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lululemon’s Align Pant

 

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I know I’ve done a post about the Align capris, but now that I’ve been wearing lululemon’s Align capris and pants for a while now, I feel I can really give a good review.

I. Love. These. So. Freaking. Much.

Not only are they comfortable, but the feel of this Nulu fabric is ridiculous. They describe it as buttery soft, and they are not lying. It is SO soft. What surprises me the most is even with the buttery softness, these really do wick away sweat. I like to wear these under sweaters with boots, too…so they are not just my workout gear.

I tend to like high waisted pants, and as you can see in the picture, these come up just enough. The tall waist has a pocket too in the front to hold any locker keys while you are at the gym.

When you pick these up, you may think they are really thin. That’s the beauty of them though. They are not a heavy pant, BUT they still hide any trouble areas. They slim you out without being tight and uncomfortable.

You seriously have to try on these pants – and buy them. If you wear workout gear as much as I do, they are completely worth the money. (And I’ve washed these a hundred times and they still look brand new.)

Sports tank – lucy; Pants – lululemon Align; Shoes – Asics GT-2000; Fitbit Flex

lululemon Beat the Heat Tank and Align Crop

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I love good workout gear. I typically workout at least three days during the week and both weekend days, so workout gear that lasts is important to me. I used to say that I would never buy lululemon because…well basically…everyone else was. But I caved two years ago. And I caved hard. Now that there is a store five miles from my house, I’ve found myself shopping there almost 75% of the time for my workout gear.

These Align pants are my new favorites. I was hesitant to try them because on the tag it says “if you want to feel…naked.” Uh, I really want to feel like I have clothes on while I’m working out – I don’t know about you 🙂 But the salesperson said they are ridiculously comfortable. They were right. They are high waisted, which I LOVE. They hide your trouble areas, but the fabric isn’t thick. It does an incredible job of wicking away sweat. There is a hidden key pocket. And then, they don’t move while you are working out…no falling down while I’m running or doing Zumba. I’ll confess I own two pairs now…and the leggings for when fall comes.

I’m always on the lookout for good and supportive sports bras. I love this Beat the Heat Tank. Not only is the design great, but it conceals the girls and doesn’t show too much. It’s comfortable and is not too restricting, even with the good support. Highly recommend.

I won’t forget to mention my trusty weighted ball either. Love this thing! While I’m catching up on my TV smut (a.k.a. Real Housewives), I’ll stand and do squats, lunges, tricep extensions, all with the ball. It even has suggested workouts drawn on the ball! Helps me from not being lazy while watching TV.

Top – lululemon beat the heat tank; Pants – lululemon align pant; Shoes – Asics GT-2000 4

Fitness Monday – New Lululemon Finds

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I love shopping for new workout clothes after Christmas because there are so many good sales! I’m slightly addicted to workout clothes, but I’m in workout clothes pretty much six to seven days a week so it’s my justification to get new gear!

The lululemon by me had an incredible selection of sale gear the day after Christmas. I can’t tell you how much stuff I took into the dressing room. Their prices are higher, there’s no doubt, but I’ve had great success with constant washing and wearing with their clothes. I do think they are worth the money…BUT…I’ve rarely bought things full price. You just have to stop by often to see when things go on sale.

These Ebb to Street pants I wrote about the other day. Functional as workout pants and as leggings under a sweater! I had my eye on them for a while, and the price was finally right. I love how they hold everything in place, and they are super comfortable.

I’m cold blooded by nature, so when the temps drop, I like to work out in long sleeves. Lulu considers this Rest Less Pullover more of a mid layer, but whatevs…I wear it how I want. 🙂 It’s slightly thicker but does a great job at wicking away sweat.

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Who doesn’t love a good zip up to throw on on the way to the gym? The high neck sold me on this Scuba Hoodie. I’ve worn this a ton already…and the part that has become my favorite? The hood! I’ve walked on my greenway in 45 degree temps with my hood up, and my noggin stays completely warm. I definitely have to layer a long sleeve shirt underneath because it’s not the thickest, but it does a decent job of keeping me warm.

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And I can’t leave out my favorite sneakers…Asics GT-2000s. I think this is my sixth or seventh pair. I pronate in when I run, and these help balance out my gait. I always end up finding them on sale through Amazon or Zappos or even on Rue La La.

So there’s my fitness gear wrap up for the day! Happy working out!

