Hello everyone! Today’s DIY blog post is an exciting one for me, as it’s fitness related. I love working out because it makes me feel so good. The extra energy I gain from consistently engaging in exercise is worth every minute that’s invested. I’ve worked out all of my adult life, as far as I can remember. I purchased my first gym membership when I was in my early twenties, then after I got married, my husband and I purchased a couple’s membership with Family Fitness Center, which is now called 24 Hour Fitness.
My exercise routine includes 4 – 5 days a week of 1-hour workouts. I use free weights, exercise machines, battle ropes, and recently have added the “Simply Fit Board.” I also engage in group exercise sometimes, including Zumba (my favorite) and Body Pump (it’s been a long time). A lot of my free-weight exercises were learned in the body pump classes I’ve taken.
I use light weights during my workouts. I learned in the early years that my upper body gets bulky rather quickly, so to avoid looking overly muscular, I keep it light. I work my upper body and lower body on separate days of the week, giving the parts that I’ve exercised a break in between.
If you’re interested in seeing what a typical workout day looks like for me, check out the video below.
Cowl Neck Dress – McCall’s 7471
Simplicity Workout Gear
Today’s DIY workout gear comes from two different Simplicity patterns. I’ve linked the patterns below for your convenience. The leggings pattern is super easy to make. If you’re a beginner, once you sew this pattern, you should be able to make these leggings over and over again without even looking at the pattern instructions.
The top is equally as easy. I chose this pattern because I was drawn to the loose fit. Most of my workout tops are form fitting and I really want to add more loose tops that are longer. I like the look of View C with the cowl drape in the back but I wasn’t too sure how that would perform during my workout, so I went with what’s familiar.
I’m loving this gorgeous fabric that I purchased from Finch Fabrics, Los Angeles. They have lots of really cute prints and colors for performance wear. When sewing workout gear, it is recommended that you always choose performance wear fabrics (my top is not performance fabric). This was my first purchase with Finch Fabrics and I will certainly be returning to their website because I was very pleased with the fabric quality and their delivery time was excellent. If you haven’t tried this online fabric resource, I recommend giving them a try.
Create the Look!
- Top Pattern = Simplicity 8338 (View B)
- Leggings Pattern = Simplicity 8212 (View B)
- Top Fabric = Poly/Spandex Knit (not a performance fabric)
- Leggings Fabric = Nylon/Spandex Knit (performance fabric)
I’m so glad that I finally made an outfit for exercising and there will certainly be more to come in the future. I MUST update my workout wardrobe.
What About You?
Do you exercise? What is your workout routine? Are you looking to start a new exercise program? I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to stay fit.
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
(Video has been updated for full view)
(All Photos & Video Courtesy of CEMO!)