Fitness Equipment You Can Actually Buy Now

Much like when the gym gets super crowded in January due to the assholes I affectionately refer to as “Resolutioners”, people are suddenly gaining a newfound interest in fitness in this quarantine. I get it, while I’m here eating my weight in salt and vinegar chips, you all have visions of emerging from lockdown with six-pack abs. However, since everyone and their mom now thinks they’re the next Jillian Michaels, workout equipment has gone the way of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It is sold out everywhere. But fear not! You don’t have to jog up and down your hallway to meet your workout goals at home! I’ve done some research and found equipment that you can still purchase and have delivered to you. Congratulations on actually having a summer body this year instead of looking like a blobfish like me! Or we can just decide blobfish is the new sexy body type and all be happy doing nothing?

Me at the beach this summer:

Anyway, here’s workout equipment you can actually buy right now that doesn’t cost $3,000 on Amazon.

Tone Fitness Anti-Burst Stability Ball

A stability ball is one of those universal fitness items that you can do almost anything with. Plus, you could sub it as your desk chair when you work from home to engage your core and prevent back issues. You can do planks, abs, and any of these awesome ideas for a full body workout. Plus, it’s deflatable, so once we’re out of quarantine, you can deflate it and stash it for when you need it next without it taking up your entire apartment.

4-in-1 AB Wheel Roller Kit

This wheel roller kit includes four things and is super easy to store when the gym comes back and you’re not stuck at home. You can do all kinds of abs and pushup exercises with these, and then it also has a jump rope to get your cardio in. Although it might make your downstairs neighbor insane. If you’re not sure how to use a roller wheel, check out this video. You’ll have abs of steel in no time.

Everyday Essentials AB Trainer Abdominal Machine

The thing about crunches is that most people actually do them wrong. Since you can’t hire a trainer to perfect your abs routine, an ab trainer will help. Instead of swinging your body forward using other muscle groups, this super cheap piece of equipment forces you to engage only your abs to pull yourself up. That six-pack will appear in no time. Once I decide to start Postmates-ing salad instead of Dog Haus, it’s over for you hoes.

FILA Fitness Mat

FILA Fitness Mat

Yoga mats are out of stock almost everywhere, or the price is jacked up to like a million dollars (for what? It’s literally a piece of foam), but this FILA one is functional and cheap. Even if you’re not doing yoga, a yoga mat is perfect for a ton of exercises and way more comfortable than the weird slanted floor in your apartment. I’m not sure why every apartment I’ve ever lived in is slightly crooked (seriously, is it just me?), but a little cushioning for your stretches and body weight workouts makes a big difference.

P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope

P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope

A jump rope is a great way to get cardio without risking getting coronavirus at the overcrowded park. Although maybe do it in a community space in your apartment so your neighbors don’t attempt to assassinate you so they can get some peace and quiet. This jump rope even has a removable weight in each handle to up the resistance. Hey, maybe you can invent a dark jump rope song about coronavirus, like how Ring Around The Rosie is really about everyone dying from the plague! Too much?

FILA® 3-Pound Neoprene Hand Weight

FILA® 3-Pound Neoprene Hand Weight

You can use hand weights for a full body workout, plus these ones are both affordable ($7.99!) and in stock! They also have heavier versions. Use these weights for arms, abs, and pretty much anything else. Find some inspiration on YouTube with videos like these. Plus, using weights is a quiet activity that will not make your roommates or neighbors insane.

Ball Gag

I’m totally kidding. This is apparently a Boxing Fight Ball on a headband. But like. Doesn’t this look like something else? Use it for exercise or for scary bedroom games, I guess.

What are your at home workout tips? How are you staying fit in quarantine? Or are you just saying f*ck it and that it’s Future You’s problem? Let me know in the comments!

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7 Exercise Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Workout

Going to the gym f*cking blows. Half the time I don’t know what I’m doing, so I just resort to hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes before calling it a day. Not to mention, it’s sweaty, painful, annoying, and honestly, I’d rather be on my couch watching SVU reruns. That’s why nine times out of ten, I’ll fork over the $40+ and just sign up for a bougie workout class where I can have an instructor tell me what to do, use the studio’s freebie dry shampoo and face wash, post proof I was there on my Insta story, and continue avoiding an actual gym like the plague. And that’s coming from me, a Pilates instructor, who yes, can also hate working out just as much as you do. If you’re like me and want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth of your fancy workout class, don’t make these exercise mistakes after you sign up, because you’re going to end up sabotaging yourself.

