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Tamara's scrapbook: Inspired by feminine strength

posted on Tuesday, 20th January 2015 | find under Tamara
A month of hibernation for many, Tamara has defied the temptation of the sofa and enjoyed a very social, active start to the year. From collaborative workouts like the Elle Pilates event held across Sweaty Betty’s 40 UK stores, to unforgettable performances of Swan Lake by English National Ballet, and attempts to emulate that beauty in her local Barrecore class, Tamara fills us in on her inspirational January… 

Liaising with Elle 

Last week, Sweaty Betty and Elle magazine joined forces to host informative Pilates classes across all our stores. Together, Elle Editor Lorraine Candy and I set about spreading the word and planning enticing goodie bags for our guests. We also joined in on the action, spending an evening in the Kings Road boutique with Ambassador Hollie Grant teaching challenging core exercises that can be moderated to suit people at all stages in their training. 

Lorraine also hand-picked her favourite capsule collection from our new Spring Summer 2015 collection, which you can browse for yourself here

Tamara presents the Elle Pilates event with co-hosts Lorraine Candy and Amy Lawrenson from Elle magazine. Hollie (below) led the class at the Kings Road boutique. 

An evening of fine entertainment 

The following evening, I met up with more editors from top magazines to take in a performance of Swan Lake by English National Ballet. Many of them were former dancers themselves, but had since traded in their ballet slippers for heels or trainers. We spoke of how seeing the ballet reminded them of their youth and liberated their imaginations, while at the same time remarked on the incredible grace and power of principal dancer Tamara Rojo as Odette and her evil double Odile. 

Our most recent theme at Sweaty Betty has been all about the Power of Transformation and the real struggle that takes place in rehearsals and training. Having had some insight into the immense effort that goes into the ballerina’s movements, it was particularly inspiring to see how feminine and pretty Tamara looked on stage. Madison Keesler, our campaign model for the dance collection, also looked effortless. Not for one second did she show signs of back strain, when in reality she was straight off stage for an ice bath when the performance finished.   

The weekend after watching Swan Lake, Tamara saw this pair of white and black swans near her beach house in West Wittering. One of life's uncanny coincidences. 

Emulating English National Ballet

Wanting to channel the ballerina’s strength and grace, I couldn’t wait for my next Barrecore class. It’s one of my favourite workouts of the week because the atmosphere is friendly yet challenging, with only yourself to compete against and no need to psyche yourself up beforehand. While we were practising leg lifts, I recalled how Tamara Rojo had easily reached her toe out and up in a perfect arc. It was the ultimate example of ‘little by little’ training where you aim to progress just a small amount with every workout, building up to a semblance of the stunning strength displayed on stage at the ballet. 

Another reason I love Barrecore is the opportunity to wear beautiful, feminine clothes while working out. Whether it’s a full outfit from our Dance range or a mixing of layers with key Yoga Statement pieces, there’s a noticeable confidence boost that comes with looking amazing before and during your training. 

My favourite barre outfit from this season is the Adagio Dance Leggings with the Mukha Yoga Vest and the Flow Yoga Vest featuring the ‘You Give Me Butterflies’ slogan, which I tuck into the leggings. The seamless leggings are so supportive and the stirrups under your feet add lovely length to your body. Plus, I love the customised, edgy look of the Flow vest with its raw edges layered on top. Once I’m warmed up, I’ll wear the Mukha on its own because I can see all my muscles working. Of course, I always take my barre socks with the high-grip soles, too!  

Next week on the blog: In a brand new blog series, Tamara reflects on some of the female sporting icons who have inspired her throughout her career. Some of them seasonal muses and others a constant source of empowerment. Find out who sprung to mind first… 

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