I recently went through a workout wear-hoarding phase when I spent all of my twice-yearly shopping allowance on new workout clothes. Well, to be fair, the last time I bought myself sports bras and gym shorts was circa 2010-2011 — same time when I first started working out consistently.
At the same time, I just feel like writing a post about my workout wear faves and here are my picks!
1. Favourite sports bra: Nike Pro Sports Bra
I totally love the snug yet comfy feel of the Nike Pro sports bra. I particularly like the fact that it doesn’t look like underwear and it looks good on its own. I first bought one in lavender, fell in love with it and ended up buying seven more.
They look decent enough to be worn under my gi (with the heat in Malaysia, I don’t think you’d want to wear a rash guard under your gi!), look stylish under my DIY tees and functional enough to be worn under the dolman tops I wear to work.
2. Favourite running / compression shorts: Moving Comfort Endurance Shorts
The first compression shorts I got were the Nike Pro ones a couple of years back. While I loved them for their vibrant colours, I find the material to be a little too thin and rather unsuitable to be worn on its own. The Nike Pro also tends to ride up as you move, which can be quite uncomfortable. They’re excellent under my gi pants though.
When I got my first pair of Moving Comfort compression shorts, I didn’t expect to like it so much. But two kickboxing classes later, I fell in love with how comfy it was and how it didn’t ride up no matter how much I moved. At 4”, the length is also just perfect for me.
Best of all, at MYR89, the Moving Comfort compression shorts is cheaper than the Nike Pro (MYR109). I’ve gotten myself two more pairs since then.
3. Favourite spats / yoga tights: Cotton On Active tights
When it comes to great-looking fitness gears on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the spats / yoga tights from Cotton On Active. I own three pairs of tights from Cotton On and while the quality isn’t exactly tip-top, I like the designs and they’ve actually survived many no-gi sessions. Besides, Cotton On almost always on sale so you can always hunt for great bargains.
4. Favourite rash guards: Rip Curl rash guard
When I first started training BJJ, we didn’t have any local fight wear shop where we can get our rash guards from. Therefore, the best option would be getting a rash guard from a dive shop or swimwear brands, such as Roxy and Rip Curl. So far, I only own six rash guards and two of them are Rip Curls. I think swimwear brands offer prettier rash guard designs compared to fight wear brands. Most of the time, they’re cheaper too.
5. Favourite slouchy tanks: Cotton On Active
These tank tops with witty statements are great to be worn over colourful sports bras during cardio sessions. At MYR30 a pop, I think I got them in six or seven different colours. They’re also long enough to cover your butt and / or unsightly camel toe when wearing leggings.
6. Favourite BJJ gi: Atama Kyra Gracie kimono
Two years after I purchased the Kyra Gracie kimono, it is still very much my favourite gi of all. I love the vibrant shade of pink this gi has, also the pretty embroideries on the shoulder-forearm areas. Unlike some girls who like their gi pants long and covering the ankles, I just happen to love ‘capri’ gi pants a lot.
I’m not sure if the Kyra kimono is still in stock, but as a friend once said to me (before I got this gi), this gi fits like a dream! If you can only afford to have one gi, make it this one.