Editors’ Picks: The Fashionable Home Workout

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Believe it or not, a few good things came out of the pandemic (which is still not over—get vaccinated and be safe, gentle readers). Many of us are still working from home and may do so permanently (at least on a part-time basis). Still others are realizing that a daily trip to gym wasn’t as necessary as we thought. Not only can working out at home be effective, but it also robs us of excuses.  No one can say traffic held them up or they were worried about the weather. With on-demand and live streaming, we can work out whenever we want to a previously recorded video or with live instruction and feel part of a community.

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, and we might—emphasis on the word might—have to go into another lockdown, Fashion Reverie has curated a fun list of everything you’ll need to create a functional and convenient home gym. Time to work off those pandemic pounds while getting fit and strong and remaining ridiculously chic.

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AArmy

Looking for a tough, and I mean TOUGH, online workout? AArmy provides a huge assortment of really intense and effective at-home fitness routines. A subscription costs $35 a month, or $350 a year, offering access to a full digital library, including live sessions with AArmy trainers, with 20 new practice sessions uploaded every week.  AArmy celebrity clients include Karlie Kloss and Beyonce. And they offer some amazing gear. Their zipper bras are a huge bestseller for their comfort and functionality.

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Forme Athletic Clothes

Are you looking for workout clothes developed by scientists to be beneficial to your entire body? From leggings designed to align your spine to sports bras created to improve your posture, scientific evidence and rigorous methods are at the core of Forme’s innovative process to create sports gear designed to improve your overall health. Your mother was correct, posture is EVERYTHING. Proper posture not only sends a message that you are confident in yourself, but it can also improve your health. The fact that the clothes are cute and functional as workout wear is yet another bonus.

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AbhineKrafts

Everybody needs a good yoga mat. There are so many companies selling yoga mats  but Fashion Reverie recommends AbhineKrafts available on Etsy! Not only are the mats beautiful and functional, they are created using eco-friendly materials harvested using sustainable methods. They also have accessories, blankets, clothes and so much more. Check out the rave reviews talking about fast shipping and easy returns.

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Nomadix Towels

At the end of a tough workout, you need a good towel. Too bad Nomadix towels aren’t good towels—because they are AMAZING! They’ll be a great addition to your home workout, but also perfect for adventure and travel. Super absorbent, despite being thinner than an average towel (great for packing), they dry quickly and are ridiculously soft. They are also made from post-consumer plastic bottles (how?) and the company is committed to being eco-friendly and sustainable. If that wasn’t enough—is there any pleasing you, gentle reader? Nomadix towels come in a huge variety of fun and beautiful prints. Prints because the company does not believe in using dyes.

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NewMe Fitness Workout Cards

One big problem with at-home workouts is when you find a workout that’s ‘easy’ for you, you stick with it. This leads to the problem of not challenging yourself. Or you get bored doing the same thing over and over and start coming up with excuses to skip workouts. But if you can’t afford live workouts, what can you do? Easily affordable NewMe Fitness Workout cards is a fun way to mix and match new exercises while making sure you never get bored. Designed for beginners, to minimize the possibility of injury, you can create dozens of different workout plans.

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Good American

Looking for some affordable, high quality, fashionable, flattering size-inclusive workout clothes? Of course; that’s what everyone is looking for. Good American has a huge line of awesome clothes that go all the way up to size 24. Fun, bright, and comfortable, they can easily be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe. If the name “Good American” sounds familiar, brand ambassador Khloe Kardashian’s commercial for the line was removed rejected from tv for being “too racy.”

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Foam Roller

If you’re going to be working out at home, it’s important that you have the right tools to avoid injury and relieve pain. Spiked massagers may seem extreme to the beginner, but you too can do this safe, effective, self-massaging technique in your own home.  The cylinder uses bumps to softly soothe your soft tissue, stretching short muscle fibers, and break up harmful lactic acid build ups. Sport massages and acupuncture sessions are pricey but even high-end foam rollers are less than $30. And who can put a price on a lack of pain?

 

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Pilates Ball

Pilates Ball is another inexpensive piece of equipment no home gym is complete without! Using a stability ball will improve the strength of your abs and lower back. Since a yoga ball is unstable, you have to use your body’s core strength to remain balanced, which in turn improves balance, flexibility and body alignment. And you use it while watching TV, sitting at desk, just about any time. Most come with air pumps for easy inflation.

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The Ness Digital Workouts

Are you looking for a challenging low impact workout for beginners? The Ness is exactly what you are looking for. The workouts offer beat-based trampoline cardio and muscle sculpting on a digital platform. The program counts Kelly Ripa, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eva Longoria as fans. By incorporating a lot of fun and charismatic workout instructors, these routines will quickly become something you WANT to do, not something you make excuses to avoid. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

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