blogs http://www.sweatybetty.com Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.sweatybetty.com What's your global workout style? /blog/whats-your-global-workout-style/ /blog/whats-your-global-workout-style/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/whats-your-global-workout-style/ From New York to London to Milan to Paris, the Fashion Weeks are a twice annual opportunity to witness the world’s most iconic fashion brands and styles. To prove that activewear has a place in even the most discerning wardrobes, Sweaty Betty sent top blogger Electra Formosa off to London Fashion Week in our most fashionable current season pieces. We also recruited the help of bloggers Rebecca Gawthorne of Nourish Naturally in Sydney and Evann Clingan from New York City to style up the Spring Summer 2015 collection in a way that highlights their own personal style and the fashion influence of their trend-setting cities. The results are in…  

The London Edit: By Electra Formosa

Electra Formosa London Fashion Week

Electra wears the Malasana Tunic

How would you define your London workout style?

I like to stay stylish even when working out so I love going for printed pieces and bright colours. It's also important for me to stay warm and comfortable when training in London, so Sweaty Betty's long sleeved hoodies and super soft leggings are always a must!

What are your favourite things about the look you’ve created and why? 

My favourite thing about this Malasana Tunic is how versatile it is. As well as being the ultimate cover up for a post-yoga savasana, the two-tone colours and cut-out shoulders make it so beautiful I couldn’t wait to wear it to London Fashion Week. I paired it with a matching grey beanie to carry the tones through my outfit. 

Talk us through your perfect active day in the city. 

It's hard not to stay active in London as you walk everywhere (or at least I do!). My perfect active day in the city would probably kick off with a Pyscle or SBC class. I always like to pick up a green juice after working out to rehydrate and give me an energy boost. Then you can usually find me running around Oxford Street picking up pieces for my latest shoot or popping in and out of meetings. I wear a Nike Fuel Band and can tell you the steps really add up! My favourite evening activity is hot yoga. I love the twists, which feel especially detoxing after a long day on my feet.  

The Sydney Edit: By Rebecca Gawthorne of Nourish Naturally 

Rebecca Gawthorne Sweaty Betty

Rebecca wears Virasana Yoga Bra and Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper

How would you define your Sydney workout style?

I've created a relaxed beach yoga workout style with a bright contrasting crop and chilled luxe grey jumper. It's comfy, effortlessly eye-catching and extremely versatile.

What are your favourite things about the look you’ve created and why?

The Virasana Yoga Bra is strikingly bright in the monarch orange flame against the beach background where I work out. The cropped fit is not only smooth and comfortable, while the fabric is sweat-wicking and quick-drying so I can jump into the ocean to cool off after my beach yoga workouts! 

I'm always on the lookout for workout gear that doubles as weekend wear, so I teamed my yoga crop with a slim fit and versatile Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper in stonemarl. It's very chic with a relaxed vibe that suits the Sydney lifestyle. I love to throw on this jumper after my yoga sessions and head to my local beach-front cafe for a coffee with my husband. 

Talk us through your perfect active day in the city. 

My perfect active day in Sydney starts with an early morning sunrise run along Cronulla beach out to the sand dunes for an intense HIIT session. Then it's home for my favourite homemade tropical mango smoothie followed by a Barefoot Coffee on the beach with my husband. After surfing some waves together, I'd head home for some lunch and then an afternoon walk and yoga session - on the beach of course! 


The New York Edit: By Evan Clingan

Evann Clingan Sweaty Betty

Evann wears the City Lights Jacket (sold out) from AW14. Sweaty Betty recommends the new season 3 in 1 All Trail Jacket.

How would you define your NY workout style? 

New Yorkers are known for wearing a lot of black, as it's chic and easy to pair with other colours. I often wear one piece of black gear and choose a second printed or colourful piece. I also prefer functional activewear that can be worn in the gym and on the street.

What are your favourite things about the look you’ve created and why? 

I loved the City Lights jacket (now sold out) from the AW14 collection from the first time I saw it. The print stands out in an urban setting, and the hood and back pocket work well for a long run. I also love the Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. They are the first pair of reversible leggings I've owned. You get a pair of black leggings and a pair of printed leggings in one!

Talk us through your perfect active day in the city. 

