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VBM’s Annual Shoe & Gear Review: Fitness Edition

Rosie Terrell
Dave loosens up.

Not all the development of a volleyball player happens on the court. Some of it happens under the barbell, in front of the plyo box, on the yoga mat. Here at Volleyball, we consider strength and conditioning to be of paramount importance, so we’ve dedicated this year’s shoe and gear review to apparel for hitting the gym, stretching it out, and preparing to do some damage on the court.

Dave loosens up
Mizuno Pro Warm Up Jacket, $62; Mizuno Pro Warm Up Pant, $52, mizunousa.com; Under Armour UA Tech Short Sleeve t-shirt, 24.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Defiant training shoe, $100, asics.com.

Dave on the starting blocks
Under Armour UA Tech tank, $24.99; Under Armour Heatgear Armourvent Run Shorts, $49.99; Under Armour UA Undeniable Crew Socks, $14.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Exert training shoe, $100, asics.com.

Dave tackles the stairs
Under Armour Heatgear Sonic Armourvent Short Sleeve t-shirt, $39.99, underarmour.com; Mizuno Men’s National VI Short G2, $40, mizunousa.com; Under Armour UA Undeniable Crew Socks, $14.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Exert training shoe, $100, asics.com.

Dave knocks out some push-ups
Grunard Eros V short sleeve t-shirt, see website for pricing and availability, grunard.com; Under Armour UA Run 7" Shorts, $49.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Defiant training shoe, $100, asics.com.

Dave on the agility ladder
C9 by Champion Premium Colorblock Running t-shirt, $11.99, target.com; Rox Volleyball Prime Black Boardshort, $68, roxvolleyball.com; Zem Gear Playa Round Toe Originals, $49.99, zemgear.com.

Lauren flows into upward dog
Ellie Core Power T, $39.95, ellie.com; adidas Performer three-quarter tights, $45, adidas.com; Gaiam Root to Rise yoga mat, $21.98, gaiam.com.

Dave takes a side angle pose
Gaiam Men’s Organic Sleeveless Tee, $36; Gaiam Men’s Anytime Pant, $88; Gaiam Root to Rise yoga mat, $21.98, gaiam.com.

Lauren folds into lotus pose
Stride Apparel Yoga You Must tank top, $29.99, stridefitnessapparel.com; C9 by Champion Women’s Premium Run Capri, $37.99, target.com; Gaiam Citron Sundial Premium yoga mat, $29.98, gaiam.com.

Lauren in tree pose
Ellie Gemini Light Top, $39.95, ellie.com; Rox Volleyball 2014 Paragon Capri, $49, roxvolleyball.com; Gaiam Citron Sundial premium yoga mat, $29.98, gaiam.com.

Dave does a side plank
Stride Apparel Meet Me At the Bar tank top, $29.99, stridefitnessapparel.com; ASICS All-Sport Short 11", $45, asics.com; adidas men’s Volley Light Hi volleyball shoe, $125, realvolleyball.com; Gaiam Citron Sundial premium yoga mat, $29.98, gaiam.com.

Dave adds in some star jumps
C9 by Champion Men’s Advanced Duo Dry Endurance Muscle Tank, $12.99, target.com; Under Armour Men’s UA Run 7” shorts, $49.99, underarmour.com; Zem Gear 2Cinch Athletic Cross-Fitness shoes, $79.99, zemgear.com.

Lauren stretches her hammys
adidas Baby Bro Tank, $28, adidas.com; Under Armour Compression Shorts, $24.99, underarmour.com; adidas Supernova Glide6 Boost shoes, $130, adidas.com.

Lauren reaches up in a twisting side table
Grunard Athena tank, see website for pricing and availability, grunard.com; Nfinity Bra Top, $34.99, nfinity.com; Under Armour Compression Shorts, $24.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Exert shoe, $100, asics.com.

Christina utilizes the playground equipment
Ellie Ignite Your Fire Strappy Tank, $39.95, ellie.com; adidas Techfit 3” Boyshort, $30, adidas.com; ASICS Gel-Exert shoe, $100, asics.com.

