blog http://www.sweatybetty.com Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.sweatybetty.com Sweaty Betty's guide to East Dulwich /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-east-dulwich/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-east-dulwich/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-east-dulwich/ East Dulwich has been named as one of the top places to live in Britain by The Sunday Times. Filled with organic food shops, lively restaurants and beautiful green space, Sweaty Betty’s new store is located on Lordship Lane near to the vibrant Peckham Rye.

sweaty betty guide to east dulwich

We are so excited to open in East Dulwich’ says Sweaty Betty Founder & Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton, ‘we can’t wait to join the growing fitness community there’. See our guide of where to workout, eat and visit in the area.

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Sweat
 
Outdoor Spaces
 
With Dulwich Park, Peckham Rye and Brockwell Park all nearby, East Dulwich locals head to these open green spaces for a workout. Outdoor bootcamps are particularly popular, though these leafy areas also provide a picturesque spot for runners.   
 
Yogarise
 
Owned by Sweaty Betty ambassador Emma Hitzelberger, this dynamic studio offers a range of yoga classes from Vinyasa to Jivamukti. With a range of hand-picked teachers and a family atmosphere, Yogarise is well worth a visit in the summer for their rooftop classes.
 
ESPH
 
With a range of fitness classes from reformer Pilates to spin, ESPH also offers a range of physiotherapy and sports massage treatments for when you need extra support.
 
Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club
 
Located in Dulwich Sports Club, this idyllic lawn tennis club is popular with locals looking for a competitive match.

sweaty betty's guide to east dulwich

Eat

Franco Manca
 
Offering the best sourdough pizzas in town (we can vouch for this), Franco Manca's East Dulwich location is metres away from Sweaty Betty’s new store. Visit post shopping, we can guarantee you won’t regret it.
 
Toast ED
 
This buzzing East Dulwich bistro has become a local hero for its inventive modern cooking and natural wine selection. Open from breakfast to dinner, expect unusual flavours and a compact, well-designed menu at Toast ED.
 
Brick House
 
Situated in a spacious old electrical warehouse, head to the award-winning Brick House bakery for freshly baked bread, delicious cinnamon buns, artisan coffee and a vibrant atmosphere. 

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Do
 
East Dulwich Picture House
 
Converted from a beautiful Victorian building, East Dulwich Picture House shows a mixture of contemporary and arthouse films. All of which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine and freshly baked goods from the onsite café.
 
Horniman Museum and Gardens
 
The Horniman Museum is worth a visit for the 16 metres of beautiful gardens alone. However, with a huge natural history collection including a dinosaur exhibition, we can guarantee it will impress big and little kids alike. Head here on a Saturday for the local farmers market which sells fresh produce, flowers and street food. 
 
Dulwich Picture Gallery

 
The world’s first purpose built art gallery the Dulwich Picture Gallery houses a collection of over 600 paintings and contemporary exhibitions. Make sure to wonder around the beautiful gardens for a picnic and to admire the groundbreaking architecture.
 
Fresh Flower Company
 
A short walk from Sweaty Betty’s new store you will find East Dulwich’s hidden gem, The Fresh Flower Company. Offering beautiful bespoke flowers and regular workshops and events where you can learn everything from flower arranging to making floral crowns. 

Find out more about our East Dulwich boutique and visit us in-store at 17 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8EW. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for opening day insights and event news! ]]>
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How to find the right sports bra /blog/how-to-find-the-right-sports-bra/ /blog/how-to-find-the-right-sports-bra/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/how-to-find-the-right-sports-bra/ sports bra. The right fit is imperative to a good workout, so we have asked Sweaty Betty Founder and Creative Director Tamara for her top tips for finding the perfect bra.

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Model Karol wears the High Intensity Run Bra and Adrenaline Run Leggings
 
1. Expert Advice
 
With so many different activities available, we understand that finding the right bra for your workout can be a challenge, which is why we offer a personal fitting service in our boutiques and an online bra fitting guide.
 
2. The right support
 
Unsurprisingly the same bra that supports you through every vinyasa of your yoga practice won’t suit a long distance run. It is worth researching whether you need a low, medium or high impact bra.
 
