blogs http://www.sweatybetty.com Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.sweatybetty.com Relax and unwind with Sweaty Betty Ambassadors /blog/relax-and-unwind-with-sweaty-betty-ambassadors-/ /blog/relax-and-unwind-with-sweaty-betty-ambassadors-/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/relax-and-unwind-with-sweaty-betty-ambassadors-/
“I like to balance my more indulgent treats with a conscious effort to include healthy meals and snacks and stay hydrated. This makes me feel that I’m still in control.” – Jayne Rodgers, Leeds Ambassador 



“Over the holidays, I love to practice gratitude meditation. It’s really simple. Sit somewhere quiet and allow your body to relax further which each deep breath. As you inhale, think about a person you love and are grateful for. And as you exhale, send them that love and gratitude for being in your life. This makes me feel more connected to all my loved ones scattered around the world – especially at a time of year when family and friends are so important.” – Nikkita Hope-Brown, Battersea Ambassador 



“Although the sofa can be tempting, I try to go outside as often as possible. Walking in a quiet spot, away from all the technology, can help you focus on what’s important. My favourite place to walk is by the sea – even when I’m feeling overwhelmed, that big blue expanse always brings me back to earth.” – Gerry Broom, Brighton Ambassador 



“Over Christmas my family and I go to Suffolk, where we’re surrounded by nature. My favourite form of escape is cardiovascular exercise, so I usually prefer a gentle jog to a walk. Whatever pace you prefer, notice your surroundings and take a moment to observe even the most minute details.” – Annie Foulds, Harrods Ambassador 



“One of my all-time favourite yoga poses is called Supta Baddha Konasana and it comes in very handy during the craziness of Christmas. It essentially entails chilling out for ten minutes, but it also opens the chest, hips and thighs, eases digestion and calms the nervous systems. Use a yoga bolster or roll up a pillow and lay it vertically along your mat. Then rest your lower back on the base of the pillow (pictured below), and sit with the knees apart and the soles of your feet together. Keep your palms up by your side and enjoy!” – Angie Newson, Muswell Hill Ambassador 



“When I’m feeling a bit frenzied, my go-to yoga practice is Nidra. It’s a profoundly relaxing guided meditation which is great for relieving stress, and it requires no prior experience of meditation. There are several free Yoga Nidra recordings available on yoganidranetwork.org to try it for yourself.” – Mandy Penalver, Guilford Ambassador 

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Calgary Avansino's Christmas wish list /blog/calgary-avansinos-christmas-wish-list/ /blog/calgary-avansinos-christmas-wish-list/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/calgary-avansinos-christmas-wish-list/
For the ski bunny
Avalanche Ski all in one
Ski Betties Seamless Top


For the zen within
Chandrasana Yoga Leggings 
Nidra Yoga Capris 
For January detox prep
Zero Gravity Tights
Ultra Run Bra in Green Alert 


For your inner dancer
Coupe Layered Dance Vest
Wknd Luxe Sweatshirt

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#TeamSB's favourite Sports Luxe pieces /blog/teamsb-favourite-sports-luxe-pieces-/ /blog/teamsb-favourite-sports-luxe-pieces-/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/teamsb-favourite-sports-luxe-pieces-/
“I love wearing the Liberty Luxe pants with the Tessellate Luxe Top and Freestyle Beanie. The trousers are so cosy and look amazing next to the statement tessellate pattern!” – Becca, Glasgow 


 
“I am wearing the Tessellate Luxe Leggings, which are super comfy, along with the Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper in stonemarl, which will be perfect for throwing on after yoga. As the length is a bit cropped, I can show off the Anusara Yoga Vest I have on underneath – the perfect pop of colour! Oh, and I love anything comfy so I styled the whole ensemble with my favourite Luxe Faux Fur Snood. Well, we need it here in Glasgow!” – Robyn, Glasgow 



“I love my Honeycomb Luxe Pants and Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper in yellow for throwing on after yoga and going straight to the library for a late night study session.” – Emma, St. Albans 



"I love how versatile the Tessellate Luxe Leggings and Escape Luxe Jumper are! I wear this outfit to do the school run and walk the dog before heading to spin class." - Ellie, St. Albans 



“I like my clothes like I like my ice cream – with a sprinkling of honeycomb. The Honeycomb Luxe Pants are my Sports Luxe winner!” – Jos, Fulham 



