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Top 5 Holiday Fitness Gifts

Are you perhaps looking for a Christmas gift that is “fit” for your active friend, family member, or loved one? Well I have composed a list of the top 5 fitness gifts that they will be sure to love all through the New Year.

Gift #1: Lululemon Scuba Hoodie- This versatile hoodie is a female fitness lovers favorite item to throw on for a chilly workout, following a killer yoga session, or just to cozy up in on a cold day. It even has thumb holes to keep your hands warm! http://www.lululemon.com $108-$148 depending on model.

Gift #2: Nike Sport Watch GPS- This hi-tech watch is powered by the famous GPS company TomTom. Head outside for a run and personalize your data on the watch so that you can track progress. Best of all you no longer need the Nike+ shoe sensor so if you don’t wear Nike’s it’s no problem! http://www.nike.com $199.

Gift #3: Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine subscription When it comes to fitness magazines, there is only one good read that comes to mind-Muscle & Fitness Hers. Learn real strength training workouts, not the sugar-coated ones. This magazine keeps every month different and uses a wide variety of fitness models, photos, and products. http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com $19.97/year.

Gift #4: Target’s Champion Compression Sports Bras- These inexpensive sports bras give you the support and stability that you need whether you are a runner or a gym rat. Best of all, they come in super fun colors! http://www.target.com $16.99

GIft #5: Cross-Core 180- If you have a home gym this is the perfect space-saving piece of equipment. No longer will you need separate machines for each exercise. Everything can be done on the Cross Core. I use this with all of my Del Mar personal training clients. http://www.crosscore-usa.com $249

 

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San Diego Personal Trainer Top 5 Fall Fitness Gear

As a San Diego personal trainer and Women’s fitness expert, I know how important it is to have the right clothing, shoes and gear for your workout. These are my top 5 must have picks and products that I currently use while I workout whether it be at the beach or at my Del Mar personal training studio.

Best Running Short – Lululemon Speed Short – There is nothing worse during a run than worrying about your shorts riding up. The Lululemon Speed shorts stay in place and give you the feeling that you are running naked. With two front waistband pockets you can conveniently store your phone, ipod or keys and there is also a zip pocket in the back of the shorts for miscellaneous use. They come in lots of cute colors too. These are pricy but you have to try them to understand the true meaning of a comfortable run. lululemon.com $54

Best Sports Bra for Running – Nike Dedication II – This sports bra keeps the girls right where they need to be during a run. The unique middle insert piece keeps them separated, not smooshed, so you can have support without the uni-boob look. After looking at their website it seems as though Nike may be discontinuing this sports bra and replacing it with the Victory Shape sports bra. I’m looking forward to trying this new one out but definitely not tossing the Dedication II just yet. Nike.com $38

Best Socks – Adidas No-Show 3 strips socks – These versatile socks never lose their shape and have been a staple of mine for years. They hug the perfect spot on the achilles to prevent blisters and rubbing. There’s nothing fancy to them and they make no claim like some socks do. They’re also cheap. Costco 6-pack $12.99

Best Training Shoes – Nike Free XT Motion Fit – I always tell my clients that they should be wearing a different shoe for cardio than training. This shoe is fairly versatile and could almost get away with both. For a training shoe this one is super responsive, allowing for quick reaction while doing plyos and aerobic movement. Nike.com $90

Best Cool Weather Jacket – Lululemon Mind Over Matter Jacket – This jacket is perfect for those cloudy evenings when simply running in a sports bra and shorts won’t do. Adequate ventilation and mesh back allows for cooling while you sweat. It’s lightweight so it easily ties around your waist without weighing you down during a long run.  Lululemon.com (sold out) $128

Those are my top 5 Fall Fitness picks of the moment. Feel free to share your opinions and comments below!

Lululemon Favorites

This week I am on vacation as my Mom is in town visiting from Pittsburgh. While I feel like I’m going through a bit of workout withdrawal, I have been getting plenty of exercise through shopping. This afternoon I had a chance to visit my favorite store, Lululemon La Jolla. There are a few Lululemon stores here in San Diego but I feel that the La Jolla staff is the friendliest and most knowledgeable (the Carlsbad store is super stuck-up in my experience).

Here are the new items that I picked up today just in time for Summer!

Lululemon Speed Shorts- These shorts are so cute in pinstripe. They are perfect for running. Nice and loose in the legs, lightweight, and the perfect length.

Speed Shorts

Lululemon Define Jacket- I love the way this jacket contours to my curves in just the right places. It is also fleece lined yet breathable so it will keep you warm but also cool you off. I love the new colors they have for Summer!

Define Jacket

Lululemon Do it All Short- This is my favorite purchase of the day. In fact I bought these shorts in two colors. I love to wear loose comfortable workout clothing when I am training my San Diego personal training clients and these shorts are just right!

Do it all Short

So there you have my Lululemon purchases today! I urge you to check out your local store for more fabulous items like these!

San Diego Fitness Fashion Favorites

If you’re like me, you love keeping up on the new fitness fashion trends. With the weather finally warming up here in San Diego (it’s mid-August, I know) I want to make sure you are looking and feeling confident in your workout gear. As most of my personal training clients know, I love everything Nike so I’m offering some of my Nike favorites along with a few other fitness apparel brands.

Favorite Shoes: Nike AirMax 2010

These shoes are the best all around workout shoe in my opinion. They have all the fancy and comfortable padding of a running shoe with the lateral stability of a training shoe. These are Nike’s most versatile shoe and are very durable and stylish. They’re gonna cost you though. These kicks will run you $160, but they are worth every penny.

Favorite Leggings: Hard Tail

Hard Tail is known for their soft, form fitting Yoga pants. These crop leggings that were released for Spring 2010 are both comfortable and colorful. (Don’t worry, they come in black too!) The great thing about these leggings is that they are just thick enough to suck in your legs making you feel and look slim. The cotton blend is very breathable. If you act fast, these leggings are 33% off at nordstrom.com!

Favorite Sports Bra: Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer

If you’re doing a lot of cardio, you know how painful and unsightly it is to be wearing an ill-fitting sports bra. Lululemon has created an awesome product that supports your “girls” without smooshing them down. (That’s right…no more uni-boob!) The best part is that sizes range all the way from 32B to a 38DD. If you haven’t heard of Lululemon, be sure to check them out online at http://www.lululemon.com. This sports bra will run you $58.00 and is well worth the post-run pain!

Favorite Shorts: American Apparel Interlock Running Short

I’m not going to lie. I have a lot of these. The great thing about American Apparel is that you can buy multiple colors of their clothes without annoying logos everywhere. The retro look is very in right now. Pair these shorts with some knee high tube socks and you’re the next Holly Madison. (I’m kidding. And that’s not me in the picture there…) You can purchase these at http://www.americanapparel.com. There are 25 different color combos to choose from!

There are so many new fitness fashion trends that I am loving right now so it was hard to narrow it down to these 4 favorites. When in doubt some comfy Yoga pants and a tee or tank will do, but do me a favor