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Fitness fashion. I’m guessing the first thing that comes to mind when you hear those two words is brightly coloured leggings, tops with funky patterns on, and comfortable trainers? Well, you might not believe it, but these two words cover a broad variety of things much more than just the gear you wear to work out in. From the literal definition of fitness fashion in the form of workout clothes: leggings, vest tops, shorts, trainers etc., to the fashion of emerging fitness trends such as crossfit and hot yoga, to equipment surging in popularity, for example resistance bands and foam rollers. 

In this article we are going to cover it all. This article rounds up all the current top trends, so we’ve included some of our favourite fitness fashion, including the best workout leggings (spoiler - we’ve even included a brand who make all their workout clothes from recyclable and compostable materials, even down to the tags!), along with some of the most recent workouts, equipment, accessories and trends, and we’ve even lined up some of the best fitness fashion blogs for you to take some inspiration from!

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out about all the latest fitness fashion trends!

 

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1. Fitness Fashion: Workout Clothes

The first section of this article is going to cover workout clothes. We’ve put together the top 7 pieces from brands you may of heard of, and some you may have never heard of, including a range of the latest work out clothes for both male and female focusing on the latest trends. We’ve mainly focussed on tanks, tops and trainers, as we’ve compiled a list of the best workout leggings in the next section. So if you want to read all about some inspiring brands, keep on reading!

We’ve rated each choice out of 5 against three criteria - affordability, comfort, and durability - 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest. So let’s get right into it! We’ve divided this section up by brand and included a piece or two from each brand.

1. Primark - Two in One Sport Top - £7.00

Fitness Fashion: Primark 2 in 1 top

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 3/5 

Durability 2/5

If you’re looking for a bargain, Primark is the place to go. This two in one sports top offers a multi-layered option for an affordable price. However, although you’re getting a bargain, this top is not so durable, and stretches out and loses its shape and colour after a while. It’s also not the best quality material, so some people may find it scratchy and uncomfortable.

2. Primark - Red Heel Trainer - £16.00

Fitness Fashion: Primark Red Heel Trainer

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 2/5 

Durability - 2/5 

Found in the men’s section, this trainer offers an affordable option for footwear. Primark trainers generally boast a memory foam sole for added comfort, however these trainers will not provide the same level of support and comfort as specifically and carefully designed workout trainers. Furthermore, you shouldn’t expect to get years out of these trainers, although you could get a year or two out of them if you take good care of them. Overall, these trainers are a good short-term, low budget option.

3. Sweaty Betty - Enchant Gym Vest - £55.00

Fitness Fashion: Sweaty Betty

Affordability - 3/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 4/5

This vest is a great option for summer with its relaxed fit, lightweight fabric and open back. The material is soft, airy and comfortable, making it perfect for those workouts on long summer days. This vest is slightly more on the pricey side, so you should see it as an investment piece for your workout wardrobe. It is definitely worth the price though, as it’s long lasting, versatile, and super comfy.

4. Nike - Tech Pack, Men’s Running Top - £54.95

Fitness Fashion: Nike TechPack Running Top

Affordability - 4/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 4/5

As described by Nike themselves, the Nike Tech Pack Running Top is crafted for comfort. This top also features swift vents on the sides which allow you to move freely. This top feels amazing, top quality fabric, and, we will admit, is very comfortable. Fairly priced, this running top is a great option as a new addition to your collection. Nike is also a well known brand with a strong reputation, so you know you’re getting great quality and value for money with this product.

5. Nike - Epic React Flyknit 2 Unité Totale - £129.95

Fitness Fashion: Nike Flyknit Trainer

Affordability - 2/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 5/5

These trainers come with quite a high price tag, however they are super high quality and offer great value for money. These trainers are designed to contour your feet to provide maximum comfort and support. The base is created with durable Nike React technology, which is both ultra-soft and responsive, and they also have a moulded heel for a secure feel. And that’s not all! The traction pattern has rubber on the forefoot and heel to enhance durability and traction just where you need it. So, at a first glance these trainers seem quite expensive, but take a closer look and you get a comfortable, durable and supportive trainer - it’s definitely worth the price tag!

6. Under Armour - Men’s UA HeatGear® Armour Short Sleeve Compression Shirt - £26.00

Fitness Fashion: Under Armour

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 4/5 

Durability - 5/5

This top is a safe option for you guys looking for a new training top. Super affordable, offering lots of features that make this top great value for money. This top is comfortable enough to be worn all day, and features stretch-mesh underarm panels which provide strategic ventilation in areas that need it. On top of this, the moisture transport system wicks away sweat from the body. This product also features 4 way stretch fabrication, which allows for a greater range of mobility in any direction, therefore ensuring the top is super long lasting and doesn’t wear out. And finally, just when you think it can’t get any better, it does - this shirt also provides UPF 30+, protecting your skin from the Sun, making it a great choice for outdoor workouts on hot, sunny days. All these features for £26 - we think this value for money can’t be beaten!