“Here I am shopping for organic raw cacao hot chocolate in Leeds’ lovely Victorian Quarter. I feel great wearing the new Sports Luxe base layers – the Tessellate Luxe Leggings and the Tessellate Luxe Top - with a pop of colour from the yellow Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper on top. I’ve completed the look with the Luxe Faux Fur Snood, perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping!" - Erin, Leeds



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Introduction to barre: Exclusive Sweaty Betty X Heartcore offer /blog/introduction-to-barre-exclusive-sweaty-betty-x-heartcore-offer-/ /blog/introduction-to-barre-exclusive-sweaty-betty-x-heartcore-offer-/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/introduction-to-barre-exclusive-sweaty-betty-x-heartcore-offer-/ heartcore.co.uk between 10-31 December to purchase the Sweaty Betty X Heartcore package. 

Here to introduce you to Heartcore’s unique barre concept is Natalie Halcroft, the brains behind the newest barre workout in London. 



As the brains behind Heartcore’s exclusive new barre class, tell us about your training background…

I fell in love with dancing at the age of five and trained in classical technique. I worked professionally in both classical and commercial dance internationally, and then later completed my teaching qualifications at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

In 2008 I completed my Level 4 Personal Training, deepening my knowledge of biomechanics and physiology, alongside Reformer & Mat Pilates training. As the US barre movement gained momentum in the UK, I decided to train as a barre instructor because I was excited by the opportunity to combine my love of choreography with my knowledge of optimal training techniques.  

What makes the new barre programme different from the others already out there? 

The barre workout was originally created in the 1950’s, based on a combination of ballet and dance training techniques to form a full-body workout that helps to hone that all-desirable dancers’ physique.  Since then, biomechanics has evolved significantly and we have a much greater understanding of muscular physiology.

I designed the new barre programme with all the latest scientific principles in mind, including intelligent sequencing and isolated micro-movements to work the muscle fibres to the point of fatigue. Energising beats combined with Heartcore’s signature precision techniques deliver a fast, effective and fun workout that promises immediate results. 

If you had to pick the single biggest benefit of Heartcore Barre, what would it be?

Micro-sculpting! The Heartcore barre precision technique delivers long lean limbs, tight upper arms, elongated legs and a zipped-in waistline. It’s all about creating a natural ‘corset effect’ and a lifted curvaceous butt. 

How should Heartcore Barre students supplement their classes to maximise their all-round fitness?

Barre is an incredible total body conditioning workout, so something more cardio-based like TRX or running would be a good complement. Our TRX HIIT offers high-intensity cardio training and fast fat burn.  

We also recommend integrating Dynamic Reformer Pilates as part of your overall exercise, focusing on the full range of motion and using resistance to build core strength. The combination of barre and pilates achieves a strong, long and lean micro-sculpted physique. 

What do you look for in a great outfit for barre?

I love being able to see my muscles engage during a workout. Statement leggings are my go-to piece, especially those with a sexy mesh panel or clever detailing (the Adrenaline Run Capris fit the bill perfectly). Coming from the dance discipline, I love layering. A sheer or cutout vest (like the Training Over Tee) that highlights my arms and shoulders is great, and I’ll pair it with a colour pop bra underneath. 

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Tamara's scrapbook: London press days /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-london-press-days/ /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-london-press-days/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tamara /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-london-press-days/ After returning from Sweaty Betty’s recent press day in the New York, Tamara caught up with her friends in the media during a busy week of UK press days to present the SS15 ‘Social Butterfly’ collection. Here she gives you the inside scoop, and hints at some of the press favourites from next season.  

Getting sporty (and spiritual) in Soho 

85 attendees joined me in our Soho boutique for the UK press day, giving me a chance to catch up with journalists and bloggers from the worlds of fashion and fitness. From the conversations I shared, it was clear that sport is very much on-trend. We talked about new studios, compared our favourite new juice bars and discussed plans for active holidays in the New Year. And, of course, we talked about the SS15 Social Butterfly collection – with Sweaty Betty designers by my side, we explained how the natural world has influenced key prints of the season. Blues were particularly popular, with classic blacks giving way to bolder blues as the go-to colour.  

We were joined by fitness enthusiasts from all disciplines, including CrossFit extremists and yogis alike. Interestingly, everyone felt united by the spiritual themes running through the collection. As well as sweating, more and more people are recognising the need to step back and establish a balance in their personal lives with more meditative forms of exercise. Our ethereal yoga pieces, such as cut-away vests in soft colourways, stood out as firm favourites among attendees. 



