Roland Mouret Body Brings the Designer’s Dynamic, Sportif Cuts to Activewear
There are wide elastic bands running down the rear of an all-in-one, adding a very Mouret graphic sensibility to the design, but which are also practical, holding the bodysuit in place as the upper torso twists and turns. A jacket might come with a paneled draped open back which falls into a V shape, decorative yet also allowing for ventilation in the (no pun intended here) coolest of ways possible. The colors zing too. An all-in-one might come with the top half in pink and black, the lower half in orange, while elsewhere there are pairings of lilac and pistachio, denuding them of their inherent prettiness and replacing that instead with a sportif vibe.
Photo: Zoe Law / Courtesy of Roland Mouret
Mouret spent many months—before COVID arrived, in fact—working on the collection, draping it 3D style as he would his regular designs, and then getting the women in the studio to take them home and try them when they worked out. Their feedback was then factored into the final designs. But he’s also cognizant of the fact that for many, activewear has become something which can be worn throughout the day. “They are easy to go out in,” says Mouret. “You wear a jacket on top, and put on a pair of sandals, and off you go. Because I think that is something that I have to play with a bit. These pieces aren’t Nike Pro.” (Incidentally, the palette of Roland Mouret Body will reflect the colors he is using in his main collection, so they can be interchangeable.)
But what they are, in a way, is a holistic representation of what might be needed as we all edge back into our new ways of life. That much of this was conceptualized during the pandemic has left its mark: Mouret noted the uptick in cycling—“You couldn’t buy a bike in London during lockdown last year,” he says—and the needs of what you might want to wear when you’re doing that was foremost in his mind. But so too was the synchronization of body and of mind health. “I’ve realized that over the last two years how much mental health and wellbeing passes through to the body,” he says. “As women have started to train again, I think they’re training from a different angle. It’s not just to be and look more fit. It is to train to feel balance, to feel good with yourself, to be able to control this emotion. And that has been the best thing about this project.”
This Fitness Influencer’s Favorite Activewear Brands for Every Woman
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we’re slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
Wellness is more important to you than ever
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99. 9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
What wellness means to the pros
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world. ” – Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” – Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit… to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what’s important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I’m not getting distracted—not that I don’t make mistakes! Those are necessary, that’s how we learn!” – Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be ‘cheerleaders’ for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” – Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
Putting wellness into action
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you’re on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that’s seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.
What’s Next in Body-Positive Activewear
About four years ago, Candice Huffine’s husband dared her to run a half-marathon.
“I’d been working tirelessly in the fashion industry, [but] sport, I will be honest, was not a huge part of my day-to-day life,” says Huffine, who’s worked as a plus-size model for 20 years. “Something about the dare really intrigued me.”
She started running, and she loved it. She even upgraded to full marathons. But Huffine also quickly realized that the same lack of size representation she had witnessed in the fashion industry existed in the fitness industry, too.
“There were multiple times where I would try [a pair of leggings] and I’d have to turn around on a run because the legging was not supporting me the way I needed to be supported,” she says.
Huffine decided she was going to take the matter into her own hands. She met with an on-demand manufacturer (meaning they start making the garment when you order it), and designed her “wish list” legging comprised of “everything that [she] would want in a pant,” including compression black fabric, a high waist band, a pocket, and the words “P.S. You Got This” along one of the legs. Then she ran the 2017 Boston Marathon in them.
“And I swear to you, of all the other things that went wrong that day, I did not touch that legging at one time,” she says.
Now anyone can purchase those leggings for $84. In October 2017, Huffine launched Day/Won, a sustainably-made body positive activewear brand for sizes 0 to 32. Sizing isn’t just formulated mathematically — Day/Won tests items on sizes 2, 12, and 22, says Huffine, who herself acts as a fit model for size 12.
“There’s all kinds of women of all kinds of sizes doing the coolest things, and to hold her back based on material — an actual physical garment that she needs to put on her body in order to do [those things] — the time has passed for that,” Huffine says.
“I want the same choices”
Today the #bodypositive hashtag has been used nearly 12 million times on Instagram. A 2016 study found that the average American woman wears between a size 16 and 18, and market researchers estimate that the plus-size industry is worth more than $21 billion. And yet, women continuously struggle to find cute activewear that fits their bodies.
Jessica Rihal, a body-positive yoga instructor who teaches at Curvy Love Fit Hub and Everybody Los Angeles in Southern California, estimates that she wears workout clothes five to six days a week. She loves sleek activewear that allows her to “feel secure and covered where I need to be, but also makes it so that I feel like I’m not really wearing a whole lot.”
Often, she says, she’ll encounter brands that don’t seem to have actually done their due diligence to size for all bodies, “almost like they took a straight-sized pattern and then they just expanded it by three or four instead of actually developing it from scratch for curvier bodies. ”
Both Rihal and Rachel Holdgrafer, a yoga instructor throughout the Minneapolis area, think plus-size activewear options have improved a bit over the years (“For a long time, it was like you just basically got the athletic version of a muumuu if you were above a size 14,” Holdgrafer says.), but that there’s still a long way to go.
It’s simple, according to Holdgrafer, who says she teaches yoga to help people embrace the bodies they have now, not change them, and to be the body-positive, plus-size instructor she never had herself: “I want the same choices that everybody else wants. Give me the same options, because I have the same taste as my friend who’s a size five.”
Photo credit: Alexandra Stanton Photography
One brand Holdgrafer has found to be body positive, inclusive and high-quality is Superfit Hero. In addition to selling ethically-made activewear for sizes XS through 5XL, the brand offers a Body-Positive Fitness Finder on its website, which points to inclusive trainers, gyms, and communities literally around the world. (Both Holdgrafer and Rihal are listed.)
Micki Krimmel launched Superfit Hero on Kickstarter in 2015. Similar to Huffine, Krimmel’s personal experience led her to the realization that “there was a huge hole in the market” when it came to high-quality, plus-size workout wear.
“I think, like most women, I had a rocky relationship with my body for most of my life and viewed fitness as a way to beat it into submission, if you will,” Krimmel explains. Then, a decade ago, she started playing roller derby competitively.
“That experience really changed my relationship with fitness and with my body,” she says. “I learned to respect my body for what it can do and found a healthier approach to fitness, and I wanted to share that experience with other people.”
Krimmel has a background in tech, and she applies that approach to product design: “You build something and you test it, and then you make it better, and then you test it again, and then you keep making it better, and you keep testing it,” she explains.
As such, Superfit Hero tests all products on fit models who are sizes L, 2XL (its most common size), and 5XL; “once [an item] fits really well on those three bodies, then we make the entire size run, from XS to 5XL, and we recruit athletes that we work with locally to actually wear the clothing,” Krimmel says. “They run, they lift, they do yoga, whatever their movement practice is, and they give us feedback, and we take that feedback back to pattern maker, back to the design, and we make sure that the product works well for everybody in the size range.”
“Where there’s a space for her”
Both Rihal and Holdgrafer tend to purchase their workout clothes online — but that’s way more out of necessity than desire. They say they often struggle to find a variety of sizing in brick-and-mortar stores, even when the brand sells plus sizes online.
“When I go to a store and I see racks and racks and racks and racks of XS through XL — which, caveat, XL isn’t even all that XL — but when you look at it, and then you see one little arm of a rack is the plus-size section, that says to me that maybe folks don’t think that we care about fitness,” Holdgrafer says. “And I know that’s not true.”
It doesn’t make sense to Rihal, either, who points out that plenty of stores carry loads of maternity and baby clothes.
“All of these departments in your store represent a very small niche audience. Plus sizes are not a small, niche audience. I think it’s a stigma thing,” she says. “If you’re stopping at a size 16 or 18 in the store, but you’re going to sell the stuff online, it sends a message to people that we’re not worthy, we’re not deserving of having access to the clothing that we need.”
Both Superfit Hero and Day/Won are direct-to-consumer, e-commerce brands. Krimmel says she’s not considering a Superfit Hero brick-and-mortar store at the moment because of how costly that would be — her company is a small and totally bootstrapped business. But she is interested in experimenting with more pop-ups because of that need for physical shopping opportunities. For example, on March 14, Superfit Hero will host a spring fling in downtown Los Angeles, complete with shopping, a dance class, and a panel.
Huffine says that, while Day/Won is obviously still in its “baby years,” she would love to one day open a physical shopping experience where women of all sizes can “peruse every rack together.” She adds, “My biggest goal would be to create a space where she can come, no judgments, no fears, no pressure, and just know that there’s a space for her.”
