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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Springing Into Fitness with Carbon38

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Today, I am teaming up with Carbon38 to share with you some of my favorite workouts and now that the weather is finally nice, how to take your workout from indoors to outdoors -- and looking cute while doing it! For those of you who are not familiar with Carbon38, let me introduce you. Carbon38, is a Los Angeles-based activewear company that specializes in finding the most fashionable and functional fitness pieces for women to wear from the gym to post-workout errands. As a lover of both fashion and fitness, there is nothing like a new outfit to freshen up your workout spirit and fitness routine.

With SO many cute workout tops and leggings to pick from, where do you even begin?! But, when it comes down to it, there was no way I could pass on these L'URV leopard leggings! You know how much I love leopard...especially this white and black combo! And you can never have too many black tanks, but this VIMMIA Demi Tank is my new favorite. Complete with a shelf-bra, the softest spandex and shirred side seams, this tank is the perfect cool piece to wear all summer long.

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L'URV leopard leggings & VIMMIA Demi Tank c/o Carbon38 {wearing a size medium in both} | Nike running shoes {true to size, good for a neutral/high arch} | white jacket, old {similar style} | earrings | necklace {similar style}

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Before getting into my workout routines, a little background first...

Exercise and fitness have always been a big part of my life. Growing up, I loved playing sports, but tennis was my main focus. I began playing tennis at the age of 5 and eventually went on to play college tennis. Needless to say, when I graduated from college, there was a serious let down with the lack of tennis in my life! With a hectic work schedule, tennis was becoming more and more difficult to find time for and I needed to find a new exercise that was more flexible. Enter running. It was an exercise I could do at any time of the day and by myself {no hitting partner needed!}.

If you have been following ABM for awhile, you may remember some posts I shared about half marathon training over the last few years. I was never a runner {running = long strides, tennis = short, quick strides!} but I trained and ran countless short distance races and three half marathons. This year, I decided to not run the half marathon -- long distance running can be extremely draining and after all the years of tennis with injuries, I was frankly getting too old and sore to train for the half! In an effort to find exercise that was not as debilitating on my body as long distance running, these are currently my favorite exercises:


(1) I still run, just not long distance! For me, I have found running to be the best way to stay in shape because you feel it everywhere! Instead of running 5 miles on weekdays and 7-10 miles on weekends, I run much shorter distance of 2-3 miles on weekdays and no more than 5 miles on weekends. This is my favorite exercise to take outside in the spring -- the treadmill can be SO boring!!

(2) Pure Barre. For those of you who are not familiar with Pure Barre, you can read more HERE. I discovered this total body workout about a year ago when a studio opened near our house. And although this workout cannot be moved outside {I guess it could, but you would need to find an instructor haha!} it's one exercise that leaves me more sore and sweaty than running 10 miles! A good sore though :) I like to incorporate Pure Barre into my fitness routine as much as I can, but lately, my schedule has been so busy, I don't get there as much as I like!

(3) Interval training. THIS program {pictured on iPad below} is super similar to an Orangetheory Fitness workout, minus the heart monitor, and I like to mix it in with my running days. This particular program is done on a treadmill {and actually makes the time go fast...unheard of right?!} but you could easily take it outside with a fitness watch or timer. I have found interval training to be the best way to burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time. I am literally exhausted after this workout!

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The beautiful spring weather and a new set of workout clothes is the perfect way to reinvigorate your workout. I've included some of my other favorite Carbon38 pieces below, so be sure to check those out too!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend! See you back here on Monday!
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23 comments:

  1. so cute!! i love the print on them.

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  2. They have THE cutest stuff! And I'm in love with those shoes. The color alone would make me want to work out all the time! :) Have a wonderful weekend, Rachel!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  3. Carbon38 has some suuupser cute stuff- I love loud + fun workout gear, so I'm a fan. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  4. Love, love those leggings! I just recently started a workout routine and have really enjoyed browsing and buying new activewear! It's actually a good little reward after working out! I've lost 11 pounds so far...9 more to go and I'll treat myself to some new workout gear like this!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  5. I love those leggings...animal print..i am just in love with them...and you look so gorgeous... xoxo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  6. Cute workout gear! Love the leggings!
    xMC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  7. I wouldn't have been able to pass up the leopard print leggings either! They're so cute, and I would feel so cute (even while working out) when wearing them!

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  8. I am always looking for fun new workout gear, thanks for sharing. Love those leopard pants!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  9. Carbon38 is soooo amazing!!!! They have the best workout stuff! These leggings are just too adorable!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  10. CUTEST workout pants EVER of course on a CUTE as can be gal!! Happy weekend lovely lady, hope it's not chilly like it is here...but relax and enjoy none the less.

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  11. You look so stinkin' cute in your workout gear! LOVE those pants! I LOVE interval training too and am also planning to go to more pure barre classes! Happy Friday girly!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  12. I absolutely love your leggings! And I do a cardio/weight lifting class right now but I've been wanting to try pure barre for what feels like forever because I've heard that it's such a fun workout!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  13. Those leggings are so fun as are your sneakers!! I didn't know you played tennis - I played competitively for 12 years!! Wish we lived closer so we could hit!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. I lovveee Carbon 38! Great pieces and great quality.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  15. These leopard leggings are super cute.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  16. I LOVE Carbon38, and your sporty look is just perfect! Those leggings are beyond cute, Rachel! You are the cutest for sure! Wishing you a Happy Weekend!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://whatwouldvwear.com

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  17. How fun are those workout leggings - LOVE! And of course loving the pretty pop of pink from your shoes too <3
    Green Fashionista

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  18. Nice sporty look :)

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

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  19. Those are the cutest leggings and I love the color of your sneakers! I need to get out and start running again!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  20. Lovely post, dear! Thanks for sharing .x

    http://www.fayeisabella.co.uk

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