Dressed for Success

Various athletes talk about what they wear and how it helps them perform.



Jeremiah Montell

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
Long distance running, climbing, hiking, (and have now dipped my toe in the triathlon world).

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
The clothes I wear play a big role in how I perform. Exercise is how I control my mood and tame the beast within. I wear compression gear for comfort and athletic support, but I try to do it with style and a bit of humor—never take yourself too seriously.  

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
For me, exercise takes care of the crazy, and reminds me that I am very much alive and that I don’t back down from anything. All of the sports I participate in require different gear and they all allow me to express myself and let people know I am working on me. Exercise is a necessary evil—you don’t always want to get up and do it, but once you do, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. Let loose, have fun, and inspire others along the way.


MK Flores

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
Barre, weightlifting, cycling.

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
When I do barre, I always reach for full-on Outdoor Voices. Their kits are super comfy and so cute! The designs are soft and feminine which totally goes with the barre setting. 
When I go to the gym to lift weights I want to feel strong. I always go for my Lululemon All The Right Places leggings because they are snug, flattering, and they have pockets so I can slip my phone in when switching between machines. I like to pair them with a cool strappy sports bra for a little sass. 
Then, there is spin—a literal party on a bike. I recently bought white Varley snake skin leggings and a matching crop top. No only do they feel like butter but they light up neon under the blacklights. That, plus a drop in the music can fully fuel a really heavy resistance push. 

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
Your athletic wear can make you feel strong and empowered during your workout and who doesn't want that? Picking out what I want to wear to the gym or a studio can kickstart my workout before I even get there. Bonus points if I can wear to brunch after. 


Shelbi Aiona

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
Pole dancing.

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
I wear lots of layers when I pole! I wear booty/pole shorts, a sports bra, and either sweats and a tank or tee, or one of my favorite Twisted Pole onesies. I always take knee pads, leg warmers, high socks, and of course, a pair of my heels, as well.

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
The reason I have so many layers is because some of the movements I do are better executed in just pole shorts and a bra, while others are better in full clothing. Having my knees and legs covered is often important for my flow sessions, which are more based on low flow and floor work. Rolling around on the floor is easier and hurts much less with your body covered, while advanced aerial moves require skin grip to hold a pose. I wear what feels comfortable, empowering. I can move in it, and feel like a sexy badass!


Torre Blake

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
Barre and cycling.

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
When I exercise I mostly wear yoga pants, a sports bra, and a simple crop of tank. Some of my favorite brands are Alo, Onzie, Spiritual Gangster, Nike, Adidas, and Gold Sheep. Athletic brands use materials that allow you to move and fabrics that are breathable and comfortable.

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
I wear this because it’s easy to move in during class—you are able to really see your body and make the corrections you need in order to progress. Also, athleisure wear is so comfortable, yet fashionable. I could honestly wear it everyday. When I am wearing my sportswear it makes me feel strong, sexy, and beautiful.


Keith Wiggans

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
CrossFit.

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
The constant piece of equipment I wear is compression leggings—normally nothing over them. I’ve got a ton of CrossFit shirts from different gyms. If I’m powerlifting, I’ll wear my zero drop, zero sole shoes. I’ll wear my Reebok Nanos when I’m running or doing gymnastics movements. I’ve got Oly lifting straps and gymnastics grips for pull-ups. 

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
I wear the thin compression leggings to keep my body temperature down, and I think all the stuff I wear and use is for practicality. It’s also pretty comfortable. Also, I feel the less clothing I wear, the easier it is for my coach to assess my movement and see which muscles are engaging and when.

I was a swimmer growing up, so wearing revealing clothing is no big deal for me. Wearing the right gear without concern for how I’m perceived puts me in the right frame of mind to push hard during a workout. My clothes make me feel ready.


Gustavo Padron

What type of exercise do you specialize in?
Yoga and spin. 

What do you wear while you’re exercising?
I wear either compression shorts or tights and a tank top. I wear the Surge Tights or the Yoga Short and a Metal Vent [short sleeve] from Lululemon.

Why do you wear this and how does it make you feel?
My gear is practical, comfortable, and most importantly, keeps things in place. Gotta keep it cute, too. My clothes make me feel confident. They help me focus on my practice and class without having to worry about things falling out of place.

 

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