Hey guys! How are you? TGIAF (Thank Goodness It’s Almost Friday!) 😀 Side note: I just wrote “almond” instead of “almost”- guess we all know where my mind is 😉
It’s time for a Reader’s Request post!
Would you mind sharing your favorite workout clothes and gadgets? I’m a newbie and am still trying to figure out what I need and what the fun new stuff is 🙂
Ok, so there are four things I think that are pretty dang importante when beginning a fitness program:
1. Good shoes! (Stability and cushioning for aerobics and crosstraining) and actual running shoes for runners… sounds logical but when I first started to get into running, I was wearing kid’s Nikes and couldn’t figure out why my feet hurt so badly. Getting fit for actual running shoes –and finding out I overpronate- made all the difference in the world.
2.Comfy clothes. When I train clients I try to look presentable and wear the matchy-matchy workout clothes; however, when I’m going to get my sweat on, I rock homeless person attire. It’s a good day if I match 😉 Just make sure to wear clothes that you feel comfortable in (no supertight tops, shorty shorts), so that you won’t be worrying about your clothes and can focus on your workout.
3. A watch. Nothing crazy, just something with the time (for running) and a stopwatch (for intervals or holding poses, like planks).
4. A plan. Know what you want to accomplish when you walk through those gym doors and how you want to feel when you walk out. Then get crackalackin’ 😀
Those are the basic, bare bones necessities 😀
Now, here are the things I lurve.
I don’t know why I took forever to order this thing- I LOVE it. Since the Garmin shows your pace, distance, total time, calories burned, everything but the kitchen sink, and is an amazing asset for any runner to have. I actually feel like the Garmin makes me a better runner and gives me confidence to know what I’m capable of with my pace. It’s pretty amazin’
I haven’t used this very much since the strap died, but when I was first getting into teaching aerobics –I was teaching 7 classes a week, weight training and yoga-ing on top of that- the Polar helped me to make sure I was eating enough. Since it uses your heart rate to determine your calories burned, it’s very accurate, comfy and a great training buddy.. oh, and it’s pink 😉
Those are the Asics GT 2140s, and they’re my favorite style of running shoe. Definitely get your feet measured at a running store if you’re in the market for new sneaks, though 🙂
Those are the ones I crosstrain and Zumba in 🙂 Honestly, I just grab whatever shoe I find at Nike outlet that fits and has pink on it 😉
Nike Tempo shorts
Tempo shorts are my obsession. I have at least 10 pairs and will probably buy at least 10 more within the next year. SO comfy, great for running or weight training and they fit really well.
On upper body days, I usually grab my weight gloves to keep my hands looking girly and callous-free 🙂 I’ve been slacking lately and my palms are covered in lovely blisters, so it’s time to break them out again.
Fun Zumba and Yoga tanks
Usually I’ll find cute stuff at the Nike Outlet or TJ Maxx, where the above Zumba shirt is from.
Honey Stingers!! These are my absolute favorite- organic and so delicious. Usually I’ll have some gummies for a carb replenishment after an hour of solid exercise. If I’m only going to be working out an additional 15 minutes or so, I don’t need them, but for double aerobics classes or long runs, these babies are golden. I’m also a fan of Clif Shot Bloks and Luna Moons.
This stuff is MAGICAL. My friend Kelly introduced me to Heed last year, while she was helping me train for my first half. It’s an electrolyte replacer –I’ll put 1/2 scoop in my Camelbak with water for long runs- and it tastes like foodgasms. Seriously, the orange flavor rocks my face off. While I don’t think I *need* the Heed powder, I think that it definitely helps me push through longer runs and gives me a nice little energy boost.
For a serious, heart-thumping workout, I need music. Usually the night before a long solo run or cardio sesh, I make sure to load up the iPizzle with some amazing music and once it starts playing, that’s all the motivation I need. I prefer angry music for weightlifting (like Muse) and more pop-y stuff for cardio (like GLEE!). 😀
Am I missing anything?? Let me know what your favorite workout stuff is 😀
Have a great day and I’ll see ya this afternoon with a GIVEAWAY and another hint about what’s going on.