Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Workout Wednesday: Best Apparel for Spin, Barre, Pilates, Yoga, and Running


If you can't tell I LOVE FITNESS!!! Over the past 6 months I've really taken advantage of all the boutique workouts in Dallas (thanks ClassPass), and have tried so many different workouts. While I loved being exposed to so many different things there was just one problem.....

Not all my clothes work! 
Barre leggings don't work for spin!
Running bras are too constricting for yoga!
Can you imagine the frustration?!

I quickly realized that all my activewear doesn't work for all workouts. Ever since January I've been spending my money on athleisure so that I have clothes that work for either yoga, barre, pilates, spin, and running. I've tried so many different styles/brands, and have come up with this guide to help a sister out. 

Keep scrolling so you can read my reviews on each piece, and why it works for that specific workout.

Best Apparel for Barre and Pilates

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This is obviously the easiest review for me since I've been teaching barre for 6 years, and have acquired lots of clothes to teach in. Since barre and pilates are similar in the sense you are going to use small movements the apparel is interchangeable between barre and pilates. 

1 - Outdoor Voices leggings: I recently bought three pairs of these leggings, and I LOVE THEM!! I love to teach in them, and take in them. The leggings are pretty tight so they aren't going anywhere. The brand on me is a midrise, which is perfect to wear either a loose or tight tank without it feeling bunchy in the waist region. I just want to make a note about these. I see people wear them a lot at Soul Cycle, but I personally don't love them for spin because the rise isn't high enough on me. 

2 - Beyond Yoga Space Dye: If you are looking for a pair of leggings that feel like butta, you need the space dye! These leggings are soft, and are so stretchy that you won't ever get that weird muffin top. These leggings don't have compression to them, but are perfect for sliding into your forward split stretch during Pure Barre. 

3- Alo Deluxe Sports Bra: I literally just got this bra two days ago from the studio, and I LOVE!!!! The straps in the front make it fun if you are wearing a low tank, and also have the straps in the back for a party in the back. 

4- Athlete Coverup: In the winter I have a tendency to ditch the tanks for light weight coverups. Since I get so cold when I walk into a 70 degree studio I love coverups to keep me warm (plus makes me sweat more ;) ). I got this coverup, and love how the back is open to show a fun bra!

5 - Free People tank: Since I Loe wearing fun scrappy bras to barre and pilates this tank is perfect to show it off. The cut of the tank is also very flattering on!

6 - Koral Leggings: I recently got these beauties from Bandier, and love the snake skin pattern! I tried wearing these to Soul Cycle, and these are definitely NOT spin leggings. Perfect for barre and pilates!

7 - Lululemon high rise Wunder Under: The wunder under will always be my prime legging for barre and pilates because it fits like a dream. Also the fact that it has the Luxtreme makes the body look smooth, and seamless. 

8- Lululemon laced bra: I got this bra a couple weeks ago, and it has become one of my favorite bras for spring. The straps in the front make it so you won't fall out, and I even wear it to spin or run in. My only complaint about this bra is that they need to make it in more colors ;)

Best Apparel for Spin

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When I started to become OBSESSED with Soul Cycle I realized that my workout wardrobe needed an overhaul. I have spent hours and hours trying on different items to find the perfect pieces to do my tap backs in. Every piece I listed I stand by 100%, and if you get any of these leggings you'll thank me later in your next spin class. 

1/6 - Lorna Jane Bras: Every time I go teach at the Uptown Pure Barre studio I always walk by Lorna Jane. It wasn't until a couple months ago that I actually went into the store, and bought two of their bras. The bras are a little bit more supportive than I'm used to, but I LOVE them for spin! They whisk  sweat well, and are fast drying. My friend Emily who has a chest says she loves them for spin too, and keeps the girls in check. Whether you are small or large chested these bras are perfect for spin. They come in a variety of necklines so you won't have to worry about a nip slip as you perfect your bike body rolls. 

2 - Lululemon chasing miles legging: I recently got these leggings, and they are my second favorite spin legging (first favorite coming up ;) ). I actually love these for running too!

3/5 - Alo Coverups: Since I only rock a sports bra in class I always walk into the studio with a coverup. I currently have this in All coverup in black, and its so perfect with high waited leggings. I love the cropped Alo sweatshirt as a coverup, and is next on my shopping list. 

