It’s review day, as promised! But first, let’s get our sweaty workout chat out of the way.
Last night I headed to the gym with Adam, and didn’t even attempt to run. It just wasn’t going to happen, so I deemed it a cross-training day. Fine by me, especially since my reality TV obsession with Dancing With The Stars was on and my favorite stationary bike is right in front of the one screen that plays ABC constantly. Apologies to the other two rows of treadmill runners and elliptical do-ers behind me that missed out on a fantastic episode because my sweaty self was taking up the whole view. At the gym that we recently joined, they offer a FREE health and fitness assessment to all new members! How nice is that? So, last night was Adam’s appointment with one of the PT’s, and while he endured some sort of hell-ish workout, I held down the fort on the bike and knocked out 13.1 miles! It was a doozy, and when I got off my legs were definitely jelly.
When Adam finished up with his assessment he met me at the car and told me what his “problem areas” were and what things the PT suggested changing, implementing, etc. It seemed to be worth his time, and I’m thinking I should probably make an appointment for mine just to see where I stand. I think it’s very beneficial to hear fitness advice from a third party, and not a spouse or friend. It’s much easier to ignore or take it the wrong way when it’s coming from someone close to you. One thing the trainer suggested that stood out to both of us, and we joked about all night was to, “eat more.” I don’t think we’ll have a problem with that, but the catch is to eat more GOOD calories! So, a big bowl of yummy eggs and avocado for dinner it was! Plus some other stuff.
This morning’s workout was plain and simple, 4.1 treadmill miles while I caught up on the news. Still feeling on-track for my half marathon coming up in less than a month!
Marika Magic Slimming Capri Legging Review
I recently received the opportunity to review and try out a new pair of capri leggings by Marika. I had never heard of the brand, Marika before, so I was pretty excited to try out something totally new-to-me. The leggings they sent me are the Magic Slimming Capri. I’ll be 100% honest when I say that finding a capri that is “slimming” on me is typically not my first priority, because let’s be honest, I was not blessed with hips that don’t lie. However, I still greatly appreciate a capri that has gone to great efforts to ensure a flattering fit, even on my boy-ish small frame. Also, I was happy to try a capri whose fit was naturally a little more narrow and tight, hence the slimming factor. No matter what your size, feeling “slim” is always a great feeling. So, if finding a capri that is comfortable, versatile, and slimming, then I do believe this capri fits the bill!
Marika is “a wellness brand that strives to promote the health, happiness, and success of busy women everywhere.” They make a ton of basic activewear items, and all are very affordable and can be used for a plethora of activities. So basically, they don’t restrict themselves to only making activewear for runners, etc. A lot of their items can be worn both for active events, and casual events.
The Magic Slimming Capri retails for $55. It’s one of their best selling items, and they sell it as part of their Shape Enhancing collection. I’m all for my shape being enhanced. Anyone else??
Here’s a little bit about the makeup of this capri: flattering contour seaming, power mesh lining, a 4 inch waistband, and a 19″ inseam. The body of the capris is 89% cotton, 11% spandex, and the Power Mesh on the sides is 86% nylon and 14% spandex.
Ok ya’ll. Time for my thoughts.
I wore these recently for three different workout occasions – a short run, a strength training session, and a long bike ride.
I thought these were VERY comfortable, and I can definitely see why Marika says they can transition from your workout leggings to your casual leggings. I thought the fit was great, (I’m wearing a Small for comparison) and the fit remained great throughout my workout. (Ever had your capris or leggings feel like they were sliding down your booty while you running? Like felt like you needed to pull them up? These didn’t do that!) I liked they way they looked on me as well, and think the mesh panel on the side helped give them a better shape. The length could stand to be maybe an inch longer, since I found that they tended to ride up slightly above my calves, but that really isn’t a huge complaint. The material was light, and cool, and felt like a capri I would wear for a “lighter” workout, rather than one of my harder, more intense days. Because there is so much cotton in the body of the capri, I found them to be a little thinner than what I tend to prefer if I’m going to really be sweating something fierce. I would definitely recommend wearing these for something like yoga, or some type of aerobic class, or a lighter cross-training activity like biking, which I believe is more along the speed of activity they are made for. I think if I’m going to run in these it will only be for a few miles, since I tend to overheat in anything that’s got this much cotton in it. But that’s just me!
I could see these being the perfect “lighter day” workout capri, that you could then throw on a pair of Uggs boots with when you leave the gym, and a baggy long sleeve-tshirt and go run errands in afterwards. I am also already envisioning myself doing my at-home videos in these later this winter!
A girl can never have too many solid pairs of black leggings, and when your fall/winter wardrobe both in the gym and outside of the gym allows for these creatures of comfort, I think these are a great addition!
Overall, I would recommend these based on fit and comfort alone. Performance? Yes. But for a lighter workout, and not something too intense. If you are a heavy sweater like myself, the cotton blend might prove to be too thin and hot.
**I was provided this product free of compensation in exchange for my honest review.**
Have you heard of Marika? Would you like to try these leggings? What is your go-to fall/winter activewear piece of clothing?