Low Impact

These light support bras are designed for less impactful activities such as yoga and Pilates. Lightweight and super soft, they are so comfortable for workouts where I need less support. For yoga my favourite style is the Brahma Yoga Bra as it so comfortable. Recently for a statement look I have been layering the Shanti Yoga Bra under a sheer vest to show off the beautiful front detailing.
 
Medium Impact

If you’re a cardio fan then a medium-impact bra is for you to run, cycle and train with just the right amount of support. My current go-to the Upbeat Padded Bra has been updated for SS16 in new spring colours and is so comfortable due to the adjustable straps.

High Impact

A high-impact bra with minimal stretch is vital support for running long distances. Our bestselling Ultra Run Bra ensures everything stays in place.

3. What to look out for in the fitting room

For the perfect fit

Bras should have a comfortable yet firm fit, if it’s chafing and feels too tight you won’t enjoy your workout.

If you’re a runner compression and encapsulation is vital, so when trying on a bra check if your breasts are held firmly in place and unable to move.

The right hem, raise your arms when trying on a bra and check no flesh escapes underneath, if you don’t feel supported try going for a smaller band size.

Coverage of the sides of the breast tissue is very important to reduce the movement sideways and prevent sagging. 

Soft fabric, we engineer our bras to feel like a second skin.

What to avoid
 
Sports bras with very stretchy straps as this will counteract the rest of the bra and allow the bust to move up and down.

Avoid bras made from very stretchy fabric as you want everything held in place.

See Sweaty Betty's full range of sports bras here. If you're ensure on fit or what bra you need try our online fitting guide or visit your local boutique
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Sweaty Betty's guide to Richmond /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-richmond/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-richmond/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-richmond/ Richmond has long been a favourite destination with Londoners looking for a calmer way of life. ‘We have loved being part of Richmond’s thriving active community over the last few years’ says Sweaty Betty Founder and Creative Director Tamara ‘and are so excited to open in a new location on the high street’. Just around the corner from our former store, there is even more room for your favourite activewear and in-store classes. As our new boutique opens its doors, see Sweaty Betty’s exclusive guide on where to eat, workout and shop in the area.

sweaty betty guide to richmond

Eat

Richmond Hill Bakery

Voted one of the best places for croissants in London by Time Out, Richmond Hill Bakery slightly out of the city centre is a destination for a delicious post-workout treat.

Muriel’s Kitchen

Offering a modern take on British dishes and traditional comfort food, Muriel’s Kitchen is popular with locals for their delicious food. Tamara recommends heading there for lunch and trying ‘the delicious heritage carrot and kale salad, followed by a cake if you’re feeling naughty’.

Chez Lindsay

Just beyond Richmond’s high-end boutiques, French bistro Chez Lindsay’s amazing riverside views, authentic rustic cuisine and homely interiors attract a loyal crowd.

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Workout

Yogahaven

Mixing hot yoga with traditional style practice, Richmond’s Yogahaven provides a relaxing escape from the bustle of the centre. Tamara recommends trying ‘one of Stu’s vinyasa classes for a challenging practice or Jivamukti yoga with Allie’.

Barreworks

Tucked away down a cobbled side street, this beautiful open studio is the perfect place to strengthen, lengthen and tone. Offering low-impact but high intensity workouts, Barreworks is the place to go to try and achieve the body of a dancer.

Bootcamp Pilates

The neighbour to our former store, Bootcamp Pilates’ reformer classes are a favourite with Richmond locals for their serious ab-crunching results. Tamara loves ‘the Cardio Pilates classes for a great twist on traditional reformer, they work up a serious sweat’.

Bhuti

An exciting new addition to Richmond Hill’s wellness scene, Bhuti is a beautiful new space offering a variety of yoga styles, Pilates and beauty treatments. With two studios filled with natural light, this is a truly relaxing place to practice before visiting their vegan café for a post-workout juice.

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Do

Richmond Park

With 955 hectares of hills and woodland, it is easy to forget you are in London when exploring this picturesque park. Perfect for cycling and trail running, expect beautiful river views and the occasional deer.

Whole Foods

No healthy guide to Richmond is complete without Whole Foods, the wellness hub at the centre of the town filled with freshly baked products, hard to find healthy snacks and a takeaway food bar. Just across the road from our new location, we regularly team up with the store for free running events.

