I’m a fitness instructor at Life Time Fitness a few mornings a week before my full time job, and while some mornings I just throw my hair back in a ponytail with a headband, most of the time I like to spend a tiny bit more time on my hair since I’m on stage in front of a room of 40+ people. I’m a big fan of a high pony, but I gravitate towards styles that have detail down the back of my head since it fits best with my mic (yes, I get a Britney mic and I love it). Here are my top five hairstyles for the gym:
A reverse french braid, or dutch braid, is just a regular french braid except you braid under instead of over. I like it because the braid sits nicely on top of the head, and when pulled apart to spread it, it looks really cool. Here’s a youtube tutorial on the dutch braid. This twisted pony is just a style I made up (although I found a similar tutorial for a “woven pony” here. I twisted the hair pieces (about two on each side) and crossed them over each other. I then pulled all the hair into a low pony. I always get a lot of compliments on this easy style!
A segmented pony is a style I do a lot of variations of. Sometimes I pull it into a high pony and then do the segment look, and when my hair isn’t cooperating, I just do this french segmented pony down the length of my hair. It creates a cool, faux-hawk-eqsue look that’s a little edgier and keeps all my hair in place.
This rope twist braid is my new favorite! It’s so easy and stays put. The tutorial explains it really well.
Finally, I just learned this pull-through braid and it’s a game changer. All you need are some clear plastic hair ties! This tutorial explains it best.
I want to hear from you – what’s your favorite hairstyle for the gym?