Monday, March 10, 2014

Fitness Favorites

Today I wanted to share and recommend some of my tried-and-true workout items. And really, my everyday clothing too. I have so many fancy friends that wear real clothes everyday but a lot of the time I am in active gear. It's just way more comfortable for me, and I love getting up and putting on something I feel good in. Plus, yay spandex. Almost as good as maternity clothing.

And do know that I included affiliate links from both Reward Style and Amazon. If you're not familiar it means if you buy something I recommend I get a small percentage of that sale. It doesn't affect you whatsoever as far as what you pay, etc. I just wanted to let you know. And if you think that's just terrible, just open a new window and search on your own without my link. Either way please let me know if you decide to get any of these things. I'm such a pusher when I love something- just the other day I tried to make Hank and Henry try a bite of the sandwich I was eating because it was THE BEST SANDWICH EVER- and I feel that way about all of these things. BUY THEM, TRY THEM, YOU'LL LIKE THEM! See? Pushy, pushy. Onto the stuff-

1 // Zella Space Dye Leggings (full-length version here and here): So I waited a few months to give this review because I wanted to be sure about them. I'm very picky about workout pants. I have muscular thighs that definitely touch and can't stand when they pill in that area, stretch out, get see-through, are weird after washing...basically I just want the perfect pant. I've tried every kind and I really think that these are the best and much better than the very expensive Lululemon. These fit well, are great quality, and are much cheaper. So basically, I found my perfect pant and my favorite active wear company too. Zella is AWESOME. Everything I've gotten from them is quality, and super cute too. When I tried them on at Nordstrom the saleswoman said that they probably aren't the best length on someone short like me (!!!) and although she's probably right I still really like them. And as someone who loves Lululemon but doesn't like the insane price point, it's nice that this is cheaper. Still pricey, but like I mentioned above these are the things I wear everyday. I'd rather spend $50 on a pair of pants that will last for years than a bunch of $20 Target ones that fall apart. And speaking of falling apart, I've worn and washed these pants a million times and I've had zero issues. The pants are as good as the day I got them.

2 // Nike Pro pants and shorts: I love these for many of the same reasons I love Zella- good quality, no pilling, but these sentiments are specific to the PRO line Nike has. I've tried the other kinds and I'm not the biggest fan. The Pro line though, is awesome. Have you seen the striped pants I wear to the gym? Those the Nike Pros. I've had them for a long, long time and they still are in great shape even after really thrashing them at CrossFit between the jumping and getting on the ground, and hitting my knees on who knows what. The waistband is also great- very comfy and non restrictive, yet stays up while running.

3 // Nike Frees. I've worn Nike Frees for years now and love them. They're very light, super comfortable, and come in a million cool colors. Now I will be the first to tell you that if you want a true running shoe this probably isn't for you. I love to run, but not regularly. So if you're someone who runs long distances or very often, you probably want to try something else. For me though, they're perfect and I'm a huge fan.

4 // My Polar FT4 watch. I already gave my review of this watch, but I'll add quickly that I really like it. I just wear it when I workout- I don't count calories of what I eat or what I expend, but I do like being able to see when I'm working hard and at the end, how hard I worked. It's motivating as I get back in shape post-baby.

This isn't the biggest list but these are the few things I like to wear when exercising. As far as tops I just wear an old tshirt or this one particular Target one from years ago that's on its last leg but I just can't get rid of.

And if you have any favorite fitness items please add them below, I would love to check them out.

xoxo

41 comments:

  1. The sportswear from victoria's secret is excellent! I own two pairs of capri from their line for about a year now.....i have worn and washed them a million times as well and they're still in excellent condition! their prices are about the same as Zella's! you gotta try them!

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    1. I've never tried them out but will def. check it out! I know they have some really good sales online too which is awesome. Thanks for the heads up:)

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    2. I'll second that recommendation!

      I have one pair of Nike yoga pants/leggings, one pair of Adidas yoga pants/leggings, and about six pairs of cropped and full length fitness pants and leggings from Victoria's Secret. There's no contest, the Victoria's Secret ones don't pill at all and still fit perfectly. If I ever wear them out, there's no doubt I'll replace them with more Victoria's Secret!

