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My Favorite Amazon Workout Clothes

Today I learned that posing in your workout clothes is almost as humbling as taking a bathing suit photo.

But I’m here to keep it real and share the unfiltered, so here goes.

I’ve talked before about my major lifestyle revamp since last January, which includes but is not limited to focusing on regaining my fitness.

I had my third C-Section with my third and final almost 10-pound baby when I was 39.

Then Covid hit immediately after that, and everything, including my body, went to hell.

Until recently, I never struggled with my weight. I worked out, but I never battled the scale until I had a baby at almost 40, the world shut down, and my nerves went haywire.

Thankfully, with a lot of help, I’ve been able to regain my footing and focus.

And my stubbornness continues to serve me well.

I will not accept that this is part of “getting older.”

Of course, I have to do things differently and consider things like my hormones, etc., but I refuse to believe it’s all over after 40. Not when I feel like I’ve finally figured myself out and am actually living my most authentic life.

I’m okay saying I want to be fit, I want to look great, I want to be confident, but I really want to have stamina and health.

At the heart of all this, I want to be as youthful as possible for as long as possible so my youngest gets the same vital mom my older girls had.

The journey has been the most challenging, most humbling thing I’ve ever done. The level of consistency is crazy and a lesson in patience, which I am very much lacking.

There are weeks when the scale doesn’t move, but you’re doing everything right, or you’re doing everything right, and the scale goes up.

I’m focusing less and less on that and more on how I feel, where my strength level is, what I can do this month that I couldn’t do last, how my clothes fit, and most importantly, my mood and energy level.

And cumulatively, since last January, the scale is down by 30 pounds. So, it’s working; it’s just taking forever.

I’m about halfway to my goal. And I keep telling myself, keep going, because doing nothing doesn’t move us forward either.

The workouts that have been the most impactful are strength training, hot yoga (with variations that include strength and cardio in a hot room), and incline walking.

It was in one of my hot classes when I realized I need better workout clothes, ones that let me move and allow me to sweat comfortably (these rooms are set to about 97 degrees).

This is me going to a hot class. I feel like I don’t have to tell you this is in real time because I look like a hot-mess-express.

So, our older girls are athletes, and Lululemon is there go-to for everything, it’s part of their uniform, they wear it to workout and just to hang out.

It is incredibly well made and so comfortable.

But holy smokes is it expensive.

I was stunned at what I spent at Christmas on just a few little outfits, and it’s hard to give me sticker shock.

So for myself, I have a few pieces, but not enough to get me through a week of workouts.

There are so many less expensive options out there, so many recommended by Influencers, and everything I ordered was a disappointment.

Except for one brand, CRZ YOGA on Amazon.

These are the closest to the real thing I’ve tried for a fraction of the price. Specifically, they are a dupe for the Align collection.

Now, I’m not saying I won’t wear Lululemon again. They are my treat when I reach a goal, but I can’t afford to wardrobe myself in it.

Here’s what I have and love.

First, leggings.

I’m wearing their Naked Feeling High Waisted Full-Length Yoga Pants. These are 28″ and fit my 5’10 frame perfectly.

They come in a ton of colors and run true to size, I am wearing the medium.

Next, the sports bra.

Above I’m wearing their Strappy Longline Wirefree Padded Medium Impact Crop Tank Top/Sports Bras also available in a wide range of colors in XS – XL. I took the large size.

It is a bra and a tank in one. I like the support and stretch that allows you to move.

Only recently have I been brave enough to just wear the leggings and bra to a hot class, which is a big deal for me. So you can wear the bra as a top.

I appreciate the coverage, since the leggings are high waisted, and the bra is long, you only see a little skin. If you’ve ever been in a heated class, you know people wear much, much less.

For other classes, like a strength class, I wear a tank on top, like this Racerback Yoga Top.

I also like this tank that has a built in bra and a shorter length. I don’t need to wear another bra underneath, but you might be more comfortable.

