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How to Dress Like a CrossFit Pro

Written on July 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm , by

Written by Macklin Stern, editorial intern

With so many athletes gearing up for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games this weekend, we’re already feeling super motivated to run to our nearest box (code for gym, for all you newbies) and sign up for a few classes. Better yet, we’ll just hop on the MindBody Connect app and register there. But signing up and actually working out is only half the battle. You have to look the part, too. And not to fit in – so that you can continue to burpee and box jump like it’s no one’s business.

Samantha Briggs, a CrossFit athlete who just so happens to be the fittest woman on earth, gave us some sweet tips on what to wear—and what not to wear—when you’re on your way to deadlift, snatch, and clean and jerk. And considering she trains seven days a week—four of those are two-a-days—we think she might know her way around the rings.

Compression gear is a must. “Loose-fitting clothes may get trapped in the bars,” Briggs warns. Makes sense – no one wants an unexpected wardrobe malfunction because there shirt got in the way of the equipment.

Just say no to pockets. “If you do muscle-ups, you don’t want pockets because your thumb can get trapped in them.” Even doing exercises on the rings can become a risk. “I’ve tried to do them with big pockets on my shorts and nearly got my thumb cut off,” she says. Noted.

Tall socks are in style. You see all the diehards wearing them, and they do it for a reason. The extra padding protects your shins from the bar when lots of lifting is involved, and a pair of gloves or gymnastic grips will protect your hands (strict gymnastics is one of the hottest trends in the CrossFit world right now, so expect to learn some bendy moves if you haven’t yet). “If you choose to spend a lot of time on the bar, you can get ripped hands,” notes Briggs.  ”You don’t want to rip your hands because you won’t be able to train after,” she says. And nobody wants that.

Get the right shoes. Running sneakers don’t belong here. Briggs suggests the Reebok Nano Inov-8‘s, which are built for the pounding and sharp movements you do in each WOD (workout of the day).

Be sure to tune in to ESPN tonight and ESPN2 on Saturday and Sunday to watch the CrossFit pros burn and firm (more info on times and streaming here). Then hit up a box near you to try the trend. Just be prepared to sweat. A lot.

Photo courtesy of CrossFit Games

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Tennis Pro Venus Williams Talks Fashion, Food and Living a Healthy Life

Written on August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am , by

Ruth Zukerman and Venus Williams both wearing tops from EleVen by Venus’ new collection. (Photo courtesy of Marion Curtis/StarPix)

When you add tennis superstar Venus Williams and Flywheel Sports together, what do you get? A night filled with fun, fashion and Spinning, duh! I had the opportunity to join FlyWheel’s co-founder, Ruth Zuckerman, for a special ride with Venus to kick off the Fall 2013 collection from EleVen by Venus, sold at select FlyWheel locations (Chicago, Charlotte, Seattle and NYC, to be exact!). I was also lucky enough to sit down with Venus and pick her brain about fashion, food (apparently we both share a love for marshmallows!) and her life as a tennis star. Talk about a “pinch me” moment!

I work in the fashion department at FITNESS, so I’m super familiar with your line EleVen (we featured a tie dye version of this skirt in our July/Aug issue!), and think you and your team of designers are doing a great job. What inspires you when designing new looks? I really think that inspiration comes from within and that’s what makes the line a little bit different. I try to design pieces that are  different, fun and bright – things that are really me – but not too different because you don’t want to step too far away from your roots, you know? We want the line to be relatable, so we’re always looking to find a happy medium. I want people to see my clothes and say, “Wow, that’s so exciting!”

And exciting it is! The new collection especially. I love the floral prints and electric color pallet. Are you going to wear any of these pieces to the U.S. Open?

I’ll be wearing the Rose Floral tennis dress.

Super cute! Definitely makes me want to get out on the tennis court and play!

Exactly! I want to inspire people to  live a healthy life. Give them a little extra motivation to get out there and exercise.

Speaking of healthy, what’s your go-to snack, whether you’re on the go or heading into a big match? 

To be honest, I’m not a big snacker. I’m into green juice and smoothies, so I usually reach for something like that.

Well that explains why you look so awesome! But seriously, any splurge snacks? There’s gotta be something…

Marshmallows! I love marshmallows. Those are a weakness, so I allow myself to splurge once in a while.

A girl after my own heart! So you’re about to go to a match, you’re dressed to the nines in your cute tennis clothes; you’ve drank a smoothie. What’s next? Any special rituals that we should know about?

I don’t have any crazy rituals. I’m the most relaxed person before a match. Probably too laid back. I’m always running late! People are pushing me to go and I’m like, “Wait, where’s my racquet?!”

