blog Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 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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What's your #PowerHour? /blog/powerhour-inspiration/ /blog/powerhour-inspiration/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/powerhour-inspiration/ world's most versatile leggings, the Power. It's safe to say we're obsessed. To celebrate the Power leggings moment, we've teamed up with three #PowerHour ambassadors to talk all things workouts, snacks and more.

Jessica Tran

An Aussie girl living in New York, Jessica of Jess Loves Fred is a PR by day and blogger and fitness fan by night.

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What's your #PowerHour workout?
My #PowerHour is my me-time at the gym where it's just me and the weights, with nothing else on my mind. 

What’s your go-to workout?
Powerlifting. I lift weights on average four times a week following the 5/3/1 programme. I'll balance this with yoga to stretch my body and HIIT training for cardio. 

What’s your favourite post workout snack?
Definitely pho if I'm feeling like I need comfort food
What’s your go-to item in your gym bag?
My chalk for deadlifting and a water bottle! 

Who’s your fitness inspiration?
So many small powerlifting girls on Instagram! @annephung is one that comes to mind because she has such a beautiful and clear perception on the difference between obsession and keeping it balanced.

Ashlee Nichols

Texas Mum, Ashlee of Little Lovelies is a former Kindergarten teacher who more than understands balance, two toddlers anyone?

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Ashlee wears the Power Leggings

What’s your go-to workout?
I am a mom of two toddlers so my cardio usually consists of chasing the two of them, but I love Pilates, jogging and incorporating squats and lunges into my daily routine.

Who’s your fitness inspiration?
I follow a few fitness bloggers, but in all honesty, I’m inspired by those that have a busy life but still find time to be healthy and stay in shape!
What’s your favorite post workout snack?
I love apples and almond butter or KIND bars. Water with True Lemon is my favourite drink!
What’s your go-to item in your gym bag?
My wireless headphones! I couldn’t live without them.

Describe yourself in 5 words:
Determined, spiritual, giving, loving and encouraging.

Lauren Taus

Meet Lauren Taus, writer, life coach and yoga instructor, who can regularly be found teaching at retreats in beautiful locations.

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Lauren wears the  Power Lava Leggings and Superior Crop Top. Lauren wears the Contour Leggings.

What is your #POWERhour?
My #PowerHour is the first one of my day, and it always begins the night before as I tuck into bed with my phone outside the bedroom. Waking up without emails, news, or social media notifications - allows me to experience more space and possibility in my life. 

What’s your go-to workout?
Yoga asana is my favourite form of exercise, but I also love high intensity interval training at The Fhitting Room.

Who do you sweat with?
I love to workout with all my friends and I especially love to sweat in classes taught by my besties.
Who’s your fitness inspiration?
I find inspiration in all my friends, many of whom work in my industry. There's nobody that really steals the prize as my muse. I think it's because I aspire to be well rounded. Nobody has it all, and that's kind of an awesome reminder.

What’s your go-to item in your gym bag?
Sun cream because I'm outside all day, and I've learned to appreciate the health of my skin in my 30s. I also always have water with me as a reminder to stay hydrated! 

Discover the world's most versatile leggings the Power here. Show us how you style yours in your #PowerHour on Instagram]]>
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Sweaty Betty x Living Beyond Breast Cancer /sweaty-betty-x-living-beyond-breast-cancer/ /sweaty-betty-x-living-beyond-breast-cancer/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /sweaty-betty-x-living-beyond-breast-cancer/ LBBC (Living Beyond Breast Cancer) to show our support to the 60,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year. $1 from every Sweaty Betty sports bra purchased this month will be donated to LBBC, a charity on a mission to provide people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. 

sweaty betty LBBCModel wears Stamina Bra and Challenge Shorts

Who are LBBC?

In 1991 Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, was looking for resources and support for her patients who had completed treatment for early-stage breast cancer. She realised that little was available and so teamed up with some of her patients to provide a safe space where women could gain accurate and easy-to-understand breast cancer information from medical experts, while finding and connecting with each other. So LBBC was born.

What do LBBC do?

With a vision to create a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels alone, LBBC work with sufferers and their families to connect them to information they can trust and support. Whether your a young woman or living with metastatic breast cancer, they offer a option for every age and patient. From an online hub with tips and advice, to a telephone support line provided by volunteers with a personal history of breast cancer - they are on hand to help and educate you on everything from side effects to different types of the disease. 