New York offers so many unique options for living a healthy lifestyle. I'd start my perfect active day in the city with an early yoga class at Exhale, followed by brunch with pressed juice. I'd spend the afternoon exploring Central Park with friends. At sunset, I'd head to the West Side Highway for a run. After a healthy dinner, I'd have to grab Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit.]]>
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Catwalk transformations: Do modern-day supermodels count as athletes? /blog/catwalk-transformations-do-modern-day-supermodels-count-as-athletes-/ /blog/catwalk-transformations-do-modern-day-supermodels-count-as-athletes-/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/catwalk-transformations-do-modern-day-supermodels-count-as-athletes-/
This paradigm shift is particularly poignant for Sweaty Betty, with Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton recalling many seasons of struggling to source models with athletic figures and personal experience across our favourite workouts. Acknowledging and celebrating this catwalk revolution, Tamara asked #TeamSB to consider whether today’s models can also be considered athletes. Here’s the verdict that followed a lengthy debate…   


Candice Swanepoel in the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Earl's Court, London 

Although the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show took place late last year, the brand’s famously beautiful models are helping to lead the charge for this new wave of high-fashion fitness. Eating well no longer means eating to stay slim, but eating to get the necessary fuel for frequent and challenging workouts. From Doutzen Kroes’ Ballet Beautiful training sessions to Adriana Lima’s intense gym workouts and Lindsay Ellingson’s Muay Thai practice, there’s evidence everywhere of supermodels having superpower strength. 

“Start the New Year off feeling Healthy and Strong,” said Karlie Kloss, while holding a solid side plank in one of many inspiring Instagram posts. The advent of social media makes it even easier for us to track the physical transformation that today’s models achieve, and to see how they advocate healthy messages to catwalk audiences and social media admirers alike. “To be the best, got to make it rain,” says Adriana Lima in a make-up free post-workout photo that shows just how much sweat it takes to win the spotlight. Many of today’s models also dabble in sport, such as Lindsay Ellingson who talks of learning “the art of eight limbs” in a private lesson with her Muay Thai coach.  


Victoria's Secret models post their fitness snaps on Instagram, including @lindsellingson (top left), @doutzen (top right), @adrianalima (bottom left) and @karliekloss (bottom right) 

Intense workout and nutrition programmes start for Victoria’s Secret models around a year in advance of the next fashion show, and their toned bodies provide infinite inspiration for fellow models and fitness enthusiasts. In fact, former Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampio released a series of workout and nutrition videos with i-D magazine, clocking up 156,605 views on YouTube from people increasingly looking to models as authorities in fitness and wellbeing. Search #TrainLikeAnAngel and you’ll find hours’ more workout motivation direct from the past and present faces (and bodies) of Victoria’s Secret. 

An early influencer in this model movement was Sports Illustrated magazine, which championed sculpted physiques belonging to the likes of Elle Macpherson. In fact, the supermodel also known as “The Body” first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1985, and was featured a further four times over the next 21 years. One of Sweaty Betty’s earliest fans, Elle Macpherson is someone #TeamSB continues to celebrate as a kindred spirit and someone who exemplifies the virtues of training hard, eating smart and doing everything with dedication. 

So as we look to Fashion Week for style and fitness inspiration, Sweaty Betty celebrates every show that helps to cement this paradigm shift and emphasise strength and fitness through female role models. And to answer the question of whether models are athletes, we look to the Oxford Dictionary for guidance: 

“Athlete: A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.” 

If Alessandra Ambrosio’s perfect plank is anything to go by, we think the question answers itself… 


Alessandra posts from her Instagram account @alessandraambrosio

Join the conversation on Twitter using #ModelsAsAthletes to share your opinion. ]]>
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Sweaty Betty X SLT: Our biggest ever NYC studio takeover /blog/sweaty-betty-x-slt-our-biggest-ever-nyc-studio-takeover-/ /blog/sweaty-betty-x-slt-our-biggest-ever-nyc-studio-takeover-/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-betty-x-slt-our-biggest-ever-nyc-studio-takeover-/ SLT locations. The prestigious Megaformer studio promises a full-body workout combining cardio and conditioning. And for those who were lucky enough to sign up before the nine Sweaty Betty X SLT complimentary classes filled up across Flatiron, Upper East Side and SoHo, there has never been a better opportunity to experience it first-hand. 

