blog http://www.sweatybetty.com Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.sweatybetty.com Sweaty Betty's guide to out East /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/#comments Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/ ATTENTION EAST HAMPTON. We’re popping up at Gurney’s this weekend and would love you to come and say hello. Visit us at the Montauk Resort, July 22nd-23rd from 9am-6pm, 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954.

The summer is in full swing and for New Yorkers this means it’s time to go out East. The legendary Hamptons and Montauk have awakened from their winter slumber ready for months of sand, sun and plenty of rose. Alongside New York’s finest, East Hamptons’ Newtown Lane is about to gain a new resident - Sweaty Betty. ‘After spending time in Montauk and East Hampton with a group of editors a few years ago, I am so excited for Sweaty Betty to pop up here’ says Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton. Here’s our guide of where to eat and workout out East.

EAST HAMPTON

The location of our Hamptons pop-up is a true destination for all fitness and shopping enthusiasts.

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Workout

Soul Cycle

After opening in 2011, this popular studio ensures die-hard Soul Cycle enthusiasts get their fix. Soul-Cycle.com

SLT

The first Hamptons location of New York’s favourite Megaformer Pilates studio: ‘I call this Pilates meets Barry’s Bootcamp’ reflects Tamara. SLTNYC.com

Tracy Anderson Studio

Mix dance cardio with pampering at the newest Tracy Anderson studio, where skin specialist Eric Bernstein, M.D. will be offering in-house facials and more. TracyAnderson.com

AKT InMotion

Dance cardio maven Anna Kaiser continues to whip her celebrity clients in shape out East. AKTInMotion.com

Eat

Lisa’s Lovely Organic Juice Bar

‘This adorable juice shop should not be missed, try their delicious acai bowls’ says Tamara. LisasLovely.com
 
Café Max

This quaint and hidden spot serves great sandwiches, salads and fresh seafood. CafeMaxEastHampton.com

Fierro's

A favourite with no less than Gwyneth Paltrow herself head here for health-minded pastas, pizzas and wraps minus any guilt. FierrosPizzaStore.com

The Golden Pear

Enjoying their 29th summer in East Hampton, this staple café offers delicious pastries, sandwiches and wraps, alongside some of the best coffee in town. GoldenPearCafe.com

MONTAUK

Montauk - the end of the storied Eastern Shore - remains a laid-back refuge with as many fancy restaurants as there are killer surf breaks. 

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Workout

The Surf Lodge

Montauk’s favourite hangout is hosting an impressive line-up of fitness gurus this summer. Lookout for The Class, Modelfit and an exclusive Sweaty Betty pop up from 15-17 July, ‘The Surf Bazaar is one of my favourite shops in the world so to be there is so cool’ says Tamara. TheSurfLodge.com

Montauk Yacht Club

Every session at the Elements Fitness-led barre and fitness classes running this summer is taught on SUP boards. Just try not to fall in. MontaukYachtClub.com

Love Yoga
A favourite with Tamara, Love Yoga is quite the sanctuary with a range of New York’s top instructors teaching there. LoveYogaSpace.com
 
Eat

Duryea’s Lobster Deck


This famous Montauk landmark has undergone a face-lift for 2016. Head here to watch the sunset in the charming outdoor seating area and enjoy the best lobster rolls in town. DuryeaLobster.com

Joni’s

This healthy eatery attracts a crowd on and off season, head there for the best breakfast wraps, cold pressed juices and smoothies. ‘You have to try the mucha maca’ says Tamara, ‘it’s like a healthy milkshake’. JonisMontauk.com

The Crow’s Nest

Few places do dinner in Montauk better than The Crow’s Nest. The lawn outside the restaurant rolls down to a calm inland beach, and strings of fairy lights lead down to the water. CrowsNestMtk.com

Travelling along the coast? Here’s five other spots we love
 
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Barry’s Bootcamp, Southampton

Barry’s with a farmhouse chic twist anyone? This newly opened Southampton location is bigger and better than ever. Expect a seriously good workout and possible star sightings. BarrysBootcamp.com
 