LBBC also provide a range of events from fun to educational. Alongside webinar's on coping with treatment, there are Twitter chats about Breast Reconstruction and plenty of themed events including 'Pink Wine To Do Good' and 'Paint The Town Pink'. Not to forget their yearly conferences which are designed to help make the best decisions for your treatment and future. LBBC reaches out to over 70,000 people in need of support and information each year, to provide a 'new normal'. 

Sweaty Betty will be donating $1 of every bra sold to LBBC during October 2016, find out more about the charity here. Discover our full range of sports bras and get ready to #stopthedrop and find the perfect bra here.]]>
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Sweaty Betty's running playlist /blog/the-best-songs-to-run-to/ /blog/the-best-songs-to-run-to/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/the-best-songs-to-run-to/ run? Whether it's a 5k along the river or a full marathon, the right music can make or break a run. To inspire you as you spring, we've put together a pumping playlist of our team's favourite running songs to get your blood—and feet—moving to the beat.

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Adrienne Herbert wears the Fast Track Run Jacket and Contour Leggings

Black Skinhead - Kanye West

It's all about the bass with this one, be prepared to feel like you're on the way to the boxing ring. 

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Losing your mojo? Worry no more this upbeat song will get you pumped up. 

Something New - Axwell Ingress

A positive song with a funky techno beat that’s oh-so motivating. 

99 Problems - Jay Z

Whether you're running for fitness or pleasure, the beat and hook of this classic song will make sure you'll speed along quickly. 

Something In The Way You Move - Ellie Goulding

This feel-good song keeps the beat up while running, helping to push through any tough moments. 

All Of The Lights - Kanye West

Kanye again we know, the guy may have questionable views, but he sure knows a good beat. 

Lose Yourself - Eminem 

Dreading that last mile? Blast this song to keep going, however much your energy is depleted. 

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

A retro choice here, usually equated with long drives. However, blast this tune through your headphones and you'll be kicking dust in no time.

Elastic Heart - Sia

Put headphones on, play Sia, run faster. It's an equation that works for us anyway. 

Beat It - Michael Jackson

This eighties classic guarantees an immediate runner's high, let's face it Michael could get us moonwalking an entire marathon.

Feeling inspired? Shop Sweaty Betty's newest run collection today and get sprinting to the checkout. ]]>
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The reversible leggings to conquer inversions /blog/the-reversible-leggings-to-conquer-inversions/ /blog/the-reversible-leggings-to-conquer-inversions/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/the-reversible-leggings-to-conquer-inversions/ Urdhva leggings

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Then there’s the matter of ensuring they move and stretch through every pose, never distracting you with the need to readjust. “I always look for a higher waistband so you’re not forever pulling your leggings up in class,” says Sweaty Betty’s designer Lisa. “I love that the Urdhva leggings have this feature, as well as an adjustable drawcord for safe measure”. 

Finally, you deserve to feel comfortable while also looking stylish enough to go from the studio to the street in the very same outfit. The statement print of the Urdhva leggings can be worn in one of two ways giving you more bang for your buck so to speak. Choose from a geometric all-over print with black side panels or black with contrasting printed panels. This not only means you can style up your leggings two ways with bright tops and neon bras, but they can be reversed from the yoga mat to brunch after class. “The Urdhvas come in such a soft yet technical, sweat-wicking fabric, but on top of that the print and mesh panels are really different and striking,” adds Lisa. 

See the leggings in action on ambassador Kathryn Fielding at Equinox below.

Find out more about the Urdhva Reversible Leggings now, then put them to the test on and off the mat. Shop all of Sweaty Betty's reversible leggings here
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Introducing Autumn Winter 2016: Girl on Fire /blog/introducing-autumn-winter-2016-girl-on-fire/ /blog/introducing-autumn-winter-2016-girl-on-fire/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/introducing-autumn-winter-2016-girl-on-fire/ Designed in London, inspired by Iceland, AW16 recalls the awe-inspiring land of fire and ice. Travelling from Reykjavik to the wilderness beyond, the new collection explores the spectacular scenes encountered by Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton with a touch of London cool. Meet our most fashion-forward collection to date.