7. TALA - The Aster Crop - £35.00

Fitness Fashion: TALA Aster Crop

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 5/5

Top marks all round here for the Aster Crop from TALA. This incredible start up brand is changing the game when it comes to affordable, staple work out clothes. When you learn that this top in particular is 60% up-cycled Polyamide (Q-Nova), 35% up-cycled Polyester and 5% Elastane, therefore saving over 40 litres of water and 2kg of CO2 compared to non up-cycled Polyamide (these numbers vary depending on the colour you choose), you can appreciate that the value for money this product offers is amazing. It also boasts compression technology and is super comfortable, as well as being long lasting and durable. 

As well as this, TALA’s packaging is recyclable and the tags are made from 100% plantable paper. If you plant, love and care for them, they will grow! The ultimate planet friendly brand!  

So, that’s some inspiration for half of your workout wardrobe, but what about the rest? Well, in the following section, we have compiled the best workout leggings for you so go on - you can’t stop reading now or you’ll only have half an outfit!




2. The Best Workout Leggings

In this section, we have brought together our favourite workout leggings that are currently storming the world of fitness and put them all into one handy section for your convenience. So, keep on reading to see our top 6 favourite picks!

1. Reebok LES MILLS® Lux Tights 2.0 - £49.95

Fitness Fashion: Reebok Les Mills Lux Leggings 2.0

Affordability - 3/5

Comfort - 4/5

Durability - 4/5

Reebok describes these tights in the following way: “Moisture wicking tights for a sculpted look with a stay put waist and cuffs. Keep sweat and distractions to a minimum in these women's training tights. They're made of moisture-wicking fabric with flat seams for an irritation-free fit. The wide, mid-rise waist has LES MILLS tape at the waistband and an abrasion-resistant back panel. The half cuff keeps the tights in place when you move.”

Source: https://www.reebok.co.uk/les-mills%C2%AE--lux-tights-2.0/ED8847.html 

Don’t they sound great? Plus, LES MILLS is a well known fitness brand and so it makes sense that their products will be high quality and durable. Reebok also states that these leggings are designed for any class, so from Yoga to HIIT, these leggings are a great choice for your workout wardrobe.

2. Adidas Believe This High-Rise Heathered Leggings - £54.95

Fitness Fashion: Adidas Heathered High Rise Leggings

Affordability - 3/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 4/5

These leggings are an excellent choice. Made with stretchy elastane, they flex with every move you make, making them super comfortable. The high rise waistband also provides comfort as well as offering extra coverage, handy for those shoulder presses or good mornings. Mesh panels also help to keep you cool as you get your sweat on.

These leggings are tight fitting but super stretchy, with an elasticated waistband, so they mould to your body whilst still giving you room to move. They are full length and high rise, so they provide full coverage whilst also not being see-through - a very important factor! Overall, they are good value for money and provide a high level of comfort and durability, and come from a well-known and respected brand.

3. GymShark Mens Shadow ¾ Legging - £35.00

Fitness Fashion: GymShark Shadow leggings

Affordability - 4/5

Comfort - 3/5

Durability - 4/5

These leggings are a good option for a men’s base layer, ¾ in length and tight fitting, they are affordable and durable with a decent comfort factor. All in all, GymShark is a reputable brand so you know you’re going to get good quality items for a reasonable price.

4. GymShark Womens Dreamy Leggings 2.0 - £35.00

Fitness Fashion: GymShark Dreamy

Affordability - 4/5

Comfort - 4/5

Durability - 4/5

GymShark’s Dreamy leggings are just that - dreamy! And these are the Dreamy Leggings 2.0 - even dreamier. Available in a range of pastel colours along with the typical black, there’s a colour to suit everyone! Again, as GymShark is a reputable brand with a good reputation, you know that you will be receiving a product that is up to scratch and great value for money. 

GymShark leggings are squat proof, meaning they aren’t see through when performing classic moves such as the squat and deadlift, which is a big plus. They are tight fitting and shaping and are very durable and comfortable.

