“Thanks to Kanye’s workout plan/ I’m the envy of all my friends/ See I pulled me a baller man/ And I don’t gotta work at the mall again.” Kanye West, ‘The New Work Out Plan’.

Hey Ladies,
It’s time to get right for the summertime. We have two months before arms and legs go on full display in skirts and sleeveless tops…so let’s hit the gym with a vengeance!
I personally feel more motivated to work out the cuter my clothes…so I’ve compiled a few fashionable gym essentials for ya. Let’s get to it.
First up: tops. I like to mix in a few stunner shirts with my old t’s and wife beaters to get that extra motivation at the start of the week. My choices:

Top Row, Left to right: Under Armour Heat Agility Sports Tank, $35, www.modells.com; Adistar Long Bra Top, $50, www.shopadidas.com.
Bottom Row, left to right: Women’s YOC Tank, $45, www.shopadidas.com; Nike Women’s Gym Basics top, $18, www.sportsauthority.com.

Next gym essential: sweat whicking, butt flattering pants. If you’re like me, you have the workout schedule of an insane person. I like to run on Mondays, take a jump rope class on Tuesdays, Cardiosculpt on Wednesdays…and I need a different pant for each activity. I’d recommend you get a pair of shorts, capris, and long pants in concealing, slimming black like these:

Top Row, Left to right: Nike Women’s Acceleration Capri, $47, French Terry Pant, $55, www.puma.com.
Bottom Row, left to right: Adidas Response Boot Tights, $50, www.shopadidas.com; Nike Low Rise Loose Fit Shorts, $38, www.nordstrom.com.

OK, when you’re doing all this jumping around, you obviously need some serious support! My bra picks run the gamet from saucy to serious, and includes the Enell bra that Oprah claimed was the gold standard of support on her show! Take a look:

Top Row, left to right: Nike Full Control Bra, $60, www.nordstrom.com; Mizuno Women’s Colt Sports Bra, $32, www.ladyfootlocker.com. Bottom Row, left to right: Enell Sports Bra, $60, www.enell.com; Women’s Essentials Bra, $26, www.shopadidas.com.

Lastly, shoes. I have foot issues as you know, so I love New Balance because they cater to those with wide feet. In terms of style, Nike has the hottest picks, while other brands perform well:

Top Row, left to righ: New Balance WR810 Running Shoes, $89,zappos.com
Asics Gel-1120, $84, zappos.com
Bottom Row, left to right: Puma Voltaic Cushioned Running Shoe, $75, www.sportsauthority.com; Nike Women’s Air Mimic, $50, www.finishline.com.

To wrap it all up, you must have accessories…the gym bag to throw everything in, jackets to slip on post cool down, and super absorbent socks:

Top Row, left to right: Puma Raw Sweat Jacket, $70, www.puma.com; XtremeMac SportWrap for Ipod, $30, www.apple.com; Under Armour Sub Zero Mock, $50, www.underarmour.com.
Middle Row, left to right: Puma Extreme Low Rider Athletic Socks, $5, www.nordstrom.com; Puma Core Green Grip Bag/Duffel, $30, www.modells.com; Brazil Hoodie, $65, www.puma.com.
Bottom Row, left to right: Lacoste Large Roll Bag, $130, www.saks.com; Nike Bicep Bands, $5, www.finishline.com; Puma Golf Small Weekender, $94, zappos.com

Work out clothes can be on the expensive side….you might be thinking $50 for a pair of pants?!?! But for the most part, once you buy ’em, you can hold on to them for years. I have a pair of Nike capri pants that I’ve literally had for 6 years. And with shoes, you can typically hold on to them for a year before needing a replacement.
So invest in a few pieces…and work it on out:)
Smootches!
PS The fashion spread in WWD today is also about activewear. I swear, we didn’t plan it!
PSS There’s a new fabulous online magazine called Clutch that you should definitely check out!

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