Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wear What Where: Flybarre at Flywheel Sports

I’m not going to lie to you, I took a Flybarre class about a year ago and almost died it was so hard. As in, I literally laid on the floor at one point praying to God it was almost over. After a year of trying to forget how hellish the class was, I went back for another round.  This time in better shape and a better feeling for what the class would be. To my surprise, the class had become more barre oriented, less intense, and much more of what I was expecting. And as it’s my job to report on what’s what in the fitness fashion industry, I spent my time eyeing the great activewear the girls were wearing and THIS is what you need to be wearing to Flybarre right now.

Photo courtesy of Flybarre

The extra long legging: Barre has taken the legging and turned it into a stirrup pant, minus the stirrup. Keeps your feet covered and warm, while exposing the ball of your foot so you don’t slip during any of the raised plié squats or planks. The Plie Tight from Athleta is right on trend, and totally on sale.

The cute, strappy bra: You don’t need a super supportive bra for a barre class, so this is the perfect time to buy that adorable, strappy bra you’ve been eyeing. My favorite, completely on trend bra this season? The Cut Bra from Alala. Balconette style that gives great shape, with a great cut out back to show off.

The Basic Tank: The basic fitness tank is back in style. The loungey oversized look is out. The MPG Sport Ivory tank is spot on for a comfy, fitted look that also looks great with white shorts, and just wait until you feel this fabric.

That’s all you need to know to take a Flybarre, or any barre class. Pulse it out and tone it up!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Q&A: How Do I Preserve My Hair During My Workout?

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Donna,

You seem to transition from workouts to nights out really well, but when I try to leave the gym and wear my hair down it looks terrible! I’ve lost all my volume during my workout and it’s sweaty and gross. I’ve even tried dry shampoo post-workout, but it isn’t working and makes my hair clump. Any tips?

This is a problem I struggled with for a long time, but I think I’ve found the answer! Problem #1: your dry shampoo post-workout routine isn’t adding back the volume that you lost, it’s soaking up the sweat and dragging your hair down.

Tip #1: Dry shampoo PRE-workout. Adding dry shampoo before putting your hair in a ponytail means you’re adding extra volume before you start to sweat. I use No Drought by Lush Cosmetics and it’s great. Actually, the best I’ve ever used. I spritz some on my part, my hairline, underneath and behind my ears (all the major sweat points) and then take my Tangle Teaser and really work it in.  This helps trap the sweat while you’re working out and will lock your volume in for your post-workout night out.

Tip #2: Wear Emi-Jay hairties. Emi-Jays are the only hairtie out there that won’t leave a crease. I prefer the glitter ones, not only because I love glitter, but they seem to hold up the best and are slip free.

Tip #3: Use a short bristled brush to revitalize your roots after your workout. I use a Tangle Teaser, a hand held brush that is a piece of magic. No more ripping your hair out because of knots from your sweaty gym sesh. Just take down your pony or bun run the tangle teaser through it and then take the tangle teaser, and literally, tease your roots. I usually turn my head over and make a scrubbing motion on all the places I put dry shampoo pre-workout.

Tip #4: Blast it with a hair dryer (if there’s one available). This isn’t necessary but I think it adds new life, and helps dry your sweaty spots. Just turn your head upside down and blowdry all around your head, including the roots by your neck.

PRO TIP: Put your dry shampoo in the night before.  Sleeping on the dry shampoo will cause it to naturally rub in, ensuring you don’t get any “white spots” where it hasn’t rubbed in, and will help keep your sweat to a minimum the next day. Added bonus: HUGE VOLUME!

All of this should take less than 5 minutes and will take you from hot mess to hot stuff. Trust me, I’ve been through my share of Bridget Jones moments.

Have a question on how to transition from gym to street? Email me!

xoxo Donna

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