5. Fabletics Leggings - 2 pairs for £24.00

Fitness Fashion: Fabletics Leggings

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 5/5

Fabletics have an amazing offer where you can purchase 2 pairs of leggings for £24 if you sign up to become a VIP member. Fabletics VIP Membership works slightly differently to a usual membership subscription. Once you become a member, you have different options each month. You can choose to skip your months subscription, in which case you won’t be charged for the month. Or, you can make a purchase and this also means you won’t be charged for the month. However, if you do not make a purchase or skip your subscription, you will be charged £44 for the month. This seems like a lot, but this subscription charge is stored as a member credit which you can then redeem at any time against any fabletics product.

We have rated Fabletics leggings as 5/5 for affordability, comfort and durability, as they offer a huge range of leggings, with different lengths, patterns, styles and materials, so you’re bound to find something perfect for you and your workout wear needs!

6. TALA - The Hosta Shorts - £28.00

Fitness Fashion: TALA Hosta Shorts

Affordability - 5/5

Comfort - 5/5

Durability - 5/5

These shorts are a great alternative to leggings for the summer when you want something a little cooler to work out in. Plus, they are the perfect match to the Aster Crop that we featured earlier. With a choice of black or grey, these shorts are made with 92% up-cycled Polyamide (Q-Nova) and 8% Elastane, saving over 22 litres of water and 1kg of CO2 compared to non up-cycled Polyamide in black, and saving over 14 litres of water and 0.5kg of CO2 compared to non up-cycled Polyamide in grey. Incredible. 

Coupled with the recyclable packaging and plantable tags, these shorts are the perfect value for money whilst being long lasting and durable, comfortable and flattering and great for the environment. You can’t ask for much more from your active wear.

That’s all for clothing - in the following sections we’ll look at the latest workout trends and equipment that are barging their way into the fitness world, so if you’re intrigued to see what the new workout craze is or which piece of equipment will revolutionize your workouts, keep on reading!

3. Fitness Fashion: Workout Trends

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If you’ve been aware of the fitness world for a while, you may know that often new trends pop up, new workout styles emerge, and different workout classes gain popularity. In this section we’ll take a look at some of the latest workout trends and dive deep into the benefits and negatives of each one!

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Cross fit

A relatively new trend, cross fit has gained more and more popularity over the past couple of years. CrossFit combines all kinds of movements and training variations (eg. cardio, heavy lifting, mobility) to create effective, functional workouts.

So, what are the pros of CrossFit? 

To name but a few, CrossFit primarily targets the anaerobic system of the body, meaning that, over time, you can build up your lactic acid threshold and be able to perform better anaerobically. (Working anaerobically means that your muscles are not receiving oxygen). CrossFit movements are also typically very functional and can be applied to everyday movements, which is always useful.

Furthermore, due to the recent surge in popularity, the CrossFit community has become large and widespread, and is very welcoming to anyone joining in so you’re sure to get a warm welcome and make plenty of new friends if you decide to give it a go. The community is also super supportive, so no matter if you’re a complete cross fit newbie or more experienced, you will be able to work out in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

On the other hand, where there are pros, there are cons. Some cons to note with cross fit are: It can be difficult for beginners, especially if you have never performed some of the lifts before etc., and a cross fit session is not planned and personalised for every individual. As everyone has varying levels of fitness, strength, flexibility etc., this can sometimes not only be a con but also a barrier that could prevent some people from partaking in CrossFit.

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is another trend that is relatively new and has been slowly gaining popularity due to it’s relaxing atmosphere and calming classes.

There are cons to hot yoga, some of the most common ones being a high risk of dehydration, a possibility of over-stretching, as your muscles are more relaxed from the heat you may stretch further than you are normally able to, leading to injury (although there are no definitive studies on this). Furthermore, you may struggle with the high temperature, especially at first, and struggle to keep your breathing even. There is a small risk of fainting/passing out due to the heat.

In contrast, pros to hot yoga include: increased strength and mobility, decreased stress, increased glucose tolerance and increased bone density. Another pro, although not necessarily scientifically backed, is that hot yoga allows you to “detox” your body by sweating out toxins. It is true that it will help to open up your pores which is said to be good for your skin, however make sure you wash your face afterwards to avoid clogged pores!

Boxing

Boxing has been around for a long time, however recently it has increased in popularity and boxing style circuit classes have begun popping up across the country. CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses in Boxing have risen in popularity as trainers are wanting in on the action and want to be able to safely and effectively coach their clients in this regard. (If you’re interested in getting qualified, check out our Boxing and Pad Workout Course.)

Pros to Boxing: Improves cardiovascular health and fitness, improves balance and co-ordination, builds discipline and concentration, increases strength and muscular endurance, improves reflexes, good stress buster!

