good too. Now, these are not for pavement running. Only for trail running because they don’t have as much cushioning. They’re water resistant and extra grippy. Really, these have turned into a great walking shoe for me that aren’t a bulky hiking shoe.

I’m a WigWam socks girl. Some people like thin socks, I like cushy ones. I hate crew cut socks because I prefer my ankles to be covered (yes, like an old man) especially in the colder months. Quarter length is where it’s at.

I love Lululemon tank-tops. Any of them. Preferably those with a built in bra because days I don’t have to put on an underwire with one hand are good days indeed. Below I’m wearing my favourite tank-top ever that was bought at Lululemon 4 years ago and since discontinued. Still in perfect condition.

I’m also wearing my favourite pair of Nike shorts in that photo. But really, I love all Nike bottoms. They fit my body perfectly. Their pants also hold up much better than Lululemon ones, which I find change texture quickly.

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Adidas CLIMACOOL shirts, another example of apparel designed to flatter the body. You need to be a stick to look good in Nike shirts, but for me, Adidas works :)

I loooove Under Armour’s loose fitting HeatGear t-shirts. So much so that I stocked up on several colours when I was at an outlet store. It’s a super comfy synthetic shirt that feels like cotton. Under Armour also has a new treated cotton line out which I’m dying to try.

I have a really hard time finding longsleeve technical shirts that are flattering. There is something about the cut of most of them that hug my torso in all the wrong places. Brooks shirts have so far been the best ones for me. Plus, you can get them in super bright colours which people will make fun of you for at the gym, but I love for visibility outdoors.

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In terms of lightweight jackets, I’m back on the Lululemon bandwagon. The above is another discontinued one I think, but I also have the stride jacket and mudra wrap. The three of those are basically the only “sweaters” I ever wear!

For the cyclists and spinners, Louis Garneau shorts. I wear these even to spin class and my butt loves me for it. Be weary, as sizes run super small with this brand. But I love their high waists which is nice when being bent over on a bike (no exposed skin to get burnt!), and superduper padding. Just remember, don’t wear undies in these! It’ll cause chafing!

If you’re doing outdoor sports and need baselayers, I like Mizuno Breathe Thermal gear the best for both tops and bottoms. Their material actually heats up when wet (ie sweating). It’s super tight though, so not an outer layer unless you’ve got the cahones ;)

Ron Hill jackets are the bestest. They fit both men and women to a tee. No random bulkiness or tightness like you get in other jackets. They’re good at fighting wind and rain, and some of the sleeves tear off to turn into a vest.

Moving Comfort bras are by far the most popular. Lots of high impact support and comfort for women who need it. Plus, the cups are shaped so they don’t make your boobies look squashed and weird.

Last but certainly not least, don’t put your technical gear in the dryer! I assure you it is totally worth the extra money to buy nice workout clothes. They really do last for a long time, so long as you handle and treat them well.

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite piece of workout apparel?

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Posted on April 25, 2011, in Move It Monday. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Agreed on the Moving Comfort bra! I have two of these babies, and they are by far my favorite.

  2. WOW where does one find these bras? I never heard of them!!

  3. Okay. Now I want to buy all of these clothes. Especially the sports bras. These nursing knockers need some good support.

  4. Sweet! I was going to email you to ask about shoes would for hiking! I have weak-ish ankles and I overpronate, which is fun. I’m looking for a pair of shoes that will support me jumping around on my carpeted floor as I do Insanity (which is tons of plyo work) and will also be good for some serious hiking on my agenda for summer. Would the Trabucos work for that, or…?

    • Yes! Well, they’ll work if you’re looking for one shoe to do both those things. I have a pair of Merrels for hiking, and honestly my trail runners are more comfortable. Less material to them, yet still water resistant and super grippy for jumping through streams and such ;)

  5. Lauren Simmons

    I spent all (ALL) of last summer in the combo of the Lululemon Flow Y bra (http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women/Flow-Y-Bra-IV-31974?cc=0001&sli=1) and the Racerback tank (http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-tanks/Cool-Racerback-30193?cc=8377&skuId=3408557&catId=women-tanks).

    For bottoms, I swear by Lulu crops for yoga, full-length for weights, and the brushed (lined) tights for running. I love Sugoi cycling shorts.

    I also LOVE Nike long-sleeve technical shirts. I have a Livestrong one that is fleece lined and has thumbholes and it’s my favourite warm layer for all activities.

    I swear by Roots hoodies :)

  6. Ooh, I just ordered the lulu In Stride jacket. It should be here Wednesday. I’m excited.

    I am extremely loyal to Balega socks.

  7. I need to try out Brooks shoes. Unfortunately, my running store doesn’t carry them though :(
    I love Under Armour bottoms!

  8. I love all fitness gear. I can’t even discriminate. But lately, I am super obsessed with my Lululemon Wunder Unders and my Brooks Green Silence running shoes. On any given day, you can usually find me wearing one or the other. I live in workout clothes!

  9. I really like the moving comfort bras–I have that exact style in your picture. I also love the Lululemon Ta-Ta Tamer!

  10. Love all these suggestions!

    From Lululemon, I absolutely love my 50 Rep sports bra (especially the cute stripey pattern). I also own 2 pairs of Wunder Under Crops, and even though they do change texture after wearing them every day for a while, they don’t seem to have go see-through which is most important to me :)

    As far as biking/triathalon gear goes, I’m in love with Sugoi. I seriously haven’t tried on anything that hasn’t fit like it was made for me. It’s all super comfy and flattering, which makes sense because “sugoi” is Japanese for “awesome” ;)

  11. Sadly my fitness gear consists basically of yoga pants, a heavy metal t-shirt, and a Wal-Mart can’t remember the brand sports bra. Then again due to health issues I’m not an intense exerciser anymore so I don’t need much technical gear. I have found that Nike Frees are the only shoes that don’t irritate my plantar fasciitis! Odd because I always hated Nikes in the past but I love these!

    • A lot of people poo-poo in Nike because they try to be so “fashionable” they can’t be functional. But I think they have some great shoes!!

  12. Good post! I always love seeing other people’s gear favorites! I really need to get a tech zip-up- I’ll look for that one from Under Armour!

  13. I love my Smart Wool socks. I have thick ones for hiking and thin ones for running! They are the best! NO blisters to date (knock on wood)!

  14. greensandjeans

    WIGWAM?! I think Lisa has the right idea… :)

  15. Believe it or not, Joe Fresh at super store has some nice short spandex for working out in. I also have a racerback built in bra workout shirt there. The clothing may not be as nice as Lulu or Nike but it’s an affordable second option for those who have smaller wallets. For running shoes I have a Nike Lunar lites but I keep going back to my old Mizuno Wave Riders. I find the shape of them complements my pigeon toed stance quite well.

    • Yes, I forgot about Joe Fresh! I have a pair of capris from there that were only $10 and I love them. I must go back and stock up on some new summer gear :)

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