For event updates and coverage, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also learn more about SLT (which stands for the objectives to Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone), read our exclusive Q&A with studio founder Amanda Freeman… 



SLT uses what you call a “Megaformer”. How did you discover it and how is it different from traditional reformer beds?

I discovered the Megaformer during a work trip to Los Angeles five years ago. I fell in love with it immediately! It's best described as a reformer on steroids, and represents an evolution of the traditional Reformer because it’s bigger and equipped with far more handles, straps, bungees and pockets. 

With cardio, strength training and Pilates all combined in one, is the entire workout completed on the Megaformer?

The workout is all done using the machine in some way. You may have one or two feet on the machine, and some moves are hands-free while others require your hands for support. There are hundreds of exercises so every workout is different.  

Tell us why you chose to partner with Sweaty Betty for this event. Are we two peas in a pod? 

For obvious reasons, fitness is so much more than just the 50 minutes a day I spend working out. It's my life. I eat, breath and sleep fitness. Sweaty Betty also understands that fitness is about lifestyle, not just working out. That’s why the clothes and accessories are functional during a workout as well as being fashionable enough to feel confident in and out of the studio. 

How many times a week do you personally practise SLT training? Do you supplement your studio workouts with any other forms of exercise? 

I take an SLT class every other day. It's such an intense workout (especially for the core) that it is hard for my body to do any more than that. It's best to give your muscles some time to repair between workouts. On my non-SLT days, I go for a walk or run, practice yoga or take a rest day. In warm weather months, I will also mix in swimming, paddle boarding and tennis. I love to get outdoors when I can! 

Can you explain the top physical and/or psychological benefits a first-time SLT client can expect? 

Physically, you will feel and work muscles you've never felt or worked before, and you will be sore in places you've never been sore before. It is a low impact workout. There is some cardio but the environment is extremely safe and the risk of injury is very low. Psychologically, your first SLT class can be humbling, as it can be challenging for even the fittest. But very quickly you feel yourself getting stronger and begin to see changes in your body, leading to a great sense of satisfaction. It is also a workout that requires you to focus on the moves you are doing (so you don't fall), so it's a great opportunity to unplug from whatever stresses you have.  

Can you name your single favourite SLT exercise? Why is it your hero move?  

It’s hard to pick a favourite because I love all the SLT exercises, but I might be partial to a move called Mermaid. It is an amazing oblique exercise that uses a strap connected to the base of the Megaformer. You place one foot under that strap while you sit on the opposite hip, so the strap holds down your foot while you lower your torso towards the floor and back towards the ceiling. It's very intense and has lots of variations to help sculpt a chiselled waist. 

Describe the ambience in your classes – do you prefer upbeat music or is it more a state of yoga-like zen? 

The vibe at SLT is all its own. It's definitely not zen or mellow, but it's also not headache inducing. The music is certainly upbeat, as it's a necessary motivator and distraction to help you through the challenge of the workout with as few breaks as possible. Classes are always small, which helps us create a friendly, intimate atmosphere.

How do you prefer to dress for your workouts. Is there an ideal ‘SLT outfit’? 

I like to do SLT in capri leggings (sometimes black and sometimes patterned), a brightly coloured sports bra, a loose-fitting vest top and a pair of high-grip socks.

Shop Amanda’s top Spring Summer 15 picks 


Amanda loves to wear the body-sculpting Define Workout Leggings with a cool slogan yoga vest over the flattering Virasana Padded Yoga Bra in grey. She always has a pair of high-grip socks at the ready for extra stability on the Megaformer.  
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#SBFlyFlexFlow in numbers: Highlights from our hardest ever workout /blog/sbflyflexflow-in-numbers-highlights-from-our-hardest-ever-workout-/ /blog/sbflyflexflow-in-numbers-highlights-from-our-hardest-ever-workout-/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sbflyflexflow-in-numbers-highlights-from-our-hardest-ever-workout-/ Adrenaline sky-rocketed. Muscles (abs in particular) felt the burn. Mindfulness was found in stretch and savasana. And those were just #TeamSB’s results from #SBFlyFlexFlow. How did you get on? Let us know on Twitter and we’ll help celebrate your success! 