Cons to Boxing: Can be a tough workout (therefore challenging for beginners), can lead to injuries especially with the hands/knuckles. Overall though, with boxing-style training, serious injuries are rare and it’s only with serious boxing matches and fights that the chance of serious injury is increased.

Pole and Aerial Fitness

Pole and Aerial fitness has become the latest fitness trend to storm the fitness world. Studios teaching these disciplines usually offer both pole and aerial arts within their studio, so you can have a go at both if you fancy!

Physical benefits from pole and aerial fitness include improved flexibility, improved muscular strength and endurance (especially upper body), improved cardiovascular health, can help you to lose weight if you are overweight, improve core strength, improved co-ordination and rhythm.

Mental benefits from pole and aerial fitness include reduced stress, soaring body confidence, increased self esteem, a warm and welcoming, friendly and supportive community, and you’ll likely make lots of new friends!

Drawbacks to pole and aerial fitness are the risk of injury - you will use muscles you have never used before and will be putting your body into all kinds of fancy shapes, therefore you may be at risk of strains and sprains! There is also a small risk of falling off the equipment which could lead to injury. Bruising is also a common side effect, especially with pole fitness, although this is not serious and is nothing to worry about, and should decrease over time the more times you perform each move!

4. Emerging Equipment and Accessories

This section is broken into two parts: the first part looks at the latest equipment currently popular in the world of fitness, while the second section rounds up some of the new fitness fashion accessories that can positively affect your training.

Equipment

Of course you can get a great workout in without any equipment, just by using your body weight! But it cannot be denied that incorporating equipment into your workout routine can have great benefits. Let’s have a look at some of the current pieces of equipment that are super popular at the minute!

Resistance bands

One piece of equipment that seems to be everywhere you look at the moment is resistance bands! Instagram models swear by them for giving them their huge glutes and sing their praises, but are they really as good as they are made out to be?

Well, yes and no. You see, resistance bands alone won’t grow your glutes or give you buns of steel, but they are a great tool to compliment your training. To increase strength and endurance in your glutes, you will need to add weights and do big compound moves such as squats and deadlifts. But resistance bands can be used during your warm up to activate your glute muscles and get them firing, meaning that they will be put to work during your workout instead of other muscles groups such as the hamstrings or quads taking over. You can also use them during your workout for added resistance, for example during a leg press.

And no guys, they aren’t just for girls! Everyone can benefit from incorporating resistance bands into their workout if done correctly. There are plenty of resources online - Google, YouTube and even the aforementioned Instagram - although do be careful with Instagram and ensure that the information you are consuming is coming from qualified fitness professionals who know what they are talking about, and not just a reality tv star or similar.

Foam rollers

Stretching should play a big part of your workout routine and schedule, and foam rollers can help get a little deeper into those little niggles to loosen out the tightness. Some fitness professionals like foam rollers, others not so much and they feel that foam rollers may not be beneficial without suitable guidance. It’s completely personal as to whether you find benefit from foam rollers or not. Perhaps a massage may be preferable.
You can get varying hardness and a variety of sizes and shapes of foam rollers to really target the majority of muscle groups, and again you can find lots of resources online on how to best use a foam roller. Alternatively you can always pop into your local gym and ask for advice.

Accessories

In the general world of fashion, the word accessories usually makes the mind conjour up images of scrunchies, hair clips, necklaces and bags, but when it comes to fitness fashion, accessories bring on a whole new meaning. Here are some of the latest trends when it comes to fitness accessories.

Fitness trackers

We’ve all heard of FitBit, which was the fitness tracker that stormed the fitness world not long ago. But there are many more options now available, and some smartphones will even do all the tracking for you!

You can link your tracker to an app on your phone, or simply track through the app using your phone, so you can view all of your data in one place. Fitness trackers are great tools for looking at your heart rate during exercise, seeing the amount of calories burned, tracking your sleep cycle and much more. 

Apps 

There are plenty of fitness apps available, for example the fitness tracking apps as mentioned above, along with stand alone tracking apps such as My Fitness Pal.

But some of the latest trends in fitness apps include workout guide apps, for example Fit Body App by Anna Victoria, or Sweat by Kayla Itsines. These fitness guide apps provide pre-set workouts for users to follow, which is useful, particularly for beginners, as it provides structure and compiles exercises that work well together to create effective workouts. Some of these apps also incorporate recipes and snack ideas along with meal prep guidance for an all round guided experience. If you’re looking to follow one of these apps, it’s important to research the founder of the app to ensure they have the relevant fitness and/or nutrition qualifications.