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Body Glove Takes a Stand for Environment with Sustainable Activewear
Body Glove, one of the leading inflatable iSUP board manufacturers, as well as a known name in the wetsuit and activewear realms, has just taken the lead in supporting our environment. On April 18th, Body Glove launched Tati’s Sanctuary, a new eco-friendly activewear collection designed in collaboration with professional surfer and 2020 Olympic hopeful, Tatiana Weston-Webb.
Tatiana Weston-Webb Designs Sanctuary Body Glove Line with Nature in Mind
Inspired by nature from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Body Glove and Tatiana Weston-Webb designed Tati’s Sanctuary collection with comfort in mind. The six-piece collection consists of sports bras, tanks, sweatshirts, shorts and leggings and every piece is made using recycled polyester or organic cotton for sustainable activewear that both looks good AND feels good.
“By making this collection eco-friendly, we invite our customers to celebrate the outdoor lifestyle in a way that feels responsible and authentic to their values,” says Peter Maule, Senior Vice President of Sports and Active at Body Glove’s parent company, Marquee Brands. “Our vision for Tati’s Sanctuary is to bring the brand to new global audiences who want to fuse performance, fashion and sustainability.”
Each piece within the Body Glove Sanctuary collection incorporates a unique combination of details, adding both function and style. The Sunna Sanctuary Light Support Bra features crossover back straps with sheer stripe detailing. The Danu Sanctuary Tank has a mesh-insert back, providing extra breathability and a sheer look.
Layering in the Details: Tati’s Sanctuary Breathes & Moves
The new activewear line features unique proportions and silhouettes with unexpected updates to Body Glove’s already best-selling activewear pieces. For example, the Gefion Sanctuary Sports Bra and the Terra Sanctuary Short both offer adjustable features, ensuring a comfortable and proper fit. The relaxed, lightweight design of the Eir Sanctuary Sweatshirt makes it the perfect pre-workout layer, whereas the supportive Demeter Sanctuary Legging offers a super flattering, high-waisted look that has been so popular over the years.
Each piece in the Sanctuary line is deigned to be layered. You can mix and match all for an effortless camaraderie of sportswear thanks to three inspired-by-nature color fabrics: Moss, Mocha and the inclusion of several white, or accent, pieces make for a delicious display of modern activewear.
Tatiana Weston-Webb: Pro Surfer with an Environmental Heart
Who is Tatiana Weston-Webb? 22 year old Kauai native and professional surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb has been dominating the WSL since 2015. She is strong, courageous and confident with a deep love for nature, her home state of Hawaii, and her country of birth, Brazil. Tatiana, a Body Glove athlete, is a 2020 Olympic hopeful, currently ranked #5 on the Women’s Championship Tour.
“I’m very proud to release my first eco-collection with Body Glove, because I’ve always been passionate about preserving our environment. Tati’s Sanctuary is about a state of mind and well-being that’s created from time in nature. So, I’m happy to be able to share it with people who care about the impact of the clothes they wear without compromising quality…. Technically speaking, these pieces stay true to my style while keeping up with my training needs.” – Tatiana Weston-Webb
Starting on On April 18, customers can purchase the line at www. bodyglove.com or on site at select retailers. Each piece is offered in complimentary mocha and moss fabric colors, as well as in white for the Sunna Bra and Danu Muscle Tank, allowing for a variety of interchangeable looks.
Activewear for every kind of body
Adaptive activewear is the new frontier of fashion, an inclusive industry catering to people with disabilities who are crying out for functional, fashionable workout clothing.
There are more than five million people across Australia and New Zealand living with a disability and, often, they can’t find the gear they need to work out in.
And it’s not like the market isn’t there. Research by global fashion search platform Lyst revealed that in 2019, searches for adaptive clothing saw an increase of 80%.
People whose bodies don’t fit societal norms want to work out, they need clothing that works with their bodies and, just like everyone else, they want those clothes to look good.
According to Coresight Research, the burgeoning adaptive apparel market is underserved. If fashion brands get onboard, they’ll be tapping into a lucrative market that could be worth $349.9 billion in the next four years.
With the Paralympics just around the corner, it’s a timely conversation.
Even Australian Paralympian Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy, 33, has struggled to find activewear for bodies that don’t conform to what is considered the norm.
Making disability visible
The Australian wheelchair basketball player is an ambassador for EveryHuman, a website which specialises in adaptive fashion. She believes that for the norm to change, disabled people need to become visible.
“It starts with advertising, where you are hard pushed to find much body diversity modelling the clothes, leading to immediate and understandable assumptions that those clothes aren’t made for you. And more often than not, if you choose to try these clothes on anyway, you’re right,” she said.
“I do believe we are in the midst of a shift in fashion/activewear though, where more and more body types are being considered and catered for – which makes me very excited for the future. ”
It is happening, slowly but surely.
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Designing for disabilities
US brand Tommy Hilfiger’s “Tommy Adaptive” collection uses velcro and magnetic buttons to cater to disabled customers.
Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase uses adaptive technology for a lace-free closure system so that you only need one hand to put them on.
British-based online retailer ASOS designed a wheelchair-friendly jumpsuit with adjustable cuffs and zips which attach the jacket to the pants.
It’s these small design features that help make it easier to get dressed.
“It’s definitely not uncommon for people with disability to make their own adaptations to their clothing to make it functional for them. We want the option to wear what everyone else is wearing, but that will often mean a visit to the tailor,” O’Kelly-Kennedy said.
“For me, my biggest issues with activewear have been around finding appropriate yoga pants/leggings, which I wear when I play wheelchair basketball. If there are a lot of thick seams on the pants, they’ll irritate someone sitting in a wheelchair. I also need a pant with enough ‘give’ to be able to get it over my prosthesis, in particular my prosthetic foot, which I can’t point the toe of to easily slip it into a pant. Sometimes I just resort to cutting my right pant leg to fit in it and for it to sit right on my prosthetic.”
Creating a new normal
She believes the move towards adaptive fashion is “a much-needed revolution in the fashion industry.”
“People with disabilities are constantly trying to work within the parameters of a framework that was not built for us. We haven’t been considered, so we force our way in, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t,” she said.
“We are constantly adapting to what already exists for the norm (but not for us) to the point where it has become our norm. This can be tiring, disheartening and dehumanising.
“So when a brand, workplace or any place decides to be actively inclusive of us, to have us represented, valued and celebrated for who we are, it means so much to our ultimate goal of true equality. And it’s a welcome break from pushing a message with brands/groups that are not yet ready to hear it.
“I think it’s also important to remember that adaptive clothing isn’t necessarily just for people with disability. It’s also a game-changer for those who experience restrictions in movement from injuries, pregnancy, during physical rehabilitation etc.”
When it comes to the lack of inclusive fashion, O’Kelly-Kennedy believes the roadblocks can be overcome with a little education and an open mind.
“When I tell anyone that one in five Australians live with a disability, they are shocked. Many people don’t realise there are a lot of us. And many of us have disposable incomes that we want to put towards brands, activities and of course clothing that are inclusive of us. So, there is a vast and relatively untapped market for catering to people whose bodies don’t conform to the norm,” she said.
“I think clothing brands are a bit scared of the unknown – where to start? Will we offend? How to get it right, who to consult etc. And as a result, we are placed in the ‘too hard basket’.
“Specifically with activewear, exercise and sport have also been spaces that people with disabilities have felt excluded from. So with more gyms, sports and other physical activities looking at ways to be more inclusive of adaptive members, you’ll see more and more of us in your local gym and I think we will continue to see more of a demand from the disabled community for adaptive activewear.
“Although the Paralympic Games has been great at raising awareness and exposure of people with disability and what we are capable of, and elite sport is now leading the way with disability inclusion, it’s important to remember that the majority of people with disability are not Paralympians. It’s essential to see everyone staying active in whatever way they enjoy, simply to keep fit and well for as long as possible.”
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35 Best Activewear Brands to Know
Whether you dread working out or reminisce about the gym as a second home, there is no doubt that having chic activewear provides a little added motivation for those park runs and at-home sweat sessions. With more and more options on our radar, there seems to be an endless supply of sports bras, leggings, and gym essentials to choose from. Amid the ever-expanding sportswear market, we’ve selected an edit of pieces featuring reimagined textiles and silhouettes, from emerging and established labels disrupting the activewear sphere. Get ready to sweat in style.