Watch us explore the land of fire and ice

A land of natural beauty like no other, Iceland served to inspire some of our most beautiful pieces to date. When we were designing this collection, I pictured a cool, tough girl who conquers the Icelandic plains and the streets of London. With her in mind I wanted to create clothes that would make her look amazing under the toughest conditions. Look out for de-constructed layers, premium fabrics and cool silhouettes that reference Icelandic street style.


A land of adventure


Iceland offered endless opportunities for adventure. Despite this coming more naturally to some of us than others, we hiked up mountains, explored secret lagoons and climbed Iceland's largest glacier. This spirit of adventure is everywhere in Iceland, from the strong locals to a film I watched during my time there about Laura Enever, an Australian surfer who swapped Hawaii's beaches for Iceland's waves. This part of the trip actually inspired a new palette of darker shades (beetle blue, charcoal grey and classic black) with contrasting bright hues, which recalled the ever changing landscape we witnessed.

Prints to make you go wow

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Raghnild wears the Competition Swimsuit

This season's prints come with a natural twist. Inspired by Iceland’s natural wonders from erupting volcanoes to breathtaking glaciers, our new printed leggings are designed to stand out. I can’t wait to wear the explosion print contours to my Psycle class with a neon bra and sheer tee.


Technical fabrics? Check


Our designs don’t just have to fit perfectly they need to perform, which is why we always source the best technical fabrics. From ultra-lightweight material that is sweat-wicking and comfortable, to downward dog-proof leggings and temperature regulating merino, these fabrics are designed to enhance every workout.

Beautiful bras

tamara introduces aw16Left: Raghnild wears the Shanti Padded Bra and Navasana Leggings. Right: Raghnild wears the Infinity Bra and Contour Leggings

When you're working out there is nothing more important than a supportive sports bra. In bright colours and with delicate straps and ample support, we've ensured there is a bra for every workout this season. My favourite has to be the Infinity Bra in neon yellow, the back is made to stand out. 


London cool


Londoners love to layer, usually due to the fact the weather is very unreliable here. Inspired by street style in Shoreditch and Reykjavik, the AW16 collection is filled with oversized knits, cashmere-blend hoodies and high neck jumpers. Why not mix up your technical leggings with cool knits? This is the new way of dressing. 

Shop the Girl on Fire collection today, and if you’re looking for fitness and fashion inspiration follow @sweatybetty on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Sweaty Betty's guide to out East /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-out-east/ 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.

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

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Soul Cycle

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


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

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.

AKT InMotion

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


Lisa’s Lovely Organic Juice Bar

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

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


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

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.


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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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.

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.

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

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.


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’.

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.

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.
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’.

One Ocean Yoga, Bridgehampton

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

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’.

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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Sweaty Betty's guide to Wimbledon /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-wimbledon/ /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-wimbledon/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/sweaty-bettys-guide-to-wimbledon/ new tennis collection we’ve compiled who to watch, what to wear and our favourite iconic moment.

Who to watch: Johanna Konta

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Image courtesy of British Tennis

Move over Serena Williams, there’s a new player in town. Having become the first British player since 1984 to be seeded and gain access to the prestigious Wimbledon ladies locker room, Johanna Konta caught our eye after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals. Born to Hungarian parents, she became a British citizen four years ago and has been climbing up the ranks ever since. Having told the BBC she aims to play ‘some seriously great matches’, we can’t wait to see her on court.

What to eat

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Pimms and strawberries and cream in vast quantities. For once this is not a stereotype.

What to wear

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Model Karol wears the Tournament Cropped Top and Advantage Tennis Skort

Wimbledon famously only allows players to wear head to toe white. So play like you’re on centre court in the Ace Tennis Polo or Championship Tennis Tunic with the Match Play Tennis Skorts for an umpire-approved look. If all-white isn’t quite your thing, add a pop of fierce florals in the Volley Tennis Dress.

Heading to watch a match? Take your style cues from the court in cream and optic white, with an Ace Tennis Polo added to the mix to show solidarity. Not gracing the Royal Box? If you’re headed to Murray Mount, layers will be necessary, so wear the Norte Luxe Sweat over jeans for tennis-inspired style, or if all else fails add the Lagoa Poncho, it’s waterproof with extra pockets if the heavens open.