BuddhaBerry, Sag Harbor

‘You cannot visit The Hamptons without stopping at this healthy frozen yogurt spot’ states Tamara. ‘Their organic superfood toppings options like chia seeds and raw cacao are so good’. BuddhaBerry.com

One Ocean Yoga, Bridgehampton

Head here for fresh-air yoga classes under a pretty tent overlooking the Bridgehampton vineyard. OneOceanYoga.com

Jue Lan Club, Southampton

Dim sum meets champagne at this new spot. Head there for the three course bottomless brunch followed by a visit to the on-site photography exhibition, ‘Punks, Photographers and Provocateurs’. JueLanClub.com

Head to the Beach, everywhere

Alongside magnificent houses, shopping and delicious restaurants, The Hamptons are famous for their beaches. Ideal for serene escapes or beachside activities, head to Main Beach in East Hampton for magnificent views out onto the Atlantic Ocean or Coopers Beach in Southampton for seven miles of glorious white sand. 
 
Find out more about our East Hampton pop-up and visit us in-store at 51 Newtown Lane, East Hampton until past Labor Day. Don't forget to follow Twitter and Instagram for opening day insights and event news! ]]>
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Tennis Ambassador Emily Webly-Smith's 7 Top Training Tips /blog/tennis-ambassador-emily-weblysmiths-7-top-training-tips/ /blog/tennis-ambassador-emily-weblysmiths-7-top-training-tips/#comments Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/tennis-ambassador-emily-weblysmiths-7-top-training-tips/ With Wimbledon just around the corner, we asked Sweaty Betty Ambassador and professional tennis player Emily Webley-Smith to give us some training tips. Born in Bristol, Emily's currently ranked 599th in the world and has competed in Wimbledon six times. Here are her top 7 tips for perfecting your play court-side, read these pre-match with a side of strawberries and cream.

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Model wears the Championship Tennis Dress 

Be comfortable

Choose kit that you can move in and don't have to adjust while you play. The Ace Tennis Polo and Match Play Tennis Skort will be my choice at Wimbledon for the perfect combination of freedom of movement and style. The skirt even has built in shorts so rhythm between serves isn’t disturbed with a search for the second ball.

Core control

Core training counts for a lot in this sport. With greater strength in your core, you'll be better balanced on court and able to hold positions on the run. If you haven’t already, incorporate core work into your workouts and add a light medicine ball to your exercises to make them more tennis specific.
 
Preparation

Warm up well: start slowly with a light jog followed by a dynamic warm-up using the movements you'll be making during the rallies to come. Once hitting, look for rhythm and timing in the first few minutes rather than pace and power, concentrating on feeling the ball and getting your feet in the right position.
 
Watch the ball

It may seem simple but with so many other things to think about, this often gets forgotten. You only have to see action photos of Serena Williams to see how intently her eyes are focused on the ball. We may not be able to crush the ball as hard as she can, but we can certainly aim to watch it as carefully. Vocalisations are optional.
 
Stay hydrated

The tennis scoring system is there for a reason: it allows the body to recover. Use the change of ends wisely and ensure you drink enough water or diluted sports drink. You'll be surprised how much water you lose through sweating even in the British summer. Remember a 1% loss of hydration can lead to a 10% drop in performance so sip away.
 
Be determined

Whilst you may not be able to reach every ball your opponent is firing down, aim to make an attempt or first step reaction to each and every one. What's more, with tennis being the perfect all-over workout, you will be burning calories from those summer barbecues and toning muscles you didn't know you had.
 
Remember it's a game

Too often we get caught up in the technicalities of forehands and backhands and forget that tennis is a game. Have fun creating angles and shots in your own style, play with freedom and have some fun.

Shop the Tennis collection today and come down to our Wimbledon shop between 3-16 July. Follow Emily on Instagram @emilywebleysmith
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Meet the model: Farah Holt /blog/meet-the-model-farah-holt/ /blog/meet-the-model-farah-holt/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/meet-the-model-farah-holt/ Farah Holt was the perfect choice to showcase our high summer collection of rose gold and fluoro brights. We caught up with her on location in Palm Springs to talk career highlights, holiday destinations and off-duty style. 

