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The Top That Keeps Up With Multiple Workouts: Well-Balanced


I’m what you’d call a workout dabbler. I’ll try any form of exercise at least once—from CrossFit to road biking—and I like to mix things up from day to day. It keeps me from getting bored and challenges my muscles in a way that the monotony of running all the time doesn’t. This past weekend, I participated in the inaugural PUREfyYourSoul, a modified tri that included a run, a spin class, and a yoga session. It was my kind of workout, especially since I got the end it with a cookie from Levain Bakery. 

Now I don’t usually expect my exercise duds to stand up to my rather ADD workout-hopping. I have pants that work for spinning, tops that are great for running, and so on. My spandex is specialized and I’m just as picky about what I wear to the gym as I am about what I wear to work. 

But recently I came across a top that (so far) stands up to everything I throw its way. I spotted the Actra Lace Back Tank in the Lady Foot Locker Spring Look Book and was intrigued by the double-thickness fabric, sturdy straps, and built-in bra. The brand was nice enough to send me a sample to test-drive and I promptly put it through the ringer: MetCon (burpees, pushups, squats galore), hot yoga, and spinning. It passed all with flying colors: everything stayed where it was supposed to, whether I was jumping or attempting a handstand. (Note: I wear a 34B and can’t vouch for its effectiveness on anyone with a larger chest.) And best of all, it was flattering and comfy. I’ll be picking it up in multiple colors, especially since it looks like it comes in Birchbox Pink.

What’s your fitness style? Do you have a workout you think I should try? Do tell!


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