Wimbledon Icon: Suzanne Lenglen

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The first woman to play tennis without a corset, this French rebel won Wimbledon six times from 1919 to 1925. Known as The Goddess who famously drank cognac on court, this trailblazer transformed the women's game from a gentle housewives' pastime into a sport where the men, begrudgingly, had to take a back seat.

Where to watch it

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Spectators on Murray Mount

If ticket prices and long queues have put you off heading to the tournament itself, get in the spirit without SW19’s crowds at an outdoor screen. Londoners head to Bluebird in Chelsea or Kings Cross’ Strawberries and Screen, while Manchester’s The Big Screen, Liverpool’s Tennis Plaza and Leeds’ Millennium Square are among a wealth of national locations. Just don’t forget the Pimms.

And finally… Our favourite iconic moment: Murray wins 2013

Despite the fact we are usually all about girl power, the moment Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77 year wait for a mens champion didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. After beating Novak Djokovic in straight-sets, the atmosphere around the country was like Murray on this day - unbeatable.

Inspired to pick up your racquet? Achieve match point style in the new Sweaty Betty tennis collection.]]>
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The secret to flatter abs /blog/the-secret-to-flatter-abs/ /blog/the-secret-to-flatter-abs/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/the-secret-to-flatter-abs/
Nikki Urwin and Hank, Notting Hill

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Nikki wears the Bakasana Top and Urdhva Reversible Leggings

1. Come into a strong plank position. Remember to engage your abdominals thinking of a long spine, tucking your tail, drawing pubic bone towards the nose.

2. Spread your hands wide and place your shoulder directly over your wrists. Feel yourself lift from the space between your shoulders and back of your neck drawing your shoulders away from your ears. 

3. It is important that you initiate this move from your core, not just from the back of the leg. Extend one leg, lengthening it away from the hip so your foot lifts off the mat a few inches.

4. As you extend your leg away, your hip will lift slightly, the challenge is to keep the rest of your body stable as possible. Return your foot to the mat and extend the other leg and repeat the lift five to seven times on each side. Try not to tense up, use only as much energy as you need to keep perfect form and breathe steadily. Focusing on creating length from the tip of your toe to the crown of your head. 

Find out more about Nikki at

Charlie Morgan, Battersea

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Charlie wears the Yama Yoga Bra and Isolate Capris

Boat pose is the perfect pose to gain great abs for the summer. Come to a seated position with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Grab hold of the backs of your knees and lift your feet of off the floor. Engage your core, lengthen through the spine and extend the legs as much as you can. Then release your arms by your sides. Try and hold this for 10 breaths, then relax. Repeat 5 times. 

Find out more about Charlie at

Ellie Priest, Brighton

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1. Lie on your back with neutral spine. Bend your knees up so your shins are parallel to the floor. Place your hands behind your head, supporting the base of the skull. Keep the elbows wide. 

2. Then exhale and draw your abs in and up (leaving the pelvis in a neutral position), curl the chin and shoulders off the mat up to the base of the shoulder blades before inhaling to hold.
3. Exhale and keeping the elbows wide, rotate from your ribs toward the bent right knee and extend the left leg.Inhale: Inhale come back to the centre.
4. Exhale and rotate your upper body towards the left knee. Keep your chest open and elbows wide the whole time and extend the right leg. Repeat for around a minute. 

Find out more about Ellie at

Dee Moi, Global Ambassador

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Dee wears the Brahma Padded Bra and Dynamic Yoga Leggings

1. Start on hands and knees in a long stance and position the shoulders directly over the wrists with the arms strong and perpendicular to the floor. Do not bend your elbows. Lift your knees off the floor until your torso is parallel to the floor.

2. Rotate your triceps outwards and firm the base of your index and thumb fingers into the floor. Draw your shoulder blades down your back and firm them against your back, then imagine a hand pressing between them and you are trying to push that hand away from you, in other words allow them to spread away from the spine. 

3. Keep the firming action in the upper body as you lift your front thighs away from the floor by engaging your quadriceps without locking the knees.

