Category Archives: Fitness

5 Things Thursday: Sweaty Polka Dots

Remember when we used to do 5 Things Thursday? With a theme and everything?

Well, I’m bringing it back! (for today anyway). And all because my friend and fellow fitness enthusiast (and teacher), Peggy, texted me a picture of these adorable Nike Dual Fusion TR’s, telling me that they made her think of me. And I thought, “Man, I must really talk about polka dots a lot because she’s totally right. Those are so me.”

nike dual fusion polka dots

I mean, aqua shoelaces + dots? Um, yes please. However, when I tried to track them down, I discovered that they were completely sold out online, which means I’m not the only one who thinks they’re cute.

(Pssst: they also come in gray/white/neon yellow, and those are available)

But it got me thinking, if this polka dot enthusiast can do Thrifted or Grifted posts about them and even paint her washer and dryer with them, why not incorporate them into my fitness wardrobe?

So, I did a little poking around the internets and came up with these other four options  (which, when combined with the shoes = a throwback to 5 Things Thursday!) that you can buy that I would happily wear to the gym or even just out and about in some cases.

First up, this Adidas pullover combines my love of polka dots with my love of gray sweatshirts (are you surprised considering my penchant for all things colorful? Well, now you know: I looooove gray). It’s on sale for $39 (down from $65), which is definitely on the pricey side, but during chilly seasons, I could see myself throwing this on over my teaching top every single time, so maaaaaaybe I could justify it with that whole “low price per wear” argument.

adidas dot sweat shirt 


Next up, I’m seriously considering getting this Reebok Run Dot Sports Bra. I’m a Reebok One member, which gives me 25% off all apparel + free shipping and returns, but even with that, this bra would still cost $23-ish. Not horrific, but not crazy cheap either. Still, I really like the idea of its adding a pop of fun/pattern as it peeks out from under the almost exclusively black tops I wear every single week to teach.

run dot bra

I also like the fact that it’s not low-cut (full coverage sports bras are getting harder and hard to find) and that it has multi-colored straps in the back.

Next up is this Nike Knockout SJ Tank. I love it in this turquoise color, but in reality, the only one I can find in stock is a fuchsia and turquoise option that I don’t like quiiiiite as much, but it’s still pretty darn cute.


nike knockout tank

And lastly, and honestly, pretty much leastly, we have these crazy-town Adidas leggings. Let me be clear that I am NOT a member of the “leggings are pants” party.  However, I think these under a pair of running shorts in the winter would be a nice change of pace from your basic boring black (question: why do I keep thinking, “Flintstones?”).

polka dot leggings 

So, what do you think about polka dots + workout wear? Fun, or too twee for a sweat- fest?

P.S. If you find those purple/aqua Nike polka dot shoes in stock somewhere, I’m a size 9.5 (hello, Bigfoot, I know). Please and thank you. 😉 

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Move-it Monday: Life Lessons from BODYPUMP Launch 85

I guess you’ve already figured this out by the fact that I’m posting something new this morning, but…


And I’m even feeling somewhat normal (after that 2 hour nap I took yesterday).


One of the various busynesses from last week was Saturday’s launch of BODYPUMP release #85. It was fun, challenging, and, well, real.

I thought I’d share a few tidbits of wisdom I gleaned from this particular release.


The phrase, “Strike a muscle pose,” means very different things to different people.

From left to right {back}: Peggy, me, Sara, Mandy, Tiffany, Jenn, {front}: Austin, Cindy



Peggy: cheerfully show off my (impressive wing span)

Me: flex bicep and make an unsuccessful attempt at looking tough

Sara: admire fingernails

Mandy: Disco, baby!

Tiffany: two words—duck lips

Jenn: raise your hand if you’re Sure

Cindy: Happy, happy, happy!

Austin: I cannot be seen with these women. I will now bow my head in shame.


Even with further clarification, the results can be equally unpredictable. Oh, and Peggy’s shoes emit an otherworldly light with no help from electricity.


I think I’m laughing. But I might be sneezing. Or singing 80’s hair band music. Either way, it’s not pretty. Oh well.


Even when you’re wrapping up the busiest weekend ever and can only be bothered to put your hair in a ponytail, a quick pass over the bangs with the straightening iron is always a good idea. Clearly, Sara agrees.


Side note: I now know why my children look a little afraid of me sometimes.


It’s a bad idea to lie down for the chest press track with your ear right by the rather large speaker. Not only will you be unable to hear what the person teaching that track is saying. But you will be unable to hear period for the rest of the class.



Conversely, it’s a very good idea to shave your underarms and blow your nose before class, just in case your fellow instructors deem it necessary to take a shot like this one.



When you yell at your participants, there’s a pretty good chance you could end up scaring your fellow instructors as well (Sara appears to be inching away from me slowly).



Perfectly posed shots aren’t nearly as fun as the spastic ones.



If you attempt posed photo-ops in the hallway with your bestie, you will get photo-bombed.

(Side note: It’s not fair to look as good in spandex as Mandy does when you’re 5-months-pregnant).


P.S. The sweatier you get, the more the unruly bangs incite rebellion among their folicular neighbors, which means that #3 really should have read: “Skip straightening iron and go straight to bobby pins.”


Even when you completely flub the lunge track and are jumping up on the box when everybody else is down on the ground and vice versa (not that I did any such thing, mind you), if you bring cute twin girlies with you to class, no one seems to care.



Zip front exercise tops should be the de rigeur attire for all nursing mamas. Those things are awesome!


This is the Instagram version of the above pic that Austin took for me. Thanks, bro!

So, there you have it—10 little nuggets of universal wisdom that will no doubt rock your world should you ever find yourself launching a Body Pump release…as the mother of twins…while wearing a zip front top.

You’re welcome.

P.S. Just because I love a bit of good, drama-filled suspense…here’s a quick heads-up that I have something super-exciting coming for you on Wednesday. Prepare yourself. : )

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