Super Sculpt High-Waisted Yoga Leggings
Three words: bum-sculpting leggings. The London-based brand has mastered the art of lifting and sculpting leggings that flatter every figure. From classic black to colorful prints and mesh cutouts, you’ll want to wear these leggings well beyond your workout.
The casual streetwear label maintains a steady stream of activewear that leverages psychedelic prints and geometric silhouettes, altering convention in the aerobic exercise uniform or for the streets.
Moto Rainbow Leggings
Port de Bras was founded with the intention to revolutionize the world of activewear. As a pioneer in this category, the brand actively takes measures to produce in the most sustainable way possible. Clarissa Egaña’s forward, functional garments, made of biodegradable and antibacterial fabrics, are consciously made by artisans in Venezuela and Portugal.
Live the Process is a fashion-forward activewear brand that makes minimal pieces that can be easily styled into your daily wardrobe. The brand offers everything from activewear leggings to sports bras to knit sets you will want to live in.
Aarmy is a new activewear line founded by Akin Akman and Angela Davis. Their long list of celebrity clients includes none other than Beyoncé, so it’s safe to say that they know what makes solid activewear.
Irina Shayk and Selena Gomez are fans of this under-the-radar workout brand—and for good reason. From minimal design details that stand out to chic one-shoulder sports bras, Heroine Sport is ideal for that effortlessly cool model-off-duty look.
Racerback Crop Tank
Marguerite Wade’s flexible designs draw from her love of tennis and commitment to curating pieces that transition from the court to the street. Helmed in moisture-wicking fabric, seamed Bermuda shorts in a mauve-pink hue present a comfortable aerobics option, poised to be worn with a simple sports bra or slouchy tee for post-workout R&R.
Dean Thermal Striped Stretch Bodysuit
Founded by former model Tatiana Korsakova, Vaara offers a stylized edit of leotards, color-blocked sports bras, cozy sweatshirts, and jersey tops you can wear for working out or lounging.
Patch Pocket Biker Short
Twin Fantasy is an activewear line behind the great minds of R13. These are pieces that can take you beyond the gym.
Cross Back Bra
There’s a reason this brand is a favorite among both yogis and celebrities alike. From seamless pieces to cool cutouts and technical leggings, Alala offers chic designs that don’t sacrifice comfort. You can also customize your own leggings, choosing everything from the panel colors down to a personalized monogram.
The Rue Kit
Sincerely Jules for Bandier
An exclusive collaboration with Sincerely Jules, inspired by her Southern California lifestyle. Aside from its predominantly under-$100 price point, the brand’s leggings and sports bra styles also make it stand out from the activewear pack.
Block Curve Tight
LIVE! Clothing is known for its ultra-flattering leggings that provide an instant lift. They’re know to feel like a second skin, and you won’t have to worry about fixing them throughout your workout.
Mallorca High-Rise Stretch-Jersey Leggings
Since its launch, The Upside has racked up A-list support from street style stars like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hailey Bieber, and Kim Kardashian. Along with the standard sports bras, leggings, and workout tees, the brand also has a collection of swimwear that will make you look like an Aussie native.
For those who need help improving posture, this newly launched activewear brand uses a fabric technology called Posture, Performance, and Recovery (PPR) to actively correct the wearer’s stance. It includes a range of sports bras, T-shirts, and leggings.
RecTrek 3″ Skort
Chances are you’ve already scrolled through people wearing Outdoor Voices on your Instagram feed. Whether you’re hitting the gym or simply running errands, the brand’s activewear is made from ultra-soft fabrics that offer support without feeling too constricting.
Cut-Out Hooded Anorak
A-Cold-Wall* creative director Samuel Ross has ascended to preeminence as a streetwear authority, since the launch of the label in 2015. Sourcing inspiration from industrial shapes and fabrics, A-Cold-Wall* serves as an innovative generator of sculptural workwear that translates to buttery-smooth athletic separates. Having attributed his early career growth to guidance he received from mentors, namely Virgil Abloh, the designer now fosters initiatives to support other emerging creatives. Most recently, Ross provided grants to Black-owned businesses in response to racial injustice.
Venus Starr Dress in Foil Iridescent
Founded by multi-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams, Eleven fitness pieces are built to optimize performance in comfortable, multifunctional fabrics. Loomed in four-way stretch fabric with liquid-ousting technology, this featherlight crisp-white top suits heavy cardio activities and easy walks alike.
Seamless Contour Leggings
Creative director Leomie Anderson jump-started her sportswear line in 2016 after building a community with her blog-turned-digital magazine that focused on empowering women. The Victoria’s Secret Angel began posting articles centered on equipping young women with insight and knowledge for finding a voice when faced with unfair treatment, prejudice, and pressure. Since launching her first sportswear collection, focused on reclaiming the word no, the Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur has expanded her designs to include geometric cutout tops, figure-conforming leggings, and easy sweat suits.
Ilona V-neck Jersey Jumpsuit
Ernest Leoty, known to make the most fashionable and desired corsets in 19th-century Paris, is now making tailored activewear. Ideal for dance, yoga, and barre classes, the gear does not sacrifice style or elegance.
Black Base Layer Tight
For the minimalist whose closet consists of an all-black wardrobe, Wone will become your new go-to activewear brand. The former creative director from Nike, Kristin Hildebrand, doesn’t do with a lot of bells and whistles, but keeps her looks simple and chic.
Split-Hem Tracksuit (Sold Separately)
Yema cofounders Yema Khalif and Hawi Awash donate 20 percent of each sale to support impoverished children in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and orphaned children in Ethiopia. In addition to subsidizing relief efforts abroad, this marigold tracksuit is trimmed with a 17th-century Abyssinian angels print that enriches the ensemble with historical symbolism.
Cozy Moto Jacket
Adam Selman Sport
Carbon38’s site features its own activewear label along with a wide array of other fitness brands. Whether you’re looking for outfits suited for dance class, ski gear, or swimwear, it offers a little bit of everything. The brand also frequently collaborates with designers and up-and-coming activewear brands for capsule collections. An ongoing partnership with Adam Selman will make any fashion girl ready to take a HIT class.
Lustrous Stretch Leggings
Koral’s gym gear is meant for the woman who loves fashion just as much as she loves to sweat. With faux-leather workout pants, mesh tops, and on-trend bike shorts, Koral will land you on the best-dressed list at the gym (which is, of course, just as important as the workout itself).
Carmen Tank Black & White Combo
Launched in 2018 by Parsons grad Carolyn Jang, Nylora upgrades classic performance wear—from tanks and sweats to spandex and puffer coats to layer over top—with intricate details and special accents. Its bustier-inspired workout tanks and unexpected color combinations stand out as the star details of the collection.
Essential Bike Short
If you’re a fan of Emma Grede’s Good American jeans, you’ll love the brand’s activewear just as much. The collection, which is available in sizes 0 to 4X, boasts an array of matching workout sets ranging from leopard to camo and all-black designs. There are also long-sleeved performance wear designs for those looking for more coverage and support during their workouts.
The products from this rising sustainable brand are made entirely from upcycled textiles, natural dyes, and organic yarns. From workout-friendly halter tops (which is a thing we never knew we needed) to ’90s-inspired sets, Nagnata is sure to be a favorite among all fashion girls.
Align Drawstring Running Shorts
Whether you’re in the market for a sports bra-and-yoga pants set or an athleisure take on wide-leg pants, windbreakers, and hoodies, this brand is one to know. Featuring bold colors, geometric shapes, and fashion-forward silhouettes, P.E Nation is a mash-up of ’90s gym class meets modern city girl.
Aurora Scoop Sports Bra
Model Candice Huffine launched her own activewear brand for all body sizes and types in 2017. Dubbed Day/Won, the label offers workout apparel in sizes XS to 5X (and 0 to 32). Along with its empowering graphic tees and pieces, you can also customize leggings with your own workout mantra down the leg.
Varley’s workout attire may be on trend (from animal prints to cool cutouts), but it’s also made using performance technology meant to enhance your movement during a workout. The L.A.- and London-based brand has a variety of coordinating sports bra-and-legging sets to mix and match.
Printed Stretch-Jersey Leggings
From colorful leggings to cozy après-ski looks, Tory Burch’s venture into the activewear world is just as chic as you’d expect it to be. The brand’s roster of colorful seamless sports bras is good, but the knitwear and down jackets will have you wanting to book a winter getaway to Aspen ASAP.
