MINI PENNY: New Gym, New Gym Clothes

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Gym, New Gym Clothes

Back in January, I made sure to add the standard item to my list of New Years resolutions: get healthier. A big part of that for me is simply joining a gym. I bike around Chicago quite a bit — and it keeps my legs in great shape and keeps me moving. Something I've really wanted to focus on is my back and arm strength (and working on that butt, of course) — in hopes to improve my posture and feel in better health overall.

You may have noticed last week on Instagram that I crossed that resolution item off my list. I joined DavidBartonGym, which is a really interesting environment. I'm starting slow with one or two days a week, and adding in some yoga and spin classes once I get comfortable with my routine. As far as my new workout and progress goes, I'll be sharing that later on.

One thing I noticed about working out is that it can be pricey. On top of a gym membership, classes, options for personal trainers, proteins (this is something totally new to me, so bear with me), you also have to consider workout attire. And as I've mentioned in the past, I've never actually worked out or attended a gym before. Going shopping for activewear was really exciting and new to me — but the price tags can be quite shocking. To soften the blow, I decided to hit up fast fashion retailers for my first round of shopping. It was affordable and easy to find pieces that are stylish!

H&M and some other stores have similar pricing structures on their activewear lines, but after doing some research, I found that Forever 21's ended up being the most affordable out the gate. Of course, time will tell how long these garments last, but at least they'll get me started on the path to the gym. I ended up with the following for under $50:

Burnout Layering Tank, $7.80
Contrast Foldover Yoga Shorts, $6.80
Reflector Performance Capris, $19.80
High Impact Mesh Sports Bra, $12.80

I already had some Nike Lunar Elements (c/o Nike) from back in December and this Deconstructed Fred Perry messenger bag that is the perfect size for taking a second set of clothes for my post-shower change.

What are your favorite activewear brands? I would love to hear your recommendations for all price ranges and experiences!

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