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Get Out There With Roxy’s New Outdoor Collection

Written on January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by

If you need extra incentive to peel yourself off the couch this winter, Roxy’s new Outdoor Fitness Collection may just do it. The company just launched a line of apparel and accessories that mix fun, fashion and of course, fitness. With technical features like UV protection, sweat wicking fabric , zone mesh ventilation and four-way stretch, the line provides cute and functional workout gear that you’ll want to get moving in.

Check out some of our picks below.

The Dawn Run Tee in Sunrise has breathable fabric and thumbholes for comfort. Plus, the color makes us look forward to summer! ($58, roxy.com)

 

Bring the beach with you wherever you go with this fun workout tank that looks good even after your sweat session. ($44, roxy.com)

Don’t let wind or rain stop you from going for a run. Suit up in the Atmosphere Jacket. ($88, roxy.com)

Fit Links: A Destination Race To-Do List and Low-Calorie Comfort Food

Written on October 12, 2012 at 9:15 am , by

If you’re doing a race on the road, don’t forget to pack some comfy travel clothes for after the event! (Photo by Bert Meadows)

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Music Monday: Soffe’s Spring Tone-It-Up Playlist

Written on April 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm , by

With spring in full swing, its time to get serious about toning up for summer—only 11 weeks to go! Our friends over at Soffe have created an awesome playlist to get you in the mood to hit the weights, ride your bike, or even take an afternoon jog around the block. So throw on your brightest workout clothes (we like these shorts paired with this top), your funkiest sneakers, and get your workout on!

Tone it up this spring in Soffe! (Photo courtesy of Soffe)

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Written on April 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm , by

Prep the popcorn—it's movie time! (Photo by Evan Sklar)

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Fit Links: Healthy Snack Options and Stress-Fighting Secrets

Written on March 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm , by

Protein, healthy carbs and a little fat: The makings of a perfect snack. (Photo by Chris Gallo)

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Workout Clothes That’ll Make You Want to Sweat

Written on January 24, 2012 at 11:04 am , by

ViewSPORT's "I Run You for Breakfast" tank. (Image courtesy of ViewSPORT)

When we’re at our desks or at home, having motivational pictures and slogans around make great reminders to stick to our workout plans. But what about when you’re already doing your workout but need an extra boost? These shirts from ViewSPORT may just do the trick.

ViewSPORT shirts have Sweat Activated Technology so that an image becomes clearer as your workout gets tougher. They call it “motivation through perspiration.” We like the tanks that say “I Run You for Breakfast” and “Chase Me” but you can also customize your threads with your own logo or quote.

Now tell us: What would you put on your shirt to push you through a sweat session?

Would You Wear Spanx to the Gym?

Written on August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm , by

Its hard enough to do this on top of remembering to suck it in. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Miller)

It's hard enough to do this on top of remembering to suck it in! (Photo by Alexa Miller)

It must be symbolic that a day after I decide to throw away all my shapewear I stumble upon this Huffington Post article getting quite a bit of buzz on the Web.

Spanx just launched a new line of activewear for women to wear at the gym. The line ranges from $68 to $118 and includes both tanks and pants to help flatten your belly and make you appear slightly slimmer.

As someone who used to frequently sport a pair of Spanx for any major wedding, cocktail party, and even sometimes to work (I’m not sure why I felt the need to sit in tight spandex for eight hours, but I did), I can’t imagine trying to exercise in anything that isn’t a baggy t-shirt and shorts. But then again, for anyone who has ever been slightly self conscious at the gym, perhaps this line is just the little confident boost needed to step it up on the treadmill without glaring at the girl next to you.

So tell us: What do you think about Spanx activewear? Good idea, or totally unnecessary? Post your thoughts below.

BodyRock Sport Helps You Look Stylish While You Sweat

Written on July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am , by

The lightweight Durga shorts are perfect for Pilates. (Photo courtesy of BodyRock Sport)

Written by Danielle Paquette, editorial intern

Designer Kelley Dooley believes fashion can be functional—even in the gym. “When I was training for a marathon, I couldn’t find anything cute to wear,” she said. “That’s when I realized I could fill that void myself.”

Dooley launched BodyRock Sport, a glitzy line of workout spandex and swimsuits, to accommodate desires of fitness fashionistas everywhere. (Bonus: The Kardashians love ‘em!) Hate tan lines from armbands? This adorable sports bra has a built-in iPod pocket. Gym duds looking drab? These shorts will add some pizzazz to your plyometrics.

Last week, I met up with Dooley and fitness guru Amanda Russel for an intense Pilates-based workout in Central Park. Even in 90-degree heat, the ladies looked fabulous sweating in silver studded bras and tanks. I was more than inspired to try out my new Zip ‘Em Up top in hot yoga!

Want to drool over more fun fitness apparel? Check out all of BodyRock Sport’s designs here.

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