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What Lies Beneath: Performance Underwear and the Wear-or-Go-Bare Debate

August 7th, 2015

_DLC8121 (1)You’re ready to hit the gym. You’re sporting a lightweight, Lycra-blend tank top, breathable microfiber shorts, a pair of moisture-repellant socks and top-of-the-line cross-trainers.

As for your underwear?

You picked the first pair you found in your drawer.

Excuse the pun, but if you fit that description, you’re behind the times.

You may not have heard, but skivvies have entered the realm of high-performance duds. “Technical” undies, as they’re sometimes called, provide stretch and support while keeping you cool and comfortable as you put your body through the paces.

Unlike its traditional cotton counterpart, technical underwear wicks sweat from your nether regions, helping you avoid embarrassing crotch stains and uncomfortable bacterial infections. It typically features edging designed to eliminate chafing, and antimicrobial treatments to combat odor.

Of course, you’ll pay a few bucks more for a pair of briefs that promises all that. But if they take you the extra mile, aren’t they worth it?

 Here, three pair of unmentionables worth a mention:

If a thong’s your thing, check out Nike’s Dri-FIT Low Rise Women’s Thong. It’s made of a sweat-absorbing polyester-spandex blend and has flat-seam construction to minimize irritation.

For more coverage, try Lululemon’s Light As Air Hipster. Its laser-cut construction helps eliminate VPL — visible panty lines, that is. Moisture-wicking fabric and a bonded cotton gusset enhance comfort and breathability.

For the gents, we favor Under Armour’s Iso-Chill 6” Mesh Boxerjock. Its quick-drying fabric helps disperse body heat; an antimicrobial treatment keeps stink at bay.

Cant I Just Go Commando?

laurrrrelThe wear-or-go-bare debate has been argued in gym circles since long before performance underwear hit the scene. The fact is, some workouts are best done commando, while others demand that you keep your knickers on.

Let’s take a look at three popular ways to work up a sweat:

Spinning

If you’re an avid spinner or cyclist, drop the drawers. Wearing cycling shorts with underwear creates friction, chafing and regret with every pedal stroke.

Running

Avoid redundancy by ditching the underwear and relying only on the liner found in most quality running shorts. You’ll not only spare yourself irritation, but the mortification of pulling at your wedgie every quarter-mile.

Yoga/Pilates

In any class that emphasizes stretching and flexibility, let discretion be your guide.

If you wear form-fitting tights without underwear, you leave little to your classmates’ imagination with every pose you strike. Pair a performance thong with those leggings, and the only thing they’ll notice is your fabulous form.

Similarly, male yogis who show up to class with boxers under their shorts risk revealing more than their intentions to get fit. Instead, opt for a pair of athletic shorts with a built-in moisture-wicking liner to keep the family jewels dry, supported and concealed.

Namaste!

The Lowdown On Buying and Wearing Activewear

June 21st, 2014

IMG_8473Buying activewear can be a gratifying or horrifying experience depending on where you are on the in-shape/out-of-shape spectrum. Whatever size and shape you are here are some things to remember on your next activewear shopping trip.

  • Size doesn’t matter. Just because you unrealistically want to be a size 2 or an extra extra small doesn’t mean you should buy that size. Many woman obsess over what the tag says when they shouldn’t. If wearing a size 8 means your butt will look better, buy a size 8! Clothes should make you feel and look good regardless of the size. Plus, no one sees the tag anyway!
  • Going up a size will not make you look smaller. Again, clothes that fit properly will be the most flattering no matter what your figure is. Wearing oversized clothes will only make you look heavier, and on the flip side, clothing that’s too small or tight will not make you look smaller either.
  • Every brand runs different. For example, a size 4 in activewear is not analogous to a size 4 women’s dress pant. Activewear tends to run a lot smaller, where a size 4 would be similar to an extra small.
  • Quality over quantity. High end activewear will last for years if cared for properly, so even if the price seems lofty the quality behind the product is well worth the extra dollars.

 

Fitness Meets Fashion: Let Your Activewear Take You From The Gym To The Street

May 21st, 2014

Rock it from Run to Runway

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Fashion and style trends are a moving target, constantly changing, forever transitioning and almost impossible to stay on top of let alone ahead of. Perhaps the most exciting evolution in fashion (for the avid gym goer, at least) has been the recent boom in the activewear industry, or as we like to say: when fitness met fashion.

