Here at Evolve we don’t just love exercise, we love having the right gear for our workouts! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite types of workouts with suggestions on what to expect and what gear you should bring.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed expert or just starting out, we hope this article helps you discover useful tips and advice about different types of workouts and what the best gear for the job is.
Find your favorite workout below for suggestions on our favorite activewear and accessories, or look for a new workout you’ve always wanted to try, and discover what you should expect and the type of gear you might need.
What to Expect During Heated Yoga
Even for people who regularly practice yoga, it is important to be mentally prepared for a hot yoga class. Though the room will be heated with high humidity, your body will adjust to the temperature. If you’re new to hot yoga try showing up a little early to the class to get your body adjusted to the heat. The intensity of heated yoga classes varies depending on the type of heated yoga you choose; it can vary from low intensity (yin) to high intensity (vinyasa or hatha). You’ll need two towels for any heated yoga class, one for your face and hands, and one that lays over your mat to prevent slipping. With any workout it is important to stay hydrated, but this is especially true for heated yoga since you will literally be dripping with sweat, so make sure to hydrate before, during, and after.
What to Wear During Heated Yoga
In heated yoga the name of the game is maximum breathability. You will want to wear the least amount of layers possible, shorts and a bra top are the perfect combination for heated yoga. If you’re not into shorts you can always go for hot yoga pants with breathable, quick drying fabric. Yoga clothes with mesh are always a good idea for heated yoga because mesh fabrics provide the most breathability and ventilation. With a super quick drying signature fabric, and lots of mesh options, Onzie has become a favorite brand of practicing yogis everywhere. Try out Onzie’s Bondage Legging or Side Tie Short for your next heated yoga class.
Your yoga mat towel is as important as your clothing, so make sure to choose a high quality towel for your practice. Check out the Skidless Yoga Mat Towels from Yogitoes, they are designed with silicone grips on the bottom for more stability during your practice. Combo yoga mats are also a great option as they combine a yoga mat and towel into one for an absorbent mat that is ideal for heated yoga.
What to Expect During Unheated Yoga
Unheated yoga is perfect for beginning yogis, or yogis who prefer a more traditional style of yoga. Unheated yoga studios are just that, studios with no heat or humidity, which helps to bring your focus inward. The intensity of any yoga class varies depending on the type of class you choose; it can vary from low intensity (yin) to high intensity (vinyasa or hatha). Like any workout, stay hydrated, and remember to listen to your body (if you’re unsure of how to get into a pose or need an alternative always ask your teacher). Depending on how much your body likes to sweat, bring a small towel with you to wipe off your face and hands in between poses.
What to Wear During Unheated Yoga
Comfortable activewear clothing, that you can bend and move in, is the ideal clothing for Unheated Yoga. Though loose fitting clothes are perfectly fine to wear, fitted or semi-fitted clothing helps your yoga teacher see if your alignment is correct or if it needs adjusting. Breathable, quick drying fabrics help keep you dry and comfortable in any yoga class, whether you’re sweating a little or a lot. Teeki yoga pants are a popular option among yogis. With a recycled bottle fabric, and performance features like ultimate quick drying and breathability, Teeki leggings are ideal for pretty much any yoga practice (even SUP yoga!). Always wear a bra you feel comfortable doing downward dog and/or inverted poses in (we like sports bras with higher cut necklines for full coverage), you don’t want to be readjusting the whole class! Check out our favorite full coverage bras like the Onzie Open Heart Bra, Good Hyouman Paltrow Bra, and the Hard tail Double Cross Bra.
What to Expect During Restorative Yoga
If you have a packed schedule, and feel like you can never fully unwind, Restorative Yoga may be the ideal yoga practice for you. Restorative Yoga is a practice that frequently utilizes props, and extended holding of simple poses, for a practice with a focus on deep relaxation. By slowing down the pace, Restorative Yoga helps to calm the nervous system helping you to release tension and quiet the mind. All you’ll need for this relaxing practice is comfortable clothing, water, and your mat; your yoga studio should have all the props you will need for a restorative yoga class.
What to Wear During Restorative Yoga
With a concentration on deep relaxation, comfortable clothing is a must for Restorative Yoga. While you can always wear semi-fitted or relaxed clothing, it is ideal to wear fitted clothing so your teacher can help with your alignment during class. Yoga clothing from brands like Beyond Yoga, Hard Tail, and Spiritual Gangster, work great for Restorative Yoga because they utilize soft fabrics and comfortable fits that are perfect for the mat. During a Restorative Yoga class your muscles may get cold while holding certain poses, so always bring extra layers you can put on in-between poses or while in savasana. Joggers, pullovers, and long sleeve tops, are perfect layering options for keeping your muscles warm.
What to Expect During Barre
Inspired by the exercises ballerina dancers have to practice to get the perfect plie, Barre is a trendy new workout that utilizes small but effective movements that directly target muscle groups. Small, isometric movements combined with stretches make Barre an effective workout that tones and lengthens muscles. During class you can expect to switch from exercises done at the barre to exercises similar to Pilates or Yoga. Wearing fitted clothing will help keep your muscles warm while also allowing the teacher to see your form. While in the studio you won’t be wearing any shoes, so make sure to wear grip socks, or ask your studio if they allow bare feet.
