Sweaty Betty blog
Empowering Women Through Fitness
Born in the heart of London's Notting Hill, Sweaty Betty has been pioneering technically authoritative women's activewear since 1998.
Designed to perform beautifully, Sweaty Betty clothes are famous for high quality fabrics and feminine styling. From Yoga to Running, Ski to Beach, Gym to Bike, Sweaty Betty is the brand of choice.
You will find Sweaty Betty next to global super brands in Harrods & Selfridges, in Sweaty Betty stores across the UK and now available in the USA via mail order and online. We ship throughout the USA and cover all customs duty fees. Find out more about our shipping and returns here.
Our purpose is ‘to inspire women to find empowerment through fitness’ and with product this good we are definitely on track.
At what point did you decide that your career was going to be sports based?
I played volleyball from when I was 14. Once the Olympics were announced, I was 20 – I knew then I was going to commit and play professionally with the Olympics as my goal.
You’ve fulfilled your dream to become a Team GB Olympian in 2012. What was the journey like?
I was always sporty growing up. I have two brothers and cousins who are all male, so I was a tomboy and would always compete with them. I did law at University and never thought about being a professional athlete until London was announced.
The journey was stressful. We had to fight for our position to be part of the team but it was worth every second once we had made it. The personal challenge of being a professional athlete every day is so empowering.
What is a typical daily routine for you?
Wake up, eat, train, eat, reflect/meeting, train, recover, eat, sleep! It’s repetitive but essential.
Volleybody is a new sport – how does it work?
Volleybody is a training regime inspired by what we do as beach volleyball athletes. Developed by myself and a team member plus our coach, it works through all of the exercises we do on a daily basis and adapts them so that you exercises can be done anywhere. This means you get all the basic whole body movements from volleyball, but in more realistic form so that it’s really easy for anybody to take part. As the name of the sport might suggest, you don’t actually need a beach to play on, that’s the beauty of it!
What are your most tested and trusted moves from the regime?
My favourite is the jump squat, as you feel it working all over your legs and glutes plus it ensures you move in the correct posture. The straight arm push-ups are amazing great for shoulder posture and toning which a lot of attendees of classes feel is really important in the run up to summer.
Some inspirational advice?
There was never a workout anyone regretted!
Tell us about your background with dancing from how you began to where you are today.
When I was 19 years old, I won the gold medal at the Paris International Dance competition, which was judged by some of the most important figures in the dance world. Despite having performed in many competitions, this was the first time that I was recognised as an up-and-coming talent. Two years later I was offered my first contract as a principal dancer with Scottish Ballet.
From New York City to San Francisco Bay, our professional Sweaty Betty yoginis are stretching it out in style. We caught up with ambassadors Stacey Brass and Kimberly Hu to find out what makes them tick…
Kimberly Hu, Budokon Yoga Instructor, San Francisco
A yoga practitioner since 1997, Kimberly Hu has taught many forms of yoga in New York, London and more recently San Francisco, California. Kimberly specialises in Vinyasa Flow as well as Budokon Yoga, a fusion of yoga and mixed martial arts, meaning she really pushes her Sweaty Betty gear to the limit each and every day.
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