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The Best Workout Wear (According To The Experts)

We’ve already rounded up some of the best new workout classes in London (and outlined some great online options to try if you’re not based in the city). Now, it’s time to determine what to wear to your cardio comeback.

Bringing our A-game, we called in the experts to coach us through our workout resurrection – sartorially speaking.

Kirsten King Founder of FluidForm Pilates 

“Getting onto that mat or into the studio is infinitely easier when you have invested in workout wear that makes you feel and look your best. Whether I’m teaching in the studio or training at home, I want to feel comfortable, confident, and motivated to move well and work hard. My must-have activewear investment items, presented below, will stand the test of time, provide ultimate comfort, and make you feel good, whatever your workout regime might be.

Louisa Drake Founder of The Louisa Drake Method 

Louisa Drake, founder of Louisa Drake Method teaches unique, multi-compound classes fusing transitions between resistance, conditioning, cardio, stretch, and elements of dance. Therefore, she needs a hard-working activewear wardrobe to support movement.

  • The best trainers and I’ve tried a lot are On Running Cloud X. I always come back to this model as it’s lightweight and supportive, yet flexible. It’s ideal from when I’m moving from one workout to the next this shoe just adapts. I wear these for indoor and outdoor activities, and sports that include multi-planar movements, such as tennis.
  • I adore Live The Process. This American brand produces functional, stylish, and sustainable activewear staples. I especially love their bodysuits. This particular one caught my eye, it’s sweat-wicking and I would wear this over and over again for low-impact workouts such as LDM Sculpt, yoga, pilates, and barre.
  • I still own some original Lululemon bras and leggings that are nearly 10 years old! I discovered them while working in LA, and have always been a fan. My go-to medium support bra is their Energy Bra and I like this rosemary green version. You can wear it all day as it’s sweat-wicking, doesn’t scratch, is breathable, and soft. 
  • I love the Alice knit pants and Maceo knit sweat from Varley. This ginger-root shade screams summer, and is perfect to lounge in or post-workout. The pique-knit really elevates this outfit.
  • I have two favourite pairs of leggings that I rely on for moving with confidence. Sweaty Betty’s Power leggings are great for any activity: they offer support, many colour options, a mix of lengths, and inclusive sizes. I really like the full length fit, and this teal colour is gorgeous.
  • My other go-to legging is Lululemon’s Align Super High Rise Pant.The graphite grey is a great switch up from black or navy. I tend to wear these for LDM Sculpt, Stretch, or Barre workouts. I love the feel of this fabric: it’s super soft and lightweight and the fact they move as you move without budging.
  • Biker shorts are my other choice when the weather heats up. I love Australian brand Nagnata and own a few pieces that feel great, look great, and are a little bit different from what everyone else is wearing. I adore these houndstooth biker shorts. They are made from super-fine merino wool, so yes you have to hand-wash most Nagnata clothing. 
  • Another Aussie brand I rate is P.E Nation. These shorts offer great coverage with an inner layer short, and breathable outer layer. They are ideal for runs, cycling, HIIT, or dance-cardio workouts.

Rhian Stephenson Founder of Artah Retreats 

I think having the right activewear is essential for so many reasons. On the most basic level, the right activewear can improve your confidence, comfort, and performance. It will also ensure that you have the right technical kit to get the most out of your workout – especially for activities that are more affected by the weather, or have specific requirements. One of the most relevant examples for me is probably winter running: this season I bought a pair of Nike Gortex runners and it was a game changer.

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