BLOG POST #13 A Few Tips for Choosing Workout Apparel + [2] Affordable Workout Apparel Recommendations + MAJOR Giveaway!

Choosing workout apparel is no small feat. It can be comparable to buying denim. 😐

I decided to type up this quick little guide to help you shop. I will also tell you about my two favorite affordable athletic clothing brands of the moment. (They are both comparable to Lululemon! 😮)

I hope that you will use these tips the next time you shop for athletic apparel and give the two companies I mentioned a try!

🏃‍♀️Running vs Yoga 🧘

🧘🏾 A yogis fabric friend is, cotton or cotton blend material.

WHY: Cotton is soft, so as you work your way from downward dog to chaturanga you can do so with extreme comfort. Cotton material doesn’t get as stinky as polyester during a workout. Your yoga mat partner will enjoy being next to you.

🏃🏿‍♀️ Runners fabric friends should be those that compress and wick moisture. Some examples are spandex (Lycra), nylon polyester. Pssst…In the winter, look for fabric labels that list wool or a wool blend.

WHY: If you wear cotton running you will feel like you just jumped in a swimming pool with a full denim outfit on. Also, when it is the dead of winter, you don’t want to wear cotton garments since they attract moisture to your body. 🥶 Instead look for Lyrca fabric for running, because it is a light material and flexible. You can also look for Nylon! Similar to lycra, nylon has a low fabric weight and has high tear strength. So no worries about it not keeping up with your multi-mile run. Polyester is another great material to look for. Similar to Nylon, polyester is SUPER wear and tear resistant. It is important to know that polyester blends should be washed often because it traps odors. (So don’t be that guy or gal who leaves days old clothes in their gym bag at the office. Your coworkers will appreciate you!)

🏋️‍♀️ Weightlifting vs Hot Yoga 🧘

🏋🏿‍♀️ Weightlifters and Hot Yogis fabric friends are similar to that of runners, the best fabrics are those that compress and wick moisture. Some examples are spandex (Lycra), nylon, and polyester.

WHY: When you are hustling around the gym or moving through a 105-degree flow, the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable or look disheveled. Spandex (Lycra) is extremely flexible and offers terrific stretch. Which will make squatting, deadlifting and getting into the crow pose easy. Nylon is exceptionally durable, so you can expect your garments that have it to hold up to tough workouts. Polyester is a material I always search for, because it is incredibly durable, fairly wrinkle resistant, and keeps me warm when I’m in a cold gym.

Important📝:On a tight budget? Stick to buying weightlifting styles, as they can work for yoga. I would not recommend that you use yoga pants for running or use for weight training. When picking a running style to use for yoga, I wouldn't recommend any running style that has zippers, as it will make some yoga poses quite uncomfortable! 😣 

🏋️‍♀️ Weightlifting vs Running

Though weightlifting garments and running garments typically have similar materials, they have a few key differences! Most brands have labels on their items indicating that clothing is meant for training. If they don't keep an eye for the following:

🏋️‍♀️ Check for the materials I listed above in the weight training section and see if the material is slightly thick. Thicker materials are best for lifting weights because you don’t have to worry about getting snags. Thicker material also means you don’t have to worry about your pants being see-through when you perform an exercise like a deadlift or hip thrust.

🏃 Check for the materials I listed in the running section and see if it feel like a light material. When you are running you want light garments, so you don’t feel weighed down.

🏋️‍♀️ You will typically see few zippers on weight training clothes. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for brands to include some pockets.

🏃You will see way more zippers as well as storage pockets on runners clothes, which makes sense, it is no fun holding your phone or keys while running.

AFFORDABLE FITNESS APPAREL COMPANY #1 

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[90 Degree by Reflex]

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AFFORDABLE FITNESS APPAREL COMPANY #2

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15 thoughts on “BLOG POST #13 A Few Tips for Choosing Workout Apparel + [2] Affordable Workout Apparel Recommendations + MAJOR Giveaway!

  1. I definitely agree with going with either Lycra or nylon material. I think what I try to look for always in workout gear isn’t that it isn’t see through. Maybe favorite way to workout is definitely getting a good lifting session in to blow off some steam, or get a good game of water polo going with my friends whenever possible.

  2. Hmm I really like to do it all. From running to spinning to yoga. I’m trying to incorporate yoga on a more regular basis and stretch which is something I lack sometimes. Going with friends makes it a lot more fun as well. It does really help to have the right kind of attire though. to feel comfortable and happy. I like bright colors but of course it just depends for what kind of workout I’m doing. A good session is where I feel like I left it all in the room.

  3. I love to do the bike in the gym! While wearing my waist trainer! I’m starting to get into weight lifting now so I’m excited!!

  4. There are so many things I enjoy doing to stay active, especially being a former Track and Field athlete.
    I definitely enjoy running ALOT. I usually go to the track or occasionally do long runs. I also enjoy HIIT (high intensity interval training), this usually challenges me.
    I also like to stay active by participating in Bikini competition. This usually consists of running and weight training, not to mention eating correctly.
    For recreation, I stay active by dancing, yoga, skating and also simply taking a walk at my local park.
    I really just enjoy moving around.

  5. I like upbeat fitness classes and running on the track in warm weather. Either of these boost my mood and make me feel like the rockstar that I am!

  6. Recently I have been really enjoying HIIT fitness classes, but my favorite way to stay active is most definitely yoga! There is just something about being on my mat that brings me so much happiness. I also can’t wait for warmer weather because I really miss outdoor activities!

  7. My favorite ways to stay active are either playing a group sport or working out with a trainer!! I’ve never been one to just workout on my own. I rely heavily on others to keep me accountable and motivated! Plus it’s fun 🙂

  8. Hmmm this is definitely a hard one, as I have several favorites. However, if I had to pick just one – it would be HIIT workout. Mainly because I can do it anywhere most of the time, and if I’m short on time it gives me the boost I need.

    Great post! Keep up the good work.

  9. I Just started to try Hot Yoga, I prefer running but surprisingly I enjoyed it, HIIT is me all day . My health journey begun 5 months ago the most important thing is having you family support I am bless to have that.

  10. Getting in a good workout on the stairmaster is my go to always at my gym. Doesn’t take long to get me sweaty and in sync.

  11. Loved this! Thanks for the brand suggestions, I’m definitely going to check all of them out. Right now I’m focused on weightlifting- I currently lift around 5-6 times a week. But I’ll soon incorporate running back into my regimen, so these suggestions were right in time!

  12. My favorite way to workout and stay active usually comes around in the spring, summer and fall. I enjoy intramural sports. I also like workouts that are outside on the track or trails.

  13. I defintely love 90 degree active wear. My current workouts are spinning and weight lifting. The 90 degree are extremely comfortable and stretchy. Check out Costco as they sell 90 degree active wear.

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