What I’m currently wearing at the gym

by Melody on March 6, 2014

Top picks for fitness apparel and gear (CrossFit approved)

When my husband and I first started working out and going to CrossFit, I was wearing whatever I had in my closet, old t-shirts, old running shoes, bleach stained sports bras.  Not that there is any problem with any of these things, but I realized that in the middle of some of the most intense workouts of my life, I was wasting precious time messing with and readjusting my clothes.  The fabric of my shirts was all wrong and was making me even more sweaty than was probably necessary.

I started shopping around for some semi-inexpensive options to get me started.  I asked the girls at my gym about their favorite items, as they knew first hand what I needed my clothes to do.

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Zella Live-In Capris

If I could get away with it, I would wear these Zella Live-In Capris every single day of my life.  They are crazy comfortable, well made and have the perfect fabric.  They are stretchy, but not thin.  They are flexible, but stay put through a crazy workout.  I wear the capri pants more often, as CrossFit can be a smidge difficult and the long pants hold in more heat.  If you have another suggestion for great workout pants, I’d love to hear it.  Although the challenge will be actually getting me to try something different.

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New Balance Minimus Trainers

As soon as I started CrossFit, I knew I needed to find a new pair of shoes.  I had a pair of cross-training shoes that got in the way at every turn.  We do so many different types of movements, including tons of agility, jump rope, weight lifting.  The huge soles of my shoes were tripping me up.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune and be one of those folks that starts at a gym, decks themselves out in all new gear and then never comes back.  My good friend has a pair of these New Balance Minimus shoes and I was able to find them for about $40 (total steal!).

These are set in between a barefoot running shoe and a traditional cross-training shoe.  They weigh next to nothing, are super flexible, are constructed from open mesh on the top and have a midsole differential of just 4 mm.  The soles are made by Vibram, who make those freaky finger-shoe looking things.  While I can’t stand those shoes, I do love the durable and flexible soles the company makes.

Amazon has several styles available, all with FREE shipping.  Joe’s New Balance Outlet is also a great resource, just search New Balance Minimus.  There are several different styles of the Minimus, including cross-training, running, trail running. You’ll just need to read through the descriptions and decide what is right for you. I have both the running and the barefoot style and I’m happy with each one.

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Marika Tanks

I have several workout tanks that I like, but have been loving my Marika tanks.  The Seamless Harmony Trinity Tank is my FAVORITE.  The material is super soft and comfortable and holds up well to multiple washings.  They are fitted enough to stay put during a workout, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable.

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Reebok CrossFit Gradient Board Shorts

Best. Shorts. Ever. I swear, when I was looking through my pictures trying to decide which to use, I wanted to go dig them out of the dirty laundry and wear them around the house.  The fabric is amazing and moves with your body through every exercise. They are lightweight, but don’t retain moisture at all. The more I sweat, the drier they stay and they don’t cling like sweaty cotton.

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My favorite feature is the inner brief liner (similar to a board short). No matter how I move or where I swing my legs, the liner prevents the shorts from slipping and sliding and showing off anything you don’t want to be seen.

One note on size: According to all the reviews, they run a little big. I decided to go with a small even though they are on the shorter side and I’m glad I did. I still have to cinch them up tight, so a medium would have been WAY too big. They are short, but any longer and they wouldn’t be as comfortable. I’m getting those big ol’ CrossFit thighs and booty and shorts that fit comfortably are hard to come by.  Buy these today with zero regrets.

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CrossFit Socks

If any of you are familiar with CrossFit or have seen some of the athletes on TV, you may think our fashion sense is a little skewed. Bright tanks, mismatched shorts, crazy socks, ridiculous-colored shoes. One of the reasons I love CrossFit is that it allows me to indulge my love for neon and nobody requires my outfits to match or my hair to be pretty, which is like a dream come true for this lazy girl.

However, the socks actually serve a purpose. When you are lifting heavy weight from the floor, the bar has a tendency to scrape up your shins. We do rope climbs that can leave some nasty burns on your shins and ankles if they aren’t covered. Even jumping up on a box can leave some wounds. Our socks not only make a fashion statement (for us, at least), but they protect us from looking like we got in a knife fight.

I’ve tried several brands and while I like most of them, with my long monkey legs, none of them have been tall enough. They slide down a little or don’t cover the gap between the tops of my knees and my workout capris and I’m constantly fidgeting with them. This past weekend, I competed in my first CrossFit competition and tried a brand new pair of Sock It To Me socks and they were amazing. They actually came up a little past my knee so when they inevitably slid down a few inches, they were still comfortable. They come in a million different designs so you can indulge your bizarre fashion sense differently every day. They are a little more expensive than traditional socks, but worth every penny.

I would LOVE to hear all about your favorite workout gear and accessories! 

What is your must-have workout item?

Check out where I wear these items and the 374 reasons I love CrossFit before you go!  You can also make your own workout tank following our step-by-step tutorial, no sewing required.

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Nicole January 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

As a fellow cross-fitter, I can attest to need for the right shoes. I started in basic five-vinger Vibram’s, but has a little difficulty with my flexibility in the squat, so I switched to the Nike Free 3.0. I got them on a huge discount offered at a sporting good store here and they are the best! I can do every movement extremely well at the gym. So, I can’t live without my new shoes there! I hope you’re loving CrossFit as much as I do! I have muscles I never knew existed from it. :)

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Melody January 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I wrote a post yesterday about the 374 reasons I love CrossFit. :) It’s been such an amazing adventure for us, although sometimes I think it might actually kill me.

I know several people who work out in the Nike Frees and love them as well. Sorry about the freaky Vibram comment. I know people love them, but I just can’t get past the look. They weird me out!

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Kim January 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Not that you brought up sports bras, but I’m going to, hopefully that’s OK :) I have been loving my Fiona by Moving Comfort (http://www.movingcomfort.com/Fiona/350003,default,pd.html). I got it when baby was a few months old and I needed some extreme support, and then I was happily surprised to find that the straps are actually looped through and velcro-ed, so they can work for mom who might need to nurse after (or during, ha) a workout as well as being adjustable. It also claps in the back, which avoids any crazy acrobatics to get it on :)

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Melody January 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I’m glad you did! I have a few that work fine, but nothing spectacular, so love the recommendation. Although it’s been awhile since I’ve needed the nursing features. :)

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Kim January 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Haha, yeah, the Velcro hasn’t been necessary here for a while now either… I think I originally heard KathEats recommend the Moving Comfort brand for high impact.

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Kate January 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Those shoes are my favorite. I workout in them as well.

I really love Nike capri’s. Kind of similar to the ones you posted above. I have several friends that work at Nike here locally so I get them for 50% off! http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-657914/pgid-681852

I also like nike tanks but I can’t find the link right now.

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Heidi W January 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I second the Fiona by moving comfort. I trained and ran Portland Marathon before baby and even after, a bigger size works perfect – not for nursing, but just working out :). I can’t say enough about how great it is.

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Karrie January 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

Melody, I LOVE this post! I am always wearing my old t-shirts and doing adjustments all through my workout. I have been considering the cross-fit work out per your recommendation and think I will try it next month. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas and your outfit!! I might have to get me some of those pants.

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Melody January 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

It makes a huge difference to find a decent tank or pants. Although I hate to spend a lot of money, a few bucks here and there made everything work a little better.

CrossFit is pretty amazing. No lack of motivation or encouragement there!

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adriane March 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

costco has some amazing racerback tanks right now, for $10! They are kirkland brand, though I have heard rumors that they are made by lulu lemon. They are awesome and colors are great. I have the gray, pink and purple.

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