BEFORE my workout… obviously.
Have you ever had this experience?: You’ve been working out for a while, and you’re feeling really good about yourself. You look good, you feel great and you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’ve put in the time, and now you’re reaping all of the amazing rewards.
Getting excited about the bootcamp!
Then, you get bored with your routine and want to try something new. Maybe it’s cardio dance or a spin class that your girlfriend says is the BEST WORKOUT EVER. You think, “Sure, I can handle it. Look at me. I’m a total superwoman-bombshell-fitness-goddess.” And then suddenly, you’re in the class, getting your BUTT KICKED.
That was me last Tuesday at the Exhale Spa Core Fusion Bootcamp hosted by Under Armour Women. I definitely looked like a superwoman-bombshell-fitness-goddess in my head-to-toe UA gear, but I was literally dripping in sweat and counting the seconds for it to be over before the warmup had even ended.
OMG, why is this so HARD??
I felt like I was in good shape, and I am, but this workout challenged me on another level. It’s so easy for all of us to fall into our own fitness routines and unconsciously avoid the exercises that challenge us the most. Too often, we take the easy path to sweat. This bootcamp definitely woke me up to the fact that I’ve been slacking on my own routine.
When I responded “HELL-TO-THE-YES!” to this event invite, I thought Under Armour would take it easy on us fitness bloggers because they would want us to stay looking cute in all their awesome fashions. Their new campaign is all about showing us “What’s Beautiful”, so there would be no ugly fitness happening in this bootcamp… right?
Gorgeous gear that WORKS during your workout.
Loving the stylish UA Shatter Tote… perfect for gym-to-street.
But I was so wrong. Under Armour is the ultimate performance gear, and they wanted to show us how it performs during a REAL workout. I’m already a big fan and have been wearing Under Armour in my workout videos for a long time. I even wore their ColdGear for all my cold-weather 5Ks during my pregnancy with Baby Summer.
my son, pregnant belly and me in Under Armour after a race in Dec ’10
I was outfitted in their UA StudioLux Quattro Capri and their UA Achieve Burnout T-Shirt from their HeatGear line. The capri was so soft and luxurious, but offered incredible support with it’s lightweight 4-way stretch construction. The semi-sheer fabric on the burnout tee was perfectly on trend, but also offered moisture wicking, which I NEED during my workout. And how gorgeous is that purple!? I wore their UA Spine RPM Running Shoes on my feet, but took them off for the workout and left on my Grippy II No Show Socks. By the way, if you like practicing without shoes, but not in bare feet, these socks are the bomb. There is no slippage factor whatsoever… perfect for yoga and pilates.
But the absolute BEST part of the outfit had to be the UA Armour Bra, which I am immediately going out and picking up two more of. This bra is nothing short of badass, keeping everything in place AND fitting me so perfectly with it’s band and cup-size options. I’m a 36C, so finding a good sports bra can often be a tricky and disappointing task. I can’t recommend this bra enough (especially for large-chested women). It’s magic.
At the end of the day, Under Armour succeeded in making us sweat while looking absolutely amazing in their new line. Finally – a line dedicated to women who want to work out HARD, aim to sweat every day and want to look beautiful doing it.
THIS is what’s beautiful.
Do you have a fitness goal or compelling story that you want to share with the world? Join the amazing women in the Under Armour What’s Beautiful community in setting goals and CRUSHING THEM by making sure that you SWEAT EVERY DAY. You’ll get motivation from other women from all over the world and even have a chance to earn free UA swag. CLICK HERE to create your profile now.
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Under Armour Women set out to redefine the female athlete by creating What’s Beautiful, a program that encourages women to share their fitness journeys and receive motivation, free gear, and support from Under Armour along the way.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Under Armour via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Under Armour.