I realize you may wear a suit to work or some kind of formal office attire that requires you to change before hitting the gym, but what about on weekends? Or when you leave the gym after a workout? Save time by dressing in fitness apparel that’s more transitional–something you’re proud to be spotted wearing. I’m talking about sportswear that’s sleek, comfortable, and stays dry so that you can easily go from lunges to lunch.
Nux USA makes beautiful seamless body-wear and cover-ups for a stylish, layered street-wear look after the gym. The Refresh Poncho ($40) is a perfect example because it dresses up leggings and a tank. Nike Lunarglide+ 3 Shield shoes ($110) are great for running outdoors because they’re built with reflectors and enhanced water proofing. When it comes to your favorite scene-y lunch spot, their fashionable gray color makes them easier to get away with and it also hides any sign of dirt.
IMPORTANT TIP: The best way to create a transitional look is to invest in activewear that is built to reflect everyday fashion-wear trends. I like to look at fabric construction, embellishments, and fit.
Here are a few trends that will help you shop for some great Fall/Winter pieces:
- Snakeskin prints
- Drape-y cover ups (“the new hoodie”)
- Motorcycle biker chic inspired leggings & accessories (with zippers and faux leather)
- Jewel tone colors like sapphire and ruby reds mixed with shades of gray
See how I’ve mixed some of these trends in the fit look below. The gym bag shown is the Stella McCartney for adidas “Fun Bag” ($40)
Stella McCartney for Adidas also has these great Snakeskin Print Ballerina Shoes ($90) (sold in-store) which are beyond comfortable and easy to slip on and off before yoga or pilates. I’ve been wearing them everywhere and they’re easy to throw in your gym bag because they’re light as a feather. Toesox makes these great grippy socks which you can wear during pilates/yoga (for those of you who don’t like to go barefoot), and you don’t have to take them off after class. Just throw your sneakers back on and you’re off.
I’m always talking about BodyRock Sport because their collections are consistently delicious and eye-catching, like their Moto Jacket ($125), pictured at the top. Don’t be scared to push the envelope with pieces that have funky embellishments like shoulder chains. Workout clothes are usually pretty understated and a dressy item will step up your look (people won’t be able to guess that you were just at the gym).
I like to pair the Moto Jacket with a colorful capri or legging but if you want to stick to dark bottoms (which are usually more flattering), I recommend Splits59’s Nova Capri Tight with Sports Lame’ ($98). The vertical lame panels give your legs a longer, leaner look. Plus, it looks like leather, which I love! Both the jacket and capri bottom are made with spandex for stretch and moisture wicking…so even if you did get a little sweaty at the gym, you won’t look like it. And with this outfit on, you certainly won’t get kicked out of your favorite lunch spot.
Last but not least, these Menziessi Runner Shoes ($150) by Stella McCartney for Adidas leave me speechless. The snakeskin silicon print on the outside is trendy but subtle, and the shoe itself is more of a warm-up shoe than a bulky sneaker. Black sneakers always look dressier and the slimmer the shoe, the less attention they call to your feet or to the fact that you were just at the gym.
I think I’ve proven my point, ladies. All it takes are a few transitional items to make getting to the gym (and getting out of the gym) less of a hassle. The more you love your activewear, the easier it will be to pencil in that workout. I promise!
|Bianca Jade is the Founder and Editor of fitness, fashion and wellness website, MizzFIT.com. Featured on the Today Show as a Fitness Trend Expert and Celebrity Sportswear Stylist, she brings her readers from around the globe the latest trends in fitness apparel, gear and accessories. Bianca is committed to furthering a movement of feel-good exercise and female empowerment through her writing and webisode series called Fashionably Fit with MizzFIT where she teaches women how to Style Up 2 Shape Up.|
Have you ever finished a workout dvd and noticed that you didn’t break a sweat?
It happens to me all the time. And sometimes it’s not because the workout sucks. It’s because it lacks energy and quick transitions from one exercise to another. Energy…sweat…motivation…environment…music…all of these factors stimulate your workout. That’s why I’m stuck on (ok…obsessed) with Ariane Hundt’s Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD. I’ve never had a better workout in my living room. If you’re looking for a change–a physical one–you really need to try it.
