New Balance Flagship Store Birthday Celebrations

I joined forces with New Balance last weekend to celebrate the first birthday of their Oxford Street flagship store with giveaways, a live DJ (my friend, fellow blogger and all-round babe, Millie Cotton), special guests and of course cupcakes!

Myself and a selection of other fitness enthusiasts were able to pick out our ultimate running outfits, which I have to say was much harder than it sounds, as there were simply too many cute outfits to choose from! I eventually opted for the New Balance FuelCell in all white, RRP £130, as well as black running tights and this super cute sports bra worn below…

Customers could help themselves to Skinny Bakery cupcakes and the first fifteen people to have Stride ID on the day- New Balance’s innovative way to find the best fitting shoes for their customers- were given a pair of the NYC marathon running shoes best suited to their running needs. The giveaways didn’t stop there; twenty-five lucky New Balance shoppers were gifted £20 vouchers to spend on anything they like, as well as a further twenty-five vouchers being given to people outside of the store sporting New Balance that day!

Team New Balance Manchester coach and mentor Steve Vernon and Team New Balance Manchester athlete, Jonny Mellor, were also in store to give running advice and tips to customers. I’d met Steve at my first ever event with New Balance back in 2015 when we took to the streets of London for a hot summer’s run. Apart from the weather it seemed like history was repeating itself, as we headed to Hyde Park with the New Balance Run Club for drills and 800m runs. Sporting my new kit I was ready to go until Steve suggested that I pair up with Jonny for the warm up sprints! With Jonny holding a PB of 28:42.2 for 10,000m, you can take a wild guess who won… Hint: it wasn’t me.

When it came to the sets of 800’s, Steve told how the first run should always be the worst. It’s important when training not to go flat out on your first one. You need to be able to pace yourself for the rest!

It wasn’t long before we were heading back to the store and saying goodbye to the New Balance team. I obviously picked up a cupcake for my journey home- it would be rude not to- and showed off my new running kit all the way back. The very happiest of birthday’s NB Flagship- here’s to many more birthday’s to come!

Puma X Metabolic London

It’s official, Puma have joined forces with brand new gym Metabolic London to offer free, yes free, classes to the public every Saturday 3-4pm. The announcement came last week and kicked off with their launch event on Saturday, where a selection of fitness fanatics (including myself) took to the Mornington Crescent based gym to be put through their paces by gym founder, Lawrence.

The session combined body-weight exercises with free-weight equipment such a medicine balls, kettle-bells and dumbbells. Definitely my kind of class! I won’t go into detail in case you want to pop down and try the class for yourself, which I highly recommend that you do, but I will say that the class happens to find a great balance between work and play. It’s challenging but somehow manages to remain fun.

Everybody who attends will receive a free Puma training vest or tee to wear to the class and Lawrence will also award one of his team with a £25 voucher to spend in-store at the Puma flagship in Carnaby Street!

If you fancy heading down, all you need to do is pop an email to puma@metaboliclondon.com and they’ll get back to you to let you know if you’ve secured a spot! Classes are booked on a first-come-first-served basis so be quick in order to guarantee yourself a place! Head over to Instagram and search #PumaxMetabolicLDN to see more.

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Puma X Metabolic London Launch Event Crew

Tezenis Fitness_City

Best known for their super cute underwear and swimwear collections, Tezenis are out to let the world know about their activewear range. I headed to the Oxford Street store along with a bunch of other fitness blogger babes to find out just what Tezenis have to offer.

Treated to our very own kit, we could experience the collection first hand. Although most of the girls opted for the black matching outfits with floral detail  (that were amazingly transitional- think gym to brunch- and fitted like a dream), I chose to go with the Piping Basic Gym Legging in Grey and Pink with the matching Cup Detail Gym Top shown below.

