Working out is about feeling healthy, confident and accomplished. But feeling confident during an intense workout is next to impossible. Sweat and makeup runs down your face, your hair is frizzy, and you’re gasping for air while grunting like Venus and Serena. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing.
Those who frequent the gym have cracked the code on how to feel attractive while pushing your body to its limits. The trend of stylish fitness attire is speeding across the nation faster than the runners who wear them — and for good reason.
“I kind of have a sick obsession with workout clothes,” Alyssa Hall, ISU senior interior and environmental design major, said.
“I love anything involving fashion and I also love to work out, so I like to treat myself to some new workout gear. It gets me more motivated for the gym,” she added.
When it comes to athletic wear, Hall says that the brand Lululemon makes the best that money can buy. If you can afford it, she says that their products go above and beyond anything else on the fitness market.
“My all-time favorite piece of workout clothing is my Lululemon yoga pants. They’re really expensive, but totally worth it. I can’t even begin to describe how great they are. They’re unlike any yoga pants you’d get from Victoria’s Secret,” Hall said.
Victoria’s Secret yoga pants are a life necessity for many college students, but they are mostly good for looks and comfort rather than for strenuous activity. Unless you are actually doing yoga, compression pants are the way to go. You can find them as shorts, capris, legging or boot cut. They are just as comfortable, stop unwanted jiggle and are often much cheaper than what you would find elsewhere.
Speaking of unwanted jiggle — ladies, the struggle is real. It can be extremely challenging to find a sports bra that keep parts in place, but don’t give you the chest of a 12-year-old boy. Thankfully, the answer to your problems can be found just down the street at College Hills.
Yes, there is another unnecessary item to add to your shopping cart as you peruse the enticing isles of Target. The C9 by Champion line is a godsend for only $16.99. If you have a lot to contain, try the seamless racer back. The thicker straps provide a better hold, but still give perk. If you are smaller chested, the seamless cami bra has smaller straps that never show and offer the perfect amount of stability.
Another workout piece you will now never be able to train without is the dry-fit shirt. Guy or girl, if you’re working out in cotton, may the Lord have mercy on your soul,
because that sweat stain isn’t going to fade for at least half an hour. Dry-fit, however, is light weight and dries within five minutes.
Women’s Active by Old Navy semi-fitted tanks are super flattering and come in a variety of colors for $14.94 apiece and are worth every penny. Old Navy also offers a line of dry-fit tees for men in v-neck, sleeveless and regular for $12.94.
Alex Larson, a sophomore majoring in marketing with professional sales, works as a Fitness Floor Monitor at the ISU Campus Recreation Center and sees all when it comes to fitness attire.
“The biggest thing that I’ve noticed becoming a trend in workout apparel is bright colors. A lot of people have said that the ’80s are making a comeback. I see it all the time just by looking at all of the people working out,” Larson said.
Although we aren’t going as far as to bring back leg warmers, ’80s-inspired active wear is prominent in today’s trends. Why? Because it’s fun. The multicolored ASICS running shoes have been a mega hit in the workout world and now printed bottoms are the new thing. Nike has released polka dotted capris, which can be found at MC Sports, and American Eagle is selling them in stripes.
“Bleach stained sweatshirts and ripped off sweats don’t seem to cut it anymore. Society has ruled sweats and a T-shirt to be socially unacceptable for working out. Comfy clothes are exclusively in the pajama category now,” Larson said.
For the sake of all that is fabulous, let’s hope it stays that way.