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Gym Gear: My Checklist

Compression fit – no camel-toe allowed…

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When I first got into fitness I’d buy workout wear willy nilly, not really paying too much to performance, but basically buying things that I thought looked nice. These days if I spot a scratchy seam or if leggings fit oddly around my crotch and get up my bum then no matter how lovely they look, they get put back on the rack. Now that doesn’t mean that there’s a happy medium between function and fashion because there most definitely is. I have a whole drawer filled with the stuff! So today I thought I’d share some of my favourites and my tips on what to have on your checklist when you’re purchasing stuff to get sweaty in…

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SPORTS BRAS

Now I understand that as someone who just possesses two measly fried eggs disguised as boobs on my chest I’m not the best person to be dishing advice out on this, but they are a few things to look out for when purchasing sports bras. You want it to feel snug, whilst not restricting your range of movement so make sure you try doing some arm swings and faux shoulder presses in the changing room. Doing a couple of jumps too will help you assess the ‘jiggle‘ factor. You want to check that you can fit no more than one finger under the band. Make sure that the band also is the same level all the way around your chest and isn’t riding up at the back. Also look for any scratchy seams and joins in the fabric that could become irritating when mixed in with sweat and avoid if possible. My favourite sports bra brands include: Nike, Sweaty Betty, Varley and Jogha, (I have a 15% off code for you that lasts until 30th October – ‘JOGHAXANNA‘ – Run Forest, Run!).


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LEGGINGS

As I’m not the best person to ask about sports bras, and tops are the one area that I suggest to scrimp on, leggings are really my jam. I’ve tried a tonne and I find my favourites to be a compression fit, that sit on the waist (so hits around my belly button, if not above it), that are around a 7/8ths length, because that’s what I find looks the most flattering. Ones that sit on the hip tend to ride down and you spend your whole workout hoiking them up, whereas ones with a wide waistband that go up quite high remind me to hold my core in and don’t keep falling down. In terms of materials I just like them to be opaque enough so you don’t show your arse to everyone each time you bend over, and sweat-wicking so even if you do end up with a sweaty crotch, it dries off quickly. It’s important to make sure that they fit around the ankle so they don’t ride up and that there’s just enough material around the groin so that it’s not too tight, nor do you have excess fabric hanging around that looks like camel toe. My favourite leggings come from: Lululemon, Varley and HPE.


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TOPS

If there’s one area where you can cut back budget-wise then this is it. I’d say my only rule to follow here is to make sure that the fabric is light and breathable. Heavy fabrics can get irritating and chafe when you get sweaty so just make sure that whatever top you’re wearing it’s nice and soft to start with. Although I’m always a fan of something baggy on top, I tend to tie them up or wear more form-fitting cuts so they don’t ride up when I’m doing my mountain climbers. Been there, done that, shown the whole gym my pasta belly. My favourite brands when it comes to tops include: Lululemon, Nike, Varley and Sweaty Betty.


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In this post I’m wearing the Jogha Reversible Bomber Jacket, Jogha Black Muscle Tee, Jogha Burgundy Leggings and Jogha Logo Racerback Sports Bra which are all available now on Fashercise. YAY! Remember my post? I’m very chuffed to see them now with a UK stockist. As I mentioned I have a 15% off code – ‘JOGHAXANNA‘ that lasts until 30th October. Trust me, they tick all the boxes.

Photos by Lauren Shipley

Comments

  • emily couture

    I love the leggings! 🙂

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love the leggings, I always make sure I go for a very good pair of leggings as its a nightmare if they feel like they don’t fit correctly as you are right in the depths of your workout.

    Jess x
    http://www.jessicalaar.blogspot.com

  • Amy

    Love the top and leggings! I’ve heard so much about LuLu Lemon so need to try! X

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

  • theblackblush blog

    Love the top and leggings! They look perfect to train!
    xx
    The Black Blush

  • You look great Anna! Really want to try LuluLemon x
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  • Love your gym kit Anna! 🙂
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • I love Varley leggings, the patterns are so nice and fun! x

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  • Nadia Sabrina

    Loving the matching leggings ans jacket! Oh, and your body looks toned, Anna!