Bonding on the Bike at Psycle 

Just last week, we also held an exclusive Sweaty Betty X Richard Nicoll press event at the Psycle in central London. Combining an early morning spin class with closer look at the 10-piece Richard Nicoll collaboration, I was thrilled to demonstrate how fitness and fashion really do go hand in hand. The fiercely athletic instructor Rhian led 45 minutes of cardio intervals and a series of on-the-bike conditioning exercises, all while looking amazing in the Nui Reflective Double Time Run Tank and Shibori Run Tights. Meanwhile, I felt so comfortable and confident in the Muiura Reflective Over Tee. 



There is nothing like a high-energy workout to bring people together and build relationships; after the class there was such an invigorating buzz. Plus, we were treated to delicious Imbibery juices and breakfast pots by 26 Grains -  made from almond milk, oats, chia seeds, coconut flakes and goji berries. I loved the breakfast pots so much that I’ve started making them at home! 



Look out for the SS15 collection launching early January. For more behind the scenes action, read Tamara’s blogs about shooting SS15 in England and Switzerland.
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Hidden Treasures: Christine Bibbo Herr on fit living in NYC /blog/hidden-treasures-christine-bibbo-herr-nyc-/ /blog/hidden-treasures-christine-bibbo-herr-nyc-/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/hidden-treasures-christine-bibbo-herr-nyc-/ Calgary Avansino, Susannah Taylor and Sweaty Betty’s own Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton – US blogger Christine Bibbo Herr of nycpretty.com agreed to share some of the urban gems she’s discovered during her life in the Big Apple. 



What’s your favourite run route and why?

I like to run around Central Park as it’s so grounding to immerse myself in nature while looking out to New York City all around me. I also like Riverside Park – I find water really relaxing so running along the Hudson is great.  

Which is your must visit juice bar for a post workout refuel, and your favourite kind of juice/smoothie?

The Meatpacking District is full of smoothie bars and all of them are amazing. I love any kind of green juices with beetroot and antioxidants. 

What 3 boutiques would you love to have on your local shopping street?

Sweaty Betty, Anthropologie and a great independent vintage shop! 

Describe your ideal active retreat.

Somewhere warm like Hawaii or Costa Rica, where I can surf and run around. Getting on foot or on a bike is my favourite way to see a city.

What fitness or wellbeing event is on your bucket list?

Wanderlust festival. It would be a great way to explore an exotic destination while trying new organic foods and wellness brands at the same time.  

What’s the one class that you never cancel, no matter how busy you are?

I’m really into yoga at the minute, so I do that once a week to balance out all the running I do. Vinyasa Flow is my favourite, as I still get sweaty and I can do it in a small local studio.  

What do you pack for holiday to ensure you don’t lose your fitness?

I have to take my running trainers everywhere. If I’ve got those I can do anything. 

What websites do you have on standby for quick at-home workouts?

The yogajournal.com is good – pretty basic but good for daily inspiration. I also contribute to Well + Good so love catching up on the latest health and fitness news on there. ]]>
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Sweaty Betty's guide to ski touring /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-ski-touring/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-ski-touring/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-ski-touring/ Ski-2 to set them up with a ski guide, and weeks later she was in the Italian Alps with experienced skier and ice climber Patrick Chasseur. Here Patrick tells us about the challenges (and joys) behind ski touring… 


Tamara wears the Orbital Down GiletUphill Ski Jacket, Downhill Ski Pants and Anon Wren Ski Helmet

What first inspired you to head up the mountain as opposed to down it?

I am the nephew of a mountain guide, and have always lived in a village 1700m above sea level, so naturally grew up playing on mountains and climbing them year round. 

Tamara found her hip flexors were especially targeted during ski touring. What other physical challenges can the first-time ski tourer expect to encounter?

Ski touring is an aerobic sport but also very technical, so expect to spend a day or two establishing the most efficient technique as you learn to climb using skis. 
 
Do you recommend any specific training in preparation for a ski touring holiday?

Good aerobic fitness is key, and some basic full-body conditioning can also help prevent fatigue when you’re midway up the mountain. But everyone can get involved, and there are easier routes available for beginners and children alike.  
 