Matches Fashion

With a boutique edit of over 400 emerging womenswear and menswear designers, curated fashion destination Matches Fashion is the place to go for the investment pieces to complete your wardrobe.

Zadig et Voltaire

Filled with chic, on-trend French fashion, Zadig et Voltaire is one of Tamara’s go-to locations for ‘luxury denim and cool edgy pieces’

Find out more about our Richmond boutique and visit us in-store at 2 The Quadrant, Richmond, TW9 1BP. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for opening day insights and event news! ]]>
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Sweaty Betty's guide to London /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-london/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-london/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-london/
sweaty betty guide to london

Stay

The Ace Hotel

A short distance away from the shows in Shoreditch, The Ace Hotel combines utilitarian style with great cocktails and excellent burgers.

The May Fair

The official partner hotel of London Fashion Week is loved by editors’ and models alike for its glamorous opulence. Decorated almost entirely in pink, the Schiaparelli suite is always in demand for the perfect escape from the city.

Soho House

A favourite with Sweaty Betty Founder & Creative Director Tamara for its ‘home away from home feel’Soho House mixes vintage furniture with contemporary style and offers delicious cocktails until the early hours.

The London EDITION

The current hotel of choice for fashion editor's The London EDITION is all wood-panelled walls, fake fur throws and stylish furniture. Plus, with the initimable Berners Tavern downstairs post-show dinner is sorted. 


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Eat

The Detox Kitchen Deli

Starting early and no time for breakfast? Head to The Detox Kitchen and make your own bowl to start the day, with a selection of smoothies, granola and porridge plus a healthy pick and mix of toppings. Tamara also recommends here for lunch for ‘the freshest, tastiest salads’.

The Riding House Café

A favourite with the style set for early morning breakfast meetings, for fashion week The Riding House Café is also offering bespoke cocktails such as ‘The Basic Bitch’, named after Kate Moss’ infamous quote.

Bob Bob Ricard
Need we say more than a Press for Champagne button? Book ahead at fashion editor favourite Bob Bob Ricard for plenty of bubbles.  

Hoppers

If you have time between shows and are prepared to queue, try Soho’s popular Hoppers for delicious flavours, plus dosas and rotis galore.

Ember Yard

All copper lighting and sharing plates, Ember Yard is ‘my ideal post-show stop for a cocktail and a light bite, particularly the Hot Smoked Butternut Squash with Ricotta’ says Tamara.

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Workout

Psycle

‘This is one of my favourite workouts in London’ says Tamara Psycle always has a really energetic soundtrack and inspiring instructors’. It’s safe to say the capital’s residents agree, classes here are constantly sold out.

1Rebel

Editor’s head to boutique fitness venue 1Rebel for a boxing-inspired Rumble workout before getting front row ready in the nicest changing rooms in town. No time to head east? Try our free online Rumble workout video.

BLOK

The latest workout destination on the lips of London's fitness scene, BLOK may not be located too close to the shows, but the mixture of high-intensity training, power yoga and super sleek interiors is developing a cult following. 

Barrecore

When the style set is looking to feel the burn they head to this ballet class with a difference. ‘I go to Barrecore to strengthen, lengthen and tone’ says Tamara ‘their classes really sculpt the bum’.

Heartcore

For abs of steel try Heartcore’s intense reformer classes. Using custom-made Coreformer machines, this class provides a seriously tough full-body workout.  

Skinny Bitch Collective

Meet the most exclusive workout in town. SBC’s women-only classes are filled with models and celebrities alike, meaning they have a seriously long waiting list. With a new SBC Fight concept having just launched, try and get a place for serious results.  

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Shop

‘There are a few stores I gravitate too when I am in London, I love Whistles and & Other Stories for relaxed tailoring, Isabel Marant for trainers and MiH for denim’, says Tamara. Here are a selection of her other favourites.

The Goodhood Store

Independent favourite The Goodhood Store’s unique edit combines fashion, beauty and homeware with excellent coffee.

Dover Street Market

Dover Street Market is without a doubt the coolest store in London’ states Tamara. ‘With six floors of carefully curated fashion, one-off pieces and the delicious Rose Bakery, you can spend hours in here’.

VV Rouleaux  

Tucked away in the streets of Marylebone, VV Rouleaux is full of beautiful ribbons, trimmings, feathers and flowers. ‘This is a great place to visit for beautiful visual inspiration’ reflects Tamara.