From left: Lisa wearing Body Rock Sport Gaga Jacket, Splits59 Ashby Tank holding lululemon bag; Kelsey wearing Splits59 Kym tight with Splits59 Full Zip Hoodie

 

 

 

Fitness Couture

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A revelation in fashion, yoga pants have made their way into every woman’s closet, and for good reason. These tights transition seamlessly from your sweatiest workout to a night out on the town and everything in between. From sneakers to pumps, boots to flats, we just can’t get enough of these pants. It wasn’t by chance lululemon dubbed their version the “Wunder Under”; the slimming effect of these ultra sexy tights can make any woman’s lower half look like a 10. A high-end pair of yoga tights will melt your insecurities; add sex appeal on the street and a hint of style in the gym.

Lisa wearing Michi Jacket with lululemon Wunder Under Pant

 

 

Love, Sweat and Style

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Versatile pullovers are a must-have for all the seasons. Stylish hoodies, jackets and sweaters are perfect over a tank post workout, under a heavy jacket when the snow falls or atop a bikini at dusk. Splits59 produces amazing pullovers with sexy cut outs, cutting edge designs and only the best fabrics. The transitional aspect of this brand doesn’t stop at pullovers; their collections are the essence of fitness couture with each piece taking you from run to runway.

Kelsey wearing Splits59 Deena K Coverup and Splits59 Kym Tight

 

 

Sweat Sexier

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Pairing activewear with your every day pieces will add an unparalleled level of comfort. High-end activewear boasts the utmost in fabric quality, giving you that luxurious feel in your second skin pieces. Seamless designs that move with you will have you wondering why you ever wore denim. Sweat sexier in moisture wicking fabrics that are suitable for any type of weather the day throws at you.

Lisa wearing Splits59 Aerial Hoodie with Splits59 Raquel Flare Tight

Spring Fashion ’14

March 15th, 2014

IMG_7903Although it doesn’t feel like it, Spring is upon us and that means it’s time to transform your wardrobe from drab colors and countless cold weather layers to fun, vibrant, revealing, Spring activewear. Our favorite brands have released their Spring ’14 collections and we are in love. Start spring cleaning in your closet; trade in your plain, black yoga pants and spice up your gear with a pair of bright colored tights in Eco green by Splits59. Show off your favorite sports bra and go backless with a Splits59 Devon tank in Pacific Blue. We love the Forme Jacket in versatile Cadet Blue to throw on for those days when the weather is unpredictable and you need an extra layer. The Run Times Tank is one of our absolute favorites too, combining a built in sports bra with a loose fitting bodice giving you room to breathe and move when the heat hits inside or outside the gym. Not only do all of these pieces function in the gym, but we approve them outside the gym too. Our approved activewear will take you from gym to street in style. Some of our favorite new designs are photographed here, check out the amazing new collections in their entirety in our boutique!

Does Your Activewear Take You From #Gym2Street?

December 12th, 2013

IMG_2003Winter is upon us yet again which means our summer attire gets packed away and our cold gear comes to the forefront of our closets.  But what about activewear?  Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you’re turning down the heat on your workouts; sweat isn’t seasonal.  We love activewear that can be comfortably and effectively layered.  Moisture wicking clothing is ideal in the winter to keep you and your clothes dry in the cold outdoor temperatures after sweating inside the gym.  Instead of cotton sweatshirts and tops to throw on over your workout clothes on your way out, try a Nice Asanas Jacket to wick away excess sweat and keep you dry and warm.  Pair a Power Y or a Splits 59 Ashby Tank with a BodyRock Sport Gaga Jacket; not only will you stay dry but you’ll be in vogue as well.  Headed out for coffee or groceries post workout?  We love Wunder Under pants and Splits 59 Kym tights because they fit inside our boots perfectly (and they look good too!)  For those extra chilly days, MPG Nemea ruched track pants can be layered over your second skin tights to keep your lower body toasty.  A Splits59 Olivia hoodie is ideal under your winter jacket, thumb holes make it easy to pull on and off.  With options like these to keep you warm and fashionable, you’ll have no excuse to miss a workout this winter!