4. Lengthen your tailbone in the direction of your heels and push your heels to the back of the room. 

5. Lengthen the crown of the head forward and keep your teeth, throat and eyes soft while you hold the pose for 60 seconds before dropping to your knees and taking a child's pose.

Find out more about Dee at

Amalia Steel, Cambridge
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Amaila wears the Isolate Capris

1. Lie face up on the mat then place a fitness ball between your feet and ankles. Squeeze to hold tight.

2. Start with hips in neutral position, legs straight, ball touching floor, arms overhead. Draw the navel and lower back down towards floor and engage the abdominal muscles.

3. Lift legs while simultaneously reaching the arms upwards to receive the ball.

4. Pass ball to hands then slowly lower legs to the floor while extending arms overhead. Reverse the motion, lifting arms and legs to place the ball back between feet and ankles.

5. Squeeze the ball and slowly lower legs while extending arms overhead, returning to start position. Work towards 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions. 

Find out more about Amalia at

Victoria Milligan, Global Ambassador

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Victoria wears the Athlete Vest and Spilts Leggings

One of my favourite exercises for abs is the Double Crunch. It is super time effective as it works the loser and upper abdominal at the same time and can be tailored to anyone's abdominal strength. I am using a 3k dumbbell in the picture but start without a weight until you get the technique correct.

1. Start with straight legs lifted straight up into the air, with heels pushing away from you keeping your coccyx on the mat. Lift your head and shoulders off the mat and reach up with your hands to touch your knees or shins depending on flexibility.

2. Sucking your belly button into your spine, slowly start lowering your legs whilst simultaneously lowering your head and shoulders to the mat and taking your arms straight arms above your head. Lower your legs far enough so that you feel the bite in your lower abdominals but not too low that you feel it in your lower back. Ensure that you keep you belly button sucked in and a neutral curve in your spine during the whole exercise.

3. When you have 'opened out' reverse the move by bringing straight legs up to 90 degrees again, head and shoulders off the mat and arms reaching towards the knees or shins.

4. When you are comfortable with the exercise and want to add some extra challenge to the exercise, add a dumbbell.

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Sally Talbot, Bluewater

abs of steelSally wears the Zero Gravity Run Tights

1. Lie on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and your legs straight and on top of each other and keep your core engaged throughout.

2. Plank up so the weight of your body is on your forearm and feet then exhale as you slowly lift your top leg up about 30cm towards the sky

3. Inhale as you lower your leg. Your body should remain still in the plank position at all times. Repeat this 12 times before repeating on the other side.

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Kim Ingelby, Bristol

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Kim wears the Resistance Bra and Pump It Capris

I love a straight arm plank to tone the abs.

1. Lie on your tummy and place your hands in line with your bust, lift your body weight up so you are holding your body in a straight line.  Your arms are directly under your shoulders, lower core muscles switched on and feet together. Breath and hold this position for 30 secs.

3. Concentrating on keeping your hips level, lift one hand off the ground and bring it up to your bust line (like a row movement, so your arm stays close to your body), and back down again. Aim to do 5 – 20 rows each side.

3. Rebalance, and repeat the same exercise with the opposite arm. One side may feel stronger and better balanced than the other, so you may have to really concentrate to keep your balance. Remember to breathe.

4. If you are feeling super strong, you can lift the right arm into the row, whilst extending the left leg. Pause, hold, breathe out and relax, switch sides and repeat. If you can, aim to do 5 arm and leg extensions on each side.

5. Finish by holding the straight arm full plank for another 30 seconds. Pause, stretch out, breathe, then repeat the exercises 2-4 sets for Abs of Steel! 

Find out more about Kim at

Julie Diamond, Montana Avenue

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Julie wears the Athlete Vest and Shallow Water Leggings

1. Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground (pull your ABS down to also engage your deep abs), then interlace your fingers & put your hands behind your head.

2. Lift your legs & shoulder blades off the ground. Bend your left knee while turning your upper body to the left bringing your right elbow to your left knee (make sure your rib cage is moving & not just your elbows).

3. Now straighten your left leg to match your right & hold 3 seconds. Switch sides & do the same motion to complete one rep. Repeat for 15-25 reps, try to stay slow and controlled. 