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    3. Thanks Karly! That's 3 votes for VS! :)

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  2. Loved this post as I too am always in workout gear. You can't beat how comfortable workout pants and tshirts are, especially when I'm chasing that little baby all day! I do love me some lululemon, but I will for sure have to try this Zella brand. I am all for the no pilling! And how motivating is that hr monitor?! I love using it when I'm working out. I never thought I could burn so many calories doing Zumba haha! Oh and Nike Pro's are seriously the best pants ever!

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    1. You need to get those crops...now they're all sold out though! :(

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  3. I want those Nikes! asap! love the color!

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    1. I love that color too! I got a black pair on super sale ($30!!) and I'm in love.

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  4. I love nike!! I believe the shoe I use for dance is a nike free as well!! :) They are black and white and look very similar!! I love how light weight and flexible they are!!

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    1. Yes- that's my fave part...they feel like wearing nothing!

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  5. I did buy the Polar FT4 watch. Actually my husband got it for me on valentines day. I read your review and agree 100%. I am no where near where I should be fitness wise, but this is one of those tools that will definitely help get me there. The machines at the gym never get your heart rate correct and its so important to know when and how long you are in the zone. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Yay Alesha! I'm so happy you are liking it - and what a nice V-day gift!

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  6. I adore Old Navy's workout gear and they have sales ALL the time!
    I just can't ever justify Nike's prices. Although, I often stare at their website and drool.

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    1. I know...it is pretty expensive. :(
      You aren't the first person to recommend ON to me- they have those amazing 40% sales and I will def. check it out. Thank you!

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  7. I love this list! I am so in love with my Polar (your review was one of the ones that led me to purchase it.) I use it the same way as you, I don't count calories but I like watching my progress and how hard I am working. Plus, making sure I am in the zone has totally changed the way I work out.

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    1. Kat I'm so glad you are liking it...it's the best!

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  8. I love the pants recommendations! I hate when little pills start to form, too. Hope to try the Zella ones soon!

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    1. It's the worst- that was the main reason I really fell in love with these.

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  9. Those shoes are SO CUTE. I absolutely much check them out!

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    1. You def should! There are a million colors!

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  10. Thank you so much for your pant recommendation! I've been on the hunt for great work out pants, and haven't been able to pull the trigger on Lulu Lemon. I'm excited to try these :)
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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    1. I know- Lulu is so expensive. I have a couple of items from them and I do love them, but it's very hard to spend that much on a pair of PANTS! Jackets I can more justify but $90 for cropped leggings seems CRAZY!

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  11. i keep saying i'm going to get some free runs! And I think you convinced me to try the Zella leggings!

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  12. I can't get any of the links to work!

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    1. Oh no! I checked them, they should be okay. Let me know if not and I can leave them below in the comments. xo

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  13. I have that Polar FT4 too! Will look at Nike for apparel and shoes too...been in love with Saucony Kinvara 4's and Nancy Rose Performance leggings.

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    1. I used to wear Sauconys when I ran daily- they're the best! So comfy and supportive. I will check out those leggings- thanks! :)

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  14. I am just starting out on my workout journey so I am always looking for recommendations of tried and true products! Thanks for the review!
    XXOO Lucy
    mostlystyleblog.wordpress.com

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  15. I just started working out and these look like wonderful fitness pieces to add to my collection.

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    1. That's so exciting Michelle! I think you would love any of these.

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  16. Love Zella! I have the Capri and full length reversible leggings and have had them for over 3 years. I wear them almost everyday to workout in, such great quality! They are 1/2 off during Nordstroms summer anniversary sale!

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    1. Yes, someone mentioned they were on sale then! I can't wait for that- I'm going to stock up! Do you recommend any of their tops or jackets?

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  17. I love Zella too - their creative director (I think that is her title) actually used to be an executive for Lululemon!

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  18. Better than Lulu Lemon?? You're out of your mind ;)

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  20. I had a tiny HOLE in the butt of my target workout leggings so your recommendation came at just the right time! I went to Nordstroms and tried on Zella and was instantly in love! So far they've done REALLY well for a zumba and body combat class...so I went ahead and ordered another pair with a gift card! Thank you so much for the recommendation :D

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  22. The Nike free's are beautiful. They look very good to work off any pre baby fat and post baby fat.

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