Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday Workout Cosplay: Fa Mulan

Of all the Disney Princesses, Fa Mulan was the first bad-a$$! (yes, I too could argue the "princess" semantics but in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow "for what point and purpose" savvy?)
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The movie had this great animation style, and a great message about being true to you!!!
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I always thought the songs were great because "I'll Make a Man Out of You" was hilarious because there were all these preconceived notions of strength being something only a man could have, but Mulan (a young woman) aced all of these "manly requisites." Your strength, is your ability to persevere, and in turn, you succeed.
Also Reflection hit me on a pretty emotional level too. I digress...let me just end the feels here and...

heehee...see what I did there?
(if you made the GIF lemme know!)
There are a few Disney Princess inspired shirts for working out in, and when I saw this one, I knew I had my muse!
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Since it's winter, I would put this long sleeve tee beneath it to keep a bit toasty:
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And to match her skirt were these gym shorts. I like that the band looks thick on these as, I like to have my shorts stay still when I work out, and don't have to worry about them slipping, or riding up (while running).
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For cold weather, check out these cool and fun printed thermal leggings!


Since the weather is about to be RAINY (huzzah!) I figure a hoodie is rather apt...and this looks like a good fit!
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I think these shoes are a good wrap up in the Mulan workout scheme! The red laces are the perfect touch (to me) in bringing things together!
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Like I said...I love the Mulan shirt because it reminds me of squats. But you know what?

I HATE squats. I really do. I don't ever do them correctly. I don't mind that they hurt, but I don't know what's wrong with me. Luckily, Nicole at Pumps and Iron puts some AWESOME workouts on her blog for free. And this one's only 25 minutes! You can do this at home, or  in a gym!
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And when you get back from the track/trail/weight room/etc.: relax with this Fa Mulan inspired candle. Because if you do squats, the above exercise: I promise you'll be sore!
from Walter and Rosie
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Finally, we wrap up with what I like to call: "Bad-A! Mulan Playlist" just so you know, its gunna hit you hard like a sword from a warrior princess! (Also, I feel like its a good pre-board meeting/school presentation/running hills/lifting weights type of playlist--I was a bit selfish this week :P)

20 comments:

  1. yes yes YES! There are few things in life I love more than Mulan!! My hero! My idol! haha

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    1. She really is brilliant!
      I love how her sweet tenderness is what makes her a strong warrior!

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  2. I love this outfit! And I love Mulan! Awesome job with this! (BTW, I'm working on trying to get a button, since you asked the other day!) I'll try to work on it some today or tomorrow. I'm not very good at design lol

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  3. I've been so lazy about working out. I know I don't need to do it for weight loss, but I need to feel stronger. Like Mulan. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. No problem!
      You said you swim, have you tried Water Polo? I'm a huge advocate. Honestly, I TERRIBLE at it, I was JV even as a senior in HS. But it is REALLY a confidence booster! I know I'm a beast in the water even if I'm not an amazing swimmer, or my suit is not the most "ideal" looking. I know it made/makes me strong! I know I can swim for hours at a time.

      Also, I think Roller Derby sounds awesome for those same reasons! Those are my two "Strength is Beauty" sports! Cause when you're strong, you know you've got it going on!

      Like Mulan! ;)

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  4. Mulan was awesome! Joie, I love that tee! HAHAHA
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Me too! When I saw it, I chortled and knew I had to make a Mulan post!

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  5. Cute. I love those shoes! I'm in the market for some new trainers and I want them to be super colorful like these ones!

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    1. Thank you! They were a cool find!
      If you checkout the Workout Cosplay tab there are some other pair's I've found.

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  6. Mulan.
    You have seriously made my day with this post. c:
    Gained some bad ass gifs to the collection now too. XD

    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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    1. I am glad I could bring Joie into your life...er, joy! LOL (I'm cheesy)

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  7. I still totally get giggle fits over that "I'll Make a Man Out of You" part of the movie. It's like the ultimate montage, and sometimes I will accidentally get the lyrics mixed up with the song that they sing in Rocky Horror Picture Show, lol.

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    1. YES!
      RHPSxMulan Mash-up!
      **off to search the internet!!!**

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  8. I LOVE squats! I do at least 100 every day. At first, it was tough, but eventually you get used to the burn, and when you start seeing results it helps to motivate. ^__^

    http://nagareboshi9.blogspot.ch/

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    1. that's true. I don't feel the burn more often than not. That's what makes me sad, especially since it mean's I'm not doing it right.

      But, I should keep trying to do them. So I can get better at it!

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  9. Love the defeat the buns shirt. Nearly makes me want to exercise again. Mulan is such a kick ass chick.

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    1. That's one of my favorite things about her! She kicks ass, and yet, is still so tender-hearted and sincere, but stands up for her, her family, her cow, er, horse, and what she believes in!

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  10. thanks for sharing the mini workout. i'll have to try it out (especially since i don't have much time in the mornings and that's usually when i try to exercise). glad to see you are still staying motivated. and that playlist ... you dug up some things i had not heard in awhile! very nice.

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    1. LOL! Thank you!
      And I love making the playlists! Tomorrow is Cinderella! ;)

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