Find more about Julie at

Hollie Grant, Global Ambassador

how to get abs of steel
Hollie wears the Brahma Bra and Level Workout Leggings

This is Pike on the fitness ball. Great for abdominal strength, proprioception, balance and endurance. Ensure you use your abdominals to lift the hips, not just hip flexors.

1. Set yourself up in a strong plank position on the ball - hips usually need to be higher than what feels natural when on the ball so watch you aren't dipping into your lumbar.

2. Inhale to prepare and on the exhale draw the abdominals in, press into the hands and lift the hips upto the ceiling, rolling onto the toes on the ball and forming a triangle with your body.

3. Inhale to hold and on your next exhale slowly, and with control, begin to roll back into your start position. 

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Melody Davi, Madison Avenue, New York

how to get abs of steel

1. Begin in a high plank: arms straight, shoulders stacked over wrists, hips in line with shoulders, towel/slider under both feet

2. Bend knees halfway into chest; stop when they create a 90 degree angle. 

3. Extend legs back straight to high plank (option to add a pushup)

4. Repeat slowly for 1 min, 3 x through.  (Make sure to initiate movement from abdominal tightening and lifting as opposed to legs pulling!)

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Ciaran Organ, Marlow

how to get flatter abs
Ciaran wears the Sunrise Run Tank and Kicker Run Capri

Sit on the mat and place your hands in prayer. Draw the belly in and curl your spine into a C shape. Twist the upper body with one elbow touching the floor and the other pointing to the ceiling, holding your tummy in to keep the hips and knees still. Repeat on the other side. 

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Top 10 reasons for women to run /blog/top-10-reasons-for-women-to-run/ /blog/top-10-reasons-for-women-to-run/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/top-10-reasons-for-women-to-run/ new summer arrivals), there are a number of reasons why women should take up running. From helping fight stress, to healthier pregnancies and lowering the risk of cancer (we can go on), lacing up your trainers has countless benefits. Plus, if all else fails the motivation of new sports bras, reversible printed leggings and bright blue sweat-wicking tops will have you sprinting to the finish line in no time. 

why women should runModel Karol wears the Dive In Bikini Top and Kicker Run Capri

1. You’ll burn more calories

Running burns more calories per minute than almost any other exercise.

2. It fits into a busy lifestyle

Running is a workout you can do anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re on holiday, a busy parent or working full time all you need to go running is your trainers and gear. This means you'll always be able to fit in a run without having to make time-consuming trips to the gym.

3. It’s free!

You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment – just a pair of good quality trainers and a well-fitting sports bra. We recommend trying the Ultra Run Bra and a pair of Asics trainers (try the trainer guide to find the perfect fit). After you’ve invested in these you're sorted, though the pull of new summer running gear is always there. 

4. You’ll lower your risk of breast cancer

A 10-year study of more than 25,000 women by the University of Tromoso in Norway found those who did a vigorous activity like running at least four hours a week were 37 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer than sedentary women. Protection was also higher for those who exercised regularly and consistently, compared to those who stopped and started fitness regimes.

5. You’ll ease period pain and PMS

Research shows that short, sharp running sessions are effective at easing period pains (more so than long, slow jogs). It’s thought running helps menstrual cramps by altering the balance of prostaglandins in the body, which increase pain sensation and make nerves more sensitive.

6. You’ll have a healthier pregnancy and birth

Research shows that women who run tend to have higher-birth-weight babies. Runners are also less susceptible to early health problems than sedentary women. Women who exercise during pregnancy also report higher energy levels and better sleep, and are less likely to have gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and varicose veins.

7. You’ll boost your brainpower

Strenuous running enhances blood flow and oxygen levels to your brain, improving your mental ability, memory and decision-making process. Researchers at the University of Illinois tested a group of 18 to 24-year-olds by giving them a computer task to do after a rest period. Following the running, the group completed their task faster and more accurately.

8. You’ll reduce your risk of heart disease

Running is an effective way to lose excess body fat, lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of diabetes – the four main causes of heart disease.

9. You’ll get ‘runner’s high’

Running releases plenty of endorphins (our body’s natural feel-good chemicals), which can ease low mood and anxiety, and help reduce stress levels.

10. You’ll stay youthful

A 21-year study from Stanford University showed that runners suffer fewer disabilities, stay active for longer and halve their risk of an early death.

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