Airbrush High-Waist Flutter Leggings
This cult-favorite yoga brand not only has ultra-comfy leggings and sports bras, it also boasts some good outerwear options (including a range of reversible Sherpa jackets) that are ideal for throwing on to go to the gym or a workout class. Try the new launch of the high-waist Flutter Leggings; you won’t be disappointed.
Bike Stretch Shorts
“Less is more” is the mentality behind this eco-friendly activewear brand. All of its minimally designed workout pieces are made using recycled fabric from post-consumer water bottles. With prices retailing under $68, it also makes for one of the most affordable activewear options of the moment.
Chisel Light 7/8 Legging
Whether you’re looking for leggings at every length, track pants, outerwear, or the perfect sports bra, this U.K.-based brand has it all—and it’s all done in clean, minimal designs.
The Senna Set
Enavant offers outerwear, halter sports bras, leggings, and sets crafted with the brand’s custom-made fabric. It’s breathable, features anti-odor technology, has UV protection, and is wrinkle and dust free.
Serval Sports Bra 2.0
Matek’s durable sports bra seeks to make outdoor exercise and low impact activity more manageable. This sports bra is nursing friendly with straps that adjust and open at the front, and has rapid-drying technology.
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Athletic Clothes | Beachbody Activewear Apparel
Whether you’re crushing a cardio workout or just living your best life, you need clothes that are functional and flattering.
Activewear Essentials, Beachbody’s new apparel line, feature sleek, sophisticated pieces that will elevate your workout and your wardrobe.
We designed workout apparel to complement — not constrict — your curves. These clothes will move with you whatever you’re doing and wherever you’re going.
Activewear Essentials includes coordinating looks and mix-and-match pieces that are so comfortable and well-made you won’t want to take them off.
Even better: New collections launch every season so your workout wardrobe will always feel fresh and on point.
The first Activewear Essentials collection is now available!
What Is Beachbody Activewear Essentials?
Activewear Essentials is Beachbody’s premium fitness apparel line that features workout clothes you’ll want to wear all day, every day — whether you’re working out or not.
Each piece was designed for performance and style: soft, stretchy fabrics, thoughtful details, and a fit that motivates you to move more.
Our Activewear collections include apparel for women and men: sports bras, tanks, leggings, shorts, hoodies, socks, and more.
Whenever you need to feel strong and confident, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Activewear Essentials Fabrics
When it comes to fitness apparel, the right fabric is essential.
To make sure each piece supports your body and your workout, much of the collection falls within three main fabric stories:
Ultimate Support & Performance
This multifunctional miracle worker provides the perfect blend of stretch and compression — #squatproof.
It’s all about the details: This supportive fabric ensures everything stays in place, while mesh panels help keep you cool.
These are the pieces you’ll reach for every day, so we made them ultra-comfy with added benefits like buttery soft fabrics, seamless construction, and coordinated looks for effortless styling.
Plus, this fabric’s breathable, moisture-wicking properties will survive your sweatiest workout. It pulls sweat away from your body and releases it for quick evaporation to help you stay dry.
We combine Lycra with bonded seams to help lift and sculpt where it matters most, with targeted shaping through your butt, hips, thighs, waist, and bust.
This dream fabric holds its shape wash after wash, giving you lasting performance as it moves with your body through all of life’s ups and down.
It’s so versatile you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again.
Where and When Can I Buy Activewear Essentials?
Here’s everything you need to know about Beachbody Activewear Essentials:
- A new collection will be added every season so your workout wardrobe will always be on point.
- Each collection will be available for six months after launch or until it sells out.
- Select women’s styles will be available in extended sizes (1X – 3X).
- You can get free shipping on Activewear Essentials when you purchase any shippable item on TeamBeachbody.com (e.g., Shakeology, Challenge Packs, nutritional products, equipment, or gear), as long as it is in the same order. See FAQ 8883 for more details.
Upgrade your wardrobe with Activewear Essentials!
How to choose sportswear and footwear for any season
When choosing sportswear, you need to pay attention to the fabric, cut features, the presence of special inserts made of mesh material and other parameters. Let’s take everything in order.
Fabric and special technologies
In the past, cotton was recognized as the best fabric for sportswear. Now it is also used in production, but, as a rule, in combination with polyester.
The fact is that cotton gets wet quickly from sweat and retains moisture on the surface of the fibers, so you can catch a cold after an intense workout.
16 times less water droplets are retained on the surface of polyester fibers (PE, PL, Polyester), so synthetic clothing dries faster. Elastane (EL, Elastane, Spandex) provides good breathability, stain resistance and fade resistance.
Leggings made of polyester and elastane
Microfibre polyamide (PA), also known as Meryl or Tactel, is also used in the production of sportswear. This fabric does not stick to the body and is breathable.
Sportswear often uses a two-layer fabric structure.They take two different synthetic threads (for example, polyester and elastane or cotton and polyester) and create a special structure when the weave is thicker inside the fabric and thinner outside. Due to this, moisture is removed from the body, removed to the surface, evenly distributed over it and evaporates quickly.
Well-known brands are constantly developing new technologies, but their essence is usually not disclosed. Manufacturers limit themselves to mentioning functions and do not go into details. Here are some examples:
- Climacool – the fabric brings moisture and heat to the surface, and provides micro-ventilation.
- Climalite is a blend of polyester and elastane, a lightweight, breathable fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin. In such clothes it is really cool, it dries quickly.
- Quik Cotton is a double weave cotton and polyester fabric. The percentage can vary. For example, 63% cotton and 37% polyester.
- Speedwick is a sweat wicking synthetic fabric made of polyester and elastane. Feels like cotton.
- ActivChill is Reebok’s pentagon-shaped weaving technology.The fabric is breathable and provides good ventilation.
In addition, sportswear made from synthetic fabrics is very practical. After many washes, T-shirts, leggings and shorts do not lose their shape and color, they do not need to be ironed. If you train often – every other day or every day, this will be a big advantage.
Style and compression
I used to associate sportswear with rather spacious things: stretched T-shirts and wide pants that don’t press anywhere or press.Now the views on this issue have changed.
Loose clothing is great for the home, but when you play sports, the flapping sails around you will get in the way. This has a bad effect on aerodynamic properties and interferes with stretching. And if, for example, you roll out the body on a spiked massage roller, the edges of the T-shirt roll up under it and this is very annoying.
Choose clothing that is snug but not tight. If you choose synthetic fabrics, you don’t have to be afraid that a wet T-shirt will stick to your body and get in the way.
In addition to special fabrics and technologies, mesh inserts are often used in sportswear: in the armpit area, on the back, on the chest. Meshes provide extra ventilation.
Compression garments are suitable for heavy loads. She not only looks good, but also helps you cope with unusually hard workouts. Intensive running, strength exercises with heavy lifting, preparation for a competition, as well as a tendency to edema and varicose veins – all these are indications for the use of compression underwear.
Light uniform squeezing of the limbs helps the vessels withstand heavy loads. In addition, the compression garment reduces muscle soreness after exercise and helps you recover faster.
Nevertheless, compression items should be left in case of unusual excessive loads. Constant wearing of such clothes reduces vascular tone.
Underwear & Socks
Cyclists and athletes should consider compression underwear. It has no seams, so you can avoid chafing and discomfort during your workouts.In addition, the compression panties evenly squeeze the muscles of the hips and buttocks, reducing post-workout soreness and accelerating recovery.
Choosing the right sports top is especially important for women. During running and jumping, the ligaments of the chest stretch, so that it quickly loses its shape. Age, pregnancy and feeding do not spare your bust anyway, help him at least during sports.
Sports bras are made from the same synthetic materials as clothing, but they are usually much denser.So it is unlikely that it will be possible to avoid underwear wet from sweat (especially under the shirt, so the moisture evaporates not so efficiently).
There are several options for sports bras: from stretch fabric without cups and with a division into cups. The first option will simply press the bust against the chest and fix it. I like these bras, although they feel like you have no breasts at all.
Bra for sports activities
The second option – with cups – is suitable for girls with a large size.
For the top to support the chest well and not squeeze the shoulders, it should have fairly wide shoulder straps and a wide elastic band at the bottom.Supports the chest of a model with a T-shaped and V-shaped backs. Mesh panels can slightly improve breathability, but still don’t expect your bra to stay dry after an intense workout (that’s my experience, maybe someone else has it wrong).
There are also special socks for sports. They differ from ordinary socks in materials and some features of the cut. Like clothing, sports socks are not made from 100% cotton, but either from a combination of cotton with polyamide or polyester, or polyester and elastane. This means that they better allow air to pass through and remove moisture, last longer and do not lose their shape.