1. You’re Not Properly Fueling Before Class

Never go to class on an empty stomach. You’ll be groggy, irritated, and maybe even a little hangry. You can’t expect your body to push through your workout and give it your all if you’re operating on zero fuel. Grab a banana and some peanut butter—any food that will give you quick carbs for a boost of energy—and eat 30 minutes to an hour before your class to give your body what it needs.

2. You Won’t Get Off Your Phone

Yes, Twitter is funny as sh*t, but pull yourself away from your tech for the entire duration of a class. If you need to take a quick selfie or snap a pic for some ~content~ that’s fine, but do it before class or as soon as it’s over. It’s super rude to your instructor and other class attendees, and if you can’t pull yourself away from your iPhone for an hour you won’t be able to focus on your workout and will miss out on reps. And I promise you that your ex does not give a sh*t you made it to your fourth Barry’s class in the past week… if he’s still watching your story.

3. You’re Wearing The Wrong Clothes

You don’t need to show up wearing a sports bra, but wear clothes you feel confident in and that are at least semi-fitted. If your clothes are too baggy, your instructor won’t be able to check your form, you’ll lose out on maximizing your reps, and it can even lead to injuries. Avoid your college sorority T-shirts and think of it as an excuse to hit up Lululemon for some quality workout gear.

4. You Don’t Tell Your Instructor You’re Injured

First of all, kudos to you for even getting to class in the first place. But don’t be so badass that you avoid telling your instructor you have something going on. Even if you don’t think it’s anything, letting your instructor know something doesn’t feel right—or if you have a legit injury that’s been checked by your doctor—is always the move. Your instructor should be able to modify any exercises for you, and can even give you a few pointers on how to rehab your injuries.

5. You Won’t STFU

If you’re hitting up a class with a friend, great. But stop talking sh*t/gossiping/stalking your Ship matches together as soon as class starts. If you really need to catch up, grab green juice after class and chat there. Or if you know that you won’t be able to shut up when you’re together, take the class on your own and make plans with them later.

6. You Arrive Late Or Leave Early

Yes, the MTA is a bitch and a half and will probably make you late at one time or another, but don’t let make you late to your workout class. Not only could you lose your class credit or be charged by the studio (ugh, annoying), but it can also jeopardize your safety. 99 percent of classes start and end with a warm up and cool down and yeah, you should absolutely do them. They are crucial to helping your body prepare for exercises later in class, and they’ll help relieve any soreness or tightness after your workout. IMO, not stretching after a spin class should be a felony.

7. You’re Not Eating After Class

After you’re done hitting a high-impact class, the first thing you should do is eat a good meal with protein. Avoid a sugary smoothie (yes, even it’s made with mostly fruit) and try a good salad topped with tofu, beans, or another lean protein, or a sandwich you can take on the go. Yes, working out can help you lose weight, but only proper nutrition can make you fit and help you reach your goals. Don’t let the past 45 minutes you spent sweating out last night’s vodka sodas be in vain!

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Stylish Workout Clothes That Won’t Break The Bank

Motivating yourself to work out is hard enough. You def don’t need the added stress of wondering what the hell you’re going to wear to your workout. And, you shouldn’t have to succumb to wearing your sorority rush tank when you’ve clearly been out of college for five years now. Of course, I’m totally aware that those $30 SoulCycle classes are already breaking your bank enough. So really, your workout clothes shouldn’t be costing what’s left of your paycheck. (You know, the part that’s supposed to be going to rent.) At the end of the day, none of us need any more excuses to not work out, so let’s make your workout outfit an easy no-brainer. And, if you’re going to work out, you want to ensure you look as good as possible doing so, right??? Right. So you need some affordable workout clothes that aren’t just an oversize T-shirt. Here are four places to shop for affordable workout clothes that are still super cute. 

1. FP Movement

Free People’s Movement collection definitely isn’t your cheapest option, but it’s still almost half the price of Lululemon. Plus, if you ask me, it’s also a hell of a lot comfier. FP Movement leggings are the COMFIEST leggings ever and, if you don’t believe me, try them. At roughly $78 a pair, they’re totally worth the investment.

