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 

All videos shot by: Gerardo Marrufo

https://www.instagram.com/gerardomarrufo_photography/

[90 Degree by Reflex]

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AFFORDABLE FITNESS APPAREL COMPANY #2

 [Core 10]

Core 10 Leggings and Sports Bra from Yaa on Vimeo.

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💵 GIVEAWAY 💵

 💥 GIVEAWAY CLOSED 💥

CONTEST RUNS 1/29/2019 – 2/3/2019

PRIZE- Gift Card to Buy a New Fitness Outfit & Nike Vapor Max for You + 1

BLOG POST #12 MY TOP [5] 2019 FASHION & FITNESS RESOLUTIONS + GIVEAWAY

“Umm girl, the month is almost over.”

Yes, it is 1/22/2019! YES, I’m finally publishing my resolutions. I didn’t stress myself out about releasing my resolutions the first day of the year or even the first week of this year.

WHY…

I know you have heard some version of this before, “There is never a perfect or ideal time to start, so with that in mind just start now.”

Which is why I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to start on January 1st. You don’t even need to wait for XYZ to finish before you start.

“On 1 January no check, no pause, no planetary escapement in the celestial clockwork will take place as our planet spins relentlessly around its sun. Its only importance is for the human mind.”

Chris McManus


Let’s face it guys + gals every year we get endless opportunities to restart, because every NEW YEAR is filled with mountains of excuses, bridges of doubt, rivers or fear and much more. So what if you have an awkward start or less than perfect start, KEEP GOING! Restart, when necessary.

No journey is perfect. So here is some advice …

MAKE SURE______

You aren’t one of those folks with only the intention of checking off resolutions, instead be the person with intentions and action plans.

You pull up the directions when traveling to an unknown place, you research before you buy something and this should be no different.

Do your due diligence and research what you need to do.

You need to make sure when you write your list, that results and benefits of accomplishing the resolutions on that list are STRONG enough motivators!

WHY? Well honestly, you probably won’t stick to them if you don’t. If you don’t DEEPLY believe in the end result or feel that the benefit of reaching your goal will help you in the long run, you should seriously reevaluate your list. Don’t waste your time focusing on goals that don’t make sense. Don’t do what is popular. Do what is right for you. Your goals are just that, YOURS.

“Intentions are anticipations of the future, and people differ in the perceived costs, benefits, and consequences of possible actions.”

Chris McManus

If you are one of those people, who knows that it is vital for you to accomplish your resolution, yet still struggle, keep reading.

DON’T BE AFRAID_____ 

Don’t be afraid to outsource if you have no clue where to start or you struggle to adhere.

EXAMPLES: 

If you struggle with diet ➡️ Hire a meal prep company.
If you want to get a new job ➡️ Work with a resume writer and a recruiter.
If you want to save for retirement ➡️ Meet with a financial advisor.
If you want to run a marathon ➡️ Hire a running coach.

You get the drift!

🥁 Drumroll 🥁

👗 FASHION RESOLUTIONS👗

💪 FITNESS RESOLUTIONS 💪

💵 GIVEAWAY 💵

💥 GIVEAWAY CLOSED 💥


BLOG POST #10 I Tried to Swim With Sharks…(Gymsharks) 😂

It took me a long time to come up with this headline. 

Those of you who follow me know that I’m in love clothing! I love dressy clothes, gym clothes and everything else in between. One of my fashion resolutions for 2019 was to cut down my Lululemon spending by finding lower priced gym clothing. On my quest, I stumbled upon a famous Instagrammer / Youtuber talking about the new Gymshark camouflage collection. She was pretty convincing, so I ended up ordering every color.

Sadly, I will not be swimming with sharks again anytime soon. I was not a fan of the collection. Watch my try-on video below.

PSSST. I’m giving away all 3 camouflage Gymshark outfits you saw in the video above. Everything is an extra small. I never wore them outside of this try-on haul.

GYMSHARK GIVEAWAY RULES:
  1. Follow me on IG @layeredlady👉https://bit.ly/2FkMnry
  2. Subscribe to LAYERED LADY blog!
  3. Subscribe to my Youtube👉 https://bit.ly/2AzR3q7
  4. SEE CAPTION OF PHOTO!
Tag someone under this photo on my IG!
I will use Miniwebtool.com to randomly pick 3 winners!
The choice of color will be given to the first 2 people who win! 
Starts: 1/8/2019 Ends:1/16/2019 
You must complete all 4 STEPS TO BE ELIGIBLE!
Winner will be contacted via Instagram DM!