Once we all looked the part, we were ready to work up a sweat with 4fitnesssake‘s Chiara Pellegrino, who by the way, is an absolute hun! The workout used bodyweight and resistance band exercises in a dance-like manner to get our full body aching and toning. We kicked, dipped and jumped our way to the end, finishing with a mini routine combining all of the exercises that we had carried out. Even though I’m not the most natural dancer, it was definitely fun to exercise to the beat and learning the routines seemed to take my mind off of the actual exercise. Bingo!

Of course there was a photographer at hand, Domenic Pendino to be precise, to capture the entire event. See some of Dom’s pictures below…

 

All in all, the event was lovely. Such a nice way to bring together girls with a real interest in fitness and health. The Tezenis activewear collection is ideal for anybody who wants to feel great when working out without having to spend a bomb on clothing. It’s feminine, flattering and there’s a variety of mix and match styles to choose from. Check it out for yourself right here or pop into store to see the collection in person!

 

Puma Velvet Rope Collection

Puma have taken a nod towards the red carpet with their new Velvet Rope collection. Hence the name, the pack takes inspiration from the velvet rope that would typically be seen at high profile events. The idea being that we can step beyond the velvet rope and into the spotlights and fierce world that lies behind it. It’s workout gear with a fashion edge and deserves a place in any activewear wardrobe.

The pack has recently launched on ASOS and I was lucky enough to get involved in the campaign wearing the ever so comfortable Active Training Explosive Bodysuit. Check out a snippet of it below…

​​ Velvet Rope comprises of a variety of footwear and apparel, all adopting an olive, black and gold colour scheme. If like me you wear your gym kit to more than just the gym then I’d say that you will love this range. Here are a few of my faves…

Puma Metallic Print Flatform Basket Trainers £85 on ASOS

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Evolution evoKNIT Bra Top

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Premium Tights

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Garmin Vivosmart3 hits Third Space London

When it comes to fitness trackers it can be difficult to know which one to go for and when you do finally choose, it can be even more difficult to work out how to use them most effectively. Luckily, I had Garmin on hand last week showing me just how to navigate the new vivosmart3 and how to get the most out of my workout via the device. We took to Third Space Tower Bridge to take on their Sweat X class and put the vivosmart3 to the test.

Firstly, I have to say a huge well done to Garmin for hosting at such an amazing location. Third Space is a dream and if you haven’t had the chance to go before, I recommend that you do. However, with facilities of such a high standard it’s only right that they have the workouts to match… cue the hardest gym class that I have been to yet.

Before being dragged to hell and back (in a good way, if that’s possible), we were kitted out with brand new vivosmart3 trackers. Extremely lightweight, with a super sleek design, the vivosmart3 is a watch that you can wear everywhere and anywhere, from day to night. It’s slim, discreet and has a hidden display that lights up only when you want it to- how clever- so can literally fit into most outfits helping you to track your activity 24/7. The watch is also good to wear whilst swimming or showering, so there’s no need to worry about it getting wet.

So it looks great and is easily wearable, but what about the features? Along with the usual tracking capabilities of most fitness devices such as step counting, heart rate, distance travelled and calories burnt, the watch has a number of additional features to really get that in-depth insight into your health and daily activity. The vivosmart3 is able to calculate your fitness age, track floors climbed as well as your sleep and even has a stress level indicator. You can see more of what the device has to offer by clicking right here.

We wore our fitness trackers during the entire trip to hell (aka the workout) and competed against each other as to who could burn the most calories by the end of the session. Combining upper and lower body circuits with treadmill running, the class covered both body strength and cardio aspects of training. We ran, lifted, pushed and sweated our way to the finish line to then compare calories burnt. I was sure that I would be up there with my 600+ calories, yet I was up against a tough bunch and the winner came in with over 700 cals burnt! Wowwee.

That wasn’t the end. We then used the rep counting feature to record how many reps of free weight exercises we could complete within 3 minutes. Again, showing us just how the clever features of the vivosmart3 can be used throughout any workout.

After class, we were rewarded with protein smoothies, the satisfaction of completing Sweat X and came away with a whole load of knowledge on just how to get the most out of our fitness trackers. I for one would definitely recommend the vivosmart3. Especially if you’re looking for a watch that can cover all bases and be worn throughout the entire day. Retailing at £129.99, the vivosmart3 is available to buy in three different colourways right now.