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Farah wears the Practice Tee and Wild Thing Shorts

Where are you from?

Porth Leven in Cornwall.
 
How did you get into modelling?

I visited my aunt in London when I was 15 and got scouted on a trip to Covent Garden. 
 
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Fulfilling my childhood dream of living in New York.

Favourite moment on the shoot?

When I jumped into the pool at the end.

Favourite place in LA?

In LA I love to hike in Panga Canyon, it’s beautiful. In Palm Springs? Whenever I’m here I love to go to Toucan Lounge, you’re guaranteed a good night there.

Standout piece from the shoot?

All the gold, especially the Wild Thing Shorts, they are just so cool. 

Where do you live in the world?

In the East Village in New York.

Where would you go on your ideal holiday?

Japan.

Best meal you’ve ever had?

I go every year on my birthday to a little place in the West Village in New York, their fancy cheese board and a bottle of prosecco is so good.

Favourite place in the world?

North Thailand.

How would you describe your style?

Haphazard, too tight, colourful.

What’s your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

My black velvet Jean Paul Gaultier suit, I throw it on with converse.

Essentials you always take on the plane?

Lip balm, an extra blanket and a book.

Do you workout? What do you like to do?

I do vinyasa yoga and sometimes box with a trainer.

Guilty pleasure?

Alcohol, I love a good beer.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modelling?

Studying literature, I wanted to be an English teacher or writer growing up.

Where are you next flying off to in the world?

Belize for a holiday tomorrow!

Get summer ready and shop the new collection today. Follow @farahholt on Instagram. ]]>
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The Sweaty Betty Out of Office /blog/the-sweaty-betty-out-of-office/ /blog/the-sweaty-betty-out-of-office/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/the-sweaty-betty-out-of-office/ Out of Office. With studies proving that holidaymakers feel at their happiest just before trips, it is no wonder that turning on your out of office is one of the most satisfying moments of the year. At Sweaty Betty we aren't happy with a generic automated reply, so we've recruited our Founder and Creative Director Tamara to explain how the #SBOutofOffice began and to give you the chance to win your own dream Out of Office this summer. 

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The SB Out of Office

I absolutely love to travel, to the extent that twice a year I take our design team to a different place to find inspiration. I've always travelled a lot for work and pleasure, so a few years ago when one of our suppliers made a tongue-in-cheek remark that he could never keep track of me, our fun out of offices were born. My holiday's are always very active so whether I was surfing in California or chasing after our kids in West Wittering, I started to make a reference to where we were in the world.

We have so many interesting, well-travelled women in the office, so I began to ask them to share too. From yogi's teacher training in India, to adrenaline junkies black water rafting in New Zealand and girls eating their weight in Nutella crepes in Paris, these trips were so amazing I thought it was silly not to share. That's not to say it's all serious. For every yoga retreat there are plenty of Belgian waffles, Aperol Spritz and sun-loungers and half our marketing team are going to Ibiza next week. 

With this in mind, we wanted to give you the chance to win your own dream out of office this summer. Simply find out how to enter below (I've tried but sadly I'm not allowed to win). 

How to win your dream Out of Office

From surfing in Morocco to wine-tasting in France, if you're dreaming of going away we want to give you the chance to win your dream #SBOutofOffice, simply follow the steps below.

1. Write down your dream Out of Office, the more creative the better. We've given you an easy to use card that you can print here

2. Follow us on Instagram @sweatybetty.

3. Grab your print out and take a selfie, SB kit encouraged.

4. Share your picture with #SBOutofOffice and tag us and your travel buddy.

It's that simple, plus if you need inspiration head to @sboutofoffice now.

Find holiday style this way from rose gold shorts to sleek swimwear by shopping new arrivals here. Follow us on Instagram and at #SbOutofOffice to see other entries. ]]>
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Sweaty Betty x Movemeant Foundation /blog/sweaty-betty-x-movemeant-foundation/ /blog/sweaty-betty-x-movemeant-foundation/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-betty-x-movemeant-foundation/ Dare to Bare last October, we've teamed up with Movemeant Foundation on a mission to help promote body confidence through fitness. From bras on spin bikes to scholarships in the San Francisco community, we have a lot planned to help empower women over the next 12 months, here's the lowdown on the collaboration. 

