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Zella PRO: Layers, Baby, Layers

Our Zella PRO expert instructors are ready to get you going with inspiration, info and tips on staying fit and healthy. Here Lisa Kristin—a group fitness instructor at the Seattle Gym—talks about cold-weather workouts.

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Fall leaves, crisp air, changing seasons. The darker mornings and evenings are here, but don’t let that stop your outdoor workouts. You can still enjoy biking, running and more, you just have to be prepared—and you have to be layered. Here’s our quick guide to getting comfortable, equipped and active.


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Lisa Kristin’s Z Metro Quilted Vest by Zella makes all kinds of layering sense.

Smart Fabrics: New fabrics and technologies are at our fingertips to protect your skin and allow an insulated but breathable workout look. Look for moisture-wicking, waterproof polypropylene and polyester components to draw sweat away from the body, so that you stay dry while in motion. Pieces with these enhancements make a great base; consider the Zella Live In Leggings as a great place to start.

Reflectivity: As the days grow shorter, so does daylight workout time. By adding a workout layer with light-reflecting elements, you stay safe and dry all in one. Try adding an easy thin top or lightweight vest with reflective pieces; even the latest shoe technology now has reflective components that keep you visible and bright while in motion.

Layering Accessories: The addition of hats, headbands, gloves and arm warmers is smart; think about what can be quickly pulled off and on, and you’ll be giving yourself options for protecting your extremities from wind, rain and cold. I always keep lightweight, breathable waterproof gloves in my car for my outdoor workouts. Cold hands, feet and ears can ruin a workout instantly.

Variety is Key: Every outdoor workout can be different. The more tried-and-true options you have, the better. With a key wardrobe of base layers and a variety of workout regimens, you have endless opportunities to mix and match what works best for you. I find that preparing for my week and making sure these items are packed in my gym bag by the front door or car keeps me from getting slowed down by questions about what to wear and where to run. Fresh air is always in season. Have fun out there!

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Photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf