As much as I love living in tank tops and spandex shorts… it’s well past time to start pulling out the winter training gear. I get it– this is the most dreaded part of the year for fitness buffs, when you have to bundle up, never feel warm, and learn the art of layering. But let’s look at it another way: it’s also the perfect time to invest in pretty new pieces! Fitness gear has quickly become more and more fashionable– and picking out fun winter training garb can be a treat, not a reminder of how cold you’ll be for the next few months…
Of course, I’m biased: I am a New Balance athlete, thus I rock NB all the time. Yes, this is essentially a “winter fitness New Balance must-haves” post, but hear me out– because I wear all NB, I’ve had the opportunity to try out and give an honest opinion of nearly all of their apparel offerings; so trust me– these pieces are truly what I wear all the time.
From top left:
1. The Endurance Touch Glove. I LOVE these gloves. They’re surprisingly warm and soft AND let’s face it, I need to be able to access my phone while keeping my hands warm– that beautiful mountain or trail isn’t going to Instagram itself!
2. The Impact Thermal Half-Zip: This is my go-to for winter runs. Throw a long sleeve under it (or, if it’s really cold, a long sleeve and a tank top) and somehow it magically keeps all your heat in. It’s not too thick, so it still allows you to move freely! If you get only one outer layer, make it this.
3. The Go-2 Tight: Again, if I could only wear one pair of tights during the winter, it would be these. There’s no fussy zipper at the bottom of the leg, which I love; it’s easy to pull over shorts; and it comes in super cute, but not wild, colors. Win!
4. The Heidi Klum Moto Pullover: This one is more for pre-and-post-workout wear, but it’s chic, it’s warm, and it will rid you of any “I’m frumpy, it’s too cold to go work out!” feelings. The entire HKNB line is fabulous!
5. The Impact Hoodie: Lightweight enough for layering. Cute enough for wearing to the grocery post-workout. The hoodie is actually great for those runs when your ears are slightly cold and you forgot a hat. It’s one of my favorite tops, aesthetically, and I wear it on those is-it-cold-I’m-not-sure days.
6. Compressions: If I could wear spandex shorts and compression socks every day, I would. These are the warm, just tight enough, and (in my opinion) cute. These are my go-to for tempo runs, long runs, workouts where I’d like my legs to be warm but don’t want to wear capris or long tights, and for recovery.
7. The Momentum Reversible Hat: Everyone needs a solid hat (except me, because hats and pixie cuts don’t mix). This one is warm and when I had long hair, it sat really nicely over a low ponytail or hair down.
8. The Spree Capri: This is part of the Anue Yoga line; if you buy anything from Anue, make it these capris. They’re fantastic– the material feels great (warm, tight, but breathable and soft); they hug you just right (everyone has a yoga butt in these!), and they’re cozy enough for lounging around, but strong enough for gym work or, yes, yoga class. A few of my training partners run in these and they love them– I just use them for cross-training and relaxing!
What are you wearing now that the weather is getting cold and scary? I use bright and fashionable gear to keep me motivated for practice (especially early morning practice); are there any favorite pieces you go to time and time again to keep you happy and warm this time of the year?