As a recap, here’s just a few of our highlights from what fans are calling Sweaty Betty’s “most challenging workout yet”…. 



With 114 in-store classes across 40 of Sweaty Betty’s UK and US boutiques – each of them fully booked - #SBFlyFlexFlow fostered an incredible sense of community. 

You listened to Annie Fould’s 30 minute run podcast over 2,500 times, showing that a little motivation can see you supercharging your sprints from the second you press ‘play’. 

Between the Fly video and the Flex & Flow videos, you completed 8,503 at-home workouts

More than 18 countries got involved in this three-week workout programme – one of Sweaty Betty’s biggest reaches ever.  

Back home in London, 60 Sunday Times readers joined us 72 floors up the Shard for a live #SBFlyFlexFlow workout with a very special view. 

Honestly Healthy’s 3 nutrition-packed recipes proved extremely popular, ensuring you take in all the energy, protein and nutrients you need to get the most from your training. 

Now is your time to build on your strong fitness foundations. Follow our online workout videos when it suits you, and book your favourite Sweaty Betty classes in a boutique near you. ]]>
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Honestly Healthy: Radiance Green Smoothie for yoga flow /blog/honestly-healthy-smoothie-for-yoga-flow-/ /blog/honestly-healthy-smoothie-for-yoga-flow-/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/honestly-healthy-smoothie-for-yoga-flow-/ The final recipe in Natasha Corrett’s #SBFlyFlexFlow food series, this cleansing antioxidant-rich smoothie will give you the feel-good factor you need to relax into your deepest savasana ever. Add it to your repertoire, along with high-energy Creamy Cashew Porridge and protein-packed Green Chia Fritters, for a well-rounded diet. And check out the Honestly Healthy introduction to alkaline eating for more information about Natasha’s food philosophy

For the Flow part of #SBFlyFlexFlow I have created a highly nutritious green smoothie to boost your immune system and give you plenty of energy. 

When practising yoga and stretching your muscles, it’s important to nourish your body as much as you would when doing the Flex or Fly workouts. You can really pack some amazing superfoods into your green smoothie and bulk it up to be a filling, convenient breakfast. I tend to put everything but the kitchen sink in mine – among my favourite ingredients are spirulina, maca, lucuma, chia seeds and acai. If you find you are hungry after a couple hours, you can also mix in a handful of oats or a couple spoonfuls of nut butter.  

A blended breakfast is a wonderful way to give the digestive system a break while filling your body with plenty of nutrients and raw foods. If you have a high-speed blender, combining things like broccoli, fennel and cucumber with fruit makes another lovely concoction. 

When making your own recipes, remember to use 70% vegetables and only 30% fruit. A diet high in fruit is acid forming and plays havoc on your blood sugar levels. You can experience energy highs and lows and increased exhaustion as a result. If you are buying smoothies from stores, always check the ingredients to make sure you’re getting the right balance. 



Natasha wears the Steady Luxe Knitted Jumper

Radiance Green Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
50g cucumber, roughly chopped
100g spinach leaves
1 tsp chia seeds
50g banana
50g grapefruit 
1/4 tsp spirulina powder 
1 tincture of liquid Chlorophyll (optional)
250ml water or coconut water
180ml alkaline/filtered water

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth – just add a little more water/coconut water if it looks too thick. Drink to your heart's content. 

Follow along with the Flow workout video here]]>
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Meet #SBFlyFlexFlow ambassador Nicole Dash /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-ambassador-nicole-dash-/ /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-ambassador-nicole-dash-/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-ambassador-nicole-dash-/ podcast and online videos), we round off our Meet the Ambassadors series by chatting with Nicole Dash from the Fly Flex Flow videos…


Nicole is wearing the Fleece Tech Hoody and Nimble Run Thermal Tights

What and where do you teach?

I’m Sweaty Betty’s Oxford Ambassador so I teach regular bootcamp and barre classes there. I also work with a local CrossFit box and train private clients at The Athlete Centre
 
What’s your favourite part of the Fly Flex Flow workout?

I loved the running and skipping intervals of the Fly section. It made a nice change and a great excuse to get outside as my workouts usually involve a small platform and a barbell! I enjoyed having all that space.  
 
