Look Cute at the Gym

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Yes, I'm alive. No, I won't apologize for being absent from my own blog. That would just be plain silly. I've been living life's hectic rollercoaster and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. And as you may have guessed from the post title, I've been hitting the gym quite hard. 5 days a week, in fact! Who would have guessed that this lazy bum would even get off the couch to go to the bathroom, let alone go work out at an actual gym.

One day I just realized that if J is going to be gone for 9 months, that would be plenty of time to get into shape and surprise him with my muscles when he gets back. I needed to stop moping around and I needed tons of energy since I started spending 15 hours a day with a very hyper 18 mo. I have really bad anxiety when it comes to small buildings and lots of people, especially people I don't know. Meaning gyms just aren't for me. Plus I can't be left to fend for myself, I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing. That's kind of the point of going to a gym. I need to work out but I don't know how, so I need some guidance!

Well I ended up finding just the gym for me. It's a little pricey, but I know once I make a monetary commitment I'm going to fully emerse myself into it to get the most bang for my buck. It's the kind of gym that is a class each day, and you get to choose which hour you want to attend with only a certain amount of people for each time slot. So not only are we all doing the same thing with a workout already made for us, but there's always at least 2 trainers to help and guide you and there is no more than 12 people in each class. You get to know these people and root for each other. It's pretty awesome. Plus they have free childcare so I get to take Jay Bird with me! Bonus.

Check me out doin my thang! The little pink numbers are mine ;)

In the beginning I was of course a complete noob. I had no idea what I was in for, and that included what to wear. I assumed I would just wear some yoga pants or my baggy capri sweats and a spaghetti strap and I would be good to go. Uhh, no. Not even close. There is a reason stores have a specific athletic department dedicated to workout clothes. I mean duh, that's the whole point of Nike. After about ten minutes I noticed that I sweat a lot. Like a lot. And cotton clothes are not the best things to wear when you are wet. They do not absorb the sweat, make you feel gross, and weigh you down. 

You're best bet is to wear tight clothing and spandex material, like a bathing suit. You'll feel cooler and there's less rubbing on your body. If you're like me, you wanna wear as little clothing as possible. Meaning lots of shorts. When I say as little clothing as possible I don't mean show up in just a bra and some underpants. Whatever you can get away with is all up to you, but I prefer to feel as comfy as I can while still being modest.

I also have OCD, and I HAVE to match when I get dressed. I just can't function for some reason. The best places for super cute clothes while being super cheap is Forever 21. I LOVE their bottoms and I get most of my sports bras from there. I also shop at Old Navy, Under Armor, Body Central and at a store my local mall has to get open back, loose shirts. As for shoes, my favorite is Nike Frees. I have 2 pairs and will be getting more soon. They're so comfy and unlike other running/athletic shoes, they actually have a stiff bottom for support.

My closet corner is dedicated to my workout clothes

I always try to base the days outfit on what core group we are working on. My gym rotates between upper, lower, and total body days. So when we're doing upper I wear pants, lower I wear capris, and total body [which means LOTS of cardio, grr] I rock the shorts. Usually if I wear shorts I'll wear a tighter shirt and pants a more loose one to balance out. Due to summer rolling around I wanted to make sure I was ready for anything, and to get lots of bright and fun colors. Summer shopping is fun, but I honestly haven't bought regular clothes in months. It's just tons of workout clothes for this girl! But it's still fun to shop for them and get funky with your outfit choices. I'm obviously not going to model everything in my closet cause we'd be here all day, but I did group my clothes for you. Also, pardon my wrinkly bed spread.

You can never have enough sports bras. Seriously. You'd be surprised how fast you go through them and then are like 'where the hell are all my bras?'. I'll be purchasing more in the near future because once I wear one it gets tossed into the hamper. I will not re-wear a bra unless it is washed because sweat= gross.

These are some of my shirts that are specifically for working out, so they are made of spandex material to absorb sweat and make you feel cool in the most dire of hot weather. I didn't feel the need to show you everything I own, so I just picked a few shirts from each category as examples.

These are cotton shirts but they are all very light and airy. I call them my barely-there shirts since some are see through and others have open sides or open backs. If I could work out in just a sports bra I would but considering others are present I'll cover up my tummy.

These are all of my shorts, and there is a white pair in there somewhere. Some have pockets which is nice for my chapstick [I'm an addict] and the ones that aren't spandex and hug my thighs are still very open and flowy without showing and flesh.

All of my capris. I prefer the 3 spandex to the 2 cotton cause of sweat but they're all fine. It's not like my booty can't breathe or anything ;)

For pants I highly recommend spandex since your entire leg is covered. It gets real hot real fast and you're gonna regret wearing those loose, flared cotton yoga pants. Those are NOT for the gym, so keep those for actual yoga or what we all know most people use them as, loungewear. We all know you don't wanna wear real pants cause fuck jeans, but don't wear them to the gym.

It is possible to look decent at the gym instead of the slobs with giant pajama shirts and baggy sweats. Those people are crazy and they most likely are not giving it their all. If you are legit working out, pumping iron, and sweating up a storm STAY AWAY from loose clothing and cotton. You'll thank me for it.
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