I’m pretty low maintenance for a girl in her early 30s. I love a good deal on clothes, I’m addicted to resale stores, and I have no qualms about off-brands. However, when I became a runner about seven years ago, I started to get a little picky about certain things.
Bottom line: when you are giving your all physically, you can’t expect the cheapest shoe, shorts, or tank to do the same. So, while you’ll see me in consignment jeans, you won’t catch me in a cotton tee or off-brand short when I’m running and working out. The big brands make products that make the sport easier and they are well worth the expense.
When Wear Me Out Clothing contacted us about testing some of their athletic gear, I hopped at the chance to see what other offerings were out there. The brand says it’s a fitness and lifestyle wear. They advertise many pieces of clothing and have a range of items, even items they call “crossover” wear. I was sent a mesh racer back sport tank and extreme cinch back leggings. The color and design were nice and I was excited see what made this company unique.
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Something tells me these models aren't SPANX's target audience...
For years, people have been wanting a quick and easy way to look slimmer. There have been diet drugs, powders, shakes, shoes; anything that promises to help you shed pounds and look thinner. Of course, there is always the tried-and-true method of exercising to become thinner and healthier, but many people still fall for the fads and quick-fixes.
One of the newer quick-fixes is as easy as putting on a pair of pants and a shirt. SPANX Active Wear (see image) offers a wide variety of body-shaping fitness clothing to help women feel more confident in their own skin. The SPANX fabric helps conceal trouble spots like muffin-tops and cellulite, while also using back seams that “improve your rear view.” In addition to the traditional pants and tank-tops, SPANX also offers a bodysuit to flatten your stomach and other pieces that flatten your thighs and butt.
So you can now buy SPANX clothing made specifically for the gym. I can get behind anything that encourages women to hit the gym, but pants with names like “Slim-X Bagel-Busters” have many people wondering if it is sending the wrong message. Don’t get me started on the “Wrap & Go,” which for a whopping $68 is specifically designed to hide your butt at the gym. What about doing some squats, SPANX?
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The ultimate test in fitness isn’t so much a scale number as it is the way you fit in your jeans. So just two weeks after having my first baby this past spring I had a crazy moment and decided to slip into the jeans that had fit perfectly just nine months prior. No go. Disappointed? Of course. But it only fueled my already lit fire to get back in shape. While I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made in the past 5.5 months – the jeans fit and I recently completed my first half-marathon - there’s still work to do.
Fast forward to a recent date night with my husband and I, of course, wanted to look my best. All the new-mom doubt about how I look turned on as soon as I slid the jeans on. They fit, but not how I’d like. So on this night, I decided to try my new Biggest Loser Body shaping capri. They’re Biggest Loser‘s version of Spanx – an elastic capri pant that seamlessly slides under your clothes to present a more smooth figure.
I’ve done the Spanx thing under slim-fitting dresses before, but never under pants. I was thrilled when the top I was wearing seemed to go from frump to fab. That extra “whatever” around my middle seemed to disappear. Best of all, I was comfortable!
I didn’t give the capri a second thought the rest of the night, and even scored a compliment from the hubs! Although, once back home, it totally had the “stuffed bra after a date” affect.
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