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Work, Girl: Curvy Girls Need Gear Too

I’m going to start with a disclaimer: When I say I’m a runner, I mean that I am slightly faster than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. For a while, I was very frustrated and disappointed in myself at my 14-minute miles as I did a slow walk-job combination. Then, a wise woman named Laura pointed out that my minute mile was the same distance as someone else’s 4-minute mile, and that I was still lapping everyone on the couch. 

Recently, ESPN Magazine published its annual Body Issue, each year asking the same question, “What is an athlete?” This issue celebrates elite athletes of every shape and size, and I love that they are willing to bare their bodies as well as their insecurities. For the everyday athlete, these self-doubts can be reinforced with challenges of finding the right gear to fit our amazing bodies.  This is especially true when we need and want gear that works in hot weather. 

Workouts can be a challenge in and of themselves, but when you get "the dreaded chafe" (you all know what I mean, ladies!) because your pants were soaked in sweat, or your chest and shoulders hurt because “the girls” weren’t properly supported, you’re more likely to quit working out — and that just won't do. 

Thank goodness for companies like Nike and Moving Comfort, that recognize that bodies of all sizes and shapes work out. These brands have made curve-friendly tech gear to support the chest and help avoid chafing! Moreover, these pieces have moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you as comfortable as possible (hey, 100°F is still one… hundred…degrees…) and looking fabulous during your hot weather workouts.

Don’t forget the little things that make a lot of difference, like moisture-wicking reflective headgear and a great hydration pack. Lace up a pair of cushioned shoes with support to carry you down the road, and you're ready to go! You might not look marvelous to folks around you when sweating mid-workout, but personally, that’s when I feel my prettiest. 

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1. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra S4490
2. Moving Comfort Maia Bra
3. Shock Absorber D+ Max Support Sports Bra N109 

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4. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank
5. Soybu Plus Size Reese Tee
6. Nike Extended Size Miler Tank

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7. Nike Extended Dri-FIT™ Essential Crop
8. Marika Curves Plus Size Framed Tummy Control Capri Leggings
9. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

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CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz

10. CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz
11. New Balance W1080v5
12. Columbia Trail Dryer™ Cap

If you’re feeling cool while getting hot in any of the looks featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW — we would LOVE to see your style!

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New Brand Spotlight: Jofit

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Jofit™ is an extensive line of athletic wear made for women, by women. Each piece is designed to fit and flatter regardless of size, activity, or age. The fabrics are created to perform, wick moisture, and maintain their shape.

It is fit for you and your lifestyle. Wear Jofit to run errands, shop, or dine in. It always looks as good post-game as it does pre-game. Clean, cool, athletic, comfy and sexy!

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The Ryka "Devotion"

As the only athletic performance footwear company in the world dedicated exclusively to women, rykä knows a thing or two about how to keep women’s feet healthy and comfortable even during the most strenuous workouts.

Take the lightweight and responsive rykä “Devotion” for example. This is the perfect hybrid training shoe that works with your body’s movement thanks to its proprietary Re-Zorb® active foam technology. This means a full-body challenge in every step—without all the bulk!

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1. Chrome Silver/Nirvana

2. Black/Bright Violet/Detox Blue

3. Chrome Silver/Lime Blaze/Atomic Pink

So whether it’s power walking, light weights or machine cardio, the rykä “Devotion” will make those workouts feel less like work—for your feet at least.

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Inov-8 with Ropetec

Today’s new crop of athletes and fitness enthusiasts demand more from their workout shoes more than ever before. That’s why Inov-8 launched their new Ropetec F-Lite 240 for men & F-Lite 215 for women styles to their line of functional fitness footwear this fall. They saw the need for added durability when rope climbing—a fitness activity gaining a surge of popularity thanks to Crossfit™ and bootcamp-style classes.

