I wear a lot of workout clothes. My closet has two parts: one part business casual for work and one part athleisure wear. That’s because I’ve been in the fitness field for over a decade (and I get the luxury of wearing workout clothes to work sometimes), but also because my mom uniform (also known as what Anika changes into immediately after she gets house after work) is literally workout clothes. It’s also what I wear on the weekends and obviously what I wear when I actually work out.
When working with my seasoned clients, I tend to talk a lot about workout clothes in a few different contexts. First, they’re a good way to reward themselves after achieving a milestone or new goal. New workout clothes are nice because they are a non-food reward, and also something you’ll usually need if your goal is fat loss. I also talk about using workout clothes as a way to trigger a behavior, such as laying them out the night before (or wearing them to matress as pajamas) so you have no excuse to miss your morning workout.
When working with new clients, they often want to know what to wear for their first training session. And having a few helpful tips not only builds up their confidence, but also informs them (especially those who haven’t worked out in years) of what they should consider before their sweat sessions at the club.
But here’s the thing. Not everyone loves to shop for clothes, especially if they are on a fitness journey and are trying to improve their health and/or appearance.
I’ve been using Trunk Club since the end of last year, and I can honestly say it’s been a game-changer for me. Soon after becoming a mom, I found myself having less and less patience to shop in stores (and deal with returns, etc.), along with having less confidence in what styles or brands fit me best (after my body had changed through pregnancy).
After having such a nice first experience, I’m now on their quarterly program. So, every couple of months, I receive about 12 items delivered right to my door and can pick/choose what I want to keep.
If you’ve never heard of Trunk Club, think of it as a personal styling service devoted to helping you build a perfect wardrobe. You simply sign up, take a style quiz, then get paired with your very own personal stylist with whom you’ll create (and continue) a relationship. I use Trunk Club to freshen up my work wardrobe and to choose a few casual pieces for the upcoming season.
Recently, they launched their new Activewear Trunk. So, they literally send a trunk full of new workout clothes, including sports bras, tops, jackets, pants, shoes, etc., straight to your door.
As someone with tons of experience wearing workout clothes, I was not only personally excited for this offering, but also thought that many of my clients (seasoned and newbies) could benefit from a service like this.
I want each of my clients to have the opportunity to dress and feel comfortable in workout clothes that will help them maintain or improve their fitness. And having an outfit that you are comfortable in not only increases your confidence at the club, but may also, in my opinion, increase your excitement around getting your workout in.
If you’ve never used their service before, Trunk Club offers a $60 credit to new customers on their first transaction. To get the credit, you need to sign up through this link.
When you receive your very first Trunk, I offer you one piece of advice: try everything on, even if you think you’re not going to like it. Every time I try something on that I would never have considered if I saw it while shopping in a retail store, I end up loving and keeping it. I’ve stuck to this process of trying everything on with each Trunk and am always happy that I do.
When my first Activewear Trunk arrived, I wanted to keep everything! But in the end, I kept a couple pairs of pants (one pair of black joggers that I literally wear almost every day after work), along with a few cute pale pink tank tops and a grey workout jacket/cardigan. And I get compliments every time I wear them.
5 TIPS TO FIND THE RIGHT WORKOUT CLOTHES
1. Focus on Function
Over the years, I’ve had plenty of conversations with clients around which brands/styles are best to wear to support the exercises we’re going to be doing, including which materials tend to show the least amount of sweat (if they are concerned about person noticing that). Performance fabrics (usually made from polyester) wick moisture away from your body where it can evaporate on the surface, keeping you cool during your workout.
2. Invest in New Shoes
Most person don’t replace them often enough, and that can totally impact your body’s alignment (hello, back pain) along with your performance in a workout. One rule of thumb is to set your existing pair of sneakers on a flat surface, and if they’re noticeably uneven to that surface, it’s time to replace them.
3. Try Several Brands
They all have different fits and styles, so it’s important to try them all and see which work the best for you. Some of the most expensive brands out there fit well, but then wash horribly. Trunk Club has a brand called Zella which is super similar to another activewear brand that I have in my closet, but it’s less expensive. And I don’t have to worry about pilling; I can just put the clothes in the dryer.
4. Undergarments Are Key
They really are the foundation of every outfit, and I often find that women are wearing the wrong-sized sports bra. Make sure to invest in something that fits you well and is supportive. It will help to prevent back pains and keep you feeling confident.
5. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to dress in black all of the time if you want to look slim. The foundation of your wardrobe should be colors that you enjoy and that complement your skin and eyes. Matching sets (in fun colors or patterns) is a new and popular trend, and having your leggings or capris match your top or sports bra is a nice way to have some fun, but also increase your enjoyment of working out.
In health, Anika Christ – Director – Digital Programming & Events – Life Time Weight Loss
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