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Great kit to sweat it out in!

Great kit to sweat it out in.

I am an activewear ADDICT! In my book there’s nothing quite as uplifting or joyful than pulling on a new pair of leggings or heading out for a run in the latest technical top. Its taught me what I love and yes, what I hate! The fitness fashion scene has exploded over the last few years and there are more brands than ever fighting for space in the burgeoning wellness scene.

The one major benefit here of course is that competition means higher standards and higher standards mean a better product for the fit crew (i.e. us!) who want to wear them day in day out.  So now we get to rock the latest styles in comfort, in breathable, technically advanced fabrics that do their job as we sweat – supporting and sculpting our bodies & making us feel generally awesome!

In my job I’m lucky enough to test out lots of brands and have gained a real appreciation for those that are doing it right. Here are some of my favorites:

HPE: From the high performance technical fabric that prevents bacteria build up to the moisture management system that keeps sweat at a distance – I find I can do longer, more demanding workouts in HPE in perfect comfort, its like working out naked yet you have the support! It keeps me cool, supports my body and always commands attention from those who appreciate a strong fashionable legging! Current favorites are the Saturn Leggings and Cross X Seamless Zip Top.  Go check them out – you won’t regret it.

Sweaty Betty: I’m an ambassador for the Richmond store and love exploring SB’s new collections. Effortless, comfy and always on trend, I am a huge fan of the compression leggings and fleece pullovers for running in winter. Keep tabs on my events page for up-coming Fit for Free events at the Richmond store and come and work out with me!

Tiny Fish: I’m a Pilates girl but love a couple of weekly workouts to further challenge my flexibility. Tiny Fish do some lovely pieces for a yoga workout and the prints are so adorable they are great for rest days too teamed with a slouchy tee and jacket. I’m currently wearing the Sway Second Street Legging & Bra Top   

GymTote: The lovely founders of this cool brand kindly sent me their amazing Sophia Tote Bag last year and I haven’t put it down since.  Functional, roomy and beautiful to use, it has the ability to dress you up instantly, even when you’ve just rolled out of bed and are racing to meet a client. I’ve taken mine on flights, to meetings, for lunch – it really does have a multitude of uses and is packed with handy compartments that are perfect for things like lip balm, keys, make-up, deodorant etc. The best thing about it – if you’re carrying sweaty workout gear nobody ever need know! 

Every Second Counts: As the brand name suggests, this line is designed with busy women and men in mind. We all know how hectic life can be so why not spend it in the best gear that makes you feel great as you rush around the city or chase your tail to the next HIIT class? The website is like entering into an editorial spread where wellness and activewear fuse harmoniously so you may well come away with some healthy lifestyle tips as well as a new running top! My favorite piece in the current collection is the Live Everyday Legging

LilyBod: I love LilyBod’s insta feed so was delighted when the AVA Graphite Neutral leggings landed on my doorstep. This is the go to brand if sleek, bold, cutting edge shapes are your thing. The style is so distinctive yet super flattering for all shapes and sizes. And more importantly they are breathable versatile enough to be dressed up or down with pretty much anything.