Summer Workout Gear

Since I never grew up with official seasons, they kind of confuse me. 

When it’s summer, I don’t want to spend a ton on summer clothes, since fall will be here soon. And then I remember it’s technically summer here in AZ 3/4 of the year. 


I have a hard time committing to trends (unless it’s a year later and the trend is still hanging around). Current example: neon. I read about the neon trend in a magazine about 2 years ago, had a good laugh to myself about how ridiculous it was, and now, I like it. It always takes trends a little while to grow on me, especially since I like the see the real-life version instead of the magazine version. AKA cute neon shoes at the gym > magazine girl with 4-ft afro hair wearing piles of neon necklaces and a tutu.

I am excited to get a pair of neon sneakers to wear at work, especially since our uniforms are black and grey: (we can wear whatever sneaks we want, and whatever clothes we want if we’re teaching the class)

Bright shoes

1. Asics Gel Kayano (this is an extremely supportive shoe- I prefer lighter shoes and this one feels a little bulky to me. The good news about Asics is that they make so many different types to provide ideal comfort for your stride and level of pronation.)

2. Neon Nike Frees (I haven’t tried these but would love to get a pair, as many of my work friends wear these shoes. If you’e going to rock any type of “barefoot” style shoe, I definitely recommend working up to wearing them all day. Try the shoe out for an hour or two each day to build up the muscles in your feet before attempting any workouts with the shoes)

3. Newton running shoes- love the fun orange color!

4. Brooks pure flow (even though I’m as Asics girl, Brooks are my #2 shoe. Love how light they are with the perfect amount of support for my pronation. To find your dream shoe, have your feet and stride checked out at a local running store)

*Of course, Zumba shoes are always bright and fun, too 😉

 Breezy tanks and shorts are my favorite pieces for summer workouts. I used to just wear sofee shorts and a cotton tee, and eventually learned that cotton doesn’t breathe very well for workouts, especially outdoors. Technical fabrics are more expensive, but last longer, and feel 1000x better on long runs or intense cardio seshes. Tip: I never put workout clothes in the dryer if it’s made of a technical fabric. I’m not sure if it’s just our dryer, but it has a tendency to eat our clothes and make them look more worn. This is the only reason why I still have some of my good-quality workout gear a couple of years later, and it still looks ok.

Summer faves

1. Short sleeve tech and run tracker shorts (both from lululemon)- I like the tee version better than the tank (which scoops a little low on me) and adore the shorts. I have a few pairs of the turbo run shorts and they’re my favorites for summer workouts.

Lunge w barbell

2. Champion long and lean running tank and Nike tempo shorts (can be found at most sporting goods stores- sometimes TJ Maxx has them, too). Love the soft fabric of the Target tank and Nike tempo shorts are awesome for running or weightlifting

3. Solow crop leggings and Moving Comfort tank – Moving Comfort makes super-supportive tanks in great fabrics


I love pulling my hair back with a headband for late-night workouts or teaching. (During the day, I do my “save the gym hair” routine which is a post in itself) I’ve kind of avoided it lately, since my hair has been falling out since giving birth and I’m a 27-year old with a receding hairline. Good news is that it’s growing back 😉


Here are some fun headbands: 



1. Barely there bandana -perfect for Zumba or cardio dance classes

2. Nonslip headband from Etsy

3. GLITTER headbands with an incredible cause. This organization was created by Jessica, a blog reader and friend, as a way to support girls affected with childhood cancer. For every headband purchased, a girl with childhood cancer receives a headband (an accessory they can wear as they lose their hair) and $1 goes to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. I’m excited to order a few glitter bands for myself, and some headbands for Livi, too.

4. The classic lulu slip less headband. They hurt my head after a while, but they do the job.

So tell me, friends: do you fear or embrace the neon? What’s your favorite gym accessory or summer piece of workout gear?

I’m crazy about lulu cool racerback tops. They’re not as pricey as the other options, and are perfect for every type of workout.

Hope you have a wonderful day <3

See ya later on the Fashion page.



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  1. Christena on July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh! I NEED to know your daytime gym hair routine!!! This is a major problem for me. I would love to have some help with how to manage my hair around my workouts!

  2. Andrea on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    The Nike Frees are awesome. I instantly fell in love with them…while my boyfriend laughed at how bright they are. I’m not up to doing any long workout/run in them yet, so we’ll see.

  3. Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate on July 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I was debating getting a pair of neon Nike Frees but chickened out and just got the boring black/white combo haha. At least the insides are neon pink! 😉

  4. Alycia on July 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love the pink shoes! I am in the market for some bee workout gear. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. Kelly on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I agree about the hair post haha! Love all the neon! Check out the Nike Elite +. I have them in neon pink and yellow. Apparently Zumba started with the crazy bright colors so all the students could easily recognize the instructor in class and then it took off! When Zumba first started it was all grey And black. I love the bright though! Also LOVE the Lulu shorts 🙂

  6. Andrea on July 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Gina,

    I love your blog. I’ve been reading it since my college days. Now that I’m a college graduate, and I’m looking for exercises that I can do at home, your blog has become essential in my fitness routine.

    However, I have a bone to pick with you, and I need to get it out here. I’m offended by the “4ft-Afro-hair” comment. I can’t help but be offended because I am a woman who hair is naturally like that. Yes, magazines often exaggerate. However, did my hair have to be the one that was made fun of? Is there something wrong with extremely curly and/or kinky natural hair that people feel it’s okay to joke about it? I sure as hell don’t feel that way. My mother wore an Afro. So did my father. Is there reason why that’s funny? What is funny about someone else’s natural hair?

    Now, I don’t believe for a second that you meant anything harmful with your comment. After all, the world of fashion is all about extremes. However, some of those extremes don’t necessarily come from a hairstylist who wants to think outside of the box. They are inspired by real people who are proud of their heritage, be the Black, Jewish, or whatever nationality that has extremely curly natural hair. And the fact that people think it’s okay to joke about it is not okay. Never has been, and it never will be.

    I don’t want to cause trouble, but I just had to say it.


    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      you’re right, i’m really sorry i phrased it that way and that you were offended.
      what i was referring to is the way models’ hair is styled in fashion magazines, and that magazine styles are often exaggerated to the point where i wouldn’t replicate a lot of the things i see. i’ve seen pictures of hair teased into afros (which i’m not sure is an offensive term in itself, it’s just that some people of various backgrounds have thick, curly hair that naturally falls into that style when short, or you can tease your hair and curl it to create the same kind of style, but afro is the term for the hairstyle, whether it’s natural or created to look that way), but that are much higher (not 4 ft, i was exaggerating) than i’d ever seen someone wear out and about. i could be wrong, though.
      sorry again for offending you.

  7. Melissa on July 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm


    Thanks so much for featuring my non-slip headband on your blog! I love them so much that I have one of almost every style I make and I use them on a regular basis myself 🙂 Would love to offer your readers a discount if they want to try one out!

    Melissa’s Knits

  8. Lisa on July 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I just made a few amazing purchases at Lulu and I am obsessed. Got the gather & crow crops, a fun loose yoga tank, and the free to be me bra. LOVE the bra, just ordered it online in another color! The back straps are so fun I am wearing it under cute shirts to go out! I need some new neon sneaks, too. Great post!!

    • Fitnessista on July 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      it’s an addiction haha 🙂

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