Fall fitness faves

(try saying that five times fast!)

Before we get this party started, I have to tell you about two things.

1) Trader Joe’s has K-cups!!!!

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2) We’re getting a spin bike today.


I’m a little too excited about the second one, as I’ve wanted a spin bike for about 5 years now. I was given the opportunity through work to buy one at a super sweet discount, had to enter a raffle for the chance to buy, and my name was chosen. I’m going to go pick it up today, and I can’t wait. The last piece of equipment that our home gym was lacking was a source of cardio (besides the jump rope), and I think I’ll use a spin bike more than I’d use a treadmill. I’ll post a picture when I pick it up! What’s a good name for a spin bike? πŸ˜‰

I’ve received quite a few requests for my favorite fall fitness pieces, and I figured it would be a great time to share them since it’s getting a little chilly.

Here’s what I’m loving for fall workouts:

(not including the usual staples like my beloved Garmin, headphones and Camelbak)

Fall fitness


1) Moving comfort tights (<– I own this pair and get compliments on them every time! They feel amazing.) They’re warm enough without being too thick or hindering. I’m SUPER picky about tights -I’m a shorts girl through and through- and these one definitely past the test. I feel like a lot of tights are either itchy or too warm, but these are soft, breathable and lovely. I especially adore the funky prints.

2) Mizuno arm sleeves. These are perfect for long runs and races because I’ll often get too warm in long sleeves or a jacket. 

3) lululemon run swiftly tee. This is an amazing lightweight material for all seasons: light enough for summer, but enough to keep me warm with a tank underneath.

4) North Face ear warmer. If my ears are cold, it’s all over. This doesn’t get too sweaty, and is great for outdoor morning workouts.

5) Balega socks. I used to never be a “sock” person -basically, if I could find two socks, I considered it a win- until I tried these. They wick sweat away from your feet, and are super comfy.

6) Anytime anywhere pullover. I love to and from pieces for workouts, especially since I’ll wear a tee or tank, and am on a pullover kick right now. They’re a little less casual than a hoodie, and work for running errands (and life), too. 

7) Gloves. For these, I don’t do anything fancy; I go to Target and get the $1.99 pairs in case (or “when”) I lose one. 

What’s your favorite fall workout item? Are you a pants or shorts kinda girl (or dude)?

Hope you have an amazing day! I’m off to test out the water treadmill.



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  1. Meg @ The Compost Cook on October 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    TJ’s now makes K-Cups?!! YES, please! Thanks for sharing so many fall goodies:)

  2. Jenna Zoe on October 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I love Rosita for a spin bike! Thanks Gina for all you do πŸ™‚

  3. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m an in-between girl — capris for the win! πŸ™‚

    I have a lululemon pullover just like the one you pictured — I wear it all the time! It’s perfect πŸ™‚

  4. Paige@FitNotFad on October 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    How cool!! A spin bike would be a great alternative to a treadmill at home. Congrats! I love Ellie tights….they’re high waisted which I’m pretty particular about and they’re made of great fabric. Have a good Monday!

  5. Emily @ The Good Era on October 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love my North Face Fleece and ear warms too for this time of year! It’s warm enough, but super lightweight which makes them perfect!

    I cannot WAIT until our TJ’s gets the kcups! I always have to swing by target on my way home from grocery shopping and now it can really be a one stop shop! Hooray!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Livi on October 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I love running tights! Besides that, I can’t really do pants.. I get annoyed with the fabric if it’s flapping around my ankles .. so shorts all the way!

  7. Danielle on October 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    What nail polish are you wearing in the photo with the K-cups? I love it!

    • Molly on October 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Me too! I was going to ask the same question! It looks like Greycian Goddess by Loreal!

      • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        it’s a sally hansen insta dry color- can’t remember the name

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      thank you! i’ll look for the name but it’s sally hansen insta dry

  8. Beth on October 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’m a shorts girl all the way! I’ll have to give those tights a try though.

  9. Molly on October 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I am a capri kind of girl, but I do wear pants to the gym and change into capris. It gets so cold where I live that I have to wear long pants outdoors!

    As for a name for your spin bike….how about Goldie, after Johnny Goldberg, the creator of the Spinning class?

