I bought this Victoria Secret sports bra a few months ago. It’s got these straps that go criss – cross across the chest and has this push-up technology that provides the boobs the right amount of pop and cleavage. From the third-person perspective, it feels like it would give the impression that there might be a whip hidden somewhere to go all dominatrix after sit-ups
Normally I buy basic workout clothes – dri-fit shirts/tanks, shorts, socks from Costco – but I bought this particular item for two reasons:
- It was on sale for $8 in one of those Victoria Secret sale bins
- I thought that maybe it would help me to tap into my inner sexy
I’ve had this thing for a few months, wearing it here and under tops that hid any inclination that there was anything sexy underneath. But a few weeks ago, I did something I had never done before: I took my shirt off while doing the stair master, revealing ….the slinky sports bra.
Blaring Rhianna’s Lemon through the headphones, doing the cardio step workout at a 75 steps per minute, and wearing tight shorts that were honestly giving me a vagina wedgie, it felt as if there was an added responsibility to make walking up those steps as damn good as I possibly could.
So am I saying it worked? Was I able find an inner sexy?
Shortly after I was done with my 15 minutes of stepping, and after the Rhianna song was over, I became self-conscious of the fact that I was in very minimal clothing, and there could be people watching.
I put the shirt I had taken off minutes before, back on.
To be honest, I’m disappointed that I let the fear of what (I perceived) other people were thinking affect me in that way, but it just goes to show that beauty and confidence is completely mental. While things like make-up and skimpy gym lingerie can help, if you yourself don’t know your own value, what people say, or what you think people are thinking are always going to affect you.
That being said, I probably will not go out of my way to buy overly sexy/ complicated sports bras again, unless – it’s in the sale bin… because I like my deals. Or at least, thinking I got a deal.
I end this, with a fitness thought…
Two things that I have done this past year that I feel has helped me
1. Having an actual goal.
2. Understanding my body type
Having a goal gave me direction with how to work out, while understanding my body type let me train accordingly to achieve my goal.
As a general rule, if an exercise calls me to work out an area that I wanted to tone, I add weight, do 10-12 quality reps where I start to fail at the 10th rep, and rest 45 seconds to a minute rest between sets.
If an exercise calls me to work an area that I wanted to shed some pounds in, I make sure it was an aerobic toning exercise, lessening the weight, do more quality reps, add an extra set, and keep the rest time between 45 seconds to a minute. The last thing that I would want to do is build muscle and accentuate an area that is a problem area.
Of course there’s more to the workouts than that, but that’s sort of the general rule I implement on myself. And I think it’s working? Let me know what you guys have been doing, I always like learning new stuff.
Until next time,