What techniques in the workout are similar to your own classes or PT sessions?

I use a lot of squats in my PT sessions and of course in my own workouts, so I enjoyed the squats (with punches) in the Flex session! The intensity of the Flex section was also similar to many of the bootcamp style classes I teach. The concept of working hard for 30 seconds and resting for 10 seconds is really effective and motivating.  

How do you fuel yourself on busy days like shoots or back-to-back classes? 

I eat a really high protein diet so that helps to prevent hunger and cravings between meals. When I do need a little extra energy, I always have to a whey protein shake by AMSPORT to hand. 
 
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor training, and why? 

Although I do like the mix of in and outdoors in the Fly Flex Flow workout, if I had to train exclusively one way or the other I’d definitely choose indoors. I like to be warm and close to weights. 
 
When contending with cold winter conditions, how do you prepare or stay motivated for your workouts?

Get a training partner. I have a running buddy and we’re always inspiring each other to honour our dates with our running shoes. When going solo, good music can also make a huge difference. Black Eyed Peas is my go-to as the upbeat rhythm makes me want to move!  

If Sweaty Betty readers wish to supplement the 3 weekly GF4F workouts, what exercise would you recommend? 

Fly Flex Flow offers a great mix of cardio and weight training together, so for one or two extra workouts a week I would choose to focus solely on weights or on cardio. Go for a long run to see the difference your regular workouts have made on your endurance. Likewise, spend some time with a barbell and put your power to the test. Both disciplines are important for all-round fitness. 

New Year is a time to reflect on your ambitions and set new targets; what will you be working towards in 2015? 

I currently hold the British record for power squatting in the 55kg weight class. The next record on my wishlist is the deadlift.

If Sweaty Betty followers want to see more of you, where can they find you?  

They can join me for in-store classes in Sweaty Betty’s Oxford boutique every Thursday and Friday. 

What was your favourite SS15 piece you wore during the shoot, and why? 

The Fleece Tech Hoody was a dream to wear for outdoor training and kept the cold out on a very frosty winter morning. It also doubles as super cosy loungewear – I could sleep in it, if it wasn’t so incredibly bright! 

If you’re just joining in, here’s your chance to meet our other #SBFlyFlex Flow Ambassadors Annie Foulds, Hollie Grant and Claire Finlay.]]>
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Honestly Healthy: Green Chia Fritters for conditioning /blog/honestly-healthy-green-chia-fritters-for-conditioning-/ /blog/honestly-healthy-green-chia-fritters-for-conditioning-/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/honestly-healthy-green-chia-fritters-for-conditioning-/ Have you tried Honestly Healthy’s Creamy Cashew Porridge designed to fuel the Fly section of #SBFlyFlexFlow? If your answer’s no, click here to catch up! If you’re already up to speed, it’s time to move onto these protein-packed Green Chia Fritters perfect for rebuilding the muscles you’ve challenged during the Flex component of your workout…. 

Eggs are a great source of protein and perfect for following a tough conditioning session like the Flex section of #SBFlyFlexFlow. Protein helps to rebuild the muscle tissue after a workout – and as muscle helps to burn more calories, this process can also aid weight loss. Eggs are slightly more acidic on the pH scale so to make this dish more alkaline I’ve added broccoli and herbs. 

Fritters make a really versatile meal and I’ll eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add a healthy green salad or even incorporate a carbohydrate like a baked sweet potato or gluten free grain for extra energy. I serve this with a delicious sweet chili dressing that makes a nice addition to many dishes!   

I always go on about fueling your body correctly. I think of the body like a Ferrari – you wouldn’t put dirty diesel in the engine as it would just break down. That’s why we need hearty energy-boosting ingredients to fuel our workouts.  It is always best to choose homemade meals over foods made in a factory or comprising ingredients you’ve never heard of and struggle to pronounce. 



Green chia fritters

Serves 2

Ingredients: 
2 eggs
1 tbsp chia seeds
60g fresh podded peas 
170g edamame beans podded
3 heaped tbsp. rice flour
4g chopped parsley
1 zest of lime
pinch Himalayan salt
2 tbsp coconut oil 

Dressing:
3tbsp chia or olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1tbsp agave
1 inch chopped chilli 

Method:

1. Beat the eggs into a bowl and add the chia seeds, then leave to soak for 5 minutes. Add the peas, edamame beans, salt, rice flour, parsley, lime zest and mix together. 