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Who are Movemeant Foundation?

Movemeant Foundation is a charity on a mission to empower women to feel confident about their bodies by using fitness and physical movement as a way to build self-worth and positive body image. Founded by senior Soul Cycle instructor, Jenny Gaithor after she was tired of being bombarded with images of so-called 'perfection' on Instagram. Movemeant aims to offer self-confidence building tools, resources and experiences where fitness and physical movement play a central role. 

What do they do?
 

Research has found that by middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15. To compound body dissatisfaction, 51.7% of women reported no participation in any physical activity.
 

Aiming to counter this, Movemeant Foundation addresses these issues with large scale 'Dare to Bare' events and grants to schools, communities and other non-profit organizations—providing women across the country with opportunities to move in ways they never thought possible. Now in multiple middle schools, the Movemeant Curriculum offers career and mentor opportunities for women to facilitate conversations with young girls to foster the many ways we can feel about our bodies beyond appearance. 


What is Dare to Bare?

Did you see hundreds of women sweating it out in their Sweaty Betty sports bras last autumn? Introducing 'Dare To Bare'Movemeant Foundation's flagship outdoor charity fitness event and the largest body-positive event in the US, supported by Sweaty Betty. Occurring twice a year, in Marina, San Francisco and Union Square Park, New York,  you’ll find thousands participating in a series of fitness classes with a  twist in their Sweaty Betty sports bras.

Why have we teamed up?
 

'Sweaty Betty is all about making women feel amazing and as a Mum of two daughters, I find it so empowering to see Jenny and her team working to increase female self-confidence, so I can't wait to help drive the message even further.' says Sweaty Betty's Founder and Creative Director Tamara. 'After the success of last October's Dare to Bare event, where we raised over $132k we wanted to continue the momentum.'

What's to come?


Save the date. Saturday May 20 for Dare to Bare San Francisco, where we'll be supporting a day of workouts (in your Sweaty Betty sports bra obviously) from Soul Cycle and the Bay Area's top instructors, get your tickets here and look out for Sweaty Betty leggings and sports bras on the day. Not on the West Coast? Register for Dare to Bare New York in Union Square on October, 1 2017.

Find out more about Movemeant Foundation here and keep an eye out for more exciting events this year. ]]>
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Sweaty Betty's guide to York /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-york/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-york/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-york/ Sweaty Betty is joining the likes of Whistles, The White Company and countless rumoured ghosts on Stonegate. To celebrate our beautiful new shop, we've rounded up our favourite places to eat, sweat and get a cultural fix in the area.

Eat

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Betty's Tea Room

Need to balance out hours of walking the cobbled streets? Step in the North's little kept secret Betty's. Head to these historic tea rooms for beautiful art-deco interiors, traditional Yorkshire hospitality and the best afternoon tea in town. Our tip, try a Fat Rascal, you won't regret it.

Filmore and Union

If you're more green juice than afternoon tea, Filmore and Union's healthy menu is your answer. With beautiful views of York Minster, head here for turmeric lattes, fresh salads and our personal favourite the Earth Bowls.

The Botanist

For any necessary post-shopping cocktails, The Botanist located a few doors down from our new shop is filled with unusual concoctions, including drinks in a watering can, we're sold. 

Sweat

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The Stables

Home to our ambassador Fran, this light-filled studio is just a short walk from the centre of York. Offering yoga, Pilates and mindfulness courses for all levels, The Stables is our go-to for serious zen. 

YogaBomb

York's first purpose built hot yoga studio YogaBomb offers a fun, fast-paced and sweaty workout for all levels. Book early to try a class with Lou the founder.

Mi Pilates

Combining traditional Pilates with Somatics (simple and effective movement therapy), Mi Pilates is our go-to for a serious stretch with the amazing Janet. 

Do

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York Minster

You can't go to York and avoid historical sites, but if you only have time for one we recommend the stunning York Minster. This Gothic Cathedral with vast stained glass windows, high towers and a new interactive Undercroft exhibition (less historic). 

