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Commonwealth Games 2014: Athletes To Watch

posted on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

For the 4,500 competing athletes, tomorrow is a big day. As the first day of the Commonwealth Games, tomorrow marks the start of the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Scotland, with 71 countries taking part in the 17 sports; all hoping to walk away with the gold medal.

With the much talked-about opening ceremony scheduled for 8pm tomorrow evening in the Celtic Park stadium, Sweaty Betty decided to enter into the athletic spirit by naming the top 5 female athletes that we’ll be watching throughout the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


 
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Sweaty Betty wins Britain's Healthiest Employees 2014!

posted on Monday, 21st July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 1 Comments

Last year, Sweaty Betty was named Britain's Most Active Company. In 2014, the team has upped the fitness ante even further, so it was with great excitement that we collected the prize for Britain's Healthiest Employees (an award presented in association with PruHealth, Mercer and The Sunday Telegraph). 

Practising what we preach is at the core of all we do at Sweaty Betty. Walking the walk (or running to be more specific) is key for the team; finding inspiration and motivation in each other, from new 10K PBs and conquering a headstand in yoga, to crossing the finish line of your first triathlon


Image courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph
 
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Glöanna: A Sweaty Success!

posted on Monday, 21st July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

They came, they ran, they did yoga in the park - and that's before the prosecco and sushi brunch...

If you weren't in Battersea Park last Saturday, you may not have heard that the world's first 5K yoga run, Glöanna, had landed in London. 500 women descended on the start line for their shot of prosecco, before heading off to run the scenic 5K route. The course was littered with quirky motivational signs saying everything from 'Breathe, Laugh, Repeat' to 'You're Alive - Woo!', with a live DJ soundtrack to keep the spirits high. Post-run, the Glöanna (and Sweaty Betty) ladies hit the mat for an al fresco yoga class, stretching out their muscles and relaxing into savasana. 


 
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The life, food and style of a professional ballerina...

posted on Thursday, 10th July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 1 Comments

After the success of Sweaty Betty’s collaboration with the prestigious English National Ballet (ENB) this year, the team headed over to the home of ENB last Friday to chat to one of their rising stars; finding out all on her diet, training schedule and outfit picks for rehearsals.
 

Image Credit: Alison McWhinney in Kinder Aggugini. Photograph: John Davis. Styled by Fabio Immediato  
 
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Where We're Training This Week: Cycling the globe...

posted on Tuesday, 8th July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

After a week in Yorkshire, the Tour de France arrived in London yesterday; putting on a show for the 20-deep crowds that turned up to support the world's largest annual sporting event. Now in its 4th stage (with 17 still to go), the peloton is geared up and ready for the 163.5km ride from the French coast at Le Tourquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Metropole.

As with any much-hyped event, the hordes of people resolving to take up this dynamic sport will have multiplied overnight. For Sweaty Betty designer Laura, however, cycling is nothing new, and neither is the self-set challenge of riding intense distances across the country.

Currently in training to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats, Laura shares her cycle schedule and the past week's rides, exclusively on the blog.


 
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Tamara's Scrapbook: Goodwood Horseracing

posted on Friday, 4th July 2014by Tamara | 0 Comments

Sweaty Betty's founder and creative director Tamara is forever in-the-know on what's happening in the worlds of fitness and fashion. Whether it’s trialling the latest classes, road-testing new activewear, attending industry events or styling up the latest collections in her own, sports-versus-fashion way, each week we will be sharing the latest from Tamara's scrapbook.

Last week, Sweaty Betty's fashionable founder spent the evening at Goodwood as part of their Friday Nights series held throughout June. With style-conscious attendees everywhere you looked, the evening of horseracing included a DJ set by Zane Lowe and an outdoor party, with the beautiful South Downs as a backdrop.
 

Image Credit: Goodwood Racecourse
 
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Where We're Training This Week: Padel Tennis

posted on Thursday, 3rd July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

While the rest of sporting world is split between the football in Brazil and the tennis at Wimbledon, the Sweaty Betty ladies headed to Edinburgh Sports Club to try out Scotland's first Padel tennis courts - opened last week by the world's best Padel player, Juani Mieres.

A little-known sport in the UK (there are just 7 clubs in England with specifically-designed courts), Padel is garnering more and more popularity in the US, particularly in the fitness-loving states of New York and Los Angeles. Here, Sweaty Betty gets the lowdown on what Padel tennis is, why it's becoming big, and what the Edinburgh team thought of the game... 

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Wimbledon Whites Through The Ages

posted on Thursday, 3rd July 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

After nearly two weeks of excitement, disappointment and of course, style, the world’s oldest tennis tournament draws to a close this weekend. So what have been the highlights?

Alize Cornet of France smashing her way to success over 5-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, for one! Seeded 25, not only did the French player surprise the world with her skills on the court, but she also caught the eye of the Sweaty Betty team for her ribbed-collar sleeveless tennis dress complete with on-trend mesh detailing (that is not unlike our own Ace Tennis Polo - currently in sale!)

With her look so flawlessly combining flattering style with sporting functionality, Sweaty Betty took a look back through the archives at how the traditional Wimbledon whites have changed and evolved from long skirts and corset tops, to the fashion-centric pieces we see today…


 
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SB Behind The Scenes: Meet The Tennis Designer

posted on Thursday, 26th June 2014by Sweaty Betty | 0 Comments

We're 3 days into Wimbledon 2014, and it's already got exciting for the Brits, with Andy Murray having smashed his way into the 3rd round, and Heather Watson set to play Germany's Angelique Kerber today, after overcoming lock-jaw to win against Croatian player Ajla Tomljanovic in just 65 minutes.

Getting in the Wimbledon mood, we sat down with the Sweaty Betty tennis designer, Lisa, to find out more about the collection, that gives the traditional tennis whites a contemporary style update with neon trims and flattering, feminine shapes. Read on for Lisa's inspirations and her tips on how to wear it...


 
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Sweaty Betty meets FRAME founder Pip Black (plus find out all on SB's exclusive FRAME takeover!)

posted on Thursday, 26th June 2014by Sweaty Betty | 3 Comments

A cool, Shoreditch-based studio that focuses on dance, cardio workouts and yoga, FRAME is a London fitness favourite. With classes ranging from the 80s-style 'Jane Fonda Tribute' and flexibility-enhancing 'Bend It Like Barbie', to the more hardcore workouts such as 'Cardio Conditioning' and the 'Sweat Factory', FRAME has something to suit every workout, style and fitness level.

An inspirational woman with a love of combining fun with fitness, FRAME's co-founder Pip Black is renowned for her dynamic, high-energy classes. Sweaty Betty caught up with the illustrious co-founder to find out all on her weekly workouts, favourite post-exercise snacks and her top tips for healthy living.

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