Shock Absorber Fly Bra

There’s no doubt about it that Shock Absorber are well-known for their sports bra expertise. In fact, according to research, ‘wearing a Shock Absorber sports bra is proven to reduce breast movement by up to 78%.’ That’s pretty impressive, especially when breasts can move up to 14cm when unsupported by a bra! Wow.

So, we’ve figured that it’s important to wear a sports bra if we don’t want to damage breast ligaments (or have sagging boobs!) and it looks like a Shock Absorber bra might be a pretty good choice. Luckily for us, they’ve just released a brand new bra with Cross Control technology- phenomenal support, yet super light comfort. Introducing the Ultimate Fly Bra… 


With parkour expert and free runner, Katie McDonnel as an ambassador, you know that Shock Absorber bras are trusted by even the most active of women. Katie joined myself and a whole bunch of fitness industry experts for the launch event of the new Fly Bra. We were put through our paces at London’s boutique gym 1Rebel for a high impact, parkour inspired workout (i.e. a LOT of burpees, squat jumps and other bodyweight exercises) before finishing with 1Rebel’s well known smoothies and a protein-packed breakfast spread. 

Obviously Katie breezed through the workout, sporting her very own Shock Absorber bra. A picture speaks a thousand words and by the end of the workout Katie still managed to look photoshoot- ready for her cool down stretches, so need I say more? 


The Ultimate Fly Bra is Shock Absorber’s lightest bra yet. It holds a second skin sensation whilst still providing unmatched support even during intense, high impact exercise. Unfortunately the bra doesn’t cater for A cup ladies, which is a bit of a shame! But does cover sizes 32-38 B-F. You can pick yours up for £45 from a variety of retailers including Bravissimo, Debenhams, Wiggle and Next. 

Bra’nalysis with Brooks and Runners Need

Did you know that a sports bra should never see in a birthday? Sad, I know! But that’s how often you should be changing your sports bra. I have to say, this is news to my ears. As a fitness blogger and instructor, I live in sportswear, so you can only imagine my collection of bras (I have a full drawer dedicated just to them and it’s not the easiest to get shut)! I have ones dating from one week old to, well, three, maybe four years back… Eeeek. The ladies at Brooks would be going mad to hear this. In fact, it was them who opened my eyes to the importance of sports bras- from finding the perfect fit to how regularly we should be replacing them!

Along with a load of runner babes, I headed to Runners Need Holborn last week, where the lovely Brooks team were waiting to kit us out with our new Brooks bras- after a thorough fit session of course!

After trying only two bras, I knew that I had found the one. It fit perfectly around my chest- hugging my body with no gaps, yet not too tight- and the cups fit just right. Typically I’d gone for the black one (it’s just so easy to wear!!) and once we were all fitted, we sat down for a talk on just why being fitted is so important.

So, here’s my best interpretation without absolutely mind boggling you… Breasts have no muscle, instead they consist of ligaments. This means that we can’t exercise to perk up our breasts; we simply have to look after them! When we move, so does our chest and in more than one direction! Brooks describe the movement pattern as a figure eight- so up, down and side to side. By purchasing the correct fitting sports bra, we prevent/reduce movement, hence preventing the ligaments from weakening.

They also told us that women who wear an ill-fitting sports bra, have on average a running stride length that is 4cm shorter than those who have a sports bra that fits perfectly. That’s a whopping 10 minute difference in marathon time! Wow.

After a lot of shocked faces and a look into more of the Brooks styles, we took to the streets of London to put our new bras to the test. Stopping for a group picture mid run of course!!

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We were greeted back at the shop with prosecco and had time to mingle, while everyone discussed how great the bras were! All in all it was a very productive evening- we learnt a lot, networked and worked out! What more could you want… Now, I think it’s time that I have a little clear out! Thanks Brooks and to our amazing hosts at Runners Need! xx