By Sarah Huntington
The Olympics. It is something transcendent. Perhaps my love for the Olympics, and all things sports started when my father wanted to name me Abebe Bikila after the Ethiopian runner who won the 1960 Olympic marathon barefoot.
I remember watching the Olympics late into the night with my dad in the basement of our house just outside of Boston. And, while I am no Olympic athlete, the many stories, the guts, glory, defeat, and triumph – well, its certainly part of the human condition. People overcoming impossible odds to claim heart-pounding glory. These athletes, their unrelenting perseverance: from the Herminator, to Shaun White’s daring Double McTwist 1260, to bringing together North and South Korea in 2000, Michael Johnson, Usain Bolt, the 1968 powerful human rights message to the world when Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the podium, I think of these moments and my emotions overcome me.
While clothing doesn’t make the athlete, because many people in developing countries do not even have access to a swimming pool nevermind the newest technology in sportswear, wearing red, white and blue is one way to show our spirit… and perhaps some of that guts to go out and do another burpee will lead us to our own glory.
FIRE RED ACCENTS
Alala, The Cut Bra, in Palm Shadow. $75
Make the cut in this favorite cami bra of The Sweat Life crew. Designed with a contoured bottom band and ergonomic seaming for a perfect fit, the cut-out back shows skin in just the right place. This light support bra has adjustable straps for a more secure fit, and power mesh with anti-chafe flat seams for comfort.
Alala, Captain Crop Tight. $105 (in Fiery Red)
These best-selling tights from Alala have sheer mesh panels across the back of the knees for ventilation in vinyasa; however, they are just as amazing in savasana or running stairs, burpees, and box jumps. The bonus is you'll look amazing in the slick nylon fabric that holds you in while keeping you cool and comfy. The powermesh waistband gives some extra control and there is a front key pocket and back zip pocket for all your essentials.
Alala, All Day Crop Tank, $55 (White)
For a little toughness, try this semi-sheer basketball mesh with the All Day Alala decal, reminding you to Slay All Day.
DREAM IN BLUE
Alo Yoga, High Waist Air Brush Leggings Solid. $82 (in Electric Blue glossy)
An on-trend high waistline on our classic legging? The perfect update. Spotted on Gigi Hadid, the High-Waist Airbrush Legging has a five-inch rise and all the best assets of the classic version, like no side seams and a yogi-tested fit that lifts and sculpts.
Alo Yoga, Marina Tank - Bliss. $50
Make every workout blissful in the yogi-favorite Marina Tank. Exaggerated armholes and a back seam show off your best assets, and a racerback silhouette makes it simple to get your sweat on in style.
Alo Yoga, Sunny Strappy Bra. $54 (White)
The Sunny Strappy Bra can beat the heat of the steamiest yoga class in their dry-wicking fabric with light support. The multitude of straps radiating down the back are sure to shine under drapey layers.
DREAM TEAM INSPIRED
Alala, All Day Jersey. $95 (White)
Get after it all day in this oversized mesh jersey. Made with a semi-sheer basketball mesh and the All Day decal, it will remind you All Day Every Day to work on your Game.
Nike, Zoned Sculpt Strappy Women's Training Bralette. $60
Minimal design keeps you cool, lightweight but supportive where you need it, adjustable straps for the perfect fit. Add a pop of color to this white monochromatic outfit.
Nike, Pro Classic Swoosh Women's Medium Support Sports Bra. $30
If you need a bit more support, this is one of my favorites for shooting hoops.
Alala for Bandier, All Day Sweats. $125 (Granite)
The softest sweats you'll ever wear for after class. Trust us. With breathable mesh panels on the back leg. Runs small, so make sure you order one size up!
New Balance, 300 Summer Utility Sneaker. $74
The 300 Summer Utility shoe gives you refreshingly cool colors with a throwback silhouette — plus premium comfort perfect for daily wear. This court-inspired shoe features classic style that goes with whatever you wear and solid construction to give your retro look a lasting durability.
RUNNING TO GOLD
Nike, Team USA 2016 Olympic Running Trials Men's T-Shirt. $35
New Balance, Fresh Foam 1080 Men's Cushioning Shoe. $149
To get the maximum benefit from your run, put more in. More cushioning, more support. More comfort to cruise along for miles without stopping. The all-new Fresh Foam 1080 cushioned running shoe for men delivers more of what your run needs. With the most generous Fresh Foam midsole yet, it takes cushioning to a whole new level.
WORKOUT FOR TEAM USA
JUST FOR FUN
A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.