Sports socks have a tighter elastic to prevent slipping during training, and a thinner and flatter seam in the toe area. To follow the shape of the leg, the socks are divided into right and left.
Features of sports shoes
The choice of footwear depends on the sport. If you are heading to the gym to work with a barbell and dumbbells, you should not take sneakers with a reinforced, springy sole.It should be low (no more than 2–2.5 cm) and without noticeable thickening on the heel. It is also advisable to choose shoes with a corrugated (so that the sneakers do not slip) and flexible enough (so that the foot is comfortable) soles.
If you are looking for running shoes, you should consider options with a thick, springy sole. When choosing running shoes, you need to pay attention to several parameters:
- foot structure;
- the surface on which you will run;
- Intensity and type of running.
To determine the structural features of the foot (degree of pronation), perform a test with a sheet of paper and water. Wet your foot and leave a wet print on the sheet.
If you are over-pronated and / or overweight, consider a shoe with good cushioning and instep support. The latter will soften the impact of the foot on the ground while running and protect the knees from injury. But if you have neutral or hypopronation, you should not buy shoes with an instep support: the risk of twisting your foot increases.
The greater the weight of the athlete and the less prepared his ligaments and muscles, the more he needs foot support and cushioning. Modern running shoes use different materials for cushioning: gel, foam, plastic inserts.
A high heel reduces the risk of injuries to the Achilles tendons, but its hard parts should not press on the foot or dig into the leg: all this is fraught with pain and calluses after training.
The forefoot of a running shoe must be flexible. In some modern sneakers, it is made entirely of synthetic breathable fabric. It seems that you are running in socks with springy soles. It is very convenient.
Sneakers with soft toe
Other sneakers have stiffening elements in the forefoot, but the upper is mostly made of mesh fabric, which is very breathable.
Trainers with mesh
Do not buy close-up shoes: there should be about 3 mm between the toe and the toe of the trainer. While running, the foot increases in size.And if your finger rests on the shoe, you can damage your nail.
When choosing shoes, you need to remember what kind of surface and what time of year you will be running. For summer jogging on tarmac, stadiums, or a treadmill in the gym, sneakers with a soft, thin sole and a fabric or mesh upper are suitable.
For trail running, such as forest paths, you need a harder shoe with a deeper tread to protect your foot. Off-road and trail running shoes have extra protection at the toe to keep you away from branches and sharp rocks, as well as deep tread and spikes.
Running shoes for fall, winter and spring are also heavier: the mesh upper is replaced by a denser, waterproof one.
Basic set for summer or gym
So, if you decide to work out outdoors in summer or early autumn, you will need a basic set of things for different weather:
If it’s sunny and hot:
- T-shirt and shorts made of synthetic breathable materials ;
- lightweight sneakers;
If it is raining and cool:
- light T-shirt with long sleeves;
- shorts or leggings;
- sneakers with waterproof upper;
- a hat with a visor so that the rain does not interfere with your vision.
Basic set for spring and autumn
Running in light clothes in rainy weather is dangerous: you can catch a cold. Moreover, it should be borne in mind that after serious exertion, the immunity decreases slightly.
In warm weather, you can wear leggings, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a windbreaker. Sports windbreakers are sewn from a membrane fabric, thanks to which sweat does not accumulate under the jacket, but is brought to the surface. At the same time, the outer layer of the jacket is waterproof and retains warmth. The hood will be a plus. If not, you need a light sports hat.
Thermal underwear is useful for late autumn and early spring. It is sewn from polypropylene or polyester, using a special weaving, due to which moisture is transferred from the surface of the body to the fabric. The seams of the thermal underwear are on the outside, so you can not be afraid of abrasions.
Basic set for winter
Bottom layer – thermal underwear or synthetic sportswear that wicks moisture away from the body.
Top layer – jackets made of membrane fabric, which, thanks to micropores, allows water vapor to pass from the inside, but not drops of water from the outside. Vapors from the body penetrate through the first layer of clothing and emerge to the surface in the form of vapor.
This technology is used in the clothes of the famous Columbia brand. Omni-Tech branded jackets feature a waterproof and moisture-wicking membrane.
The jacket can also have additional ventilation in case the membrane cannot cope with the fumes. If you sweat a lot while exercising, consider this option.
There are several types of membrane jackets:
- Single layer . The membrane is applied to the fabric and protected with a polyurethane coating. These jackets are suitable for spring, they are very lightweight.
- Double Layer . In such jackets, the membrane is also applied to the fabric, but does not have a polyurethane protective coating.Instead, a mesh lining protects the membrane. These jackets will last longer.
- Three-layer . In such jackets, the membrane is located between two layers of fabric: the outer layer and the lining. This is the most durable option.
Jackets with mesh lining
One of the most famous membranes is Gore-Tex. This material is made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) with a thin PU film and is highly waterproof. Clothes and shoes with this membrane are excellent for air permeability and moisture removal, but they are also quite expensive.
More modern membrane – eVent. Together with a protective PU layer, which reduces vapor permeability, an oil substance is used here, due to which the pores of the membrane conduct evaporation better. Pore-free membranes such as Triple-Point and Sympatex are very good at protecting against precipitation, but rather poorly at removing body vapors in high humidity.
A jacket’s ability to wick away sweat is greatly influenced not only by the type of membrane, but also by what you wear under it.
Under jackets with a membrane, you should wear moisture-wicking clothing: sportswear made of synthetic materials or thermal underwear.
If you put a thick cotton jacket underneath, it will get wet. Sweat will not be effectively transported to the surface of the jacket, and you will exercise in wet clothes.
Another well-known technology for winter clothing is Omni-Heat. These are the aluminum dots on the lining of the garment, which are easy to recognize for Columbia jackets. The aluminum dots retain body heat and the space between them prevents overheating.
Sports jacket labels sometimes indicate the temperature at which you will feel comfortable exercising.For example, here is a jacket for -10 ° C and an option for 0 ° C.
Indication of temperature
Sports caps are made from a combination of wool with synthetic materials: polyester, acrylic, polypropylene.
Hats for warmer weather do not have additional insulation. They are lightweight and wick away moisture well. For severe cold weather, it is better to take a hat with fleece insulation. Also, in frost and strong winds, a balaclava, a woolen mask that covers your face, may come in handy.
If you do not want to train with wet hair, consider a hat with a Windstopper membrane. It is a pore membrane applied to the lining fabric. It passes water well in a vaporous state. In addition to the lining and membrane, these hats have a top layer that protects from wind and cold, but allows steam to pass through. As a result, you will not be left with wet hair, but at the same time your head will be warm.
Gloves made of wool and synthetic materials are an equally important attribute of winter training.There are options with non-slip inserts and a special material on the fingers for using smartphones.
That’s all. What do you train in? Share your observations about comfortable sportswear in the comments.
Sportswear and sneakers for the winter: PUMA brand recommendations
Sports activities will bring maximum benefit and pleasure even in the coldest season, if you know what sportswear should be like in winter. Quality, comfort and warmth are the must-haves for winter running clothes and winter sports shoes.
How to dress for winter training
During physical exertion, the human body intensively releases moisture, which in the winter season can cause hypothermia and colds. Therefore, athletes should take great care of their equipment.
For winter sports, dress according to the basic rule of layering. Comfortable combination – Three layers of light, warm winter workout clothing.
First layer: moisture removal.Clothing that is close to the body must have moisture-wicking properties, so that the athlete’s skin breathes and remains dry, and the body does not overheat. These properties are provided by the dryCell technology.
Second layer: thermal insulation. A sweatshirt, for example, made of fleece or other warmCELL technology, is an ideal option for protection from cooling and keeping the body warm.
Third layer: weather protection. It is recommended to choose a hooded jacket made of wind- and waterproof fabrics (stormCELL and windCELL) and with a warm lining.
Winter clothes for running
Regardless of the length of the running distance, a set of winter clothing standard:
- Warm sweatpants. Under them you will not need to wear thermal underwear down to -15 degrees of frost.
- Special T-shirt. Compression T-shirts made from modern and high-quality synthetic materials work best. Thanks to the biotechnology used in their production, they keep the body temperature.Convenience and freedom of movement are equally important.
- Fleece sweatshirt that will provide free air circulation and good thermal insulation.
- Jacket. It is necessary to choose a jacket made of high quality modern materials that protect from wind, rain and snow.
