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Workout Inspiration + 6 Meaningful Activewear Brands Created by Women

Workout Inspiration + 6 Meaningful Activewear Brands Created by Women

Does anyone else think that fitness can seem complicated? You aren’t working it if your form is incorrect. Don’t wear loose clothes to yoga. Watch this YouTube video to tone your abs. No! Watch this video because this is J Lo’s workout routine.

Honestly, most of the time I feel like an amateur. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a yoga class with a few of my friends and got my ass handed to me.

Firstly, I didn’t think I would sweat that much. My hands and feet kept sliding on the yoga mat. How am I supposed to hold a pose while I am sliding? How do people even make it through hot yoga without falling on their face?

Also, I bought my yoga mat the day before at Five Below because no, I didn’t own one.

The beautiful part was when I surrendered to the workout. I laughed with my friends about how it hurt and how we were struggling.

I realized that a group workout, a workout with friends will never be about judgment or your sweating problem or feeling like an amateur. All you have to do is surrender.

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Relax in the positive energy. You are all working together towards the same goal. Have fun and fall on your ass! I definitely slid around and struggled all while a photographer worked the room.

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via GIPHY

Try a new class and meet new people. Look on Instagram for free local events. Plus, many places offer a free introductory class.

From goat yoga and hiking to martial arts and aerial skills. Find something you love, but also find something new to try every once in a while. We are all human and even the professionals screw it up. Just enjoy the journey! Oh, and by the way, you can wear loose clothes to yoga. 😘

To help inspire and motivate you to try something new, I picked 6 activewear companies created by women. As always, I hope that a brand’s message speaks to who you are and that for which you stand.

Here are 6 activewear companies created by women that stand for something:

1. Outdoor Voices

Forget workouts. Insert recreation. Just do things with friends and have fun

2. Superfit Hero

All sizes because ‘plus size’ is BS

3. Bre33

Less girly. Looser. Lasts longer. Gender inclusive.

4. Iron Lily

Sweat out the shit in your life and become who you are meant to be

5. Girlfriend Collective

Recycling plastic water bottles into leggings

6. Lolë

Meaningful activewear funding food banks and empowering women across the globe

1. Outdoor Voices by Taylor Haney

We believe in Doing Things — moving your body and having fun with friends.

That when you drop the expectations to perform, the magic happens.

That the joy of the game outlasts a win.

That friends who sweat together, stick together.

For the hikers, dog joggers, cactus planters, and horseback riders. Outdoor voices makes high-tech clothing for recreation. Freeing your fitness from performance.

Human, not superhuman.

At Outdoor Voices, our goal is to inspire more people to be active on a daily basis. We believe the future of athletics is not about being there first, but about showing up most often. By eliminating the pressure to perform, we’re building a community of exercisers who approach activity with ease, humor, and delight. We call this Doing Things — and are committed to the highest quality apparel to get you out there.

—Ty, OV Founder

 

7/8 Springs Legging in Lake/Dove/Rose Quartz

2. Superfit Hero by Micki Krimmel

For too long, women’s fitness has been dominated by false promises, unrealistic ideals, and demands that we punish ourselves in the hopes of joining this exclusive club. Fitness is not exclusive. All you need to participate in fitness is a body. Any body. YOUR body.

Superfit Hero sells sizes XS to 4XL to include more women. Like EP, they don’t support the ‘plus size’ category. I definitely support this mission!

  • Handmade in Los Angeles
  • Pays fair wages
  • Committed to ethical labor practices

You can find your perfect legging fit here.

3. Bre33 by Briana Holland

Bre33’s slogan is ‘Cut Differently’. This brand is all about athletic apparel that is less girly. Forget the tight fit and the fast fashion that doesn’t last long.

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via Bre33

& to remember: Wearing tight clothes consistently is not good for your skin and body. Your body is meant to breathe which is why we have pores. Tight clothing can stop your skin from releasing toxins. This is especially important when working out and sweating. Plus, we all know that tight clothing can also make it hard to breathe. 😅😬

  • Uses American grown & made Supima cotton

4. Iron Lily by Elizabeth Seely

Life can be criticizing, judgmental, confusing, and everything else in between. Being active and working out is what developed the infrastructure of who I am. The iron and sweat provided me the outlet that I needed to deal with the shit that life can put in front of you.
 
Iron Lily embodies this ideal. It gives substance and meaning to empower women to shape their strengths and allow the freedom to finally be true to ourselves. It's a reflection of our internal struggle and the beauty that can transpire from that.
 
Each piece holds its own creative beginnings and has been designed to emphasize your own distinctive style while the high-performance fabric wraps around the body to shift with you through every gritty workout and every grueling drop of sweat. You can choose how you make your own statement.
 
It's about helping women find their place. For women striving, struggling, and attempting to define and declare their uniqueness. To be free to become who you are meant to be. To WEAR IT STRONG.

—Elizabeth Seely, Founder & CEO

EOS Leggings and Sports Bra

 

  • Digital printing which significantly reduces water and power consumption
  • No harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or toxic dyes
  • Constructed with love in an ethical manufacturing facility
  • Sweatshop-free

5. Girlfriend Collective by co-founder Ellie Dinh

Girlfriend Collective sources all their post-consumer water bottles from Taiwan, FKA “Garbage Island". Their leggings and bras are made from #1 plastic - or Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as PET, which does not contain BPA. Each pair of our leggings is made with 25 recycled water bottles.

  • Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, so don’t throw it away!
  • Core Fabrics: Made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex
  • Organic Cotton Blend: Both Pima cotton and modal are biodegradable fibers
  • Reusable Pouch: Made with the same RPET as bras and leggings

Read more about how they use plastic bottles to create these gorgeous leggings. Plus, see their incredibly humane and eco-friendly standards.

Pebble Margot Wrap

6. Lolë by co-founder Evelyn Trempe

Lolë was born in Montreal and creates activewear inspired by well-being.

Our approach to activewear is modern, mindful and meaningful, offering feminine and fashion-forward designs that move with you when you’re on the go. Every garment is versatile and high-performance, designed with a genuine concern for people, products and positive impact.

Lolë sells clothing, swim, and accessories, too.

Their Yellow Label Program empowers people to give a second life to gently worn outerwear while funding food banks in North America. They also host the Lolë White Tour which is a series of yoga events across the world!

I Glow Yoga Mat

See all their yoga mats here.

How often are you ‘doing things’ or working out? What fitness activity would you like to try?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of fitness 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

Luxury for Your Lips from Winky Lux

Luxury for Your Lips from Winky Lux

Heal Your Body & Support Women-Owned by Making Your Own Matcha

Heal Your Body & Support Women-Owned by Making Your Own Matcha