Founder of The Fit Fem Sylvia Nasser, 29, of Hicksville, knows that fashion is the first step to empowering women and getting them into a fitness routine they enjoy. Here, some of her top picks for the gym and beyond.
"The first thing you should buy is a good pair of sneakers," Nasser says. "I love all Nike! Cross-trainers for strength, kickboxing, zumba, etc. and running shoes for running." This Nike Lunaracer running shoe is $120 at nike.com.
"Adding color to your wardrobe will boost your mood and make you want to add more energy to your workout," Nasser says. She suggests you try this Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech short-sleeve Tee, $58 at lululemon.com.
"A good, durable sports bra is very important, especially if you have a larger bust," Nasser says. She recommends the Champion Double Dry + Spot Comfort full-support sports bra, on sale for $36 at championusa.com.
"I love Lululemon," Nasser says. "They can worn outside of the gym and during any workout." She loves this Practice Freely tank, $64 at lululemon.com.
"Every woman needs a good sports bra while exercising for support and to absorb sweat," Nasser says. Another one of her favorites is the Nike Victory Shape sports bra, $42 at nike.com.
"My workout wardrobe contains tight, cropped workout pants, usually from Nike and Lululemon," Nasser says. She recommends these Astro Wunder Under Crop striped capris, $78 at lululemon.com.
"When you look better, you do better," Nasser says. That's pretty much guaranteed in this cool racerback reversible tank, $42 at lululemon.com.
"Not wearing a sports bra is a big workout style mistake," Nasser says. "Lack of support is very unflattering." Flatter your features in this cute lace yoga push-up bra, $29.50 at victoriassecret.com/pink.
"You have to dress to impress even if it means impressing yourself," Nasser says. Add a pop of color with this Nike Favorites women's tank, $48 at nike.com.
"When my clients wear something that is old and worn and torn they lack confidence and don't give their all during their workouts," Nasser says. Give your wardrobe a boost with this Lululemon Layer Me long-sleeve top, $88 at lululemon.com.
"I am fond of Nike; I love the colors and the fit material," Nasser says. "The quality is great." She recommends the Nike Epic Crew 2.0 training shirt, $64 at nike.com.
"One must always wear workout clothes flattering to your figure," Nasser says. Insecure about your midsection? Show off your sexy back with this VSX Sport scoop back Tee, $34.50 at victoriassecret.com.
Flatter your waistline and have fun with neon with these Wunder Under Crop pants, $72 at lululemon.com.
Plan to try out Nasser's kickboxing class in Jericho? Kick butt in these VS Knockout Crop pants, $59.50 at victoriassecret.com.
"I can't live without colorful sneakers that are supportive of my feet," Nasser says. These Mizuno women's Wave EVO Cursoris shoes are great for runners, $119.99 at mizunousa.com.
The Fit Fem's goal is to help women embrace their bodies while in the process of bettering themselves. These Groove pants give the little nip tuck we need to feel great while working on toning those abs, $98 at lululemon.com.
A lot of times, plus-sized women feel that they have to cover their curves and wear big T-shirts and sweatpants to the gym," Nasser says. "They think they are hiding, but they appear larger than they are." Work your figure in a flattering tank instead, like this Champion PowerTrain Endurance women's tank top, on sale for $15 at championusa.com.
Nasser says many women make the mistake of wearing a size too big or too small in their workout gear. Make sure what you wear fits you just right, like this Y-back training tank fits Victoria's Secret supermodel Erin Heatherton, $32.50 at victoriassecret.com.
These studio pants from Lululemon have an outer layer with stretch for comfort and an inner layer with wicking and quick-drying to keep your temperature regulated, $118 at lululemon.com.
Nasser advises women to buy the clothing that works best for their specific workouts. Runners will love these Nike Tech women's running capris, $58 at nike.com.