What about nutrition? Choosing uninterrupted trails means there aren’t likely to be any chalets or cafes in sight, so how do you keep yourself properly fuelled for a day on the mountain?

Everyone will prefer different types of food, but quick and convenient snacks like nuts and cold-pressed bars will maintain your energy levels. If the route requires multiple days’ ski touring and sleeping in a bivouac, then it’s essential to carry fire, water and dry food rations. 
 
If you could choose just three worldwide destinations to ski tour, what would they be?

The Alps in Italy, over the fjords in Norway and Alaska. 

Any other tips for Sweaty Betty fans interested in ski touring? 

Slide or shuffle your skis rather than picking them up, which requires more energy. Follow behind a more experienced skier so they can carve you an easier path. Stand straight when you feel like you’re losing traction – you may feel tempted to lean forward but that will actually make you more likely to slide backwards. 



EXPERIENCE SKI TOURING IN EUROPE

The Haute Route, France/Switzerland

Connecting two famous resorts in the Alps, Chamonix (France) and Zermatt (Switzerland), this tour can take up to eight days and entails huge glaciers, steep passageways and ever-changing scenery. 

Need to know: You will need an advanced level of fitness to tackle this challenge, which will require unfailing endurance of up to 10 hours every day. 


The Silvretta Traverse, Austria

Running along the Swiss/Austrian border, this route makes a great introduction to hut-to-hut ski touring. There are plenty of easy summits for beginners, and accommodation is very comfortable with hot showers and great après-ski food and drink. 

Need to know: Wear layers that are easy to pull on or remove, as you’ll come across varied elevations and need to dress accordingly. 


The Italian Dolomites Circuit, Italy 

A great choice to combine fitness, cuisine and culture. There is fascinating history in this area – look out for iron ladders built into the cliff face, which served as fortifications during WWI. 

Need to know: Intermediate off-piste skiers are best suited to this route. The average day will require between five to eight hours of steady skiing; fitness and determination are essential. 


Queyras National Park, France

Staring in Saint-Véran, one of Europe’s highest villages, this route takes you all the way to Abriès via stunning castles and incredible wildlife. 

Need to know: Previous ski-touring experience is recommended and off-piste confidence is crucial. 


Central Bernese Oberland, Switzerland/Germany 

For breathtaking views – among the best you’ll find in the Alps – head to the Bernese Oberland range. You’ll enjoy vistas across the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains, but you’ll have to tackle some of the toughest climbs in the process. Thrilling descents of up to 4000m are a welcome reward. 

Need to know: This route is one of few suitable for late spring skiing as it stays very high in the mountains. Be prepared for serious thigh-burning ascents.  

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It's a print thing: A look back over the key prints of AW14 /blog/the-key-prints-of-aw14/ /blog/the-key-prints-of-aw14/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/the-key-prints-of-aw14/
A-MAZE-ING 

The defining print of the AW14 Ski range came to life when Sweaty Betty designer Julia paid a visit to New York’s High Line: a lush, elevated walkway juxtaposed with road signs and urban architecture. It was this punctuated strip of disused railway that inspired Sweaty Betty’s edgiest print yet, guaranteed to stand out against pristine mountain trails. Shop the Ski range now


Ski graphics 

Continuing with the urban trend, this season’s Ski range also features men-at-work inspired graphics, like the ski jumper seen across the Criss Cross and Ski Betties base layers and the ultra-ironic Ski Jumper. Sweaty Betty’s British heritage plays an important role in these designs, embracing a culture of dry humour and eccentricity. Also true to Sweaty Betty’s origins is the Luxe Knitted Jumpsuit, which combines a traditional Fair Isle print with the playful, on-trend onesie. 



Neon & Camo Floral 

Futuristic florals are at the heart of the collection; both of these prints are the designer’s graphic interpretation of a photograph taken at Kew Gardens. It’s a new perspective on the flower – lit up like the neon lights of the city or blacked out for an ultra-edgy camouflage aesthetic. These were featured across many sell-out designs, with only the Cadence Run Jacket, Glide Swimsuit and Splash Bikini in the Camo Floral remaining. 


Monochrome & Lilac Chalk Floral 

Another sell-out yoga print, this graffiti-like take on the very same Kew Garden photograph was developed by in-house Sweaty Betty designer Laura. She spent hours manipulating the original photograph and creating sharper black outlines, then completing her masterpiece with a torn-away effect throughout the pattern. Although the more colourful Lilac Chalk print has now sold out, you can still get the Chandrasana Yoga Leggings in Monochrome Floral before they go. 



