The Other F Words

If you’re anything like us, you wear work-out clothes 95% of the time. Trillfit class? Leggings. Work? An inconspicuous, professional-ish pair of leggings. Out on the town? Those leggings with the sexy mesh inserts. And now that Katy Perry gave us the greenlight on wearing a sports bra to an elegant evening event, we’re this close to throwing out all our uncomfortable “going out tops” too.

So what is it about “athleisure?” Do we like the fashion? Or do we like the functionality? The two are becoming increasingly inextricable, with high fashion brands like Alexander Wang and DKNY making athletics-inspired clothing and traditionally sportswear oriented companies like Puma and Nike rolling out pieces with more contemporary silhouettes. And then there are new companies cropping up with both “Fs” in mind. Kit and Ace, for example, founded in 2014 by the wife and son of Lululemon’s founder, strives to create a realty where from work to work out you “never ever interrupt your day to change your clothes.” “Lounge, lunge or lunch – all in the same outfit,” preaches the company website. Sounds good to us.

Perhaps by welcoming the athleisure trend, we will also be inspired to incorporate more movement in our day-to-day routine. By the transitive property, looking good means feeling good, and feeling good means wanting to move your body, right? So looking good=moving more.  Or at least that’s our reasoning process over here. If clothes are cute and allow for easy movement, we’ll want to participate in that lunch hour yoga session, to walk home instead of taking the T, to break out in to a happy dance whenever the feeling hits.

Last month, we traveled to the Mecca of Dance Like Nobody’s Watching – Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. With many celebrity and high-profile attendees, the festival is also somewhat of a showcase for “free-spirited” fashion. However, in recent years, festival-goers seem to be less keen on elaborate outfits that include headdresses, flower crowns, and lots of dangly fringe that constitute a “boho” look in favor of more practical, sportswear-inspired looks. Is Coachella a representation of fashion on a larger scale? Are we too disposing of the frills of fashion in favor of only what moves with us, what feels natural?

Click through to check out the athleisure trends we’re loving for Spring and Summer 17.

Zorela Georgescu
Keep it Trill While You Travel

You’re a hustler. You wake up early, (ok, maybe after one or four clicks of the snooze button,) go to work, eat your veggies, exercise, and prepare to do it all again the next day – all while managing to maintain a (mostly) pleasant disposition. That’s why when you finally take that well-deserved vacation, you get a free pass to throw all that out the window, right? Sleeping until noon, kicking back margaritas with reckless abandon, and vegging by the pool with your shades on in an unspoken message of “Do Not Disturb” is exactly what you need – and deserve!

However, being sedentary for a week or more’s time can actually make it harder to assimilate back in to “Real Life” post vacation. The good news is that there are ways to get a work out in without killing those Rihanna in Barbados, vacation vibes one bit.

 

1)    Explore

You’ll find that you’ll absorb more of a new place when you’re on the move, and moving in ways and to places you wouldn’t ordinarily. See a staircase or a winding, palm-tree shaded path? Climb, run, skip, or dance your way to the end of it! You might just come across a breathtaking view or a gem of a backdrop for that fire Instagram selfie. ;) 

2)    Assimilate

Treat exercise as part of the culture that you want to learn as much about as possible. Make use of those high school Spanish skills and find out what people there do to stay fit. (Bonus points if you squad up and get sweaty with the locals. ) You’ll leave feeling inspired and maybe with that cute Mexican yogi’s Facebook info.

3)    Get creative.

Use a low-hanging tree branch as pull up bar; a stray coconut as a medicine ball. Keep your eyes open for ways Mother Nature acts as her own gym. Running in sand, for example, provides natural resistance training and burns way more calories than that primitive hotel treadmill!

 

But we get it. Not everyone is the Dora the Explorer type. In that case, there a plenty of ways to get your tone on with little to no equipment right from your hotel or Airbnb. Pro-tip: Pack a resistance band. We’ve linked a list of full-body exercises you can do from literally anywhere here.

 
 
Tulum, MX

Tulum, MX

Zorela Georgescu
Your Body is Not an Object: Read This Before You Watch 'Revenge Body'

There’s a new reality show on E! -- aka The Kardashian Network. It’s called Revenge Body with Khloe. Because my television is somehow always tuned to this channel, I found myself watching a few episodes. The premise is simple. Basically, everyday people come on the show hoping to achieve the kind of glow-up Khloe experienced (once the “fat sister,” now looking banging) to exact revenge on that one person in their lives that did them wrong. Khloe hooks them up with the top trainers and nutritionists in the game, and the contestants have six weeks to transform from everyday to Kardashian. At the end of the episode, and the six weeks, the contestants each have a “big reveal,” where they pop out from behind a curtain to face their friends and family as well as that one person who was so undoubtedly cruel to them.

 

At this point in the episode, it’s hard not to smile and feel happy for the contestants who prance around their family members and friends, seemingly confident and carefree for the first time. But the rest of the episode is painful to watch.

On each contestant’s “journey” from Point A to Point B (miserable to glowing,) he or she is shown in scenes of extreme pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Being barked at by LA’s so called toughest trainer. Throwing up in the gym bathroom. Having all the food in your fridge violently thrown in to the trash by a stringent nutritionist. Being called “obese.” This is television, so viewers should expect some dramatization.  However, these are scenes that I think everyone who has ever worked out or attempted a healthier lifestyle can relate to.

How many times have you heard, in a work out class, phrases like “Earn that dessert!” or “No pain no game!” Working out, for most people, is a punishment, and obligation, or a painful attempt at recreating that #fitspo or #bodygoals photo.

It’s great to have fitness goals. But when we base our goals on some image of what we want our bodies to look like, we engage in what is known as self-objectification. In short, this means that we view ourselves as an object first and a person second. This may sound like a stretch, but think about it: what are these “before and after” photos besides a visual display of one entity? How about that number on the scale? That photo and that number do not represent the intangible, human elements of fitness like strength (mental and physical,) stamina, endurance, and flexibility. Moreover, they fail to account for the variety of different body types and individual fitness journeys we are all on.

Studies show that those who create fitness goals laden with self-objectification – like wanting to drop 10 pounds, to fit in that bikini, (or to get revenge on someone?) are more likely to become discouraged and abandon their goals all together. Comparatively, when we create goals based on our intrinsic motivation, we are more likely to achieve long-term success as well as willingness to engage in variety of exercises.

So how should we rewrite our fitness goals to stay motivated for the long haul? In recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness week last month, TrillFit hopes to inspire women and men alike to focus on what makes them feel good – mentally and physically. Through a variety of classes – Hip Hop Cardio, Sculpt, and Hip Hop Yoga, we invite people to explore what kind of work out makes them feel the most human. Is it bending beyond your capacity in yoga? Or dropping it low in Hip Hop? When you find it, and pursue it, results will come naturally. And these results will last longer than that one moment in front of the curtain.