Rain or Shine

by Jessica Sturdy on April 29, 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but the slightly warmer spring temperatures have me in full-on fitness mode! It’s (usually) still light out when I leave the office, it’s nice enough to just wear a light jacket instead of a heavy fleece, and bikini season is just around the corner. All of these factors have me itching to get my sweat on each and every day. And if I’m really good, sometimes twice a day.

The only thing that can put a damper on your spring workouts are those pesky rain showers. The saying may indicate that these showers should let up after April, but we all know how Mother Nature likes to linger. (I mean, I’m pretty sure winter lasted like 8 months this year. Maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but it sure as heck felt that long.)

Since tank tops, short shorts, and swimsuits will soon be our weekend wardrobe staples, there’s no time to skip a workout because of the weather. Luckily, three of my favorite workouts are indoor so I don’t really have an excuse.

1. Spin Classes – Spin studios are all the rage right now! Whether you’re heading to SoulCycle (you know I’m obsessed), FlyWheel, the spin class at your gym, or any of the other boutique studios that have opened up in your area, you’re sure to torch the calories.

For spin classes, I prefer a cropped tight, a medium-support sports bra, and a looser-fitting tank top. Most of the time, you’ll be clipping into your bike with cycling shoes so you don’t have to worry about which sneakers provide the right amount of support. My favorite shoes for going to-and-from my indoor workout classes are the adidas adipure Trainers. PS- Don’t forget your headband for these classes! Sweat + Eyeballs = Ouch.

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2. Barre Classes – Barre studios are also popping up all over the place! These ballet-inspired, kind-of-like-pilates workout classes that target your abs, arms, thighs, & glutes may not be cardio intensive, but trust me, you will be hurting by the end of class. (Or rather like 5 minutes in, let’s be honest here.) One of my favorite classes is the Core Fusion Barre class at Exhale Spa. There’s also Pure Barre, FlyBarre, the Bar Method, Physique 57, and countless others.

For these types of classes, I like to wear a cropped tight (You can definitely wear a full tight, I just always prefer cropped for whatever reason.), a light-support sports bra, and a workout tee. I can’t wear a regular cotton t-shirt to workout anymore… There’s just something about the circulation. I have to have a tee that was made to sweat in, like the adidas Ultimate Tee. Oh, and don’t forget your socks! I learned the lesson the hard way by forgetting mine and having to buy a $14 pair at the studio. It was either that or skip the class. Live and learn, I suppose.

PS- If you haven’t read this story about a guy doing a barre class for the first time, ENJOY. 😉

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3. Yoga Classes – Not exactly a new trend, but pretty much everyone can benefit from yoga! Especially after spinning and all of that muscle toning, it’s going to feel amazing to stretch out. For me personally, yoga is also one of my secrets for keeping a healthy mind, aka: not going batshit crazy on the reg staying sane.

For yoga class, I always wear a cropped tight (yet again), a light-support sports bra, and a fitted tank top. While I usually prefer a loose top when I workout, when your head is below your hips, you’re going to be glad you went with the fitted option.

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Have you tried any of these classes? Which ones did you like best? What are some of your favorite indoor workouts? Leave a comment below!

Lydia Hudgens Photography

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Christina Storm April 29, 2014 at 8:06 am

Love this! Great fitness pics!

The Style Storm
<3, Christina


Steph | Pretty Little Things Blog April 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

love all your great work out gear – I did a similar post on my blog yesterday! xo



Kristin @ Crumbs & Curls April 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

I think winter did last that long this year! It was crazy! I love all of your workout looks! I’m dying to try a barre class!!

Crumbs & Curls


Natali April 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

Great sporty outfits! 2nd one is perfect !



Kylie April 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

Love these suggestions! And that there’s options to keep us from going bat shit crazy 😉

xo Kylie


Cayli April 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

I love all three looks. You looks so cute 😉 kinda want to steal that headband.



Kayla April 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

You are so super cute in your work out gear! Love that headband! : )



Meagan April 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

I’m a big fan of indoor cycling classes! Do you wear padded cycle shorts? I can’t live without mine!


Jen April 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

Love your adidas workout gear :) I’ve yet to try their line but I’m trying to try out other brands (besides lululemon) so I might give their’s a go.

My favorite workouts are weight training and barre classes. Pure barre is my absolute favorite if you’re looking to drop some lbs and tone VERY QUICKLY. But it’s crazy expensive.

xo, jen
^vegas weekend roundup on the blog today


Marielle April 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

I love all of these fitness outfits!


Liz || Shopping My Closet April 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Love your workout gear!

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Andrea April 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Great tips…love the gear you’ve chosen! I’ve been wanting to try a barre class for awhile, thanks for the tip!




Stacey April 29, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I just got back from my spin class tonight, I’ve been obsessed with it for ages! I really want to try a barre class but there is none in my area as of yet!

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Monica April 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Cute outfits! I really need some new gear- the old college t-shirts are getting old.


Kodi April 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

This isn’t a class — but my gym recently got two new machines that are like…stair treadmills? Stairs unfold at the top and fold in at the bottom — and you walk/run up. And the sweat pours. It’s such a great way to work hard, but in a short period of time!


Casey Edmondson April 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Thank you for making my day with the link to the guy doing a barre class for the first time. I lol’ed through the whole thing! As someone who started doing barre classes a few months ago, I still feel like that with some of the moves! Best/worst workout ever. If you have a chance to try the core barre classes they are a MUST do and amazing workout!


Haley Valerie April 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Love this post!



Lindsay April 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

The Adidas no show socks are so comfortable. Great post.



elena April 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

I’m a big fan of bikram yoga but haven’t exercise since my baby was born, great reminder to start taking care of my body again!! Thank you!


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