You probably have an awesome Halloween costume hiding in your closet and don’t even know it. Instead of going out and dropping bank on a costume, use your workout gear as inspiration. Check out these suggestions for fun, easy, and cheap fitness-inspired costumes to wear this Halloween. Best of all, almost all of these costumes have elements to them that any fitness fanatic already owns.
- Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
If you’re tired of handing over your hard-earned dollars for expensive boutique classes at a studio week after week, let these workouts come to the rescue. Whether you’re a Pilates buff, cardio dance junkie, or bootcamp enthusiast, you’ll find a ton of videos that will challenge your skills and make you excited to move. Concerned about missing out on the group fitness experience? Invite some friends over, and create that energy at home!
If back-to-school time has inspired you to get more serious about your workouts and you’re a hit-the-gym-for-a-class kind of girl, I’m sure you’ve experienced your fair share of fitness instructors – some good, and some not so good. And then there’s this group . . .
This person thinks everyone wants to date him or her; they’re all touchy-feely, winking left and right, and giving away their phone number like class is happy hour. And they never get the hint that you’re not interested.
The High and Mighty
We get it. You’re great at what you do, and people love you for it. Please get off your pedestal and come down to sweat with the rest of us.
The Insane Hard-Ass
This teacher is so crazy-intense, you wonder if you walked into an actual boot camp by accident. Your body shakes, your sweat is pooling on the floor, and she makes you do an extra set. And don’t you dare reach for your reusable bottle – water is for wusses!
Oooh, I love this song, who sings it?! Beyoncé, you say? Let’s keep it that way.
This teacher believes that motivation is measured by decibels in their voice – the louder they scream, the more reps you’ll do. But we really don’t need you to do that the entire 60-minute class, thanks.
There’s a fine line between connecting with your students and sharing information you’d only share with your doctor, your mom, or your BFF. Sorry, but no, I don’t want to hear about your bathroom issues or any other issues for that matter.
Inspiration is one thing, but when we’re struggling to get through 20 squats and you’re like, “Look how many I can do while holding this 20-pound medicine ball above my head,” we secretly wish that ball would fall on your head.
Helpful adjustments are always appreciated, but it’s totally creepy when you walk by and lay a lingering hand on me every two minutes. Also – that’s my boob, not my shoulder.
It’s bad enough that he’s embarrassing himself up there with those awful moves, but what’s even worse is he wants you to follow along.
Stinky breath, stinky cologne, stinky I-know-you-haven’t-done-laundry-in-weeks gym clothes – it all stinks.
We don’t expect you to do 100 push-ups without a break, but you probably shouldn’t let everyone see you down a Snickers bar and Coke before class.
The Late Bloomer
We all struggle to get to class on time, but we don’t expect the teacher to be later than us.
The Walking Cold
No cold or flu keeps you from class, but we wish it would. Really.
When an athletic brand chooses to show at Fashion Week, you know it won’t be a simple stroll down the runway. Athleta showed that being fit can be fashionable too when it premiered its first fashion show during New York Fashion Week with a wild, heart-pumping performance that offered a new spin on the traditional runway.
Instead of the usual runway models, dancers and athletes performed numbers that ranged from parkour to trampoline to contemporary dance. “Athletes come in every shape and size, so you have to have clothes that function for that,” said Nancy Taylor, Athleta’s senior director of design. “I love showcasing healthy, fit women.”
The dancers’ moves were mesmerizing to watch, especially the backflips and break dancing, and offered proof that the clothes are not only comfortable to wear but can also withstand a good workout. Though I couldn’t see each piece up close, the range of options made it clear that women could wear the pieces no matter what activity they choose to do. “A woman should be comfortable and confident, she can go down to the supermarket, have a cup of coffee,” Taylor explained. “It’s the piece that she wants to put on five days a week. She can’t wash it enough because it’s the perfect piece for her life.”
The show included pieces from Fall and Winter as well as some coming next Spring. The look? Bold tops and wildly patterned leggings and bottoms that seemed trendy with a slightly edgy vibe. Scroll through to check out photos and videos from the runway show, plus see the new looks you’ll want to rock all year long!
Courtesy of Athleta
When you’re brand-new to a group fitness routine, everything feels difficult. You’re not sure what to wear, what basic moves you’re expected to know, or even how to get around the gym! All of these things come naturally in time – consistency is key – but there is one important tip newbies should take to get into the groove and find the workouts that serve their needs: try everything three times.
Every new workout will be a challenge, but it’s important to stick it out and not feel intimidated by a mix of levels in your class or your current fitness state. If you felt challenged and enjoyed any part of the workout, try it again. When you attend the same class three times, you’ll have the opportunity to get acclimated with the flow of the workout, build confidence, and get stronger – and just one or two times won’t cut it. As you’re determining what you like and what you don’t when it comes to working out, keeping an open mind is absolutely essential, and this tip makes that possible.
To set yourself up for even more success, take these three tips to every new class:
- Keep a positive attitude: When you head into a workout with a bad attitude, it makes every minute feel more difficult. Leave your stresses at the door, breathe deep, commit to have fun, and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you feel intimidated when you look around the room, remember that everyone was a beginner at some point!
- Introduce yourself: Don’t feel awkward introducing yourself to the teacher before or after your first class. Giving the instructor a heads-up provides them with opportunity to offer pointers before class or extra instruction throughout the class.
- Give it your all: In the group fitness environment, it’s easy to cheat a little or take a break. To make the most of the workout and challenge yourself, don’t fall into this trap. When you give 100 percent, you’re setting yourself up for success and you’ll know you won’t be left with any regrets.