Christina dips on the park bench
Ellie Beach Bound Bra, $44.95, ellie.com; Under Armour Authentic 4” Compression Shorts, $24.99, underarmour.com; ASICS Gel-Exert shoe, $100, asics.com.

Christina takes a downward facing dog on the bike path
Gaiam Sweetheart Seamed Tank, $58, gaiam.com; Ellie Summer Storm legging, $49.95, ellie.com; ASICS Gel-Exert shoe, $100, asics.com.

Christina reaches and stretches
ASICS Fit-Sana Rib Tank, $30, asics.com; C9 by Champion Reversible Compression Race Sports Bra, $14.99, target.com; Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging, $92, aloyoga.com; Zem Gear U-Cross Ninja, $89.99, zemgear.com.

Christina launches into a high skip
Mizuno Women’s Attack Tee, $25, mizunousa.com; ASICS Abby Short, $36, asics.com; Under Armour Alter Ego Superman crew socks, $14.99, underarmour.com; adidas Volley Team 2 volleyball shoes, $95, footlocker.com.

Christina pauses in a pistol squat
Mizuno Classic Kailua Long Sleeve Jersey, $52, mizunousa.com; ASICS Abby Cuff Capri, $48, asics.com; Nfinity Boom volleyball shoes, $124.99; nfinity.com.

Christina rocks a backbend
Mika Yoga Wear Lynn top, $43; Mike Yoga Wear Audrey capris, $48, mikayogawear.com.

Christina stretches it out
adidas Tiro 13 Training Jacket, $65; adidas Tiro 13 Training Pants, $45, adidas.com; adidas Energy Boost Volley Shoes, $150, adidas.com.

Meet the Models

Christina Morris
Crossfit Coach

Christina coaches and trains at Crossfit Southie in Boston. A competitor at heart, she earned a spot at the 2014 Crossfit Northeast Regionals and plans to compete again in 2015. When she’s not working or working out, Christina is developing her own fitness venture called Gypsyfit, a program designed to facilitate working out wherever you are with little or no equipment.

Christina's top fitness advice: "Keep your fitness fun! If it isn’t something you enjoy, you probably won’t stick with it."

@gypsyfit1

Lauren Zaniboni
Yoga instructor

An athlete her entire life, Lauren played varsity basketball and volleyball through college. This is where she found yoga, in search of both an alternative to her regular workouts and relief from chronic injuries. She got hooked and hasn’t looked back since. The 25-year-old Emerson College grad now teaches yoga full-time but makes sure to leave her weekends free to play indoor, beach, and grass volleyball tournaments.

Lauren's top fitness advice: "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Our bodies are capable of so much more than our minds think they are! Just start, and give your best every single day. The rest will take care of itself."

lalinayoga.com@lalinayoga

Dave Heard
Dancer & Fitness Instructor

Dave discovered volleyball while an undergrad at Fordham University and was completely taken with the energy of the sport as he lead his intramural team to two consecutive championship victories. He loves bringing his workouts to the intersection of fit and fun, and that is exactly what he does with dance and fitness instruction.

Dave's top fitness advice: "FORM over Fight! One proper push-up will do more for your body than 10 ill-formed ones."

@HeardtheNerd

Editor’s Picks

Grunard men's v-neck: Grunard (co-founded by former CSUN player Isaac Kneubuhl) makes all of their performance apparel from pure Merino wool! So stylish, this v-neck works for the gym or date night.

ASICS Abby Cuff Capri: The hip pocket in these pants saves you from tucking your cell phone into your bra or waistband and keeps it out of your way while working out. Total game changer.

Model Favorites

Lauren: "Love the Nfinity bra top. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything.”

Christina: “Loved the adidas shorts paired with the bright Ellie top. Both super comfortable and a great fit!”

Dave: “The Under Armour neon tank top is awesome! Great color, great fit, great trim!”

**Special thank you to Acorn Yoga in Boston, Massachusetts, for sharing their beautiful studio with us!**

Originally published in October 2014

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