Free People Tighten Up Tank ($20)

Free People Freestyle Rise Legging Solid ($78)

Free People Fuji Short Solid ($58)

2. TJ Maxx

You can get tons of name-brand athletic pieces at TJ Maxx for a fraction of the price that they would normally cost. I know I sound like one of those TJ Maxx fashionista commercials right now, but hear me out. I’m a #maxxinista to my core and I’m proud to admit it. Like, Under Armour leggings for $20?! And they have ton more brands just like it, such as, Puma, Nike, and Adidas.

Betsey Johnson Performance Slit And Distressed Pullover Top ($19.99)

Under Armour Favorite Cropped Leggings ($19.99)

PUMA Above The Bar Fashion Tee  ($12.99)

3. Carbon38

If you don’t know about Carbon38, it’s time to get informed. Not only do they have the most stylish high-performance workout clothes, but you can also almost always find a promo code to use on your order. They have an incredible sale section with amazing pieces at super discounted prices. They carry top athletic brands like Alo Yoga, Nike, and Adidas by Stella McCartney. Plus, they even have their own brand of affordable workout clothes and exclusive pieces you won’t find anywhere else.

Fiona Long Sleeve Tees In Neutral ($41)

RUN:WAY Cora Top ($43) 

Olympia Short ($56)

4. Missguided

You probably know Missguided as your go-to site for trendy going out clothes, but what you probably didn’t know is that they also have an incredible selection of affordable workout clothes. The brand’s active collection has cool pieces that are vvv in sync with the whole athleisure trend right now. So even if you don’t end up making it to the gym, you’ll still look good in your outfit. Not to mention, you can get a full matching workout outfit for half the price of a pair of Lululemon leggings. Warning, though, the sizes do go fast, so if there’s something you want need, order ASAP.

Missguided Khaki Sports Bra ($15) and Full Length Gym Legging ($15)

Missguided Black Leopard Sports Bra ($22) and Black Leopard Leggings ($15)

Missguided Active Mesh Panel Hoodie ($33)

We all want to be the betch that works out at 6am, seven days a week. However, not all of us can be. Most of us are lucky if we make it to the gym three or four times a week. So don’t make it any harder on yourself to get that workout in. Stock your closet with trendy workout pieces that you’ll feel good in and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Hey, you can even use that money you’ll save for more overpriced workout classes! Woohoo!

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The Cutest Workout Leggings You Need Right Now

As much as Christian bloggers wish otherwise, leggings are here to stay. They’re comfy, fashionable, and they make our asses look great (/existent), what’s not to love? But there’s nothing more embarrassing than rolling up to brunch in the same leggings you worked out in… and slept in… and  wore to work the day before. I mean, okay, I can think of a few more embarrassing things just by quickly recalling my adolescence, but that’s not the point. The point is, you need to buy some new leggings, and what better time to do so than with spring right around the corner? This season’s all about pastel colors, cute color-blocking, and interesting cutouts. We rounded up the cutest workout leggings that you just need to add to your leggings drawer.

1. Outdoor Voices Tri-Tone Legging

Outdoor Voices leggings are kinda becoming the new Stan Smiths, but the seasonal yellow shades are low-key amazing. Get the matching top to look like your favorite SoulCycle instructor.

2. Koral Western Legging

LOVE the coral/peach color on these—it’s like, the most on-trend shade for workout leggings rn—and I love how they’re sleek without being overly shiny in a tacky way. The lining is super trendy, too. Honestly these are my favorites. Should I stop now?

3. Adidas By Stella McCartney, Yoga Seamless Tight Spacedye

These are sick. A little colorful, but not in an offensive way. Pair it with a plain white or navy tank so you don’t assault anyone’s eyeballs with an overly busy outfit.

4. Gymshark Women Ombre Seamless Leggings

Again with the pink. Very in this season. Also, ombre is totally back, but like, just for workout leggings right now—still not for your hair. It was a bad call in 2013, and it’s a bad call today.

Varley Justin Tight

The vintage rose color on these workout leggings is so trendy, and the little detailed cutouts are amazing. May need the matching sports bra too.

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