- Hat. For running in winter, a dense knitted hat is suitable, in severe frosts – a two-layer one.
- Scarf (fleece or double knit) or special neck band.
- Gloves. This is a mandatory attribute in an athlete’s outfit in the winter, when it is easy to freeze your hands while jogging. At low subzero temperatures, it is better to choose gloves made of breathable fleece. In severe frosts, knitted gloves are preferable. Fashionable and comfortable gloves with a touch-screen function are especially popular among athletes.
Winter sports shoes for training
The right choice of footwear for sports is of great importance: the results of your training will depend on it.Shoes must be of good quality, practical and functional.
- The lower part of the shoe must be made of elastic material that is resistant to severe frost. Modern high-quality materials do not harden in the cold, and therefore do not crack or burst.
- The upper part of the training shoe for winter training is made of waterproof, breathable materials.
- The inner part should be insulated with fur to avoid cooling the legs.
- The outsole of high-quality sports boots and trainers has a shock-absorbing insert that allows you to distribute the load on your feet during runs.
- The pattern on the sole should be high-relief and clear, which makes the shoe non-slip and wear-resistant. For better traction, it is best to choose a shoe with a rubber sole.
- Winter trainers and boots must be high and have a high tongue so that snow does not get inside while jogging.
- Winter sports shoe laces must be strong, their optimal length is 100–120 cm for 7–9 pairs of holes.
- Winter sports shoes must be loose, it is recommended to take them one size larger. The insoles should be easy to remove.
Football in winter
For an active game like football, it is very important to dress correctly in winter. The footballer’s equipment must meet the following requirements:
- Football boots.Essentially for them, it’s a good grip. Therefore, you should go on the field in special winter boots that will provide comfort and will allow you to play as efficiently as possible. The second important point is the height of the ankle. Cleats should reliably protect your feet from snow, keeping them warm and dry.
- Sports trousers. The fashionable trend today is tight-fitting thermal trousers and shorts over them. Warmer, oversized sweatpants are great for goalkeepers who don’t have to run a lot.
- Special T-shirt and jacket. Football players only need to wear one long-sleeved thermal shirt under their jacket. The jacket should be warm, wind and waterproof, and always with a hood.
- Hat. For playing football, you should choose a knitted or knitted hat, in severe frosts – with a fleece lining.
- Neck band. This headband is much more comfortable than a scarf. In cold weather, to protect against wind and frostbite, a bandage can be used to cover the entire lower part of the face, leaving only eyes.
- Gloves with a special coating. This coating is different from that applied to goalkeeper gloves, but allows good contact with the ball.
In winter, you should be especially careful when choosing sports clothing and footwear.
- Give preference to quality, practical and functional products made from the latest materials.
- The main thing for an athlete in winter is footwear.It is important to follow all the recommendations when choosing it.
- Observe the rules of thermoregulation to maintain body temperature. The body must remain dry.
- Choose clothes and shoes in which you feel as comfortable as possible and move completely freely.
- Do not neglect the details of the equipment. Head, neck and arms should be protected from wind and snow.
- Adjust sports equipment based on exercise level and air temperature.
Sportswear must meet certain requirements:
Windbreaker in case of rain
Principle – 3 layers
Runners are known to sweat – this is a completely natural process.However, the wrong choice of sportswear often leads to the fact that sweat in large quantities remains on the surface of the skin, thereby clogging the pores and disturbing the thermal balance. In turn, wet clothes stick to the body, become heavy, hinder movement and cool.
Equipping is required according to a special 3-layer principle. Each layer, in turn, is responsible for performing certain functions.
· removes sweat from the surface of the body, leaving the body dry and preventing hypothermia;
· effectively retains useful heat;
· has properties.
The main thing to consider is the key factor – the interaction of all three layers, each of which is equally important.
Fabrics for making sports uniforms
NIKE Dri-FIT System
High performance microfiber polyester fabric wicks sweat away from the skin, transferring it to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates easily.As a result, Dri-FIT System keeps skin dry and comfortable.
Material NIKE Dri-FIT Body Mapping
Dri-FIT Body Mapping is designed to keep skin dry and comfortable throughout your workout or competition. A well-thought-out system of ventilation zones creates air exchange and gives coolness where necessary.
Material NIKE Dri-FIT UV
High-performance polyester fiber fabric wicks sweat away from the skin, conveying it to the surface where it evaporates easily. Thus, the technology protects the skin from moisture and maintains a feeling of comfort. The uniqueness of the material also lies in its sun protection properties with a filter of at least 30 UPF.
Sportswear based on DuoTech technologies for use in various weather conditions:
ASICS has developed innovative DuoTech technology. The unique
A competent combination of technologies in the production of materials provides maximum functionality of clothing in four main weather conditions – heat, rain, cold, and wind.
Material made with DuoTech technology can be easily recognized by the corporate logo. There is also the Hang Tag system, which has the ability to independently determine the weather conditions and possible precipitation for which this line of clothing was developed (heat, rain, wind, cold). Thus, the athlete has the opportunity to independently choose clothing that suits the conditions in which he is going to train.
DuoTech Warm clothing is ideal for warm weather.Thanks to the unique moisture-regulating ability, the body remains dry during training. This feature increases both comfort levels and productivity.
DuoTech Cold garments are specially designed for training in cold weather conditions. Thanks to the thermoregulatory features of the clothing, the athlete’s body is kept warm, even at the lowest temperatures. In rainy or windy weather, clothes with DuoTech Wind and DuoTech Rain technology, which have water-repellent properties, and also provide protection even from strong wind currents, will help keep the body warm.
It is a versatile combination of modern materials, designed to provide the maximum level of comfort during sports, that is designed to find a solution in all weather conditions.
Softshell is a new word in fabric production technology. clothes with softshell fabrics will reliably protect you from bad weather. The softshell fabric combines the thermal insulation properties of fleece and the wind and moisture resistance of the outer layer. Softshell fabric is elastic, durable and lightweight, removes excess moisture during active physical activity.The upper fabric layer
Softshell blocks the wind, while the inner layer removes excess moisture and retains heat.
The Softshell concept was developed as opposed to conventional clothing. Previously, people wore a wind jacket and canvas trousers to protect from rain and wind, and under them, down-insulated clothing to protect from the cold.
Softshell technology gives the maximum effect from just one layer of clothing, which can replace as many as three or more layers. Softshell clothing is smaller in volume and weight, provides more freedom of movement by reducing the layers of clothing.
Thanks to its unique breathability, Softshell clothing is well suited for paragliding and outdoor activities. Hydrophobic lining with polyester microfilament, very warm with minimal weight. Micro-nap is made up of very thin fibers that allow the tissue to have minimal contact with the body. If the fabric becomes damp, your body will instantly dry out individual thin fibers – this allows the fabric to remain always dry. Thanks to the reliable wind and moisture-proof outer side of the fabric, a comfortable microclimate is maintained under the clothes, and the moisture transported from the body is absorbed by the inner surface of the clothes and then transferred to the outer layer of the fabric, which quickly evaporates it into the environment.
Fabric composition for sportswear
Before going to a sportswear store, it is best to prepare and find out what composition of clothing is best for your sports activities. Wearing the right clothes will help you last longer and give you confidence and comfort in every workout.
Even 20 years ago, cotton was recognized as the main fabric for sportswear. Times have changed and today cotton is used in the production of sportswear, but in combination with other materials.The main complaint about cotton is that it quickly gets wet from sweat and dries on the body for a long time. This causes the skin to stop breathing during exercise. And when exercising in the cold season, excessive moisture can even cause colds and SARS.
When polyester fibers (PE, PL, Polyester) are added to cotton, the resulting fabric is retained 16 times less than water droplets. The moisture evaporates quickly and the body breathes even during the most exhausting activities. The combination of cotton and polyester gives the feeling of comfort that we are accustomed to from diapers, when we were covered in pure cotton diapers.
Elastane (EL, Elastane, Spandex) fabric provides good ventilation and breathability. This is an important parameter in sportswear, as is the resistance to stains and fading, which elastane also provides. It also makes the fabric stretch, so many types of leggings and rashguards are made with the addition of elastane.
Microfibre polyamide (PA), also known as Meryl or Tactel, is also used in the production of sportswear.The fabric with the addition of these fibers does not stick to the body and is breathable.
Manufacturers of sportswear use fabrics that use a two-layer fabric structure. They take two different synthetic threads (for example, polyester and elastane or cotton and polyester) and create a special structure when the weave is thicker on the inside and thinner on the outside. Due to this, moisture is removed from the body, removed to the surface, evenly distributed over it and evaporates quickly.
