You’ve got your activewear basics on lock (shout out trusty all-black leggings and sports bras), but if you want to add an edgier side to your sweat-sesh look, who better to ask for advice than a badass boxer?
As a founding trainer at New York City’s white-hot boxing studio Rumble, Erika Hammond has her finger on the pulse—and she’s sharing all her styling hacks and goal-oriented wisdom to help you kick off 2018.
“I make sure when I’m picking out my workout gear that I feel good in it.”
The first step? Finding activewear staples that make you feel like you can conquer the world (those power vibes will carry you through to your workout, trust). “I have a better workout when I’m feeling good about myself,” she says. “I make sure when I’m picking out my workout gear that I feel good in it.”
The best part: You can shop for all her exclusive picks on Amazon—so you’ll have them in time for your next square-off with a boxing bag.
Scroll down for Hammond’s 8 activewear picks for knock-out vibes this new year.
The number one must-have is leggings (obviously), and this cutout pair packs tons of understated edge. Number two is some majorly motivational advice—to stay true to your intentions, all year round.
“I like to motivate my clients all throughout the year, so when January 1 rolls around it’s just another day,” Hammond says. “They are setting goals all throughout the year and never stop.”
When you’ve got big aspirations, your look should be fierce—and nothing delivers like a twinning set. “I love having a matching set,” Hammond says. “And this top went perfectly with my Core 10 leggings.”
Hammond’s hacks for channeling motivation when you don’t feel like working out: Fun leggings (like this starry foil-printed pair) and awesome tunes. “I make some pretty good playlists and they get me pumped up, even when I’m not having it,” she shares. (Time to blast the Rihanna.)
Having an upgrades-everything jacket to throw over a crop top is key. Other essentials Hammond keeps on hand to be ready for anything? “My boxing gloves and wraps (you never know when you’ll need those, right?), face wipes, almonds or a granola bar, water (always), and chapstick.” Start filling up your gym bag.
Start the New Year off on the right foot (yeah, we went there) with comfy kicks in a trendy shade. And once your sneaker game is on point, you’ll be ready to reach some kick-ass milestones.
“Once I achieve one goal, I set another,” Hammond says. “At the moment, my goals are to provide my clients with fresh, fun workouts, and to make sure I do something good for my health and mind every day.”
Even if your jam is more on the minimal side, adding a punch of detail can go a long way into taking your look (and attitude) to the next level. This mesh marbled beauty stays chic in black and white, and hits Hammond’s go-to style mark: simple with a touch of flare.
Sometimes pushing yourself outside the box just means throwing on a pair of red-hot leggings. “These are not my normal style but I can’t stop going back to them,” Hammond says. “The red really stands out, and they are so comfortable!”
You can’t go wrong with a pair of sleek black sneaks, and this lighter-than-air pair will power you through workout and recovery.
“The biggest thing you can do for your personal fitness is stretching and foam rolling,” Hammond says. “When you’re watching TV, take 10 minutes to stretch. It’s so vital for muscle recovery.”
At the end of the day, her uniform—from sneakers to top layers—inform her mindset. “It all goes back to my goals and how I keep myself accountable,” Hammond says. “Am I going to go to bed later that night and have to tell myself I didn’t accomplish my goal that day? Absolutely not.” Preach.
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