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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Ladies, today I'd like to share with you some info about active wear! This is not my best area. In fact I'd venture to say that I know very little about active wear. So, I asked my trainer (and friend) Shannon to help me out with this. She's had to help me navigate not only the workouts and equipment, but she's had to guide me with what the heck I should be wearing while working out. Shannon is arguably the best trainer ever. Check her out on her facebook page, here. I trust her knowledge on the subject.

We've been training together for about a year and half now, and I've come a long way! Top left photo is from maybe three years ago, at my heaviest, and the rest are progressive shots over the last year. The last two are most recent. It's hard work, but it's worth it.

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Workout gear is all relatively new to me and as an example of my complete naivety on this subject, I had to ask Shannon what one does about underwear and the dreaded panty lines. Workout pants are tight! Am I right? And whenever I wear something that's tight I immediately worry about everyone seeing my panty lines... I know, first world problems... but the struggle is real! So, I asked Shannon (thanking God that she was a woman and I could ask it without being embarrassed). Our conversation went something like this:

Me: “So I got new workout pants, like you suggested, but what on earth does one do about underwear?”

Shannon: “What do you mean?”

Me: "Well, I mean about seeing panty lines! Do people wear a thong? Or do people just not care and wear whatever?”

Shannon: “No underwear! Underwear is so uncomfortable when working out!”

Me: “Excuse me what?”

I was shocked! No underwear!!?!?!?!? Say what? Apparently, there's a liner in workout pants so you don't need underwear? This had me completely confused. And, while I trust what she said, I haven't made the commitment of going sans underwear just yet. For now, I'm sticking with a longer shirt and thin underwear. Panty lines > no underwear.

 

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Shannon did offer me some advice on what brands that she likes for athletic wear. And I will share what she said with you, but I will leave the underwear choice up to you.

She recommends, and favors Athleta, because their pants (she calls them tights, but tights to me are what you wear under dresses when it's cold, so I'm going with pants) are durable and breathable. Their tank tops come in a lot of varieties. Look for sales, as they can be pricey. Lululemon is also good. She likes the variety of pants and shorts. Really comfortable and flattering, too. However, their tanks seem to fall apart and fade easily. She also recommends Old Navy’s workout line, which is what I currently have. I like their pants and tops, and the price point is good. They often have sales, so that's a plus. Shannon mentioned Target’s line of Champion workout gear, and I have a few of their things. I like their tanks and zippered hoodies.

Since we are headed into warmer months, I am really loving workout shorts, but I'm particular about what I want in a short. Because, you know, squats and stuff.. I don't want to be flashing anyone, but I also don't like the really tight tight shorts! I like shorts that have two layers. The underneath one is tight, and then on top is a looser fitting layer. It combines a tight fit (to prevent flashing) and a looser fit top for those of us that are self conscious about that area, and you know, I can still wear underwear without seeeing major panty lines.  I have found a few great ones at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. The brand is RBX or Reebok. Amazon has them too, here. Those are a different brand, but same concept.  

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I also have gotten all of my sports bras from T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. I like ones with a fun back. Because if I'm going to have to wear a sports bra, I want it to be pretty and interesting. But that's the stylish person in me coming out and I'm not always practical.  

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And let's be honest, when I workout at home, I only wear a sports bra and shorts. I just get too sweaty and shirts annoy me when I am that sweaty. I end up looking like this anyway, so why not? #sweatyhairdontcare

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But don't you all worry. I work out like a mad woman sometimes, but I still get to have my mandatory glass of wine (sometimes two) and I even occasionally, take my wine outside to the basketball court/playground so that my kids can get excerise too.  I know what you are thinking, but the play area is right behind our house, so no worries.  Next time, I will bring you a glass too, but you'd have to give me 50 push ups first. Spiderman style earns you two glasses.  But seriously, there is a chin up station right there too. Just watch my amazing chin up skills after having a glass of wine... LOL.

 

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 What do you like to wear while working out?  What are your favorite brands?  Do you drink wine at the basketball court too?  

 

As usual, bring your beautiful selves over to my blog at www.raininstyle.com for more style fun. No deadlifts or burpees required.

-xo

 

 

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