Shirt – lululemon Rest Less Pullover (on sale in stores); Jacket – lululemon Scuba Hoodie III Terry (better sale in stores); Pants – lululemon Ebb to Street; Shoes – Asics GT-2000 3

 

Fitness Friday – lululemon tank and crops

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lululemon inspiration tank and top speed

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Welcome to my world of workout gear obsession. Getting new gear just makes me happy! Do I dare say it’s even better than buying normal clothes?! Ahhhh! I’m in workout gear just as much as normal clothes, so I guess that justifies being equally as excited 🙂

Some of my crop pants were getting pretty worn out, so I was on the hunt for some new ones. I tried on lulu’s run: top speed crop and instantly liked them. The fabric is great with wicking away sweat and they are a medium rise, which I prefer (if not higher!). The fabric does have a sheen to it, so in the dressing room I first thought you could see through them. But I did my “squat in the dressing room/bend over” test, and they were not see through. The fabric is just so shiny it seems that way. You just have to be sure to get the right size because they are meant to be tight…so of course if you are squeezing it to them and are way too tight, they will be see through when you bend over!

I’m always on the hunt too for good, supportive sports bra tanks. Now I wouldn’t go run a 5k in this inspiration tank II bra tank, but it provides enough support for me while lifting, doing barre, and jogging. I love the layered look – minus having to wear layers! The fabric is very comfortable – I would like to snag a few more when they go on sale. Added bonus – it’s not low cut! The girls stay in when you bend over…so take that creeper guys at the gym!

If you’ve come across some great new workout gear you can’t live without, please share! I’m always looking for new stuff to try!

Happy Fitness Friday, everyone!

Top – lululemon inspiration tank II; Bottoms – lululemon run top speed crop; Headband – Sweaty Bands (similar); Shoes – Asics GT-2000; FitBit Flex

Fitness Friday – Extra 30% Off at lucy

I am in workout gear during some point of my day seven days a week. So … I own a lot of workout gear. I’ve always loved lucy and have written about it a few times on the blog. It washes like a charm. I still have pants that I’ve had for almost three years and they still have their same stretch and haven’t pilled at all. People constantly ask “Is it really worth the money? Isn’t all workout gear the same?” In my opinion, no, it isn’t.

I think lucy is completely worth the money. But you know what’s great right now? They are having an additional 30% off their sale items! This is the perfect time to pick up some new workout gear if you’ve been waiting for the price points to drop.

My favorite pants are definitely the Hatha, Ultimate X-Training, and Perfect Core. I like that these three styles have a higher rise. No one (or at least this girl!) doesn’t want to do squats and have their arse show. They have perfect stretch, hold everything in, and are thick enough not to show any trouble areas.

Perfect Core Pant

Perfect Core Pant

Hatha Legging

Hatha Legging

Ultimate X-Training Capri

Ultimate X-Training Capri

As far as tops go, I love the Crossbank Tanks. I really don’t like working out in t-shirts or tank tops, so these are my go-to top for working out. It is medium support and I wear it for everything – lifting, barre, yoga, Zumba. This is a staple tank for them, so they always have it is great colors and prints each season.

Crossback Tank

Crossback Tank

I also love a good pullover. They are so versatile – workout in them, throw them on to go to the gym, keep you warm on a chilly morning jog, or just wear it around the house. The Keep The Pace Half Zip is one of my favs. I’ve gotten all of mine during these sales…and I have four of them. (Don’t judge me!) Again, they always have these in great colors!

Keep The Pace Half Zip

Keep The Pace Half Zip

So happy workout gear shopping, everyone! Grab them while you can!

Fitness Friday – Booty Kicks

I started doing ballet when I was the wee age of four. And yes, I still have that first recital costume, too (thanks, momma!). If you’ve noticed lately, ballet-type workout classes are starting to become all the rage…Bar Method, anyone? You’ll also notice these studios cost a small fortune, too. Not that it’s not worth it, but I’ll keep my gym that has free childcare and is open 24 hours a day – even though only one Ballet Body Fusion class a week if offered for now.

But, let’s look at ballet dancer’s bodies. I can sum them up in two words. Long and lean. And these dancers are so strong. Have you ever tried to do an arabesque? How high can you get your leg – and actually hold it up there for any length of time? It’s tough.

Last year, I started incorporating more ballet-type moves into my workouts. And my favorite is what I call the Booty Kick. It’s kind of like moving your leg into an arabesque, but height of your leg is not the purpose. The purpose? Toning the booty and legs. And it’s ridiculously simple. I find myself just standing in front of the TV doing this exercise.

Posture is key. Think like a ballet dancer. No slouching your shoulders forward or bending over. Slowly raise your leg backward while keeping your hips forward. Tighten your booty the entire time. See below for how high I get my leg. At this height, I really feel it in my butt and lower back. I’m also working my shoulders by keeping my arms up. I like to do 3 sets of 20 on each leg. Try not to touch your toe to the ground each time – work on that balance!

Want to feel the burn even more? Add a band around your ankles. Works your muscles even better!!

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