What to Wear During Barre
Fitted, long leggings help keep your muscles warm during a Barre class, while a fitted top helps your teacher to see your form and make adjustments as needed. Long leggings are also great for helping to cushion your ankle while at the barre. Try Beyond Yoga’s long leggings for soft moisture wicking fabric that will keep you warm and provide cushion at the barre. Popflex offers dancer-inspired style activewear with chic detailing and functional features, lending fashion without sacrificing performance. For stability during Barre it is best to wear grip socks in the studio. Pointe Studio and ToeSox offer a variety of barre socks with silicone grip designs on the bottom of each pair, providing increased stability and slip resistance in the studio.
What to Expect During Spin
Sign up for the next spin class at your local gym or cycle studio for a high intensity cardio workout that takes cycling to whole new level. The intensity of each session will fluctuate throughout the class as a result of changing up body position, pedal speed, and resistance. For beginners, this makes it easy to adjust the intensity to accommodate your level of ability. Some spin classes will mix in upper body movements using resistance bands or light dumbbells, for a whole body workout. Most spin instructors will keep the atmosphere fun and exciting by bumpin’ music, keeping routines fresh, and sometimes dimming the lights. Certain cycle classes will require cycling shoes (don’t worry, if cycling shoes are required, your studio should have them available to rent), but normal athletic shoes should work for most classes. This fast paced workout will definitely make you sweat, making breathable, moisture wicking activewear a must for any spin class. Don’t forget to bring a hand towel and water bottle, you’ll need to stay hydrated and keep your hands dry to prevent slipping on the handlebars.
What to Wear During Spin
The high intensity nature of any spin class makes breathable, lightweight clothing a necessity. In spin class you are always moving, whether it’s pedaling or climbing a “hill”, the constant movement makes re-adjusting your clothes a pain. Try leggings or capris made from lightweight performance fabric with elastic in the waistband, not only will the performance fabric help keep you comfortable and cool throughout class, the elastic will help your pants stay put for the duration of your workout. Try Goldsheep’s leggings and capris for activewear with quick drying, moisture wicking, and breathability. While the fabric delivers performance, the elastic in the waistband lends a secure fit that won’t slide down. Sports bras with mesh provide maximum breathability making them ideal for spin. Check out the TLF Havoc Bra, Onzie Briana Bra, or the Chase Bra from Strut-This, for a bra that will provide support and breathability.
What to Expect During Running
The best part about running for exercise is that it is a completely individual workout meaning you can adjust the intensity as you see fit, and even add in high intensity spurts if you’re feelin’ feisty. Whether you opt for a long distance run, sprint intervals, or alternate between running and walking, running is a great full body cardio workout that is guaranteed to make you break a sweat.
What to Wear During Running
Whether you’re running on a treadmill or on the pavement it is important that your activewear is breathable and stays put with little to no re-adjusting needed. For outdoor runs in low light conditions, it is imperative that your workout clothing has reflective detailing so you can stay visible during your workout. Check out the Jordan Tight from Splits59, this legging boasts mesh panels for breathability, reflective details at the calves, and a waistband that stays put. For outdoor runs in the colder months, the Blanc Noir Reflective Mesh Inset Puffer Vest features a highly reflective finish with hidden mesh panels throughout the design, making it perfect for throwing on before heading out on that morning run.
What to Expect During Strength Training
Most women think they’ll get too “bulky” if they start lifting weights, but don’t let that myth prevent you from reaping the benefits of strength training! Among other things, strength training helps develop lean muscles, lose fat, build a stronger heart, and increase your balance and coordination. Proper form is imperative when strength training so make sure to do your research, check with your doctor (if you have a previous injury, etc.), or sign up for a few sessions with a personal trainer before starting a new strength training routine. Bring water and a hand towel with you to the gym as you’ll want to stay hydrated, and be able to wipe down any equipment after using it.
What to Wear During Strength Training
Unrestricted movement is important when strength training, so you’ll want to wear activewear that you can bend, squat, and move in. As a lady lifter it’s also nice to not have to worry about exposing your undergarments when squatting or deadlifting, so high waisted leggings are always a bonus. Try out some high waisted leggings from Emily Hsu and Yoga Democracy, both brands have a signature high rise waistband and compression fit fabric. The high rise waistband will ensure full coverage throughout your workout while the compression fabric boasts benefits that helps with blood circulation and muscle recovery. Beyond Yoga also features some high waisted designs. Their signature supplex fabric is soft to the touch and will help keep your muscles warm throughout your workout. Whether you’re just a beginner or a seasoned weight lifter, it’s important to start and end your workout with warm muscles, so wear a pullover sweater and sweatpants to begin your workout, remove layers as your muscles warm up, and don’t forget to layer back up before heading out.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This article offers general health and fitness information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise program. Do not disregard, avoid, or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read in this article. The use of any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.