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Last year I decided to finally whip this ol’ mom into shape (read here how I did/do it!).  Through the process I’ve discovered what pieces help me along the way. I can’t workout without these essentials:

fitness faves top rated picks Erika Brechtel yurbuds asics nike under armour

Yurbuds stay put! Totally worth the $$. Make a few free playlists via Spotify or Soundcloud and try a 25-minute high-intensity interval training treadmill workout:

skinny mom 25 minute HIIT treadmill workout

2-in-1 tops make me feel like I’m getting a double-duty deal. And this one at $12 is a serious steal.

The bottom line: bottoms need to flatter the bottom. Lift and compress, please and thank you!

What a difference a sock makes? I was surprised that when I switched socks recently, my knees hurt! Really?! Never again will I stray from my standby Nike Dri-Fit Cushion socks.

Gel Asics allow this four-knee-surgery gal to keep on truckin’. And I get mine on major discount from


What are your workout essentials?


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Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

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Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).