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      ohhh i love that idea! πŸ™‚

  10. Stephanie@ BabeMeetsBalance on October 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I am definitely a pants girl when it comes to running! I cannot run in shorts…my thighs get all itchy for some reason. I definitely need the pants to be tight(not flared) and either shin or ankle length. I love Gap’s activewear line. Their pants are lightweight and super comfy, I’ve even slept in them before!

  11. Captain Competition on October 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    From the guys perspective when the air turns cool and I go outside to workout I love wearing long sleeve compression shirt.

    Love the idea of a spin bike, I have a treadmill (not in love with it). I like the name Bessie as a name for the bike. As in “I’m going down to ride ole Bessie for an hour.” I don’t know maybe that is dumb.

  12. Emily on October 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

    We used to have a spin bike in our living room back when Hulk was racing. I loved it for just sitting and spinning out tired legs during commercial breaks. It’s just starting to get into long-sleeved-running weather in SF. I had to dig out my long-sleeved tee the other day and sniffed quietly to myself that summer is almost officially over. I’m a capris girl. I can’t wear shorts because I lack the “thigh gap” needed to wear shorts without them riding up/chafing, but pants get too hot.

  13. Jenni on October 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I don’t really have a favorite fall workout item because I almost always work out inside! Spin classes, yoga, the gym. Comfy leggings and tank tops are my staples. I only wear shorts if I’m going to the gym. In spin or yoga, I find them too uncomfortable.

  14. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on October 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I’m all about capris! They’re warmer than shorts, but don’t get me too hot like pants. I HAVE to have an ear warmer headband or beanie on when I run outdoors when it’s cold – my ears always get SO cold!

  15. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m a capri girl personally but pants when it gets really cold. I have seen those tees at Lulu so many times and I always think they are so cute but never buy one. Someday!!

  16. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I am a shorts workout person – but this time of year I tend to wear a lot of long pants with the weather changing!

    What is that nail polish you are wearing? I love that color! Perfect for fall!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      thank you! it’s a sally hansen insta dry color. i can’t remember the name :/ i’ve been getting a lot of the insta dry colors since livi loves to get her toenails painted but doesn’t understand yet that you have to wait for them to dry

  17. Nic on October 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    YES!! How much are the TJ’s K-cups??

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      $2.99!!!! for 7.

  18. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on October 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I usually wear capris. I can’t tolerate cold weather, so I’m quick to break out the pants and long sleeves! I may need to get that ear warmer because my ears were so cold during my run yesterday morning!

  19. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I spotted the K cups at TJ’s yesterday… the question is, are they good!? Strong?

    Pretty manicure πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      they’re good!
      haha thank you, i did it sitting on the floor in between painting livi’s toenails πŸ˜‰

  20. Becca on October 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’m all about shorts, but definitely mid-thigh length, which are harder to find. I feel to exposed with those Soffee-style super short shorts. I do have a pair of Brooks long tights that I love for colder weather, not least because they have a zippered pocket in the back.

  21. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Well its WAY too cold here to even have the option of wearing shorts. This morning it was 43 degrees on my run. I was fareezing! I really need to get like an outdoor running jacket!

  22. Abi@AbsofSteel on October 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I can’t imagine not wearing pants on outdoor runs during the winter. Other than when it’s cold though I’m usually a shorts gal.

  23. Lucie@FitSwissChick on October 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Yay for the Spin Bike! I have one since 2 years and I use it regularly, it’ so convenient!
    I wear my shorts as looong as possible – I hate pants, but they are needed soon I guess ;-(
    And anything with thumbholes, love it!!

  24. Roselyn @ Sass & Shenanigans on October 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I am a capri girl. I wear capris all year round. I do calf length in the winter and just below the knee in the summer. I can’t do shorts, although I wish I could!

  25. C. on October 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Love your workout picks – I could use a few new items. My favorite fall running item is a perfectly fit long-sleeved shirt that doesn’t ride up. Hard to find!

    PS- Super excited as well about k-cups from TJ’s. I’m running low so very good timing!