The Shambles

One of our favourite things to do in York? Simply wonder around and try to learn the unusual names - from the Bitchdaughter Tower to The Shambles. Finish off at The Shambles for shopping in the cutest shops in town. 

York's Chocolate Story

Move over Cadbury's. Head her to find out about York's rich chocolate history while sampling a variety of local cuisine (there are free sweets and you will enjoy them). 

Find out more about our York boutique and visit us in-store at 9 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AN. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram for opening day insights and York event news!
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Workout and Refuel with Frame Studios /blog/workout-and-refuel-with-frame-studios/ /blog/workout-and-refuel-with-frame-studios/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/workout-and-refuel-with-frame-studios/ 31 days to fit

Meet Frame

frame studios gedeGede wears the Upbeat Bra and Zero Gravity Leggings

Frame Studios are on a mission to make sure keeping fit and healthy never feels like a chore. Known for our feel-good, energetic and fun-filled classes, their two signature workouts will have you sweating or stretching it out like it's 1999. Created by Pip Black and Joan Murphy to form a more positive approach to health and fitness, their four studios in Shoreditch, Queen's Park, Victoria and Kings Cross are far more than just your regular gym session, with a wide choice of classes (from Music Video to Yin Yoga), a store with handpicked gems and a Fuel Bar stocked with healthy treats.

To help you kickstart your New Year with a boogie, Frame have not only shared two delicious post-workout recipes, their trainer Gede is on hand to take you through a sweaty workout. A professional dancer known for her high energy classes,
she gives the word “burn” a whole new meaning.

Protein Pancakes Recipe

Makes 12 smaller 2.5 inch pancakes; pour more batter in the pan per pancake for larger sizes.

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Ingredients
 
50g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
50g (1/2 cup) gluten free flour
1 cup rice milk (or other milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 smashed ripe bananas
2 eggs

Method

Heat a skillet over high heat while you mix the batter.

Throw the banana and eggs into a food processor and blitz together.

Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.Then slowly whisk the banana and egg mixture into the dry ingredients, before adding in the rice milk slowly and whisking until you have a batter consistency.

Pour desired amount of batter on your pan, which should now be very hot.

When you see small bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, flip it and then press the pancake down with your spatula for a couple of seconds. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until underside is golden brown.

Serve with a handful of blueberries and nut butter. Add cinnamon, bee pollen or other superfood topping of your choice!

The Face Lift Smoothie

Good for: detoxing and skin health, add a vegan protein powder for post-workout recovery.

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Ingredients

½ medium beetroot
2 apples
¼ avocado
juice of ¼ lemon
2 frozen strawberries
3 frozen raspberries
5 frozen blueberries
handful of ice
1 heaped teaspoon coconut oil
 
Method

Place avocado, berries and ice in blender. Then juice beetroot and 2 apples before adding this into the blender with the lemon juice and coconut oil. Blend and enjoy!

Three burning questions
 

Your favourite workout? 

I love doing a variety of workouts, it keeps your body challenged and you avoid reaching that plateau stage. But, if I did have to choose one it would be Dance Cardio hands down. It is just such a feel good, endorphin-high workout and it really takes me to my happy place. In September, I had the opportunity to teach this workout at Sweaty Betty Live and it was so incredible that i was flying high for about 3 days after. 

 

 

Describe your morning routine?

Nothing happens before coffee! I am a slow starter in the morning so I like to allow myself time to wake up and think about my day. I have a recap through my class plans and if I am leading teacher training then I'll recap on whatever I have prepped for the session. Then I'll check through emails and set a to do list for the day. By then, my coffee unfortunately has probably all gone and its shower time and off to the studio to teach for 7am. 

  

Number one goal for 2017?

 

My general goal for the 2017 is to spend more time with friends and family. My whole life ends up being work, work, work. Living in London can be very demanding as everything is always so constant (I’m sure you can all relate?). It also doesn’t help that I love my job and look forward going to work, so it’s easy to see how it all blends into one. But I am determined to have time out and separate work from home. 