2. Heat 1tsp at a time of coconut oil in a frying pan and spoon 2tbsp of the mixture into a hot pan.  Leave to fry for 2 minutes until golden, then flip over and fry on the other side.  Repeat this until you have finished the mixture.  

3. To make the dressing, put all ingredients into a glass and whisk together.  Serve with an optional green salad. 

Follow along with the Flex workout video here]]>
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Top fitness bloggers trial new black reflective jackets /blog/top-fitness-bloggers-trial-new-black-reflective-jackets/ /blog/top-fitness-bloggers-trial-new-black-reflective-jackets/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/top-fitness-bloggers-trial-new-black-reflective-jackets/ lungesandlycra.co.uk, Zoe Meskell from londonandme.org and Sophie Levett from beprettyfit.com put Sweaty Betty’s innovative new black reflective fabric to the test. Below are their thoughts on the Urban Pace Jacket and the Nightscape Run Jacket - two luxury running jackets that appear black by day and reflective by night. 




Charlotte (pictured below her co-blogger Emma) loves the Nightscape Run Jacket because… 

I like the slimline fit and lightness of the jacket as I don't like to be too bundled up when I run. I'm also a fan of the colour. Unlike a lot of high-vis jackets, black coordinates with the rest of my kit and looks chic for daytime runs as well as keeping you safe at night.

Her favourite run route in all the world is…  

Through the Tuileries Garden and along the Seine in Paris. I was there for a weekend with friends last year, and I woke up early one morning to find it was snowing. I decided to put on my trainers and see the sights of the city while everyone else was sleeping. It was magic! 

She’s wearing black reflective to train for…. 

The Reading Half Marathon this March.



Zoe loves the Urban Pace Jacket because… 

I can wear it for both running and everyday use. I love how fashionable it is, and that the reflective panelling feels so soft and natural you’d never know it has reflective properties until the night falls. The high collar and chin guard are also really practical for keeping out the cold winds we’re currently contending with – my neck stayed warm all night long.

Her favourite run route in all the world is… 

The New York Marathon. Running through all five boroughs of New York City with an incredible crowd encouraging me all the way around was an experience I'll never forget. Nothing beats crossing the finish line in Central Park!

She’s wearing black reflective to train for… 

The London Marathon. It’s perfect for winter training as I glow in the dark and feel safe running in the morning and at night.  



Sophie love the Urban Pace Jacket because…

It’s feminine, comfortable and a little bit different. I found the Urban Pace Jacket really easy to run in and warm without being suffocating. It’s perfect for the winter!  
 
Her favourite run route in all the world is…  

Either along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or the Southbank in London. Obviously I get to enjoy one more often than the other… 

She’s wearing black reflective to train for….

The Hackney Half Marathon and the Red Bull Wings for Life Global Race.

Shop the Urban Pace Jacket and the Nightscape Run Jacket to discover the benefits of adding black reflective fabric to your run wardrobe. ]]>
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#SBFlyFlexFlow at the Shard: The highlights /blog/sbflyflexflow-at-the-shard-the-highlights/ /blog/sbflyflexflow-at-the-shard-the-highlights/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sbflyflexflow-at-the-shard-the-highlights/ If you’ve been following the #SBFlyFlexFlow workout and event updates on social media, you may have seen our dramatic Sunday morning takeover of the Shard. There was no venue more fitting than Europe’s tallest building for this high-intensity workout designed to get your fitness soaring. Here’s just a few of the highlights from one of Sweaty Betty’s most iconic London Get Fit 4 Free events yet. 

PT and run coach Annie Foulds led the challenging three-part workout she created exclusively for Sweaty Betty. Supporting her were four other inspiring Sweaty Betty ambassadors, Lizzie Rizzoe, Jo Arthur, Dominika Brooks and Maria Eleftheriou, all of whom were very excited to teach on the 71st and 72nd floors of this world-famous skyscraper. 





