If you’d asked me a year ago if I would have more sports bras than regular bras and a pair of workout shorts for every day of the week (and still feel like I need a few more pairs) I would have said you were crazy. (I also wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I’d be running 30 minutes solid or even that I’d be running at all.) I would DEFINITELY have not believed you if you told me I’d be wearing neon yellow shorts in public. But in the last 2 months I’ve learned a ton about what works for me in terms of kettlebell workout clothes versus running clothes versus yoga clothes.
Shorts/pants need to be cut close to the body. Loose shorts just get in the way when you pass the bell from hand to hand during lunges. Shirts can be loose, but too loose shirts can also get in the way when passing the kettlebell around the body. It can be very dangerous when you pass 30 lbs of solid iron underneath a leg and grab both the handle and your shorts. Losing your grip on a bell can cause broken objects or worse, broken bones. So keep it close to the skin. Also, gloves are a necessity in my opinion, to help maintain grip, but some would argue that they aren’t.
My favorite outfit: Slimfit cotton shorts with a drawstring waist and a sports bra. No socks, no shoes.
Running clothes definitely need to be less snug than kettlebell clothes, but I find that the longer the shorts/pants are the more snug I like them. I don’t think I would like fabric flapping around my ankles when I was running. And I’ve definitely found that shorts length makes a difference when the weather is warmer. I have one pair of running shorts that’s just a hair shorter than I’d like, and this causes some thigh rubbing when it’s hot. They work better when it’s cooler or less humid. As for tops, I’ve worn everything from a baggy oversized tee shirt to a snug cotton tank to a long sleeved tee in cooler weather. It all works fine. I definitely prefer a more snug tank in hotter weather. Color here is important, though: when running on roadways or in dim light, brighter colors make you more visible to passing cars.
My favorite outfit: obnoxious neon yellow shorts and a skull tank top over a sports bra with my neon watermelon running belt. Good running shoes and cushy socks are a necessity. I also wear metatarsal support gel pads.
We all know yoga pants. It seems they’re more of a fashion statement than anything else these days, but I never really thought much of what sorts of tops to wear while doing yoga. Super baggy tee shirts? They’re a TERRIBLE IDEA, even if you’re just doing yoga in your living room. Not only will you flash everyone, but during downward dog that extra fabric WILL try to suffocate you, which is totally the worst way to find inner peace.
My favorite outfit: Slimfit cotton shorts with a drawstring waist and a stretchy tank. No bra. Because, come on, it’s yoga. Isn’t the point to feel a little free? I don’t actually have any photos of myself in yoga gear, but I like this one!
So yes, you need different clothes for different workouts. If you’ve been following me here for a while you’ll know I hunt thrift stores and clearance sales for workout clothes. (I will buy almost any item of clothing from a thrift store save underwear, socks and shoes, because why not?) This has saved me a fortune I’m sure!
What are your favorite workout clothes?
On deck for next week: My homemade kettlebell workout, chocolate covered strawberry protein bars, the last week of C25K!