 

Find out more about Frame at moveyourframe.com and @moveyourframe and @gedefoster. Work out with Gede here and join us for your fittest January ever at sweatybetty.com/31daystofit with exclusive workouts, wellness tips and more. Share your sweaty workouts and recipe snaps with #31DaysToFit. ]]>
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4 exercises to balance out December indulgence /blog/4-exercises-to-balance-out-december-indulgence/ /blog/4-exercises-to-balance-out-december-indulgence/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/4-exercises-to-balance-out-december-indulgence/ Fit Brit Collective to ensure you're not shaking your belly like a whole lot of jelly (sorry Santa). 

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Brit wears the Mountain Top Seamless Base Layer and Mountain Top Seamless Leggings

Complete each of the following exercises as a circuit. Perform each exercise for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds before moving straight to the next exercise. Complete 5 rounds for a 20-minute full-body workout that will have you gleefully gobbling up the season’s finest treats. 

North Pole Jumps 

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Brit wears the Mountain Top Seamless Base Layer and Mountain Top Seamless Leggings

Time to unleash some power from your center and work your core more dynamically. Rock back onto your thoracic spine, generating momentum as you roll back to your heels and push explosively into a vertical jump. Soften your knees to land and repeat. Use your hands for an extra push if necessary, or go hands free for an advanced abdominal challenge. 

Chimney Crawl

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Brit wears the Pacesetter Vest and To The Beat Reversible Leggings

Get into a wide press-up position and lower your chest between your elbows, keeping your hips in line with your shoulders so your lower back doesn’t dip towards the floor. Now crawl forwards by sliding the right knee to the right elbow and pushing through your right foot as you slide left knee to left elbow. Make your body as strong and flat as possible as you progress along the floor (we don’t advise trying this in an actual chimney). And you thought Santa’s job was easy! 
  
Swan Lake Squat

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Brit wears the Mountain Top Seamless Base Layer and Mountain Top Seamless Leggings

Assume a hip width squat position and sink your hips over your heels into a deep squat. As you come to stand, push dynamically through your heels and elevate one leg out to the side for a glute and hip strengthening abductor challenge. Pause briefly at the top, finding stability by drawing your navel to your spine, before slowly returning to your squat and repeating on the other side. Odette has nothing on you!
 
St Nick Burpees

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Brit wears the Pacesetter Vest and To The Beat Reversible Leggings

Make like Santa and perform one long broad jump, landing in a soft squat position (no heavy feet!), then plant your hands and kick back into a full burpee. Jump up and repeat – lucky for you it’s just for 40 seconds and not all night long. 
 
Join Brit for Bootcamp & Bend on the afternoon of Saturday 10 December – a festive fitness party including bootcamp, yoga, healthy canapés and early Christmas gifts. For more information and tickets, visit fitbritcollective.com/special-events. Or enjoy a free in-store festive bodyweight bootcamp at Sweaty Betty Wimbledon at 12.30pm on Wednesday 21 December. 
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Sweaty Betty's guide to West Hollywood /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-west-hollywood/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-west-hollywood/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-west-hollywood/ West Hollywood! Melrose Avenue we are coming for you with our third West Coast store on December 1.'Opening a store in Los Angeles was always an aim when I started Sweaty Betty in 1998, so to open a third is amazing', reflects Founder & Creative Director Tamara, 'I absolutely love the healthy active lifestyle there'. To celebrate our shop opening, we've rounded up where to sweat, eat and stay in the area. 

Where to Sweat

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Cardio

We love to spin and when we're looking for a great cardio session, Cycle House in The Alfred Alley is our place of choice. You'll find us at Nichelle or Aaron's classes. 

For a workout with a difference, Rise Nation is the place to go - the first 30 minute full body workout, this climbing based workout is designed for serious results and sore muscles.  

Tone

A winning combination of beautiful decor and an intense workout, Carrie's Pilates Plus is home to one of our favourite workouts in LA. A mixture of cardio, Pilates and weight training, this class promises a lithe, lean physique in less time than your usual Pilates class.

If you like your yoga with a twist, Playlist Yoga is the place. With classes focused around you guessed it, music this is a dynamic upbeat workout where you match your breath to the movement, and movement to the music. Not your standard yoga class.