The event was open to all Sunday Times Plus subscribers, with more than 60 people turning up bright and early on their Sunday mornings to take in the sky-high vistas from the top of the Shard (all 309.6m of it). 



30 minutes of sprinting, 20 minutes of conditioning and 10 minutes of yoga make this one comprehensive workout guaranteed to improve all aspects of your fitness. If you didn’t join us at the Shard, you can still give the workout a go with our run podcast and at-home videos



Guests also came away with a goody bag, including this year’s Get Fit 4 Free vest, Sweaty Betty socks, granola bars and juices from our nutrition partner Honestly Healthy and the latest catalogue with an exclusive discount to spend on the new Spring Summer 15 collection.  



Book into the free #SBFlyFlexFlow classes held across all Sweaty Betty boutiques for the next two Tuesdays and enjoy 20% off the exclusive Get Fit 4 Free vest]]>
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Meet #SBFlyFlexFlow ambassador Claire Finlay /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-model-claire-finlay/ /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-model-claire-finlay/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/meet-sbflyflexflow-model-claire-finlay/ In the second instalment of our #GetFit4Free Meet the Ambassadors series, Sweaty Betty speaks to Transition Zone founder Claire Finlay about her experience with the #SBFlyFlexFlow workout and how it translates to her own teaching… 



What and where do you teach? 

I run my own studio called the Transition Zone in Southwest London. We offer small group classes in TRX, Power Plate, Reformer Pilates Chair and Barre. 
 
What’s your favourite part of the Fly Flex Flow workout?

I really enjoy the warm-up. It’s a real workout in itself and definitely got every muscle fired up. The Fly section is also wonderful – it’s the perfect package of short intense bursts of high-energy drills to get your heartrate up quickly!  
 
What techniques in the workout are similar to your own classes or PT sessions?

I use many high-intensity bursts of exercises, just like the Fly section does. My Power Plate classes are probably the most challenging, including V-shape burpees, knee taps, vertical jumps and floor sprints. 

How do you fuel yourself on busy days like shoots or back-to-back classes? 

At the studio I am very lucky to have The Recovery Café on site, which provides me with all the fuel I need. Everything available is raw and superfood-based, so jam-packed full of potent energising ingredients. On really busy days, I tend to stick to our Super Green HIT or Protein HIT smoothies, which are perfect to grab and go. I am also a big fan of our hemp protein balls – again a great pick-me-up when you need a snack. 
 
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor training, and why? 

I am a lover of autumn and winter outdoor training. I love those cold crisp days for running. When I do go running, I always leave my headphones behind – this is my time to cut out distractions and get some headspace away from my to-do list. I also love to cycle outdoors – nothing beats Richmond Park when it’s just me, the deer and the early morning mist before the commuting crowd arrives. Being outdoors offers you a sense of escapism, fresh air and nature that indoor training can’t match! 

When contending with cold winter conditions, how do you prepare or stay motivated for your workouts?

If it’s early in the morning, I try to have something light to eat around 30 minutes before I set off. A banana usually does the trick. I always wrap up well, making sure my head, hands and neck are covered. Having a treat to look forward to at the end of my session also helps – a nice cup of coffee after a winter workout is all the motivation I need! 

If Sweaty Betty readers wish to supplement the 3 weekly GF4F workouts, what exercise would you recommend? 

I would recommend a strength-based discipline. Weights are great for bone density, changing body shape and gaining overall physical strength. TRX is one of the best all-round workouts available, and it’s a safe option because you rely only on your own bodyweight.  

New Year is a time to reflect on your ambitions and set new targets; what will you be working towards in 2015? 

My focus this year is on the Transition Zone. As a new studio (opened in 2014), we are doing really well and I want to continue to build on its reputation even further. My focus will also be on the Recovery Café, which is a really important part of the umbrella brand. Fitness and nutrition must go hand-in-hand. Watch out for workshops with lunch and supper clubs included! 

If Sweaty Betty followers want to see more of you, where can they find you?  

You can find me at the studio in Parsons Green. I’m a regular on the timetable. 

What was your favourite SS15 piece you wore during the shoot, and why? 

I really liked the Elite Seamless Run Top for its soft material and amazing shape. 

Next week's #GetFit4Free ambassador: PT and British record-holding powerlifter Nicole Dash ]]>
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