House of Hackney

Known as the masters of print, this beautiful Shoreditch townhouse filled with House of Hackney clothes, shoes and homeware is ideal for interior and wardrobe inspiration. 

Liberty

No visit to London is complete without a stop off at Liberty for beautiful fashion, delicious chocolates and the best beauty hall in town. Stock up here before visiting Sweaty Betty’s Soho boutique round the corner.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for exclusive fashion week insights and shop the new collection today. #SweatYourStyle]]>
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Meet Mila the face of Sweaty Betty Rumble /blog/meet-mila-the-face-of-get-fit-4-free/ /blog/meet-mila-the-face-of-get-fit-4-free/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/meet-mila-the-face-of-get-fit-4-free/ Get Fit 4 Free campaign. Her tough attitude and unforgettable energy will keep you motivated through every stage of Sweaty Betty Rumble. A former dancer and choreographer, who has become a firm favourite with celebrities and fitness fans alike, we caught up with her to talk workouts, pantry essentials and her knockout style.

meet mila the face of get fit 4 free
Mila wears the the Infinity Workout Bra, Splits Run Leggings and Anusara Yoga Vest

How often do you workout a week?

I teach 26 classes a week and try to add in two hours of dancing for my spirit.

Why should we try Sweaty Betty Rumble?

There’s a lot of reasons, the mix of exercises from punches to jabs, kicks and burpees works your entire body. It also gets maximum results in a really short amount of time, the 30 minute workout video really builds up a sweat.

What’s your favourite thing about the workout?   

It’s a great way to get rid of your frustrations, no matter who you are everybody has them, so why not punch them out?

What do you think about the current trend of women in boxing?

I think we shouldn't underestimate girls, women are often the toughest participants in my classes.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Seeing everyone smile after they have finished a tough class and achieved a new personal best.

What three ingredients are always in your fridge?

Eggs, Coconut Water and Fruit.

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Peanut butter. I LOVE peanut butter.  

What one thing do you hope to achieve in 2016?

Happiness, always happiness. 

the boxing uniform
The Infinity Workout Bra, Splits Run Leggings, Anusara Yoga Vest and Avesha Yoga Vest.

The story behind Mila's look

‘Mila has such great legs that we really wanted to show them off, so the urban cool Splits Run Leggings were the ideal choice for this’ says Sweaty Betty Founder and Creative Director Tamara. ‘Paired with the colour-pop Infinity Workout Bra and super-soft coral Anusara Vest, these leggings really standout' she adds. ‘Plus, the mish-mash of prints makes them so versatile if you want to change up your look, the looser fitting Avesha Yoga Vest looks equally great.’ 'Support is also vital during such a high-intensity workout, so we ensured that the sweat-wicking leggings and sculpting bra would enable her to show off every move with ease.'

Need we say more? Find out more here and try a free in-store class at your local boutique every Tuesday until 16 February or try the home workout video to fit round other commitments. #GetFit4Free #SBKnockout]]>
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Girls who box: A history of women in boxing /blog/girls-who-box-a-history-of-women-in-boxing/ /blog/girls-who-box-a-history-of-women-in-boxing/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/girls-who-box-a-history-of-women-in-boxing/
a history of women in boxing

Early in the 18th century, boxing unravelled in the form of prize fighting at fairgrounds and exhibition halls around Europe. Over the centuries, as the sport evolved into a more popular fitness discipline, women too were drawn to the ring. Described as a “monstrous, degrading, disgusting idea” by a BBC reporter in the 1940s, women’s boxing has taken a battering to get where it is today. 

In the 19th century women’s boxing was prohibited in the UK and a number of US states. This attitude continued for a number of years with prolific figures including the English Home Secretary banning a female fight in the 1920s, as he was unable to believe "such a disgraceful exhibition would be staged in this country". Despite famous female athletes including 'Battling' Barbara Buttick aiming to alter the stereotype for women in boxing, it was not until the end of the 20th century that the International Amateur Boxing Association finally lifted the ban on female fighters. After the first European cup for women in 1999, ten years later women were officially welcomed to participate in Olympic boxing. Fast forward to 2012 when Nicola Adams MBE beat China’s Ren Cancan to become the first female boxing Olympic champion, inspiring a new generation to take up the sport. 

