Top 5 Fitness Trends of 2015

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!!

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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.

Fitness Trends in 2015

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!

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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?

Meg is wearing: top (The North Face Quarter Zip), pants (Nordstrom Zella Live In Leggings), shoes (Brooks Ghost 7)

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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).