The new year means a new you and a fresh start! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to tell you about some of our favorite workout goodies to get you extra motivated to hit the gym and look fabulous doing it.
YOUR KNEES WILL THANK YOU
We’ve been there—you slap that flimsy yoga mat onto the wooden floor and hit those poses (hello extended puppy pose, we’re talking to you), mumbling under your breath about those stabbing pains on your knees and toes. You can’t go wrong with a quality yoga mat which is why we’re big fans of the Manduka X Yoga mat. It’s super light (you’ll probably forget you’re even carrying it!) and has just the right amount of cushioning so your knees and feet will never have to suffer again.
DRINKING WATER CAN BE COOL AGAIN
Let’s face it, no one likes lugging around an ugly plastic bottle of water or walking across the gym for a sip at the crowded water fountain. We were ecstatic when we came across the stunning Lokai Metal Waterbottle. It will keep your drink cold for 24 hours and the
slip-resistant silicone grip keeps it snug in your hands no matter how sweaty and intense your workouts get. And what’s not to love about 10% of net profits going to charity?
WALKING ON AIR
High-impact workouts call for activewear that can keep up with you which is why we love the Punter Leather Athletic Shoes. If you love to run, jump rope or even Zumba your way to a stronger heart, you’ll get plenty of cushioning with these shoes and the padding is soft enough to feel like you’re walking on a cloud. They definitely have the VIM & VIGR seal of approval.
DON’T STOP THE MUSIC
One of the most important gym essentials is a pair of headphones, to play your favorite music as the treadmill gets faster and the timer counts down or to shut out distractions as you focus on your squat technique. With many earphones, you have to maneuver and fumble with the tips to make sure they fit snugly in your ears but we were surprised by how comfortable the Fresh n Rebel Wireless Earphones felt and how effortlessly they stayed in place. And of course the sound quality was something else, every vocal cord and drum beat felt like we were right there in the recording studio with Mariah Carey.
THE BEST FOR LAST
No gym essentials guide would be complete without including something to really make your outfit stand out. VIM & VIGR’s collection of compression socks and calf sleeves come in chic patterns that instantly accentuate your gym outfit and come in a variety of fabrics so you can pick what’s most comfortable for you! Plus, our socks help you recover from muscle fatigue faster by increasing blood flow, which leads to less soreness.
Try out the Coral & Black with the Lokai Metal Waterbottle in red some fiery color coordination, the Dark & Light Heather with the Fresh n Rebel Wireless Earphones when you’re feeling it’s a day for form-fitting black, and Solid Navy with the Punter Leather Athletic Shoes for a seamless gym-to-errands look.
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We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.
If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.
Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.