World brands are also developing their technologies for the production of fabrics and their secrets are not disclosed. They give the name to this fabric, which later becomes part of the brand. You have seen these names on branded T-shirts and shorts, so we just recall their name and main characteristics:
Climacool – the fabric brings moisture and heat to the surface, provides micro-ventilation.
Climalite is a blend of polyester and elastane, a lightweight, breathable fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin.In such clothes it is really cool, it dries quickly.
Quik Cotton is a double weave cotton and polyester fabric. The percentage can vary. For example, 63% cotton and 37% polyester.
Speedwick is a sweat wicking synthetic fabric made of polyester and elastane. Feels like cotton.
ActivChill is Reebok’s pentagon-shaped weave technology. The fabric is breathable and provides good ventilation.
Today we talked about the main materials from which modern sportswear is made.With this knowledge, it will be easier for you to choose for yourself what will help you feel confident, easy and comfortable in training and in everyday life.
Rashguard – the benefits of quality sportswear
For sports, you need not only desire, but also special equipment. The category of sportswear for professional sports includes rashguards that are recommended for anyone who wants to achieve serious success during training.
Features of men’s sportswear
Rashguard is a T-shirt with short or long sleeves, which is sewn from dense and elastic fabric with a compression effect. This shape has a number of advantages over conventional sportswear:
- Temperature control. It is important to maintain a certain body temperature during exercise to protect yourself from injury. The dense fabric creates the conditions for the muscles to warm up faster, and the canvas maintains this very temperature, which increases the effectiveness of physical exercises.
- Protection against mechanical damage. If you are engaged in hand-to-hand combat or sports where there is close contact between partners, you need to take care of protecting the skin. The men’s rashguard is made from fabric that is difficult to tear, so you can focus on the workout itself without being distracted by the unpleasant sensations of aggressive actions.
- Durability. Quality products are made from polyester with the addition of spandex, so the T-shirt fits snugly and stretches well.During training, you do not have to worry that intense action will lead to rupture of the seams or the sparing partner will grab onto the clothing and tear it.
During training, it is important to focus on the task at hand, and special sportswear helps to do this. A loose T-shirt will constantly bulge, can easily rip, and sweat stains are clearly visible on it. The polyester rashguard for running or hand-to-hand combat is devoid of such drawbacks, the fabric stretches and does not restrict movement, does not tear and does not require special care.In addition, the clothes fit tightly on the body, so nothing will prevent you from performing complex elements or moving, not paying attention to the clothes.
How to choose the right rashguard
Buying sportswear should be based on considerations of practicality and convenience, so you should first decide on the type of sport. If you are going for jogging or cycling outdoors, it is best to get a long sleeve T-shirt. In this form, you will be reliably protected from cold, wind and sunlight.For workouts in the gym, we suggest buying a short-sleeved fitness rashguard to leave more freedom to move your arms.
When it comes to sizing, choose sportswear that is not tight or too loose. Compression garments can be tight-fitting or remain a little roomy, but buying things smaller or larger would be a mistake. Every year, sportswear manufacturers develop entire collections of special uniforms, so you can find a T-shirt in a strict style or purchase a bright model with original inserts.In such clothes, it is not the appearance that is important, but the operational properties, so the question of aesthetics is raised last.
The main rule of purchase is to buy rashguards from shops that sell specialty sportswear. High-quality and dense material is used for sewing compression T-shirts, manufacturers must comply with a number of technical requirements, and a poor quality uniform will not only not improve performance, but may also serve as a disservice.
How to care and where to buy
A high-quality product does not require special care, but it is recommended to use a delicate wash mode and not expose clothes to strong temperature extremes. The consultants of our store will tell you in detail how to keep the rashguard in good condition and will help you choose the model according to your requirements. We offer clothes of a famous fitness brand in the world, so buying from our company will be the first step on the way to new sports achievements.
90,000 Polyamide sportswear: pros and cons
Exercise is an activity that has no room for discomfort. Therefore, it is important that the clothes for classes meet all the necessary needs and do not cause new worries.
Polyamide clothing ideally solves a number of problems that an athlete may have during training.
First, what is this material?
Many reference books define it as a synthetic material that is actively used in the production of things associated with extreme conditions: tourism, workwear, outdoor activities, sports.This is not surprising given its unique properties.
What are the advantages of polyamide in sportswear?
- Durability. It is unpleasant if, during squats with a barbell, your pants break in the most undesirable place, or after a couple of sessions, scuffs appear on your favorite leggings. Polyamide fabric, in combination with elastane fibers, becomes very flexible and stretchable, but at the same time elastic and strong.What is just as important with active and sudden movements.
- Keeps in shape. You don’t have to worry about stretching your knees, elbows or clothes stretching during use.
- Comfort. During training, we are already stressed, and we do not want an uncomfortable seam or prickly tissue to dig into our skin. Polyamide is very pleasant and soft to the touch and will not cause discomfort when it comes into contact with the skin.
- Elasticity. The material stretches very easily and takes its original shape.It nicely fits the body like a “second skin” and favorably emphasizes the figure.
- Does not wrinkle. This property is relevant when there is a lack of time; it is enough to wash the sports uniform and let it dry. It does not form any creases and folds, it will always look great.
- Conducts air. During training, the metabolism in the body accelerates, blood flow increases, and the surface of the body heats up, as a result of which the sweat glands begin to work actively. If we were working out in cotton clothes, it would instantly get wet from sweat, but polyamide clothes are very breathable, prevent the body from overheating and remove moisture.
- Does not fade in the sun. Modern technologies make it possible to produce a line of polyamide sportswear with UV protection.
- Easily painted in bright colors. That is why synthetic fabrics always have more attractive colors than natural ones. Polyamide can be dyed in any color and, most importantly, keep it in its original form for a long time.
- Easy to clean. Most often, it is washed by hand or in a delicate wash at low temperatures of 30-40 degrees, without aggressive detergents and bleaches, it is advised to dry it in a straightened form.
What are the disadvantages of polyamide?
- Static build-up.
- Does not warm. Due to its ability to pass moisture and air, the fabric does not retain heat at all. This is a great advantage in the hot season, but not in the cold.
- Oily stains are poorly removed.
- Does not withstand high temperatures. Therefore, do not dry polyamide clothes near an open fire or on batteries.
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90,000 Fanat Fanlife Sportswear
We select the highest quality materials to create your sportswear. These are only certified products of the highest quality. Materials for sewing sportswear used in the production of Fanat have all the necessary qualities. That is why the sports uniform of our production is comfortable and ergonomic, it quickly removes heat and moisture from the body, it is practical, easy to clean and withstands multiple washings.You can order a sports uniform according to your taste – from any fabric or knitted fabric we have in stock and its colors.
Types of fabrics and knitted fabrics used in the production of Fanat:
It includes such types of fabrics as cool-tech, false mesh, golf, as well as JS mesh, which is used on inserts to improve the hygroscopicity of the product.
Knitted fabric with a honeycomb structure.Fabric composition 100% PE
False mesh is a high quality cellular, polyester material that has a non-continuous structure. The canvas is excellent for air permeability and wicks moisture away from the athlete’s skin during intense exercise. It has a high level of softness and tenderness and is very pleasant to wear. Suitable for T-shirts, shorts, T-shirts.
Durable and wear-resistant. It withstands any mechanical stress well.
Knitted fabric with an absolutely smooth structure.Fabric composition 100% PE
Suitable for T-shirts, shorts, T-shirts.
Knitted fabric with a “waffle” structure and a noble shine. Fabric composition 100% PE
Suitable for T-shirts, shorts, T-shirts.
Knitted fabric with a continuous cellular structure. Fabric composition 100% PE
Suitable for T-shirts, shorts, T-shirts.
Bielastic micro mesh SPIDER
Composition 80% Polyamide + 20% Elastane Density 150 g / sqm
SPIDER is an innovative bi-elastic micro mesh from the leading Italian factory CARVICO. With high elasticity and breathability, it provides perfect comfort.
The special structure of the elastic mesh of Spider makes it extremely hygroscopic, thanks to which the athlete’s skin will remain fresh and dry during intense workouts, preventing irritation and itching. Used for functional inserts, increasing the hygroscopicity of the product.
MAYKA for sublimation
PE composition 100%. Density 140 g / sqm.
