A couple of days ago week I had the pleasure of attending an event when fitness and fashion collided head on. When fashion and fitness overlap in the venn diagram of my life, I am a very happy girl. The event was held at Crossfit NYC: The Black Box where I would take my very first crossfit class…I was more than a little scurred.
SKINS is a company that has been producing compression gear for over 18 years. They were kind enough to outfit me in a pair of their top of the line compression tights and also give me and some other wonderful folks a true taste of crossfit.
When I walked in there was a line of mannequins with the most beautiful fitness fashions. I’m not going to lie. I want it all. SKINS has figured out a way to bypass just being a line of all black compression gear and turn the clothing that has function and fabulousness all wrapped up in one.
Compression gear is really great for all athletes and even the non athlete. It’s especially great for runners because the compression of the pants reduces the amount of tears in the muscles there fore reducing soreness the next day. On the other end of the spectrum its great for new moms that want to keep everything in too!
These were my first pair of compression pants. When I tried them on I really could not believe how much like my skin they felt. I started mini jogging around the house and I couldn’t believe I didn’t have these all my life. Please don’t judge me if you see me in these pants for my remaining races this year. No really. Every single race. They feel SO much better than anything I currently own!
The technology that is built in the SKINS line is astonishing. Somehow they have figured out a way to make the compression gear work for you year round. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. That alone is worth the investment especially for you outdoor athletes! The brand SKINS is actually very popular in Australia and now they have expanded to the US. They outfit a LOT of professional sports teams and they have been “flying under the radar” but now they are ready to be the premier compression line, not just for professional athletes but for those of us who just love working out too. Check out all the pretty colors for the Spring 2015 line!
I am not going to lie I was a lil scared about taking a real crossfit class especially after I had run an “easy” 3 miles early that morning. When the instructors explained what would be happening I felt more at ease. It was going to be tough but I could manage.
We started by doing a quick warm-up which included jumping Jacks, high knees and etc. Then it was time for the “WOD” = Workout of the Day.
It was not easy. First round I was okay, but by the third round? I might have been begging for mercy. Although it was only 15 minutes it was definitely one of the most intense fitness classes I’ve ever been to. The crazy part is… I liked it. Like really liked it.
Then it was time to have some fun. We would be doing “AMRAP” which stands for As Many Reps As Possible. I loved this way of working out because it really because an individual sport instead of doing the same amount of reps as everyone else. The instructor also told us to add up all the reps per round and try to beat them each time, so happy to say I did just that!
Afterwards, we were treated to healthy smoothies from Liqueteria.
I am actually really surprised by how much I liked crossfit, dare I say I felt at home?! This is very interesting because did I mention that I did a lot of burpees?! Something about Crossfit NYC: The Black Box made me feel at home. If I could find a way to make it happen financially I am in there like swimwear! (with compression tights on, of course :))
Thank you so much to SKINS for providing me (and introducing me) to the best compression pants ever. The quality and technology is really top notch, and I totally see why compression works! You can check out their full line here.