    Love from Indonesia,
    nnsabrina.blogspot.com

  • Thanks for the gym wear advice. Nike is my favourite brand for all gym wear shopping.

  • You look amazing Anna! I really want to purchase something from Fashercise one day!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

  • My current work-out outfit has the same color palette as what you’re wearing here, I love it 🙂

  • “Fried eggs disguised as boobs” haha that made me laugh too much!! I love all the pieces you mentioned. I need some new workout gear now! xx

    paigeyeahh.wordpress.com

  • I need a new sports bra, but it is the one thing I don’t want to order online. After two kids and weight up and down I don’t really fit my old one anymore.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Joyofjelly

    I always have a problem with bras, because I have quite big boobs, but I love to buy leggins. Lots of different prints and fabrics, but when it comes to tops I keep them quite plain.

  • I have just started getting more into fitness, and I definitely need to up my gym gear as leggings and old primark pants just aren’t cutting it no more (never mind having to find a top long enough to cover my behind as both are incredibly see through).

    But as a student, I can’t seem to justify the hefty price tag that comes with a lot of gym wear! Although I’m aware that the quality and longevity is better, can you recommend any good high street brands that sell gym wear?

    Thanks!

    Heather x http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

    • Gemma Kathryn Griffiths

      On a budget Decathlon do really great stuff… they have basic racer back vests in a technical fabric thats soft and washes well and its slightly longer for £3.50 ! II have like 4 in black and just wear them with different leggings. I would totally recommended to get a pair of nike pro leggings though… If you’re going to do classes you don’t want to keep stoping to re adjust your clothes they fit great and stay up and wash well keep an eye on the nike website as they often put their more jazzy colours on sale 🙂

  • LOVE THIS! Oh Anna you didn’t think to yourself ‘Elishia has no spare cash at the moment, I’ll post this when she can afford all of the beautiful sportswear I’m showing her’… I’m pretty sure the husband won’t think sportswear is credit-card worthy! Great recommendations and you look blooming awesome 🙂

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  • So wait was this an ad or do you really just love the brand ?

    • There would be a disclaimer if it was an ad hun

      • Not always true Hun

        • By law in the UK they have to disclaimer 🙂

  • Ahh I’m just getting back into fitness and my absolute favourite brand is Nike. The Active in Style leggings look gorgeous but I just cant splash out £75 on work out pants when I can get my trusty nike ones for £25- £40. I’m on the hunt for a good pair of trainers at the moment x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

  • Do you have any sock recommendations? Kind of weird to ask, but I just can’t find the right pair

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

    • Gemma Kathryn Griffiths

      Stance do really nice socks 🙂 a lot of cross fit athletes wear them they do ankle and trainer style ones for women

  • I’m obsessed with all these marbles patterns on clothes at the moment, I just picked up some leggings with a similar print from H&M. I might have to get this sports bra to match!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

  • Emily Austin

    I’m the same way where I don’t really have to worry too much about a sports bra because I’m in the tiny titty committee, but I HAVE learned to never wear one with a zipper! In the middle of self defense class I felt my zip all the way open and I had to run out to fix it 😂

    emilynillaaustin.com

  • This gym kit is gorgeous!! Loving this post 🙂

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  • Mariam H

    Lululemon are opening a flagship store on Regents Street soon. Cant wait! (my bank balance can though..lol)

    https://booksandwool.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Definitely need more high waisted compression leggings in my life, sounds like a dream! #nofoodbaby

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Natalie Redman

    Compression leggings are my favourite. I have a set of Ivy Park sportswear and the leggings are by far my favourite.

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  • love this ensamble 🙂

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  • Nicola Curtis

    Anna, please stop starting sentences with “Now”. Written speech is different to spoken speech, and it is really jarring.

  • Love this post, thank you!

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    xo

  • Tea ke

    Nike works pretty well for me, I think they are chic and good priced.

  • Sayali Kamat

    That’s a lovely post as always Anna. More and more women today are getting into fitness, so happy to see the change. If you are involved in any physical activity for more than three days a week, purchasing a pair of sports shoes to suit your needs will save you from injuries.I recently brought sports shoes for girls from New Balance India.