Working with athletes to design the F-Lite Ropetec series, Inov-8 sought out to help solve a common problem—wearing and burning of the midsole when descending and ascending the rope.  Along with great protection, these shoes also offer greater traction and durability via the rubberized caps over the exposed EVA midsole.

Check out the Inov-8 F-Lite series to take your fitness to a whole new level!

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New Brand Spotlight: Tonic

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For more than a decade, tonic® has been thoughtfully designed in keeping up with the demands of athletes while producing quality workout clothes for women.

Manufactured in Vancouver, Canada using environmentally responsible practices, their apparel is known for having durable fabrics, technical excellence, and exceptional fit.

Not just a yoga brand, tonic apparel provides a wide array of activewear with collections meeting the needs of active, lifestyle, and tennis athletes alike.

Their workout clothing doesn’t just meet performance standards, they exceed them with a strong, smart, and beautiful mantra: nothing feels like tonic.

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Zappos “Glow & Flow” Yoga Event presented by LivingSocial

We love a good party here at Zappos. Throw in some yoga, a few glow sticks, and some glow-in-the-dark paint, and we’re in a whole new level of partydom! To celebrate National Yoga Month, Zappos invited yogis and yoga newbies from the all over the community to participate in the first ever Zappos Glow & Flow event right here in our downtown Las Vegas campus.

Check out some of the fun footage from this totally zen, one-of-a-kind yoga party:

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New Brand Spotlight: Zobha

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Named after the Sanskrit word for “grace, beauty and brilliance”, Zobha has set out on a mission to create a distinctive line of luxurious yoga clothing with an elevated aesthetic.

With styles that go from the yoga studio and everyday life, Zobha activewear reflects the grace, beauty and brilliance of the women who live and practice in them. 

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Fitness Accessories: 5 Zappos Employees Share Their Favorites!

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Well, we've made it! A whole new year is upon us, and with it comes a universally renewed enthusiasm towards our fitness goals. A few of us here at the Zappos headquarters are just as excited about all great possibility 2015 has in store—new hiking trails to discover, personal records to break, new breakthroughs in our yoga practice. It’s certainly a great time to recommit to a healthier lifestyle!

Below, five Zapponians, including yours truly, open up our gym bags to share our most essential fitness gear that help enhance and improve our favorite physical endeavors. 

Read on to take a peek inside our bags and fitness routines!

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1.  SunCloud Polarized Optics “Standby” Sunglasses – “Having sensitive eyes, polarized shades are a must! They cut glare and just makes everything around me look prettier.”

2. Columbia Arcadia II™ Jacket“This folds up nice and compact. Makes a decent extra layer in case of rain or wind—or both!”

3. Salomon XR Mission W – “I prefer trail runners for their flexibility, and this one has great grip!”

4. Thorlos Experia Socks – “As dorky as they may look, I prefer a higher-cut sock so my shoes don’t rub my ankles.”

5. Under Armour UA Perfect Headband  – “I have short hair, and this one stays in place.”

6. Mountain Hardware Mountain Abbey Scarf  – “I like a scarf that’s big enough to wrap around me to keep in warmth when I need it.”

7. Osprey Viper 9 Hydration Backpack “This holds three liters of water plus it’s big enough to hold all the necessities for a short day hike.”

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1. Osprey Verve 9 Backpack – “This one is great for trail runs and hiking. It holds all the essentials and then some.”

2. The North Face Standard Issue Ear Gear – “I love this for those cold outdoor runs. It keeps your ears warm and your hair in place.”

3. Nike Pro Indy Bra – “This offers great support and comfort. Everything stays in place even during long runs.”

4. New Balance W1400 – “I love this shoe for my shorter runs!”

5. Nike Pro Capri – “These stay put and are super comfortable!”

6. Saucony Isoseries Triumph – “This one’s my go-to shoe for long-distance running.”

7. Zensah Running Headband – “Cute enough to wear after running and keeps your hair off your face.”

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1. Manduka Go Free Yoga Mat Backpack – “I love that this backpack holds a yoga mat vertically! And it's super roomy, so it can hold a change of outfit, too!”

