<div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/9235832_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font color="#2a2a2a"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Balance-Cross-Training-Weightlifting-Minimus/dp/B00DOROI2W/ref=pd_sim_309_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=41rkDMxlFcL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0JCQS97DF6Q2X0PKDPEC" target="_blank">_As a trainer, I get asked all of the time, "What's your favorite workout shirt? Where did you buy those pants? Why did you choose those shoes?"

I thought it would be good to do a blog post on why I choose certain products over the other. These products range from fairly expensive to affordable.

I'm what you call a "minimalist." I don't have 3 pairs of workout shoes, in fact, I own about 6 pairs of shoes total. All of them would be considered expensive to most, but I wear shoes all day, everyday and I know the ones I have will be comfortable, feel good on my joints, and last years.

Quality over quantity is always my motto. 

1. Workout shirts

If you are looking for an affordable, more "fitted" workout shirt that doesn't ride up when you are doing planks and is long enough to cover your torso (but not super long, I'm 5'4), I really like this brand from Amazon. The material is also good at not showing every crease in your stomach as many materials do. 

As far as durability, these are obviously not expensive shirts so they may not last as long. I'm on the hunt for a shirt with the above qualities in addition to being material that lasts a long time. 

I've had these shirts for about 4 months and really like them so far. I will mention, there is no built in bra, in case you look for that in your workout shirts. 

2. Water Bottles

I recently discovered the amazing Contigo water bottles at Costco, and absolutely love them.  The link I just provided you with is for amazon, but you can find a 3-pack of colored, transparent contigo bottles for $19.99 at Costco. 

In addition to liking the look of the water bottles, I love the flow of the water. It comes out fairly fast so I feel like I get a really good drink. 

These bottles have a "press and release" button to release the water, which is located  where your hand naturally grips the bottle;