Most of the time women dress for women. Ask most guys what they think about really high-wasted jean shorts, fur vests or hunter boots and they probably just won’t have opinion. Women dress for other women – we appreciate the effort … Continue reading
The New Year is here, which means packed classes at the gym, lines to get on the elliptical, and underdressed girls strutting their stuff in the weight room. Maybe you’ve packed on a couple of extra pounds over the holidays … Continue reading
We can’t believe it’s already February – where did January go?! Thank goodness, we can relive the month through our Instagram feed. Are you following us? January was full of fashion, fitness, food, and of course cocktails 🙂 And, in case … Continue reading
Like any other Southern gal, I adore anything with polka dots – clothes, phone cases, bags, you name it! If it has polka dots, I am swooning over it. Hence, when I saw this skirt from Chicwish, I had to … Continue reading
2014 was an awesome year in the fitness industry! Some of the highlights for us were the designers who got in on the fitness apparel action (hello, Trina Turk!), the increase in boutique options in Atlanta (some of our favorites include Torq and Pink Barre) and new (inexpensive) ways to visit gyms that put the power of price back in the hands of the gym goer – thanks Class Pass!!
So, what does 2015 hold? Here are the top five things we are most excited about!
Barre, baby! – Barre classes have EXPLODED in popularity, and with that have come great new barre options, workout wear especially designed for this type of class (for example grippy socks galore), and more girls hitting the barre before the bar. Dare I say barre class is the new brunch? Eh, maybe not, but we’re moving in that direction!
Function AND fashion – I dare you to walk into a grocery store, mall or shop without seeing a least one very fashionable woman in workout clothes…who looks fabulous. Yoga pants, colorful sneakers and flowing comfy tops are now the uniform of women everyone – and not just to go to the gym. So retailers are stepping up their game and making sure your outfits can take you from push-up to Publix without blinking an eye. Our favorite new product is the fivesse line of gym bags. The consumer is demanding more from their workout wear, and brands like these have stepped up to offer both a great look and amazing functionality.
High-intensity interval training (think P90X) – This type of workout fell from the number one spot on the 2013 ACSM survey to number two this year (fun fact – I (Meg) interned for the ACSM in college), but we don’t think it’s slowing down in popularity anytime soon. In fact, I think it’s getting even more mainstream. Gyms that traditionally didn’t offer this workout now have a couple classes dedicated to it, and spots are filling up fast. Why? The workouts tend to be shorter (some even as quick as 20 minutes) and are POWERFUL and exhausting. Strong is the new skinny.
Green juice – Veggies are definitely in vogue, people. Kale has taken off in the past couple of years, but instead of just salads people are stocking up on this left green for smoothie consumption. I try and make a green smoothie every morning, so even if the rest of the day revolves around mac-and-cheese and beer I’ve done something good for myself. Plus by adding things like moringa you can get an energy boost that sustains you longer than your cup o’ joe!
Big data – We’re talking tracking here, from competition based workouts to wristbands that track your daily activity, heart rate monitors and sleep. It’s all about knowing exactly what you (and those around you) are doing and the immediate benefits it’s providing. Integrating personal health and wellness data such as steps taken, sleep cycles, blood PH, with apps or software is incredibly engaging and helping more people try to live healthier lifestyle. My mom just got the new Fitbit Charge and I had so much fun checking out the functionality when they visited this past weekend!
Would you agree with our top 5? What’s on your list?
This year I decided to be incredibly original and make (part of) my resolution to be more healthy and active – the bedrock being hitting the gym five times a week. This is a big departure from 2014 where I wore yoga pants five times a week, but did not actually partake in said yoga.
Getting back in a more strenuous, committed fitness routine is really tough. I started my #RoadToFitness (restart) Journey back in December, motivated by the opportunity to join in complaining about how ANNOYING Jan 1 starters are. I mean, can you BELIEVE how crowded the gym is now? 😉 It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.
Being committed (for me) means holding the position the WHOLE time…not giving up 10 seconds before I’m supposed to. Picking up the heavier weights and maintaining the proper form, even when cheating would be a lot more comfortable. It also means sweating, having a really red face and looking like a hot ol’ mess, instead of brunch ready, after a sweat sesh. And it’s hard, because at the awesome gym I go to there are a lot of very, very in shape women who began their road to fitness in December (of 1996) and are kicking my ass without breaking a sweat. It’s easy to get wrapped up in comparisons – but I’m taking a new approach:
Get over it. Keep working hard.
If I’m sweating it means I’m pushing myself, maybe they aren’t – or maybe their botox prevents sweat glands from forming on their foreheads (lucky.) If my legs are shaking two minutes into my barre work it means I’ve stuck the position and my form is on pointe (ballet humor.) Who cares if I look like a mess in the gym – It’s not a catwalk and the work will pay off and be visible under my six layers of clothes and blanket scarf. Plus I can eat more cheese dip and drink more beer– which makes looking like a fool worth it every time!
How to you keep from getting gym envy? Or does it motivate you?
We HEART a good Target designer series (as evidenced here and here), so when we heard the news yesterday that our beloved Lilly was partnering up with our other beloved Target for a match-made-in-heaven, let’s just say our hearts began to … Continue reading
I have a confession – I’m just not ready for white denim pants after Labor Day. Like crop tops, I just don’t think it’s natural for women over 6 to wear this trend (I know this won’t be a popular … Continue reading
For Meg’s birthday last month, we (and the husbands) had the wonderful opportunity to dine at the newly-renovated Nikolai’s Roof atop the Hilton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Did you know Nikolai’s has been around for 38 years?! That is an … Continue reading
Meg’s on vaca in the Virgin Islands with the in-laws (I feel really bad for her….), but she left us with a list of her essentials for a winter beach getaway! We’re headed to the beach and I’m doing something … Continue reading