I was inspired to pull out my Varley tights for today’s workout because I really needed that extra leopard print energy to power me through a crazy hectic day. Don’t you find these bold prints and colors really energize you and push you out the door when maybe you aren’t quite feeling a workout? The more streamlined neutral stuff is great for when you are just going through the motions of getting to your workout, but when I really need that boost and kick out the door I need a crazy print. I had to race my kids to dance class this afternoon right after school (and after a day of upload blogging) – they have started taking Irish dancing, and unfortunately the class timing means I have to stay in the area. It was so tempting to bail out on my workout since the day already had such a frenetic pace. I desperately did not want to go, but I’m so glad I did. There is a park right behind the dance school with lots of stairs so I was able to get some cardio warm up in right before having to dash the kids back home, and then racing back to my olympic weightlifting class. I’m looking forward to doing another park routine next dance class.
I did a fit review of my Varley tights here, and my Lorna Jane excel short sleeve here. Today I was inspired to branch out a bit and remember some of my favourite fitness apparel items. I love the feel of my Varley tights, the material is really luxuriously silky yet compressive and opaque. The material is ‘Italian microfibre compression fabric’. All I know is I want more items in this material because it is lux, and it stays up! The Lorna Jane excel SS my top favourite top to wear to Olympic lifting, which you’ve probably noticed in most of my other Olympic Lifting posts. Both of these items are sold out, but I’ve posted a few options below from Varley which are the same material, and a Lorna Jane top in the same excel material. I am eyeing up a full length Varley tight which is almost sold out, but I’m going to the US next month and I think I can find it there.
We did some great drills today with a focus on the jerk part of the clean and jerk. The first drill was doing the jerk with a starting position of holding the bar on top of our heads, then going up on our toes, then exploding into the jerk while keeping the bar straight and steady. We had to hold the final position for eternity + a year while the coach walked around and tried to knock the bars about. The bars had to stay steady. Today my arms are so sore from all those little tiny stabilizing muscles holding that bar in position.
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Cristina founded The Sweat Edit in 2010. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two boston terrier fur daughters in Vancouver, BC. Cristina dabbles in many creative hobbies such as drawing, painting, and jewelry design which sometimes makes it's way here on the blog. Cristina enjoys various sweaty pursuits such as Peloton spin, olympic weightlifting and running.