MAYKA – two-layer breathable fabric with antibacterial impregnation.Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying fabric that instantly absorbs perspiration and wicks moisture out, while promoting effective heat exchange, which provides the skin with a constant feeling of freshness.
Cooltech technology ensures high moisture absorption and keeps the body dry even during intense sports. The material does not absorb moisture, but removes it, allowing the skin to breathe. Ideal for active sports. The main advantages are durability and quick drying.
Composition 100% PE.
Composition 78% Polyamide / 22% Elastane 190 g / m 2
Newport is a new generation elastic fabric from the leading Italian factory CARVICO. Designed to provide high performance athletes. Thanks to the use of Xtra Life Lycra®, Newport linens are chlorine resistant, fit perfectly and retain their shape after exertion.The canvas is certified by Lycra®Sport. Newport linen clothing provides excellent muscle support, reduces muscle fatigue and increases the efficiency of the athlete’s workouts.
Composition 82% Polyester, 18% Elastane, density 190 g / sqm. A new generation of bi-directional elastic fabric from the leading Italian factory CARVICO is perfect for thermal transfer printing.
Products made from BRISBANE fabric are chlorine-resistant, fit the figure perfectly and retain their shape after exertion.Clothing provides excellent muscle support, reduces muscle fatigue and increases the effectiveness of an athlete’s training. High UV protection (UFA +50), fast drying and excellent fit are just some of the features that make Brisbane an excellent sports fabric.
Composition: 80% micro-PL, 20% EA, density 190g / sqm.
Revolutional Shiro is an ultra-white matte polyester techno fabric that is ideal for transfer printing due to its ability to brighten colors.
Fabric features: breathable, muscle control, pilling resistant, fast drying, UV protection, shape retention.
Composition: 50% cotton, 50% PE. Density: 180 g / sqm.
Sandwich is a soft elastic jersey used for T-shirts. The polyester face layer allows you to apply any full color image by sublimation. Perfectly combined in a product with a colored satin stitch.
Composition: 90% cotton, 10% lycra.Density 190% g / sqm. The quality of the singing.
Properties: durable and resistant to wear. Does not stretch, does not sit down. Due to the presence of lycra, it always keeps its shape.
Composition 50% Cotton + 50% PE Density 168 g / sq.m.
Knitted fabric “Evolution” is an innovative material on the Russian market, it does not differ externally and tactilely from cotton and, most importantly, is excellent for sublimation printing.Products from “Evolution” are distinguished by their softness, plasticity, and comfort to wear due to the cotton content. Printing colors on Evolution products are as vibrant and durable as on regular polyester, but they are much more pleasant to wear.
Advantages of knitted fabric: pleasant to the touch, similar to cotton; breathable properties; the canvas is not subject to snags; does not shrink after washing; suitable for sublimation printing; the print is bright and durable; does not shine at the place of drawing.
Composition: 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane, Density 190 gsm.
Elastic knitted fabric prepared for transfer printing. Extremely lightweight and soft, it provides a perfect fit and freedom of movement while creating a feeling of exceptional natural freshness. Highly breathable and quick-drying, Cipro is the ideal fabric for sportswear that will delight you during your leisure time.
Composition: 80% Polyester, 20% Elastane, Density 180 g / sq.m.
This material is soft and very pleasant to the touch. Among other things, it also perfectly absorbs moisture, having increased hygroscopicity. This “breathable” material provides free air circulation. You can feel great in a garment made of jersey both in winter and in summer. The material has an increased level of wear resistance. A jersey product can survive many washings and active use without losing its external characteristics and decorativeness. Jersey barely shrinks.
Elastane footer (stretch footer)
Composition 80% cotton, 14% PE, 6% lycra Density 250 g / sqm Quality: singing
Lined knitted fabric 2knit with addition of lycra. The fabric from the seamy side has a pile in the form of loops, which makes it warm, very soft and pleasant to the touch. At the same time, the footer is perfectly breathable and allows the skin to breathe. The material is resistant to the appearance of pellets and stretching, lasts a long time and does not change shape over time.STRETCH FOOTER is a kind of footer, which contains elastane (lycra), which makes the fabric elastic and allows you to produce products with minimal freedom of fitting.
Footer 2x thread for sublimation
Composition: 50% cotton, 50% PE Density 280 g / sqm
The upper (front) layer of the fabric has a composition of PE, the lower (back layer) consists of cotton. This two-layer design allows for a permanent full-color image to be applied to the front side by sublimation.Retains all the positive qualities of the footer.
Composition: 80% POLYAMIDE MICRO + 20% ELASTANE Density 190 g / sqm.
Modern fabric made of micropolyamide with a surface reminiscent of peach fluff. Extremely soft, delicate, pleasant to the touch and as comfortable as a second skin. Brushed, stretching in both directions, with a perfect fit. COLORADO is ideal for the production of clothing for sports and outdoor activities. UV resistance (UFA 50+)
Composition 85% PE + 15% ELASTAN
Density 250 g / sq.m.
VUELTA is a technical elastic brushed fabric from the leading Italian factory CARVICO. The back pile is soft and pleasant to the touch, creating a protective cushion that makes VUELTA an excellent thermal insulator for the body. At the same time, the fabric has optimal air permeability. This canvas is LYCRA ® SPORT certified. This guarantees excellent elasticity, recuperability and a perfect fit. VUELTA is a very practical fabric.Possesses pilling resistance, antibacterial properties, does not retain odors. It is a very strong and durable material, even with extremely intensive use and constant washings.
Fabrics from which ceremonial suits are made: microfizer, superelastic.
Lightweight “breathable” silky fabric
KH-1D (DEWSPO WR) with a density of 120 g / m
fabric composition 100% PE
Jackets and trousers made of microfizer are sewn on a 100% PE mesh lining.
Shorts for track and field athletics, tennis, ceremonial and outdoor shorts are also sewn from microfizer.
Superelastic Adidas Premium “
Density 230 g / sq.m.
100% knitted polyester fabric for sewing tracksuits, olympics, sports jackets, trousers and other clothing. The fabric stretches well, does not deform. The seamy side of the material has a small pile, it is soft, velvety, very pleasant to the touch; the front side is smooth and matte. Superelastic blazers and trousers are sewn unlined. The fabric is excellent for sublimation printing.
Ribana (knitted garter)
for superelastic and microfizer suits.
Density 382 gsm.
Composition 95% PE, 5% elastane
Ribana – dense elastic, which is used for cuffs, collar and jacket belt.
Perfectly stretches and retains its shape after washing.
Windproof fabric SIN-A1S
PE 100% density 131 g / sqm with PD, WR, PU MILKY treatment (water repellent, windproof). Extremely pleasant to the touch, soft and non-rustling fabric.Duspo refers to lightweight jacket and raincoat materials. This durable jacket fabric is made by tightly weaving polyamide threads. It is processed with various impregnations, which largely determine the appearance and performance of the material.
PU – the fabric is impregnated from the inside with a barely noticeable layer of transparent polyurethane, it is not saturated with grease or sweat and repels moisture.
PD – Seal back for fabric durability.
WR – material with maximum moisture-repellent properties (allows drops to roll off).
MILKY – A milky impregnation coats the fabric on both sides, enhancing brightness, providing fabric opacity and stiffening.
Lokker TWILL membrane fabric
Composition 100% PE, density 154 g / m2.
Machining WR, Membrane 3000mm / 3000g / sqm / 24h
High-tech membrane coated jacket.”Breathable” fabric allows vapors to pass from the surface of the skin and reliably protects against penetration of wind and moisture, wear-resistant and durable. Another feature of these fabrics is fashionable, juicy shades. These bright colors are perfect for casual, kids, sportswear and outdoor wear.
• ELAWARM (Italy) – the best-in-class three-layer fabric with a hydrophilic membrane.
1 layer: 85% PE + 15% Elastane
2nd layer: hydrophilic membrane Zerowind ® G “100%
3rd layer: 93% PE + 7% ELASTAN
Areal density 300 g / sq.m.
Air permeability: 2400 g / m2m, 24 h
Resistance to water vapor <20 m2, PA / W
Water resistance> 8000 mm (8m)
Highly elastic membrane fabric. It is used to make training clothes for the cold season. The elastane content in the inner and outer layers allows you to create clothing that fits the athlete’s body, but does not restrict movement. The Zerowind ® membrane makes the ELAWARM membrane absolutely waterproof and windproof, while providing air exchange and keeping warm.
You can choose the most suitable type of fabric or knitted fabric in accordance with your chosen model, as well as select the necessary color combinations.