Fitness Style Picks: Neutral Muscle Tanks

Fitness Style Picks: Neutral Muscle Tanks1. Tied Up Tank • Nasty Gal • $28.00
2. Don’t Stop Get It Get It Muscle Tank • Style Stalker • $49.00
3. Sorry I’m Not Sorry Ms. Jackson Tank • Nasty Gal • $55.00
4. Selfie Tank • Nasty Gal • $42.00
5. Just Do It Signal Tank • Nike • $35.00
6. Billabong Awesome Saucez Muscle Tank • Billabong • $24.00
7. Gray Cutaway Tank • Nasty Gal • $28.00
8. Spiritual Gangster Live in the Sunshine Tank • $48.00
9. Graphic Muscle Tank – Heart Flag • Express • $29.90
10. FOREVER 21 Baad Sheep Muscle Tank • Forever 21 • $12.80
11. WILDFOX Tank – American Lips Cassidy • Wildfox Couture • $59.00
12. The Laundry Room Trust No 1 Tank • $60.00
13. CHRLDR Muscle Tank – Let’s Get Physical • $54.00

My go-to workout getup is a muscle tank with low-cut arm holes showing a hint of my sports bra underneath and a fun pair of leggings. I love that muscle tanks are loose and flowy enough to be comfortable while working out, but also show off a hint of skin—and those guns! (Not that I have “guns,” but hey, I am getting a little better at push-ups…). And I don’t just work out in muscle tanks—I love wearing them during the day and out at night, too! Maybe I’m just going through a tomboy phase, but I think a muscle tank with lacey bralet underneath, tucked into a pair of ripped shorts with some fun shoes is the perfect summer outfit. 

Since I like to keep things funky below the belt—relax, perverts, I’m talking about my leggings—neutrals on top are best. I’ve rounded up a few fun, neutral muscle tanks that can play double duty as a workout top or everyday closet staple. Some are stupid (“BAAD” with a sheep), but c’mon…kinda funny, right?

You can shop the tanks below:

What’s your go-to workout outfit?


15-Minute HIIT Workout Using All My At-Home Fitness Equipment

15-Minute HIIT WorkoutThere’s nothing like a move to make you hate every piece of at-home workout equipment you’ve ever purchased! I’m in the process of moving into my boyfriend’s apartment, and this will be the SEVENTH time I’ve moved since graduating college in 2010. Woof. Luckily, I don’t have to be out of my house in Southie until the end of August, so it’s a gradual move and I can do a little bit at a time—slowly decontaminating his place (kidding…but not really), and bringing over small carloads of my stuff here and there. Still, the kettlebell collection, med ball, hand weights and rest of my at-home workout gear has been getting its fair share of dirty looks from me lately. To remind myself that it’s worth moving, I put together this quick HIIT workout last week using as much of it as I could.

GIVEAWAY! One workout aid that is not a burden to move is my Gymboss Interval Timer, and lucky for you wonderful readers, my friends over at Gymboss are letting me give away one! Enter using the widget below today’s workout tutorial (scroll down). I’ll pick a winner on Friday evening.

15-Minute HIIT Workout

Equipment I Used:

  • 25-lb kettlebell
  • 6-lb medicine ball
  • Jump rope
  • Stability ball
  • Power wheel
  • Gymboss Interval Timer
  • Exercise mat

Set an interval timer for 15 rounds of 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest. You’ll go through the following exercises 3 times. This workout will get you sweaty and out of breath, focusing especially on the core.

