I know the title of this post is ironic since all of these pictures were taken at the park, but the park is so much prettier than the gym!
Plus, I actually work out in the basement of my trainer’s house, so it’s not even really a gym. Well, I guess it is… it’s just our own private gym. Which is AWESOME, by the way. I love it because there are no sweaty men grunting as they heave-ho their gargantuan weights, there is no wait for the machine I want to use, and best of all, there is no audience. Because trust me, no one wants to see me working out. It isn’t pretty.
Today I’m teaming up with Nordstrom to share what I wear to the gym. I love it when a brand wants to work together on an activewear post because it gives me an excuse to buy new workout clothes! Ha!
Because I do work out in the basement of my trainer’s house, I really have no need for a large workout wardrobe, but I still enjoy shopping for new pieces every once in a while, and I think it does help keep me motivated.
Today’s outfit is pretty much my go-to gym workout outfit all year round. In the dead of winter, I may wear long pants, but I get hot when I’m working out, so I usually wear capri length pants or the ones that come right below the knee.
These are the Zella Hatha High Waist Crop Leggings, and I’m obsessed. You may remember me posting about the Zella High Rise Shorts back in the spring (find that post here.) Well, these are the capri version. WOOT!!!
I am so excited to have found these because I’m short waisted, and I have a hard time finding workout pants that don’t cut right across the flabbiest part of my belly. I’m not being coy, just honest. I’m 44 years old and I’ve had three children, so there’s definitely some extra stuffing in my midsection. I’m okay with it, but that doesn’t mean I want the waistband of my pants cutting right across that region, creating lumps and bumps and drawing the eye to my least favorite body part.
These pants come up nice and high, and they actually hold you in and make your stomach look flatter than it really is. Hallelujah!!!
The mesh panels on the back are supposed to help with ventilation, but I’m not quite sure who sweats in the calf area. Still, it looks cool. Ha!
When I bought these pants, they were fully stocked in the charcoal grey that I’m wearing, and of course now that I’m getting around to posting, the grey is gone. They do, however, have them in black in all sizes, and honestly, I think I like the black better because I find the seams on the grey pants to be a little distracting in certain areas, ahem. They also have them in two groovy prints, and they come in plus size as well.
As for my sneakers, I don’t usually wear these sneakers to workouts, although I sometimes do. I generally prefer a little more support, but these are cushiony and soft and great for walking around. (I run and usually prefer to work out in the Saucony Guide.)
Now let’s discuss this top. This isn’t a game changer like the pants are, but it is pretty much what I wear to every indoor workout — a version of this, anyway. This is the Nike Contour Dri-FIT Tee, and I love it because it has some shape to it without being skin tight. (See above re: extra stuffing.) It is lightweight and breathable and it’s made of moisture-wicking fabric so you don’t get all icky and sticky when you sweat. Not that I sweat… (Just kidding. I am gross by the time my workout is over.)
Moisture wicking fabric is the only way to go, but not all moisture-wicking fabric is created equal. I’ve learned this over the years. I’d rather have a few good quality workout tops that do the job than a bunch of cheap ones that feel icky when I get sweaty. I could also run in this top, but I usually run in a tank top until it’s necessary to wear a jacket because once I get hot, I want as little material sticking to me as possible.
When the weather changes and it’s cool in the mornings, I’ll throw on a sweatshirt to go to and from the gym. I didn’t think to photograph this outfit with one. It might have something to do with the fact that it was about 95 degrees the day we shot this look.
I still love and adore my Alo Zip-Up Hoodie from last spring, but it is long gone from the Nordstrom website. I’ve been drooling over this Nike Modern Cotton Blend Hoodie, but I really don’t need it so I’m practicing self control. Believe it or not, I do that sometimes. Ha! I love the asymmetrical front zip and relaxed fit and the way it hangs longer in the back and covers your bum.
The nice thing about that sweatshirt is you can wear it with jeans and Converse and it’s the perfect casual cool look for hanging out at your kid’s soccer game, or in my case, his marching band performance. Okay, I really need to stop talking about this sweatshirt or I’m going to end up ordering one.
I do want to state for the record that leggings are not pants… unless you are working out. Therefore, if you plan to run to the grocery store afterwards, consider throwing on a longer top to cover the, um, essentials. I have no problem wearing leggings with short tops to the gym or when I run, but otherwise I prefer to keep certain areas covered.
Whenever I do an activewear post, I always get asked about what sports bra I like. I swear by this Chantelle Underwire Sports Bra. I can get away with other styles for working out, but for running, this is the only one that holds everything in place. I also like that it lifts and separates and avoids the dreaded uniboob, which seems to be so common with sports bras. Plus, it’s actually kind of pretty. I have the grey with pink stitching. Not that anyone sees it, but still.
The best part about this bra is that it has a J-hook that converts the straps to racerback. I always hook the J-hook when I run because it gives me more support. If you run or do other high impact activities, I cannot recommend this bra highly enough.
So there you have it, my go-to gym workout uniform!
Writing this post is making me want to get out there and run! The weather is absolute perfection here in PA this morning. It’s in the upper 50s, the humidity is low, the birds are chirping, and there’s a nip of fall in the air. I hope it’s just as beautiful where you are! Make it a great one!
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