Wednesday, 4 February 2015

My Gym Wardrobe

Aloha! Now, I am not a gym or fitness expert or anything of the sort but I thought today I would delve into my fitness clothes. There are a couple of reasons I thought this might be interesting and maybe even a bit useful for some of you:

1. If you are a gym newbie I thought it would be useful to get an idea of what kind of basics you need for the gym. Obviously you don't want to go out and spend ridiculous amounts of cash on loads and loads of new gear, so I thought a bit of a rundown on the essentials might be useful. 

2. I mainly shop in quite affordable places for gym clothes (with a couple of exceptions) so I thought it would be useful for those of you trying to save a bit of dollar to find out about them!

3. I'm nosey and like to see what other people have in their wardrobe so maybe you are curious like me and just fancy a bit of a nose around my wardrobe 

So lets get started, with the simplest of things...

Blue Tshirt - Owen's old one, Black Tshirt - Gift from Sri Lanka from my brother, White Tshirt - Leaving gift when my Mum left Next

TShirts I thought I would open with this item of clothing as I am sure every single one of you reading this owns an oversized/old/comfy/novelty t-shirt hanging around somewhere. These are the types of t-shirts that you sleep in when you can't be bothered with proper pyjamas/its too cold for just underwear. They are perfect for the gym. They're easy to wash, easy to pull on (no tricky straps etc) and good for moving in. So, no excuses!

(Left to Right): Black Vest - Missguided, Pink Vest - Primark, Pink Tshirt - Kalenji, Purple Vest & Blue Vest - Sweaty Betty, Black Vest - Primark

Sports Tops So, if you want to feel a bit more 'pro' when you're at the gym then you need a few purposely designed fitness vests or tshirts. All of mine (with the exception of the Sweaty Betty ones) are very, very affordable. The Kalenji one, for instance, is a measly £2.50! I picked this exact one up in Decathlon a few years ago having never heard of the brand before and it has faired me well. The two Primark vests are great too although slightly thinner material they still do the job. If you don't mind spending a couple of extra pounds then the new Missguided sportswear collection is fantastic. On the other end of the price scale is Sweaty Betty. I received these two vests (along with some shorts featured later in the post) for Christmas from my mum. The quality is definitely better - the material is more comfortable and thicker and the shapes are perfect - but the price is obviously a fair amount more. I personally love them but know that I wouldn't be able to afford them myself and the other ones I have mentioned are fine for casual gym sessions. 

(Left to Right): Shorts - Sweaty Betty, Full Length Grey Leggings - Missguided, Capri Leggings - RX sport, Capri Leggings - Kalenji 

Bottoms Buying bottoms for the gym is a bit of a tricky one. A lot of the cheaper outlets (e.g. Primark) do sell gym leggings but they tend to be a little bit see through and, lets be honest, you don't want anybody seeing your pants while you're working out. Another problem is whether you want to opt for shorts, 3/4 length leggings, full length leggings, tracksuit bottoms etc - this is one that you can only really figure out for yourself. As I do a lot of cardio myself I tend to stay clear of tracksuit/jogger bottoms as they are heavy and quite restrictive. My personal favourite are leggings, they keep you covered so you don't have to worry about wobbly thighs etc but are also very comfortable and allow you to be flexible (not that I am). The Missguided ones are completely opaque and they stock them in a range of colours. The Kalenji ones are good too although made from a shinier material which I am actually not a big fan of. The Sweaty Betty shorts are fantastic and, just like the vests, are of a better quality than the others. However, I tend to wear shorts more when I am doing an at-home workout or in the summer as it's a bit chilly at the moment to wear them to the gym!

(Left to Right): Pink - Primark, White - Nike, Grey - Missguided

Sports Bra If you are a man reading this then you should probably skip this section. Sports bras are an essential piece of any woman's sports wardrobes no matter how much you think you may not need one. Being fairly small chested myself I have wondered on occasion (mainly whilst trying to squeeze into the tiny Nike one) whether they are really necessary but I have been informed that they are so there! The Missguided and Primark ones featured here are really only for low-impact sport as they aren't particularly supportive (but they are pretty - especially the Missguided one). If you do a lot of jumping around or are blessed in the chest department then you should probably invest in a proper sports-brand bra which is for higher impact exercise.

Nike Free Runs - Nike, Nike Roshe Runs - Nike

Trainers Trainers are perhaps the most important component of your gym kit. You need to make sure they fit correctly and have the right kind of support for what you are going to be doing. I clearly have a favourite brand when it comes to trainers (Nike, if you haven't guessed) because I really think they know what they are doing. My Nike Free Runs are about 2 years old now which is why they look a little battered but I absolutely love them. I think the design has slightly changed since I bought mine but they really are just so light it almost feels as though you are running/exercising in bare feet. I tend to still wear these when I am going to be doing a lot of cardio as my Roshe Runs don't seem to be as good. However, for activities like spinning or weight lifting they work well for me. Also, you can't go wrong with a classy black colour. Both of these designs are available in loads of different colours and patterns and you can even personalise them with NIKEiD which is super cool. 

Other bits which obviously I haven't mentioned are trainer socks or ankle socks, and don't forget to get a good water bottle which you can always take with you! I hope this post was interesting for some of you and that if you were thinking about starting working out then this has spurred you on to do so! 

Let me know if you would like to read anything else to do with my gym/fitness regime and also leave me a comment if you know of any good sportswear brands!