Style and Performance: Affordable Activewear

I’m partnering with Gordmans today to share my 2016 fitness goals and the affordable activewear that’ll help me achieve them. I have one major fitness goal this year—to embrace physical challenges outside of my comfort zone.

Using a TKO 4-way resistance band (c/o)

When I started lifting weights a few years ago, I shocked my entire system, and my body responded by growing stronger than ever. Every time I lift weights, I feel empowered knowing that what I’m doing is a direct investment into a healthier version of myself.

I’ve been finalizing my workout regimen this past month. Can you believe January is almost over? This year, I’m scheduling my workouts like I do any other important meeting. I’m also planning to keep track of my daily physical activities in a journal. Right now, I’m in the gym 4 to 6 hours a week for group muscle works, group training, Zumba, and my first new fitness challenge of the year — PiYo.

Sweating it out in the gym has put serious demands on my activewear. I need high performance pieces that are moisture wicking, soft, stretchy, and durable. I was so excited, then, to explore the off-price activewear options at Gordmans. I’m even more thrilled to share the super stylish, high performance Puma separates that I found there at amazingly low prices.

From Gordmans Active:

Puma sports bra, $12.99 (orig. $25)

Puma pullover with hood, $14.99 (orig. $35)

Puma leggings, $19.99 (orig. $50)
Journal, $4.99 (orig. $10)

I’m most particular about the leggings I wear. I alway choose black, so I love finding unique style variations like on these Puma leggings. I’ve already tested them out too. They’re moisture-wicking and they stay in place. I can’t believe they’re only $20 at Gordmans.

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Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Gordmans. As always, all of the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

What’s in My Gym Bag

I’m obsessed with what’s in my bag posts. You too? I’ve already done a What’s in My All-Day Bag post and even a What’s in my Travel Bag post. Since it’s “gym season,” I thought it would be cool to share what’s typically in my gym bag. I’m currently carrying a Rebecca Minkoff nylon backpack to the gym. By the way, I found the backpack on clearance in Off 5th.

From my current favorite water bottle to the headbands I wear to keep sweat out of my eyes, here’s what’s in my gym bag:


What’s in my gym bag:

Nike Flyknits

Fitness gloves

Insulated water bottle

Goody headbands

Goody elastics

Paddle brush


Hand sanitizer

Hand lotion

Hair fragrance mist

Lip butter

Lip gloss

Small towel

Fit and Fly

I’ve been shopping for new activewear, and decided to venture into a few stores I wouldn’t expect to have fabulous workout clothing. I’ve been blown away by the options.

Quick sale alert. GapFit gFast leggings, my longtime favorite performance pants, are on sale. I purchased this super fashionable pair with reflective dots for under $25 at sale-on-sale pricing. If you do rigorous workouts, you’ll love these leggings because they’re breathable, stretchy, moisture-wicking, durable, and constructed to stay in place.

I wear all black activewear all the time, so I’m always on the lookout for black pieces with fly details. When I spotted today’s featured snakeskin print performance leggings, I was instantly attracted. To my surprise, they actually fit and wear well too. Here’s a workout look styled around those leggings.

Tank | Leggings | Jacket | Sneakers

More Fab Activewear (many on sale)

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We Work Out

I told my husband, Howard, recently that he should work out more. To my surprise, his immediate response was, “sure, will you train me?” Just like that, we started working out together. On our first day at the gym, dude showed up in some really old-looking sneakers. Apparently, he didn’t want to wear any of his good sneakers to the gym. I promptly let him know that he’ll need a pair of sneakers just for working out.

Her Nike Free Flyknit trainers | His Nike Tavas Air Max trainers (℅)

Thankfully, Mainline Menswear reached out shortly after that and asked if I’d be willing to try a pair of the store’s latest collection of Nike trainers for men. Divine intervention? Of course, I said yes. Howard chose a pair of Nike Tavas trainers, which has cool features like a woven mesh upper for breathability and a thick midsole with the signature Nike Max Air Bubble.

And, now, we’re off on our couple’s workout journey. I’ll try to sneak a gym picture of us and share to Instagram soon.

Putting YogaSmoga Activewear to the Test

I put serious demands on my activewear. My workout wear has to be moisture-wicking, soft, strong, and breathable. It also has to hold me in and stay in place. When I’m lifting heavy weights, the last thing I want to think about is my pants staying in place or my tank riding up.

I’ve been seriously considering a certain popular luxury fitness line, but I can’t seem to see past its 2013 “thigh gap” controversy. I have no inner thigh gap after all. So, when YogaSmoga contacted me, a company that not only strives to create high quality fitness apparel but also aims to better people’s lives, I was intrigued.

Tank—℅ YogaSmoga

Leggings—℅ YogaSmoga


Fitness gloves—Reebok

I’m wearing the YogaSmoga tickle me tank ($72 | on sale in select colors, $38) in a size 4. The tank has that loose-fitting style I love with a banded bottom. It’s lightweight and airy. It also features a sturdy bra with medium support. 

On the bottom, I’m wearing the YogaSmoga momentum legging ($102) in a size 6. These leggings have a hip color blocked design. They’re soft, lightweight, breathable, and supportive. 

Nike Flyknit

I took my new fitness apparel on a test run outside. I ran. I did burpees. I planked. I even tested my upper body strength on some monkey bars at a playground. My Yogasmoga gear delivered. The pieces fit and functioned so well that I could focus solely on my workout.