So, if you follow me, you are already aware that working out is something that I am passionate about. I have been active my whole life; from growing up as a competitive dancer, to training for a half marathon, to exploring my love for Pilates.
While losing my baby weight between having each of my three kids was obviously important, tightening and toning have become equally as important. Prior to having Ivy (baby #3), I was able to workout 4-5 times per week. My workout schedule usually consisted of: weight training 2x per week; Pilates 1x per week; cardio 4x per week. After Ivy was born, scheduling was a little more complicated. Now I focus on cardio and Pilates.
While I have always been, and will always be, a cardio-fanatic, I have noticed such a difference in my body since practicing Pilates consistently. After my C-section, I was convinced that my body would never be the same again. With Pilates targeting specific muscles in my body, I can safely say, that I was wrong. I am amazed at how resilient my body is and so proud that my persistence and determination to ‘get my body back’ have really paid off.
Even though challenging myself served as a big motivational factor, being able to fit into my workout clothes (and buy some updated outfits) provided additional enthusiasm. By the time I had Ivy, I hadn’t bought workout clothes in 4 years, as I refused to invest in clothes that would likely sit, or get stretched out, during pregnancy.
Now, 15 months post pregnancy, I LOVE being able style and update my workout outfits. I am currently loving matching sets. Though black leggings and bras are my go-to sets, I am definitely into prints for the spring/summer.
As far as brands, my go-to picks are: Onzie, Alo and Lulu Lemon. I love the styles, fits and prints that each of these brands have to offer. Plus, because these brands offer such versatility in their active wear, you can go effortlessly from gym-to-street while looking super cute (even if you are super sweaty).
I will say, looking cute at the gym makes working out even more motivating! Shop some of my favorite looks below.