15-Minute HIIT Workout

  • Power Wheel Ab Roll Outs: Get on your knees and hold the power wheel centered on the ground. Your arms are going to stay straight throughout this. Slowly extend your arms, rolling the wheel out as far as you can go, lowering your torso. When you’ve extended as far as you can, slowly roll back to starting point. You’ll want to keep your butt down during these—think of your back, butt and hamstrings as one straight line. Try not to stick your butt up (I know it’s tempting on that tough roll-in).
  • Kettlebell Swings: Start with kettlebell on the floor between your legs and lift it up to starting position with both hands, flat back, using your legs to lift. With kettlebell hanging between your legs, use your arms as a pendulum, and swing the bell to chest-to-eye level by thrusting with your hips while keeping your core tight as you stand up straight. Swing back down and repeat. Your knees should remain slightly bent, but the main source of movement is hinging at the hips—not so much squatting. I use a 25-lb bell.
  • Med Ball Sit ‘n Toss: Lay on your back with arms stretched overhead, holding on to your medicine ball (it should be hovering a couple inches off the ground—don’t let it rest on the floor). Lift the medicine ball forward as you sit up, keeping arms straight, and lift it straight above your head as your body comes into upright sitting position. Bring ball into chest and toss up into the air. Catch and slowly lower to the ground, bringing ball back overhead behind you.
  • Jump Rope
  • Stability Ball Prone Oblique Twists:Get into a plank with your shins on a stability ball and your hands on the floor, directly under your shoulders. Draw your knees into your right shoulder, keeping feet on the stability ball, and then return to center. Repeat to the left.

15-Minute HIIT Workout

WEARING | leggings: Lululemon / tank: thanks to my friends at Game Plan! / sneakers: Nike

Since I usually get a lot of comments about whatever leggings I’m wearing in these workouts (that’s why I love you guys! haha), just a heads up that although these leggings look cool, the mesh across the knees makes them uncomfortable to workout in if you’re doing anything that involves kneeling.

Gymboss Interval Timer Giveaway

On Friday evening I’ll randomly select a winner. Use the widget below to enter—just leave a comment letting me know what piece of workout equipment you’d love in your home. I use mine all the time for HIIT workouts and during the Tone ‘n Torch class I teach at Btone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Isometric (No Noise!) Workout

Isometric Workout (perfect for apartment dwellers--no noise!)One of the most frequent requests I get when it comes to at-home workouts is for them to be quiet. Maybe you’re in an apartment unit on the fourth floor and want to respect your downstairs neighbor. Maybe you’ve got a little one at home taking a nap and want to squeeze in a workout without waking her. Whatever the reason, thuds and creaking floorboards from jumping around can be a nuisance and hindrance to working out at home. I ran into this problem all the time when I lived in an apartment building in the North End—I felt terrible working out before and after work because I knew it would bother the people below me (I did it anyway though because, well, I’m selfish).

So how do you exercise without the noise associated with moving your body? Well, you could simply not move it. I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this! Today’s workout is a series of isometric holds. Your muscles will burn, and your neighbors/roommates will thank you.

This is also a great one to do if you’re trying to workout on a lunch break or another occasion when you don’t want to get drenched in sweat. No shower required after this workout (well, this is coming from someone who will use any excuse not to shower haha).

Isometric Workout

Equipment I Used:

  • A pair of 5-lb hand weights (optional—you can just use bodyweight)
  • Exercise mat

You’ll hold each position for 30 seconds and then move right onto the next without taking a break. After you’ve held each one for 30 seconds, do the same thing, holding each for 60 seconds. Once you’ve completed the 30-sec round and 60-sec round, take a one minute break. Repeat for a total of 3 times through (6 total rounds). This workout will take you just under 40 minutes to complete. If you’re short on time or a beginner, eliminate a round, going through twice instead of three times.

You can hold a pair of hand weights as you go through these for an added challenge or simply use your bodyweight. These are basic exercises, so I haven’t included written descriptions, but leave a comment should any questions arise!

  • Lunge (right foot forward)
  • Lunge (left foot forward)
  • Squat
  • Side Plank (right)
  • Side Plank (left)
  • Plank
  • Superman Hold
  • Lateral Raise Hold

Isometric Workout (perfect for apartment dwellers--no noise!)

WEARING | leggings: c/o Ellie  (use code nicoleperr20 to get 20% off your first order!) // tank: Athleta

During the last 60-second rounds, I had to drop the weight during the superman hold. Oh man, it was brutal.

P.S. If you constantly find yourself with the workout noise issue, my number one recommendation is to invest in a kettlebell. KB swings are the BEST way to silently get cardio and strength benefits from an exercise. Your heart rate will rise and your muscles will burn, all while keeping your feet planted firmly (and quietly) on the ground.