The design-driven pieces to boost your performance...
Stand out from the latex-wearing, crop-top-sporting gym bunnies and embrace the design-driven yet function-first pieces and beauty buys that will improve even the most gruelling of HIIT classes. Because you’re in it for the impeccable, post-workout selfie, obviously.
THE SWEAT-REPELLING TOP
When it comes to the activewear sitting closest to your body, breathable fabrics are a must, which is why racerback or tank tops with wide-cut backs with ergonomically positioned mesh inserts get an A+ for ventilation. A silk/wool-blend top is another must-try. While silk has a cooling effect in the cold, merino wool helps to heat the body up when needed. Try one for your next chilly power walk.
THE CHIC COMPRESSION LEGGINGS
Compression leggings are nothing new, yet household names continue to jump on the high-tech bandwagon and give them a fashion-forward makeover. Why should you embrace them? Because they increase blood circulation, boost performance, make sure you’re working your muscles efficiently and also speed up recovery after you work out. Sounds like a win-win if we’ve ever heard one.
THE EVERYDAY WORKOUT BRA
A merino wool sports bra that’s fitted with moulded cups and a compression element and looks like something an off-duty Victoria’s Secret model would wear? Just say yes. Merino wool is highly breathable, great at combating odour and, in some cases, naturally UV protective. Maybe the only motivation booster you’ll ever need to hit the gym. We said maybe.
SUPER SUPPORTIVE TRAINERS
Gone are the days of the ‘nice to look at but not functional’ trainers. The perfect get-to-the-gym shoes are featherweight, flexible and supportive. And by supportive we mean great for running, sprinting, squatting, strength drilling… we could go on. Many sports brands technology ensures support around the entire foot or boast underfoot cushioning. Oh, and did we mention they’re easy on the eyes?
THE NO-BRAINER BEAUTY BUYS
Recent studies revealed that a surprising 78% of gym goers don’t know which products to use before and after exercise. Enter gym-bag essentials and high-performance products that target everything from clogged pores to redness. Think sweat-resistant mascara, body-specific masks and water-light foundations that promise not to block pores when you work out. Selfie appeal just skyrocketed.
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