2. Manduka Waterfall rSkidless® by yogitoes – “When things get sweaty during ashtanga practice (and they usually do!), a yoga towel is downright essential to keep from slipping in the poses. It also helps during restorative floor poses so you're not lying down in a puddle of sweat!”

3. ALO Brook Long Sleeve Top – “Oftentimes, I have to run random errands right after class, so this cute sweater is perfect to layer over my yoga outfit.”

4. Gaiam Sol Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat 4mm – “I love this mat because it’s so durable yet light.”

5. Manduka Yoga 10’ Strap – “A yoga strap is a great tool for working on flexibility as well as stabilizing & strengthening your shoulder girdle during arm balances.”

6. MPG Sport Charisma Pants – “Printed yoga pants are not only great for on the mat, but they look great off the mat with some cute sneakers.”

7. Nike Core Hydro Flow Water Bottle – “Staying hydrated before and after practice is so important, especially when you've been doing a lot of detoxifying twists!”

8. Manduka Cork Yoga Block – “Whether it's gaining more length during half moon pose or increasing the depth of forward stretches, a yoga block can be your best friend during practice.”

9. Prana Reversible Headband  – “Focus (or "drishti") is paramount in any yoga practice, but a few sweaty strands over your face can break the concentration of even the most seasoned yogis...so a headband is always a good idea.”

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1. Nike Legend Track Tote – “This has a handy adjustable strap with a convenient two-way zip AND it’s water resistant!”

2. Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet – “The air vents on this helmet keeps you cool and I love the pink and black colors!”

3. Nathan SpeedFeed Box (Race Day) – “This is a great way to keep your nutrition source within a short reach.”

4. Nathan Icon 24oz Fire & Ice Bottle w/ SpeedLock Race Cap – “This bottle keeps water nice and cool, so you stay hydrated throughout your ride.”

5. Shimano Cycling Shoes – “These are great lightweight road shoes and perfect for spin class.”

6. Suunto Ambit 3 Sport Heart Rate Sport Watch – “This watch has everything you would need in a multisport watch and is great at logging all of your training goals online.”

7. Tifosi Optics Tyrant™ 2.0 Fotobec Sunglasses – “If you start riding early in the morning and the sun isn’t so bright, you can wear these glasses. As the sun comes up, they darken to block the light!”

8. Pearl Izumi ELITE Gel Glove – “I love the cushion these gloves offer with great venting.”

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1. Under Armour UA Gotta Have It Tote – “This holds everything I need and more. It can even go from the gym to the office or works as an overnight bag!”

2. CamelBak eddy™ 1-Liter Bottle – “I have gone through more water bottles than I can count, and CamelBak is the best. They never leak and can take a beating if you are like me and prone to dropping or tossing your bottle.”

3.  Saucony Kinvara 5 – “Lightweight with just enough support. A reliable runner for speed-work days.”

4. inov-8 F-Lite™ 240 Sneakers – “Rope climbs can tear through your road runners or training shoes. The rope tech on the F-Lites really works to keep your shoes intact!”

5. Under Armour UA Reflective Mini Headbands – “Essential for keeping your hair out of your face mid burpee.”

6. Feetures Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks – “These super lightweight socks offer great support. They are no-show socks but never slips off the heel! They’re anatomically fitted for each foot and the seams never bunch or rub.”

7. Trigger Point the GRID – “This is an essential for keeping your muscles going and off the injury list. The size is perfect for your duffel bag.”

8. Chaco Flip EcoTread™ – “Nothing beats a Chaco flip flop post workout. It offers more support than a regular sandal, and it feels like a foot massage while it allows your toes to stretch!”

9. Under Armour UA Escape Coldgear® Infrared Glove – “These are great for those cold warehouse gyms or outdoor workouts.”