So last week, the lovely team at Sweaty Betty arranged one of the most fun weeks ever – the Sweaty Betty Bootcamp. I know it may sound terrifying to some but I was super excited, spending the week with some fitness babes and trying everything from HIIT with Barry’s Bootcamp to an urban run around Soho. Unfortunately, I came down with an illness the week before which turned out to be a chest infection so I missed the entire week as well as all of my other fitness commitments. Bummer.
As well as organising an amazing blogger bootcamp, Sweaty Betty are also one of my favourite activewear brands. I struggle to find brands which look great aesthetically but also have the all-important practicality down. Its all well and good having a great air of leggings, but unless they are made of a decent fabric which wicks away moisture quickly, they’re pretty pointless for exercise.
I used to swear by Adidas by Stella McCartney when I used to run; it was the perfect marriage between the sportswear technical knowledge at Adidas coupled with the covetable design aesthetic of Stella. Nowadays, I’m more into ballet and yoga which are a little more gentle but still require clothing which merges function and fashion, particularly for my ashtanga yoga classes which tend to be more athletic and definitely give me a solid aerobic workout (read: sweaty).
Here are my top five pieces from Sweaty Betty’s gorgeous yoga collection:
I prefer wearing cropped leggings to class as they keep me cooler. This gorgeous pair has a lovely butterfly print but they have a plain black reversible side. They are fully opaque which is super important when you’re doing downward dog!
2. Virasana padded yoga bra - £38
This sports bra is available in black and grey but I prefer the bold orange shade. It’s got a great cut and is made of a sweat-wicking, quick drying fabric.
3. Savasana yoga top - £55
I usually wear a long-sleeve layer for the first few minutes of class and immediately after. I love the boxy fit and pretty back detailing of the Savasana top. How great would the sky blue colour look with the orange Virasana yoga bra underneath?
4. Barre grip socks - £12
One of the reasons I love Sweaty Betty is because they make things like these grip socks. If I’m not taking my mat along to class, I’ll wear these socks so I have a little extra grip. S get a little slippy in certain poses, my mat is fine but I’ve had trouble holding poses on other mats.
5. Eco yoga mat - £40
When I first started practicing yoga, I always used the studio mats but as I got more into it and wanted to practice at home, I invested in my own mat which is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I now practice at home a couple of times a week and usually take it to classes too. It comes with a handy carry strap and has two different grip patterns to keep you stable.