Stretch

Known as 'the Soho House of wellness', Wanderlust is the place to go in West Hollywood for all things meditation and yoga. With three floors, multiple studios and a clean-eating cafe, head here to seriously chill out. 

Were to Eat

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Healthy 

Made for Instagrammable moments, Joan's on Third is a speciality food marketplace where you can spend hours. From gourmet foods you won't find anywhere else, to baked goods and a restaurant for celeb-spotting, head here for gourmet groceries. 

Located minutes from our West Hollywood shop, Urth Caffe is where all health-conscious Los Angeles residents head for organic coffee, signature fresh salads and vegan desserts. 

You can't go to California and not eat Mexican food. With a healthier take on the cuisine Gracias Madre offers a plant-based, organic alternative. Tequila optional. 

Drinks

You can't go to the home of health and wellness without a smoothie pit stop. Our place of choice - Beaming. With a menu filled with superfoods, we love the acai bowls. 

If caffeine is more your thing, try Alfred on Melrose for cool decor and well-trained baristas and a great cup of coffee. 

Dinner

For an evening meal with a difference, head to E.P. and L.P for delicious asian fusion food followed by cocktails on the rooftop.

The Nice Guy has quickly become a frequented spot for A-list celebs. With its intimate booths, rat pack ambiance, and delicious menu, head here for drinks with friends. 

What to Do

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Shop

West Hollywood is one of Los Angeles' most popular shopping destinations. Head to Melrose Avenue for edgier, cooler places including Restoration Hardware’s Gallery and LA’s Rag and Bone or try Melrose Place for high-end boutiques from the likes of Oscar de la Renta. 

Hike

For a more organic take of Los Angeles head to Runyon Canyon. This 160 acre park lies just 2 blocks from Hollywood Blvd and is known for its scenic trails and stunning views of the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. 

Stay

Few hotels are as famous or as notorious as the Chateau Marmont, for over eighty five years the Chateau has been home to wild parties, secretive trysts and Hollywood legends. Whether you're behaving or not, this hotel located high above Sunset Boulevard is the place to be. 

Find out more about our third West Coast boutique and visit us in-store at 8549 Melrose Avenue (between W 46th St and W47th St), West Hollywood, 9006. Don't forget to follow us on Snapchat and Instagram for opening day insights and LA event news!]]>
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5 tips to conquer stress /blog/5-tips-to-beat-stress/ /blog/5-tips-to-beat-stress/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/5-tips-to-beat-stress/ Jacqueline Hurst for her top tips on how to get a handle on more stressful moments. 

5 tips to conquer stressModel wears the Chandrasana Leggings, Studio Bra and Energy Workout Hoody

1. Sometimes its good to take a step back and ask yourself, 'Is this going to make any difference in ten years' time?' 90% of the time, the answer is no. Take a step away to get perspective and think about it, as once you accept that most of your worry isn't life or death, it suddenly won't seem like such a big deal after all.

2.  Balance your expectations. So many of us have sky-high expectations of ourselves, which are way higher than we would set it for anyone else. Whatever it is you are stressed about ask yourself how you would talk to a friend in this situation. Would you be yelling at her that she will never get it sorted out or would you treat her with kindness? Be nicer to yourself and the stress will start to slip away.

3. Be aware of yourself. Noticing that you are 'stressed' can actually be good for you, because it's a signal that something is in need of change. 

4. Small changes can yield big results. First of all, our thoughts rule how we feel. None of us are taught how to 'think' or 'deal' with emotions at school, though it is so important to understand that your thoughts create how you feel. When you are stressed try to write down how you are feeling to get it out of your head quickly. 

5. Start to look at how your thinking. In other words are you choosing thoughts that feel good or feel stressful? Let's say you are stressed about a presentation you need to do for work. If you are thinking 'I can't do this' you won't be feeling great. Instead you need to start thinking about it differently and postively, to convince yourself you can do it. 

Jacqueline Hurst is a master life coach and clinical hypnotherapist. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, The Sunday Times, Harpers Baazar and The Daily Telegraph. Jacqueline is also the founder of the Life Class, an online personal course for self development. ]]>
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