How to Choose the Right Gear for Your Workout

Choosing workout wear that is suited for your activity can actually make you feel more comfortable, which can improve your workout.  Follow these tips to choose the right clothing for your workout.

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Cardio

Presley from Run Pretty loves clothing that is loose and airy for cardio.  Also, try to look for wicking fabric to keep you feel cool and dry.  For running, Presley opts for a pair of good shorts and a thin tank paired with a supportive and flattering sports bra – her favorite is from Lorna Jane.  It’s also important to have a supportive, well-fitting pair of athletic shoes to prevent blisters and foot pain – Presley’s current favorite are Puma Faas 300 S running shoes.   A store that specializes in running shoes will be able to help you find the correct shoe for you.

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Bootcamp & Circuit Training

For circuit training, Presley likes tighter clothing to stay with her during workouts.  As she points out,  you don’t want your shirt flopping up over your head while you’re doing burpees!  Her current favorites include a Nike Dri-Fit Shirt and Under Armour Spandex Shorts.  You’ll also want to ensure that you have a pair of shoes that are able to withstand not only forward movement but also lateral movement and jumping, like cross-trainers.  Consider grabbing an athletic headband to keep your hair out of your eyes.

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Yoga

For yoga, you want fitted workout clothes that’ll stay put as you move through the poses. If you’re self-conscious about wearing fitted clothing, look for looser tops with a fitted band around the waist to prevent the shirt from riding up. You’ll also want to wear fabrics that will absorb sweat to help avoid slipping in arm balances.  Presley also points out that fitted clothing helps the instructor to see your form, making corrections easier.

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Barre

As with yoga, it`s best to wear more fitted clothing to barre classes so the instructor is better able to see your alignment.  It`s also suggested to wear crop pants or leggings; shorts can ride up, and also don`t provide the coverage necessary to be comfortable during the floor portion of the class. Most barre classes require sticky socks to help prevent your feet from sliding, such as Pure Barre Sticky Socks.

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