Finally, I have to share this chic puffer, from Amazon’s the Drop brand. I freaking love it.

The length is short, which I like, it keeps you warm and looks great with leggings or joggers.

Available in six colors up to and including a size 5X.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Sunday 19th of February 2023

Megan, again thank you for covering workout clothes with your other style advice. As someone who has struggled with weight all my life, I understand your angst in modeling workout wear. But you are really too hard on yourself. You look healthy and toned. And you have inspired me to start working out again. As we age, it becomes critical for physical and mental health. Again, many many thanks.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Thank you so much for this post. There are so many active wear brands that it gets intimidating and expensive to find one that you love. I’ll be picking up the leggings for kickboxing. And, I know you weren’t fishing for it, but you look like a million bucks! As a mom with impressionable and social media savvy kids, I appreciate the focus on the beauty that radiates from a healthy body, and not an unhealthy or unattainable ideal.


Friday 17th of February 2023

Thank you for featuring your real-life pics and some good recommendations for workout gear that doesn't cost a fortune. I really appreciate your guidance and realistic approach to all things fashion (and lifestyle on the occasion). You make my life so much easier and I very much appreciate you for it. Best!

Pat lawrence

Thursday 16th of February 2023

I really appreciate your recommendation for the Bali bra from Amazon. I received mine today and I love it. It’s very comfortable and great looking


Thursday 16th of February 2023

Thank you for this! I think if you like what you wear to workout you feel better and work alittle harder. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on lulumon athletic workout clothes. But I do like the Amazon brand of CRZ. I want to be comfortable and look decent during my workout even though I workout at home!


Thursday 16th of February 2023

I haven’t worn lululemon pants for a few years but I like the CRZ YOGA brand. Another Amazon purchase that I’ve bought more of than anything else I own are the colorfulkoala yoga pants. Their material is amazingly soft but they still “hold you in” and they wash SO WELL! $25 and I love the pair that has pockets!


Thursday 16th of February 2023

Meg You look great! I know myself the struggles of weigh loss You suggestions are appreciated.


Thursday 16th of February 2023

Good job! I'm 57 and in better shape than I have ever been. It just takes work and consistency! And both my 24 year old daughter and I love CRZ Yoga clothes and have lots! (She was/is a big Lulu fan but now that she's buying her own, she's a CRZ covert. :P )


Thursday 16th of February 2023

I will not accept that this is part of “getting older.”

Amen!! I am 60. I am my graduation from high school weight and I am stronger. Glory to God!


Thursday 16th of February 2023

You look really strong and firm! You might be firm enough that this doesn’t apply but are you comfortable going in public with your backside not covered with a jacket or something?

Megan Kristel

Thursday 16th of February 2023

I'm not going out to lunch, I'm going to the gym so I couldn't care less about my backside being out. :)


Thursday 16th of February 2023

YAY, for you getting real with us! You look great! YAY, for you on the fitness journey - takes a lot of dedication. YAY, for you being an inspiration. Thanks!


Thursday 16th of February 2023

You look great. Thanks for sharing your continuing journey. Can you share what else you have done and are doing to lose weight? The exercise has obviously been important and increases strength and stamina!


Thursday 16th of February 2023

Thank you for doing this .

First you look amazing , keep up the positive outlook with emphasis on your stamina, energy, and how you really feel. Strength training and HRT can really help. Find what works for you! You send a great message to women that I know are struggling with same issues. It’s greaT to find someone talking about this and sharing. Second , I am wondering about the leggings compression? Specifically how is it with the lumps and bumps, cellulite coverage. Also the transparency, can you see thru them( ya know what I mean lol)? Love your content!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Hi! Thanks, the leggings are not at all transparent - that's a big deal for me too. I've washed these several time and hang them to dry. Compression wise, if you're familiar with the Align leggings they feel similar, like, not a pair of spanx but they keep you in nicely and I don't see and lumps or bumps. :)