4 - Lululemon fast & free: YOUR SPIN PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED! These are my favorite for spin! I got these per referral of my girl AE, and I don't know how I started spinning without them. I loved them so much I got them in 2 colors. They are on the more pricey end for Lulu, but they are so worth it. These are fast drying, light weight, high waisted, and compress in the right places. Since the compression is body specific with these leggings you won't worry about them making you have a weird muffin top as you reach it out to third. If there weren't so pricey I would have 5 pairs already!!! WORTH EVERY PENNY!

7- Outdoor Voices crop bra: Currently this one of my favorite bras, and have it in three colors! I love this bra because it has a high neck, looks like a crop top, and is light weight for spin. I have it in a plain color, and even wear it with a high waisted skirt (post coming soon ;) ). I think it works great for small chested women, but doesn't have support for someone with a large chest. 

8 - PE Leggings: I've shared these leggings before, and it's because I love them!!! The are light weight, have compression, fast drying, and are high waisted. 

9 - 2XU: Ok maybe I lied when I said the fast & free where my favorite, because these are hands down ah-mazing! I don't have this exact style, but have two pairs of the Pure Barre 2XU ones. My girl Emily and I both agree that these are meant for spin. I have to continuously do loads of black laundry just because I love wearing these so much for spin. Light weight, high rise, compression, and is fast drying. Don't worry about a muffin top since these won't cut you off weird. 

Best Apparel for Yoga

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One of my goals this year was to do yoga 1-2x a week to help my left hamstring, and I can't go a week without it now. When it comes to yoga the leggings, and bra make or break your flow.

1 - Lululemon align: I first got these for barre, and HATED THEM! Maybe you can remember an Instagram story rant I had when I wore them for the first time to teach, and how my mic pack kept pulling my pants down. That day I went to return them because they didn't fit my work lifestyle, and I was so thrilled that I was able to exchange them out. A couple weeks later I went back to Lulu to give them another try, and I walked out of the store buying another pair. These leggings are compression friendly, but they move with your body, I learned that these leggings are perfect for yoga because they won't create a weird muffin top, and aren't constricting when you go into poses.

2 - Onzie bra: I LOVE Onzie bras because they won't be constricting on my body while I'm doing yoga. they are typically low support, which works for my small chest. 

3 - Alo high waisted motto: Alo will always be a favorite for me, and love the leggings for yoga. These are also perfect for barre and pilates. 

4 - Alo interlace bra: Can you tell I have a ting for interlaced bras? Love this bra because the lace gives a darling detail, and will hold you in as you chaturanga. 

5 - Alo long sleeve: When it comes to yoga I'm all about pieces that will move with my body. I'm obsessing over this top because it's the perfect coverup that you can get warm in to later shed during your practice. 

6 - Beyond Yoga Space Dye: These make a second appearance because they work equally for barre and yoga. 

7/8 Alo & Spiritual Gangster crop top: If you don't feel comfortable working out in a bra these crop tops will be the perfect substitute.

Best Apparel for Running

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1 - Lululemon speed up tight: Whenever I go running in the winter I pretty much stick to leggings to run in. Before this style came out I wore it's previous version for years, and love the compression it offers me while running. These are also fast drying, and whisk the sweat as you take on the trail. Side note: I love these for teaching in because the pockets on the side, and I can stick the remote in it :)

2 - Zella bra: I'm not super picky when it comes to bras for running, but I recently got this one. I was actually surprised how much I loved it for running because it was fast drying, and offered me some support. HUGE FAN!

3 - Nike shorts: I'm not super fancy when it comes to my running shorts because all I want is something that isn't tight, and is fast drying! These shorts get the job done, and are way cheaper than lulu ones.

4 - Brooks Ravenna: I SWEAR BY THESE SHOES!! When I started getting into running a few years ago these were my first "real" pair of running shoes. These were honestly a game changer for my training, and are a must have in my closet! Note: If you are ever planning to train for a marathon or half a marathon always get a pair of shoes a half size bigger since your feet will swell.

5/6 - Alo & Carbon crop tops: When I run I prefer to run in loose crop tanks.

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