Why We Love Splits59 – Sweat Sexier

November 27th, 2013

IMG_1896Splits59 is one of our absolute favorite lines of active wear. This brand provides the ultimate in comfort by using only the most advanced quick-dry sport performance fabrics for those extra sweaty workouts as well as super soft Supima cotton on their layering pieces.  Everything is designed and manufactured in the US and the collections are just as fashionable as they are functional too.  Many of the pieces can be worn outside the gym and we love the versatility this brand brings to our boutique.  The combination of the advanced fabrics and attention to detail allow their pieces to flow seamlessly from the gym to the street.  Every woman looks amazing in a pair of Splits59 black Kym Tights and they pair perfectly with tall riding boots for winter creating a super sexy look.  The Pose Pullover transitions effortlessly from the pilates studio to running errands post workout, with the open back and super soft feel.  A Splits59 Ashby Tank should be a staple in every woman’s closet.  Fashioned using tencel and spandex, the Ashby Tank feels amazing against the skin and never loses it’s shape; perfect as a first layer or even outfitted with your favorite pair of denim.   Experience the latest collection in our boutique and we think you’ll agree, sweat is sexier in Splits59!

Rock Your Body with Kelly Dooley of BodyRock Sport

October 3rd, 2013

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Join BodyRock Sport founder and mastermind Kelly Dooley for a day that is sure to Rock Your Body on October 14, 2013!

Featured morning classes

TRX Power – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Spinning – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Lift Like a Girl – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Featured evening classes

Lift Like a Girl – 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Legs and Assets – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
EXPLICIT Yoga – 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Be sure to pre-register for these classes. Space is limited.
716.625.4483

Hive And Lululemon PURE AWESOMENESS!

June 18th, 2013

luludebutUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard our big news! hive lifespan has added lululemon athletica to our shop!  We are super excited to be a strategic partner of the athletic apparel geniuses at lulu.

Stop by our shop and see the June colors – pizzaz, raspberry glo light, cool breeze, power purple — need we say more?

Here’s a sampling of what we have in store:

Power Y Tank  in *Luon Light

groovy stripe multi/raspberry glo light

This top was made for the gym and yoga.  It has thin straps and racerback cut allow you to twist with ease. The built-in shelf bra is lined with moisture-wicking COOLMAX®. Mesh paneling thoughtfully placed in the bust’s lining helps the girls stay dry.

Scoop Me Up Tank II

raspberry glo light/black

The open neckline and racerback cut give you freedom and mobility in yoga class.  Moisture-wicking luon light fabric is four-way stretch and the soft, comfortable straps won’t dig in.

Come in and check it out!

The BodyRock Sport BodyRocker of the Month

May 8th, 2013

Gail_bodyrocker_may2013We are beyond excited that our Power Yoga instructor Gail Culligan has been chosen as May’s BodyRock Sport BodyRocker of the month!

Every month, Kelly Dooley owner of the athletic apparel company BodyRock Sport chooses one lucky lady who embodies the BodyRock Sport lifestyle and attitude.  It’s an attitude that pushes you to reach higher, to be strong, to take risks, to pay it forward, and to always do your best 100% of the time.

Here, Gail is rocking The Genevieve Twisted Tank with The Hera Capris!

You can find BodyRock Sport apparel at the hive shop or online.  You can catch Gail’s power yoga classes three days a week at Hive.

 

 

Introducing Project Black

April 12th, 2013

projectblackfrontIntroducing Project Black
A Collaborative Effort Between BodyRock Sport & hive

Creamsicle orange and mint greens are the colors of the season. Right now you’re seeing them everywhere – from fashion magazines to the yoga studio to the grocery store.
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But to wear these colors and not look like a flashback from the 80s, you have to have the basics down first.

Introducing Project Black! Kelly from BodyRock Sport and hive have combined their fashion meets function talents to developed an athletic apparel label exclusive to hive. Project Black was created because black is always in style. And this year’s pop colors look even better as accent pieces next to black.

Our new clothing line looks great by itself or accented with color. Come in and try on an outfit from this collection and you’ll receive 10% off any Project Black item should you decide to take it home!

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