That’s her in the photo below with the infectious smile. I feel that I have to introduce her first before I tell you more about her killer DVD. Why? Because Ariane is sooooo different than every other trainer I’ve met. She’s not glam, doesn’t have a boob job and isn’t trying to be famous. She is the real deal Holeyfiled–a personal trainer with a masters in nutrition who won’t waste your time with short cuts (the dvd is proof). And she’s on a mission to change your body…not to sell you on a pricey program or make you feel like you’re part of an elite club. She hates that kind of BS. Ariane believes fitness should be accessible and whether you’re poor, rich, skinny or fat, that you should work out together because being the same is lame.
Her secret weapon is New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. God, I love creative people! She’s been teaching what’s been called “NYC’s toughest workout” on the bridge for some time now. But what I find amazing is that recreated her daily outdoor boot camp classes on the Brooklyn Bridge in dvd form. You’d think that would be impossible. How do you put a bridge in someone’s living room?
It’s the most effective and engaging dvd workout I’ve ever tried.
The Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp dvd actually works because it makes you work your ass off. Literally–just wave goodbye to it because it’s going to run away crying. Kidding aside, working your ass CAN be fun. Stop acting like you don’t believe me! What if I were to tell you that this DVD wasn’t shot in a conventional filming studio? Or that it has an amazing urban editorial feel to it, with beautiful shots of the bridge and its pedestrian pathway. What if there were “real” people (not models) doing the workout with you? What if it felt like you weren’t in your living room but rather part of Ariane’s scenic, outdoor class? Because that’s exactly what it is.
For me, it was more than refreshing to press play and within seconds begin a workout that energized me and immediately made me sweat. It was actually quite shocking. The strength training intervals mixed with cardio (jumping jacks, sumo squat jumps, running in place) are so well timed. The way Ariane designed the dvd is that you make your way across the bridge hitting different strength training stations and then work your abs before running back across the bridge to the finish. And trust me, it really feels like you’re on that bridge with her the entire time.
More reasons why I can’t get enough of it and will be doing this workout 1/week:
- You don’t need any equipment because the dvd comes with everything you need (2 sets of resistance bands)
- Ariane gets you moving without screaming and not only is she a professional, but she sounds like one. There’s no cheezy chatter or over smiling.
- You can do the workout barefoot, which is how I did it. It’s a great way to make this workout harder…if that’s even possible.
- It feels more like a music video than a dorky workout dvd. Who doesn’t love music videos?
- It’s high intensity, high calorie burning and you will be sore the next day. Did I mention 800 calories/workout?
- There’s a split screen that lets you check out exercise form while feeling the energy of shots of your workout companions running along the bridge
- It will change your body in 5 sessions. Seriously.
I’m over stuff that’s not real.
You have to work for the body you want. And you can get it with this DVD. There’s no sugar coating or huge marketing campaign behind it. It’s just a tough workout that’s fun to follow. You might be out of breath the first few times you do it…but isn’t that what happens when you push yourself? That’s a good thing. It means you’re getting your money’s worth. I must say, as a New Yorker, even the real NYC grittiness captured in the dvd warms my heart.If you’re like me and value lower body firmness, you’re going to love this workout. It’s like hitting your bottom with the TRUTH. I spend a lot of time blogging about fitness (sitting on my ass, because that’s how I type) and the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp DVD is making up for it (i.e. fixing the damage).
Who wants a workout dvd that does nothing? Dumb question. But just so that you know, Ariane made this dvd extra hard so that your ultimate goal will be to complete the entire workout without taking any breaks. I have yet to do this. In fact, I’m the girl screaming “F*ckin’ A!” within the first 5 minutes. But that’s how I knew I was in love at first workout.
To fall in love with Ariane Hundt’s Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp Workout go to: brooklynbridgebootcamp.com
And just in case you want to see Ariane and me on German TV talking about how she transformed my derriere, watch the video below! My part comes on at the 1.:25 mark. And yes, those are cheetah print hot pants. You, too, can own a pair in the animal print of your choice once your booty has completed 5 Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp dvd sessions!
All Images Courtesy of MizzFit.
Bianca Jade, a fitness expert and active lifestyle consultant, is the founder of MizzFit.comwhich features workout trends and stylish sportswear. A former marketing guru, she now rallies women for fitness through fashion.