With films like Million Dollar Baby and Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video transforming the reputation of women’s boxing (and showcasing the strong and sculpted physiques that rigorous boxing training can achieve), luxury boxing gyms and women’s only sessions are becoming increasingly popular across the globe. London’s 1Rebel and New York’s Shadowbox studios are just two of the boxing studios attracting the most discerning female fitness enthusiasts. And that includes some of the world’s most famous faces (and bodies), with the likes of Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima enjoying regular workouts in the ring and model-turned boxing champion Mikaela Mayer proving that the world’s fiercest sport is fit for women. 

To celebrate female boxing and the fitness benefits inherent to speed jabs, roundhouse kicks and circuit-style conditioning, Sweaty Betty has created an exhilarating new Get Fit 4 Free boxing-inspired Rumble workout. Devised exclusively for Sweaty Betty by London’s 1Rebel studios, Rumble is the new knockout workout your fitness regime is missing. 

Book a free in-store class and try the at home workout video. Find out more about Sweaty Betty Rumble here. #SBKnockout #GetFit4Free ]]>
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Sweaty Betty in 2015: The year in numbers /blog/sweaty-betty-in-2015-the-year-in-numbers/ /blog/sweaty-betty-in-2015-the-year-in-numbers/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-betty-in-2015-the-year-in-numbers/
sweaty betty 2015 in numbers

1 designer collaboration with Richard Nicoll. After an appearance at London Fashion Week, the much talked about Sweaty Betty x Richard Nicoll collaboration launched fusing fashion and fitness. 

1 new digital flagship website, with beautiful visuals, effortless navigation and inspiring editorial.

2 Get Fit 4 Free campaigns. More than 18 countries got involved with Fly, Flex, Flow, a three-part workout that combined the best of running, conditioning and yoga principles. Then in September, celebrity trainer and fitness icon Simone de la Rue created an exclusive dance cardio workout for Sweaty Betty. 

Sweaty Betty travelled around the world in 2015 with 7 new boutiques opening across the UK and US. British shores welcomed Farnham, Sevenoaks and Marylebone, while over the Atlantic… Short Hills in New Jersey, Flatiron and 59th Street in New York and Abbot Kinney in LA all opened their doors. 

The most hard-working piece in your workout wardrobe - Sweaty Betty’s supportive range of yoga and run bras were a hit this year with 11 bras selling every hour

From hero products, to healthy recipes and cardio workouts from health-conscious LA, Sweaty Betty kept you inspired and motivated with a record 44 videos uploaded to You Tube. Get inspired here. 

60 Sunday Times readers came for a live #SBFlyFlexFlow workout with a very special view, 72 floors high at The Shard. 

It has been another great year working with our 80 + ambassadors, comprised of top trainers and highly-respected PT’s. If you’re a fitness professional interested in becoming a Sweaty Betty ambassador, simply enquire in your local boutique.  

300 outdoor yoga class attendees at Sweaty Betty’s Zen Den, the go-to chill out space of choice at Wilderness Festival 2015. The daily yoga classes attracted 300+ people to practice in unison and start the day in style.   

Ever wondered what the secret is to Get Fit 4 Free trainer Simone de La Rue’s washboard abs? The perfect plank. During this year’s in-store classes you rocked up a total of 578 minutes of planking! - ouch.  

5437 miles from London to Los Angeles. Sweaty Betty’s first ever store opened in 1998 in Notting Hill and 5,437 miles away you’ll find the recently opened Abbot Kinney, California. 

10,000 bum-sculpting heroes. The first time you slip into a pair of Zero Gravity leggings is a moment you’ll never forget and it seems like 10,000+ of you agreed. 

19,000 #GetYourOmBack hashtags. This year Sweaty Betty teamed up with four Instagram yogis to showcase a daily yoga pose. With 19,000 of you worldwide using the hashtag during the campaign, July was the month for finding your om. 

