It’s Not Supposed to be Easy – Dare to NOT Compare in the Gym

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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How to you keep from getting gym envy? Or does it motivate you?

Meg is wearing: tank: lucy Studio Cami Racerback c/o lucy, shirt: Final Rep Long Sleeve c/o lucy, pants: Splits 59 tights similar here

Fit for the New Year – Take Advantage of Free Exercise Classes

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Christmas is over (wipe the tears) which means 2015 is dangerously close. Kelly and I are committed to getting even more serious about our Road to Fitness this year, and, while we took the holidays off, it’s time to get moving. There’s only one issue…while we’re a bit heavier (thanks Christmas cookies) our wallets are a little lighter from the flurry of present buying. That’s why we want to encourage you to embrace the FREE FITNESS this year.

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We’ve talked about using the city as your free gym – which really just means get out and run or do yoga in the park (the outdoors are free…) – don’t make your wallet do the heavy lifting. But for times when you need a little more structure and someone to force help guide you in your workout, look for free fitness classes going on in your city!

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Lots of gym offer the first class free. Here is a quick list of opportunities in Atlanta.

But sometimes you need to get creative about finding these opportunities. For example, Belk (yes, the Belk known for it’s awesome selection of Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses and great sales) is having a FitFest on January 3 at locations around the South (a complete list is at the bottom of the post.) We are going to be at the Atlanta Phipps Plaza location – come join us if you’re in the area!

Belk is hosting free mini #FitFest classes: whether it’s a 15 minute fitness boot camp in the parking lot, a 10 minute yoga stretching class by the fitness apparel, or a 5 minute dance session designed to get you moving, there’s some kind of class lead by a local fitness expert. Plus,they will have shoe fittings there with experts who can help you identify what shoe is best for your foot AND your workout…something I’m looking forward to since I need a new pair of kicks.

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They’re also having healthy food tastings – think granola, fruit, smoothies, juice, and protein bars. Recharge, y’all!

And in true Belk fashion there will be cosmetics sampling so you won’t leave empty handed and can stock up on any skin and body care products Santa didn’t bring you.

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Let us know what other free fitness classes you find – AND if you’re going to the Belk Phipps Plaza event. We’re looking forward to getting our fitness kicked off the FREE way! 🙂

Meg is wearing: pants: lululemon Speed Tight (other colors here), top: Old Navy graphic tee – LOVE these for working out (similar styles here), shoes Brooks Pure Drift (similar here)

List of locations hosting #FITFEST events:

  • Charlotte, NC (Southpark)
  • Raleigh, NC (Crabtree)
  • Greensboro, NC (Shops at Friendly Center)
  • Winston Salem, NC (Hanes Mall)
  • Hickory, NC (Valley Hills Mall)
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Charlottesville, VA (Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall)
  • Dallas, TX (Galleria Dallas)
  • Huntsville, AL (Brudgestreet)
  • Huntsville, AL (Parkway Place)
  • Birmingham, AL (Riverchase)
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (University Mall)
  • Jackson, MS (Ridgeland)
  • Jackson, MS (Flowood)
  • Greenville, SC
  • Columbia, SC (Columbiana)
  • Savannah, GA
  • Atlanta, GA (Phipps Plaza)
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Statesboro, GA

Working(out) our Way to Cocktails

One of the biggest perks of working out is you don’t have to feel guilty ordering the FRIED chicken taco instead of grilled, or the full-fat margarita instead of skinny (which never compare – stop pretending they do.) It’s probably 90% of the reason we do what we do in the gym.

In order to capitalize on the free-falling, no-guilt feeling from the gym is to go straight from the studio to the restaurant. Do not pass go, do not shower (unless there is cilantro scented shampoo in the studio – like at Torq Cycle Atlanta – lawd have mercy!) So there’s a catch to all of this – your workout togs must serve two functions – keep you cool and hawt while you’re getting your fitness on AND keep you looking sharp when you head out for tacos or mimosas post sweat sesh.

We have several suggestions for how you can do this:

Combine Comfort and Joy, y’all – moisture-wicking fabric and no-chafe flat locked seams are key. You want to look like you just worked out, but you don’t want to look like you just worked out, ya follow? Ain’t nobody got time for sweat patches on their tops (or even worse BOTTOMS) because you have a bloody mary to catch. The fabric is key. We love the fabric from lucy because it does just that – and trust me, I put it to the test.

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I Woke Up Like This Colors – I’m a huge fan of the dark pants – think navy blue or black. It’s boring, but if we’ve learned anything from Michael Bolton it’s that boring can be classic and it just WORKS. Plus, it makes you look skinny and hides imperfections. So pair your dark bottoms with bright, well tailored tops that say “LOOK AT ME, I’M FABULOUS” while at the same time say “don’t look at me, man, I’m just here to get swoll.”

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LAYERS GURL – just like you layer your chambray with your cardigan and finish off with a blanket scarf you want to layer at the gym as well. We suggest a fitted tank as a base layer, followed by a loose fitting dancer’s top (the shirt after the shirt if you will) for a little more coverage, and then as a finishing touch add a long-sleeve fitted sweatshirt to keep you warm and looking right.

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We trust our reputation as profesh worker-outers and brunch-goers to lucy because their workout wear NEVER let us down. We also wear their leggings to work because WE CAN, and they honestly look better than some of our former favorite leggings from a store that rhymes with May Blue. We’re keeping it real, while keeping it fancy in our lucy. Let us know if you want any recos about where to start with their line – but DO NOT leave their site without a pair of their yoga pants.

P.S. you may be asking where this amazing spin studio is…it’s Torq Cycle Atlanta and it’s THE (new to us) place to get your bike on. We signed up for a THREE MONTH membership after our first ride if that tells you anything – and it should because we never pull the trigger on memberships this quickly. Honestly, it’s never been done. See below, Kelly is texting her posse telling them the news. Get yourself over there NOW. (First ride is free if you mention you heard about them from us – or if you don’t – but do us a solid, mmkay?)

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Kelly is wearing Dance Workout Top in Winter Blue c/o lucy, Pocket Leggings c/o lucy, Blissed Out Long Sleeve c/o lucy, Workout Racerback (similar here) c/o lucy and Cardio Sculpt Tank (similar here).

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