December 11, 2012

[Modest Gym Clothes] A Muslim Woman/Workout Fanatic's Dream Closet

I am a workout fanatic and it's time that I own up to it. I have been a CrossFitter for almost 3 years (ask me and I'll tell you how much I LOVE CrossFit!), I've run three official half marathons (there's a funny story about running the Seattle half marathon unofficially), two full marathon (still stinging about the canceled New York City Marathon, or else it would have been three!), and can talk about my 1 rep max with the rest of them. I look forward to my 3/week gym visits, weekend long runs, and even lifting groceries to see how heavy a weight I can carry.

But I am a Muslim woman, and that makes gym wear a challenge. You guys know what I'm talking about. Everything is tight, short, cropped, or fitted. And it stinks. The cute, adequate coverage stuff is expensive (Lululemon, I'm looking at you!) and resorting to a cotton t is not fun, especially where technical fabrics are so much better (I love you, sweat-wicking materials!). It's frustrating for sure and many of you feel the pain.

So here's the deal: we've found you some modest gym and workout clothes for you, our Muslim gurlfriends. We want you to buy it and wear it at the gym, on your next run, to your next yoga class, to bootcamp, or even to CrossFit. Let Nike, Under Armour, Asics, New Balance, and other fitness and sportswear companies know you want more modest coverage! Greater Lengths is here to help you amplify your voice! We want Muslim women to be more physically active without having to worry about their workout clothes riding up or things being too tight at the gym. Let us know what you think of these finds. Insha'Allah, I'll be seeing more of you at my next 5k, beautifully covered in modest gym wear and pacing me on the course!

One of our loves - long Adidas gym pants. Fitted at the leg but flowing out to a bootcut ankle.

Sweat-wicking material is wonderful. Wear these bra tops under a cotton tee or another workout top for more modest coverage. These all extend past your waist to make your more comfortable and provide peace of mind while working out.

More performance workout pants for Muslim women and other women who prefer modest, loose-fitting pants when they exercise.

Finally, a few good tops, also with longer hemlimes, and made of sweat-wicking technical material for the best workout ever.