New boutiques and ambassadors mean more free classes, with 43,000 in-store class attendees trying out yoga, barre, bootcamp, run clubs. For more information on in-store classes find out what’s happening at your nearest boutique.]]>
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9 people you need in your fitness crew /blog/9-people-you-need-in-your-fitness-crew/ /blog/9-people-you-need-in-your-fitness-crew/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/9-people-you-need-in-your-fitness-crew/ With F1 superstar Susie Wolff proving a significant source of inspiration for this season’s Tomboy collection, we were intrigued by the support network Susie and other athletes rely on to perform their best. What we see on the track or podium is the very tip of the iceberg, with plenty of grit, dedication, failure and lessons learned lurking beneath the surface. As raw talent is best nurtured in the company of others, we asked trainer and female empowerment spokesperson Karen Laing to outline the 9 people you need in your ‘crew’…
 

1. Your fitness inspiration
 

This might be the person who encouraged you to try sport as a child or the one who flicked the switch and illuminated your active lifestyle. They may not be part of your inner circle now, but they set you on the right trajectory for success. Keep them close to your heart and do them proud in every workout, fitness class or competition.
 

2. Your coach
 

Whether it’s a personal trainer, a like-minded gym trainer or a class instructor, this is the person who inspires you, challenges you and motivates you. Turn to them for training questions (or training woes), and trust in the depth of their knowledge to approach your personal goals with a well-informed and carefully considered plan of action. 
 

3. Your race day cohort
 

You know the one. You find an event and book two places because you know they’re in. You train together, bunk together and abstain from drinking together. And they’re in every post-event selfie on your Instagram page. Success shared is success magnified. 
 

4. Your live-in counsellor  
 

The people you share a roof with have a huge role to play in your fitness success. Whether it’s a partner, friend or family, get the people closest to you on board with your goals and they’ll have your trainers at the ready every time you think about skipping your morning run for a lie in. 


Katie Bulmer-Cooke, top personal trainer, author and former BBC Apprentice star, knows a thing or two about this: “Having positive influences around me has always been important. When someone else believes in you, you really feel you can take on the world. Whether it be in the gym and having a training partner to push you through your last few reps or in my case my mum, dad and husband saying, 'I know you can/will' when I share with them my latest business idea. Positivity breeds success!”
 

5. Your best friend
 

She knows when you need a stern talking to and when you need to skip training for a cream-smothered hot chocolate. For life or for fitness, your best friend is always on call and knows to help you find the balance of active pursuits and well-deserved rest.  

Sweaty Betty healthy friends


Team SB makes time to laugh and share the benefits of active living

6. Your devil’s advocate
 

Believe it or not, you need a fitness sceptic in the corner. She secretly envies your get up and go and one day you know that your unstoppable energy will rub off on her. In fact, that’s one of the motivations keeping you going. Could you be someone else’s ‘fitspiration’? Do it for her.
 

7. Your injury prevention professional
 

Masseuse, chiropractor or physiotherapist, this person keeps you in one piece during even the most intense training regime. They care about your health and preventing injury, because they understand that not being active is not really living.
 

8. Your nutritionist
 

Like your physical therapist, you need your food scientist on speed dial or messenger at all times. No sports car has ever risen to the top without the best fuel in the tank, and your body is the same. Dietitian or informal food fanatic, make sure you have a culinary sage on hand for new recipe inspiration.  
 

9. Your tribe
 

There’s security in number, and the best way to secure your next big fitness success is to have a team of active women who love to share ideas, try out new classes and occasionally meet for a post-workout cappuccino. Friends, colleagues or neighbours, having a fitness gang gives social context for your personal pursuits and helps to hold you to account. If you’re not sure where to start, try joining a local fitness club, attending a free in-store class at a nearby Sweaty Betty boutique or signing up to organisations like Women in Fitness Empowerment (WIFE), which is all about connecting active within a supportive networking environment.


Sweaty Betty barre friends

Team SB meets at the barre instead of the bar

Karen Laing is a writer, presenter and co-director of fit-school.co.uk. She specialises in pre and post natal Pilates and fitness and loves to meet and write about inspiring women. Karen is also a guest speaker at the WIFE Rising Stars conference. Read more of her work on alittlefitter.com.

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Wellbeing entrepreneur Nicola Elliott on how to stay grounded /blog/neom-founder-nicola-elliot-on-how-to-stay-grounded/ /blog/neom-founder-nicola-elliot-on-how-to-stay-grounded/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/neom-founder-nicola-elliot-on-how-to-stay-grounded/ As founder and creative director of ultra-zen fragrance brand Neom Organics, Nicola Elliott from Neom Organics knows a thing or two about staying calm and collected when life wants to run away with us. Here she shares some of the lessons she’s learned along the way, and helps you turn a frenetic lifestyle into a (mostly) tranquil existence…

Neom founder Nicola Elliot


As founder of Neom Organics, mum to Charlie (7) and Alexa (5), and someone who enjoys having a busy social life, I don’t always get it exactly right.
 