City Lights 

Tamara Hill-Norton, Sweaty Betty’s Creative Director, spends many nights running along the bank of the River Thames – watching the city’s skyscrapers reflect off the murky waters below and blur into the deep navy of the night sky above. She wanted to recreate this effect with this Run Pro print. It’s now available in the bright and highly visible Ultra Run Jacket, designed to promote and epitomise the joys of running at night. 

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Hidden Treasures: Tamara Hill-Norton on life in London /blog/hidden-treasures-tamara-hill-norton/ /blog/hidden-treasures-tamara-hill-norton/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tamara /blog/hidden-treasures-tamara-hill-norton/ Calgary Avansino and Get the Gloss editor-in-chief Susannah Taylor, Sweaty Betty's creative director Tamara Hill-Norton shares some of her favourite spots in London. 



What’s your favourite run route and why?

Gunnersbury or Richmond park. I love London parks - some of them make you feel as though you could be anywhere, not in the middle of a great urban sprawl. Running past deer in Richmond is especially thrilling. At the weekends I also love to run on the beach with my kids and dog down in West Wittering. It gets rid of all the stress of the week, and I love catching up with my kids as we run. 

Which is your must visit juice bar for a post workout refuel, and your favourite kind of juice/smoothie?

I'm often frustrated how few juice bars there are in London - we don't have any near where I work out in west London. I'm trying to persuade Montauk Juice Factory to expand over here. My favourite juice they do is the citrus-filled Liquid Sunshine - it reminds me of being on the beach. 

What 3 boutiques would you love to have on your local shopping street?

I live in Acton which is a friendly and diverse community, but the shopping is really not great! Luckily we have Whistles, but I would also love to see Zadig & Voltaire, Trilogy and Zara. 

What’s your must-have piece of kit that people may be surprised to learn about?

A tempo trainer (a small beeping device you wear inside your swim cap). I use it during swimming to track my pace and ensure I'm moving as efficiently as possible. 

Describe your ideal active retreat?

Last year in Champoluc I had an amazing time ski touring up to a hut and practising yoga in the mountains. I would also love a holiday that involves surfing every day, interspersed with yoga classes. 

What fitness or wellbeing event is on your bucket list?
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio!

What’s the one class that you never cancel, no matter how busy you are? 
Swim training, as our coach is so scary and doesn't like us missing sessions. 

Who do you follow on Instagram for fitspiration?
@calgaryavansino, @beachyogagirl, @stylerunner, and @sportluxe.

What do you pack for holiday to ensure you don't lose your fitness?
Travel yoga mat, iPad to watch yoga videos, ASICS trainers, Sweaty Betty swim goggles and City Lights Streamline Swimsuit and resistance bands. None of them take up much space.  

What do you always have to hand for a post-workout snack?
Almonds, Bounce balls and naked bars.

What YouTube channel do you have on standby for quick at-home workouts? 
Yoga for runners with Charlie Morgan. 

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Sweaty Betty x modelFIT: The highlights /blog/sweaty-betty-x-modelfit-the-highlights-/ /blog/sweaty-betty-x-modelfit-the-highlights-/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-betty-x-modelfit-the-highlights-/ modelFIT. 50 attendees joined Sweaty Betty USA across five signature modelFIT classes. Catch the highlights below… 



modelFIT classes use light weights but high repetitions and targeted muscle movements to maximise your results. 



Long and lean limbs is the focus at modelFIT, with exercises designed to stretch out the muscles and enhance balance and flexibility within the body. 



Event guests were able to try several different pieces of equipment, using dumbbells, bands, Pilates rings and their own bodyweight for resistance. 



Just when you thought an exercise was over, modelFIT instructors encouraged class attendees to finish with tiny pulses that blast through any remaining energy stores.  

 
After the class, guests were treated to organic juices and snacks by Nourish – a prestigious New York health food company. 



Finally, guests were able to choose a Sweaty Betty outfit of their choice. Favourite pieces included versatile vests for layering over colour pop sports bras

See more event photos on the modelFIT Facebook album. To stay in the know about all Sweaty Betty’s events and collaborations, follow @sweatybetty on Twitter and Instagram, or join the conversation on Facebook. ]]>
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