  26. Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries on October 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Those Balega socks seriously are the best thing ever!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      right?! i’m obsessed

  27. Shaina Anderson on October 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    did you know you can get a reusable k-cup and then just buy whatever coffee you want? My Mom got me one when she gave me the keurig and its literally the best invention. Saves SO much money. They sell them at BB&B for $15.

    I’m all over leggings the second it gets below 60 degrees haha. I actually hate shorts. Even in the summer, I run in lulu running crops. I <3 luxtreme.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      yeah, i have one and use it often, but we still like to keep our kcup carousel filled with different options for when we have company

      • Shaina Anderson on October 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        good call πŸ˜‰

  28. leigh @ beach and back runner on October 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I’m either shorts or capris .. almost never wear the long tights, unless it’s freezing out! I also recently discovered that good socks make a difference when you run… I had been wearing the k-bell ones from costco for years!

  29. Genna on October 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    SPINDERELLA!!! And you could spin to Salt-N-Pepa songs!

    • Jacqueline on October 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Spinderella. Oh my gosh, you have to.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      DONE. hahaha

  30. Jacqueline on October 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I used to work at Athleta, so I’m a little biased, but I LOVE their Relay running tights. They’re a little longer with a wide cuff, which actually make short legs like mine look longer (magic, I tell you), and have a vent behind the knees so I don’t overheat, and a pocket on the back that fits my iPhone. They hold up really well, and are comfy enough that I’ll wear them around all day too. I also love the half-zip I got at the Nike Women’s Marathon yesterday… but that’s less about how it fits/functions and more the fact that I did the race. πŸ™‚

  31. Amanda on October 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Do you find that the Moving Comfort tights are a little baggy in the knees? They look it in the photo on the link….

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      now that you mention it, yes, but i’ve never noticed it before

  32. Maria@TheBrooklynFig on October 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    That’s so awesome that you got picked for the spin bike- I would absolutely love to own one. Our home gym is also missing a cardio piece, which is what keeps me paying for my gym membership. I’m super jealous of you right now!

  33. Megan on October 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I have to give it up to the Old Navy Compression line. I hate Yoga pants that are falling off your backside half way through class. The compression wear stays put – and there are tons of cheap styles!

  34. Mari @ Living with Purpose on October 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    O my gosh, Balega socks are the best. So worth the expensive price tag!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      seriously! soooo comfy πŸ™‚

  35. Michele on October 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I think I am the only person who wears boot cut long pants to the gym anymore! I noticed that in Zumba the other day. I just ordered some capri’s from Kohls because I feel so out of place!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      i wear them for life (or when i work the weight room shift) but otherwise i feel like they’re too hot!

  36. Maria on October 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Spike…the spinning bike? πŸ˜‰ My favorite fall work out clothing item are my lululemon runder unders. Fleeced lined leggings are perfect for fall running.

  37. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on October 22, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I have never heard of moving comfort but those tights look super cute and comfy!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I love finding new fitness items….especially if they are cute and functional!

  38. Joy on October 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I wear pants all the time at our half (2 ago) everyone else was wearing shorts I wore a skirt over pants I am ALWAYS cold when I run or workout so

    And I like spunky for a spin bikes name

  39. Liz on October 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I just went to buy new running shoes, and the women in the store noticed I was wearing ratty old cotton socks to run in and she sold me Balega socks. I was skeptical at first and wondered if they were a waste of money but I can really tell the difference! Especially since I live in Taiwan, which is extremely hot and humid. I can’t believe I put up with thick soggy socks before!

  40. Lori on October 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Gina! Sort of off topic, but what are your staples from Trader Joe’s? I’ll need to check out those Kcups!


    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      so many things! haha
      salad stuff
      brown rice tortillas
      sunflower butter
      bars for livi
      trail mix
      salsa hacienda (amazing!!)
      wine (whatever looks fun)
      manchego or goat cheese
      frozen veggies and berries
      dark chocolate (love their dark chocolate lovers bar)
      peanut butter stuffed pretzels πŸ˜‰

      • Lori on October 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

        Thanks so much! I love their dark chocolate mini pretzels!!

  41. Sarah Williams on October 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Balega socks have been my favorites for a few years!

  42. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on October 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Loooooove my Mizuno sleeves! I especially love them for cycling outside in the fall.

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