Which is why my top tip is to acknowledge that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist. The first rule of balance in my book is to accept that it swings like a pendulum – some days I feel quite smugly as though it's all under control and others I’ve been tempted to book a one way ticket (for one) to Australia. But that’s OK. Because it will pass. Tomorrow’s another day.
 

It’s also important to prioritise time for yourself. I don’t treat those moments for me as a luxury, but a necessity. With the World Health Organization stating that by 2020 the top four global diseases will be stress-related, switching off is as pivotal to your health as a consistent workout regime. 
 

Of course, others depend on you to stay healthy (and sane), too. By making space in your diary to do the things you love and enjoy a break from responsibility, you will be better able to look after your family and the people around you. Do the sports and exercise that you enjoy (in attire that makes you feel good). Stop and think about what you’re eating, and whether it’s truly nourishing for your body. Make sleep a priority – that means turning off those damn smart phones after 8pm, because they wreak havoc with your body’s circadian rhythm.
 

Personally, my favourite way to reflect and unwind is to run a bath filled with the therapeutic Neom Scent to Instantly De-Stress Real Luxury Bath & Shower Oil. The warm water centres my mind and washes away the demands of the day, so that an hour later I can put my head on my pillow and have a truly restful sleep. 
 

To keep stress at bay, it’s essential to maintain a 360 degree approach to life. I refuse to skimp on the pleasures I reserve for myself – the food I eat, a little meditation, uninterrupted family activities and the odd glass of wine. And I always surround myself with people who remind me to stay grounded. I've just read a brilliant book called Eat Move Sleep by Tim Roth, which I would highly recommend. You can never have too much motivation.

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Diary of a workout wardrobe: Cat Meffan /blog/diary-of-a-workout-wardrobe-cat-meffan/ /blog/diary-of-a-workout-wardrobe-cat-meffan/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/diary-of-a-workout-wardrobe-cat-meffan/ Cat Meffan is the UK based jewellery designer and fitness blogger behind imperfectmatter.com, where she frequently posts about her workouts, yoga practice and nutrition finds. Here she gives us a private peek into her typical week in fitness, and the outfits she loves to wear for every workout…

Cat Meffan Sweaty Betty run outfit


Cat wears the Halasana Leggings with the Demi Dance Knitted Vest and Virasana Bra

Day: Wednesday
Workout: Circuit training
 

I absolutely love the Kayla Itsines' workouts. 30 minutes of high-intensity sweating gives me such a rush of endorphins! Kayla has created an amazing online community of girls completing her guides, so you’re constantly getting support from others. I always like to have a nice sports bra on underneath my vest, as I know that after the first 7-minute section I’ll be desperate to strip off!

Cat Meffan Sweaty Betty yoga outfit


Cat wears the Flow Yoga Vest, Circuit Tech HoodyHaven Retreat Pants and Virasana Bra

Day: Friday
Workout: Yoga
 

Friday is definitely my favourite morning of the week, starting with an amazing Sun Power Yoga class. I’m used to wearing leggings, so these pants were a new experience for me – and a very good one. I love how freely they move with my body. The crop top and tank are perfect for me too, as our studio usually gets quite warm with the sunshine on the windows and I like the versatility of covering up or peeling back the layers.

Cat Meffan Sweaty Betty sprint training

Cat Meffan Sweaty Betty sprint training

Cat wears the Resistance Workout Bra, Gait Run Shorts and Brise Dance Knitted Jumper

Day: Sunday
Workout: Sprint training
 

My partner Rob is one of my favourite people to work out with. He’s so good at motivating me and we help push each other further with each workout. We hadn’t done sprint training for a while, so I found this week’s session really tough. Running is such an amazing full body workout, and definitely one that requires me to wear the right clothing for maximum freedom of movement… and sweating! My body cools down quite quickly after doing sprints, so I like to have a jumper on hand while I’m walking back from the park or track.

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