This woman is actually an Athleta model. Sit around and just look cute? I think not! (They even have an interview with her up on their blog!)
Their catalog permanently resides in my bedroom. The sale tab on their website is where I’ll go browse when I’m stressed out and just need a minute. (Yes, yes, compulsive shopping worries duly noted – mostly I just look.) Their clothes have made many, many, many appearances on this blog. When picking out a birthday present for me you can pretty much close your eyes and point to anything in their catalog and I will love it. So when Athleta told me that they were naming The Great Fitness Experiment as one of their Top 5 Favorite Fitness Blogs, it was better than the day I found out the 5th dentist relented and decided to recommend Trident gum after all. Heck it was better than the day I discovered So You Think You Can Dance is online!
I work out hard. Really hard. I put my workout clothes through a lot of wear and tear (sometimes literally as in the case of my most embarrassing moment ever). But I also like to workout in a tutu and glittery hair spray with fully supported boobs. In addition I run most of my errands right after the gym so whatever I wear there needs to be safe for the general public. Basically my clothes need to perform well, be super durable, and look amazing both in and out of the gym. You know, just a few little things. Athleta does all those things for me with their wide range of funky-and-functional tops (have you seen their Yellowman collection??), butt-boosting bottoms (huge fan of the kick-booty pants!), girly skirts (I own the hitch capri skirt in three colors) and dresses so gorgeous you’d never know they were made for high performance wear. (You should see me rock the sweater dress I got there!) Their swimwear is flattering, cute and isn’t meant for just lounging around the pool. And my favorite thing about them? They use real fitness models to show off their goods (hmmm… that came out sounding dirtier than I meant) – their models have muscles and hold yoga poses and have athletic thighs! To say I’m a fan is an understatement. I love Athleta.
The funny thing though is that they didn’t know any of this about me before they picked me. Unless you are one of those people who can instantly recognize the brand and style of workout gear in a picture (which is both a gift and a sickness, I know) then you probably didn’t know of my love for them either as I really haven’t written about it. It turns out they love the GFE for what I do and write, not for what publicity I can give them. I know, I almost passed out. Those of you who are bloggers know how rare this is. Full disclosure: I’m not getting paid for this. I don’t get so much as a free sock from them. (Not that I’d turn it down if they offered.) They didn’t ask me to write this or even link to them – they just wanted to let me know that I’d made their list. And even better? They’re offering one of you GFE readers a $100 gift card to Athleta just for being part of this awesomeness.
In other news, today the husband, kidlets and I are setting off on a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains. I’m taking these next 10 days off from both blogging and formal exercise (I know!!) to spend the time relaxing with my family and enjoying the mountains that I miss so much it hurts sometimes. I will be checking e-mail semi-regularly if you need to get a hold of me and will be posting a few things here but I’ll be mostly M.I.A. around the blogosphere. I’ll be back (hopefully refreshed although camping with 4 wee ones doesn’t sound much like a vacation now that I think about it) on July 5th. For my American friends, Happy 4th of July and for my International friends, I hope you are having a great summer (winter if you’re in Australia! or Chile!).
To enter to win the Athleta $100 gift card, go check out their Chi blog and leave me a comment telling me one thing you learned/liked/discovered on it!
Remember this? Athleta, baby.