Another trend that has surged in 2019 is the concept of an app that allows you to purchase a day/weekly pass for any gym. This is great for those who travel a lot, or those who want to try out different gym chains/locations before committing to purchasing a full membership. There are quite a few apps of this kind slowly popping up, including Pay As U Gym and Hussle. 

Water bottles

Another big accessory trend is water bottles. Water bottles, we hear you say, but they’ve been around forever?! Well, yes that is correct. But the recent trend has seen a rise in stainless steel bottles, such as Chillies, which keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. Perfect for taking your water to the gym on a hot summer's day, or keeping your morning coffee warm. They come in a variety of colours and patterns, making them enjoyable to look at. Plus, they are reusable and durable, therefore also better for the environment than your single use plastic water bottles!

That’s all for the latest equipment and accessories trends for 2019. The following section covers the current general fitness fashion trends, so if you’ve been waiting for nutrition, sleep habits and other bits and bobs then carry on reading because it’s all covered below!

5. General Trends

This section includes the general fitness fashion trends circulating the internet. Some good, some bad - we’ve broken them all down for you below so that you can see the benefits of each and also the drawbacks.

Diets

Each year brings a new diet that is said to be the best thing you’ll ever try. The Keto diet, and the carnivore diet, which has high similarities to the Keto diet, were both very big in 2018 and are still very popular as we ease into 2019. 

Another diet that is popular this year is the WW, rebranded Weight Watchers, which has seen an increase in people following the WW plan. This diet is typically followed by those looking to lose weight.

Another diet that is increasing in popularity is Veganism. Unlike short term diets, veganism is more of a lifestyle change and is primarily undertaken due to ethical and environmental concerns, with a smaller percentage of people becoming Vegan for health reasons.

Supplements

Supplements have been around for a long time. Check out our article on Pills, Powders and Supplements for some of the most common.

Popular this year are vitamins such as Vitamin D, and the all around multivitamin. Protein powder is also still a big trend.

The biggest thing to note here is that before taking any health supplements, especially vitamins, make sure you consult with your doctor. You can have too much of a vitamin and it can cause some nasty side effects.

Gut health

Gut health has recently snuck its way onto the radar, and probiotics have risen in popularity with brands like Optibac and Symprove. Harvard Medical School Health Publishing says: “Probiotics are "good" bacteria touted to help maintain digestive health and boost the immune system. You can take them in a dietary supplement or get them from food sources, such as yogurt.” The article by Harvard Medical School outlines the benefits and drawbacks to probiotics.

Fasting 

Fasting has been around for a while, however it is only recently that more research is beginning to be conducted on this subject. A recent study by Edinburgh et al. looked at the effect of skipping breakfast before exercise. You can read about the study in more detail by clicking the link, but we’ve added a brief summary below.

The study was conducted with 12 healthy, physically active male participants. They each completed 3 trials in a randomised order each separated by 1 week - breakfast followed by rest (BR), breakfast before exercise (BE), and overnight fasting before exercise (FE). Their 24 hour energy balance was calculated after each trial.

The conclusions drawn from the study were:

“Neither exercise energy expenditure nor restricted energy intake via breakfast omission were completely compensated for post exercise. In healthy men, pre-exercise breakfast omission creates a more negative daily energy balance and could therefore be a useful strategy to induce a short-term energy deficit.”

Of course, there are limitations as to how and where the results can be applied. The study was conducted with a group of healthy, physically active young men, therefore the findings cannot be applied to women, older men, children, or those with medical conditions.

Furthermore, while this study has shown that skipping breakfast may be beneficial for weight loss, there is evidence from other research conducted that suggests skipping breakfast can negatively impact athletic performance.

Interesting, right? Anyway, that’s all for the general fitness trends. Finally, the last section aims to provide you with some juicy fitness fashion inspiration, as we’ve put together our favourite fitness fashion bloggers for you to peruse at your leisure. Take a look and prepare to be wowed!

6. Fitness Fashion Blogs

So, in this article we’ve rounded up all the latest fitness fashion for 2019, but we’ll admit we’re no experts. That’s why we’ve collated the top 5 of the best fitness fashion blogs below to provide you with some more in depth detail into this wonderful world, allowing you to either just dip your toe in, or dive right in and get lost in the wonders that fitness fashion has to offer! Keep reading to find out who made the list…

  1. Agent Athletica is the first on the list. You can expect a couple of posts per month from this blog, with a focus on reviewing activewear products, so you know what you’re getting and you can get an insight into the cost, comfort, durability and value for money on a piece before purchasing it yourself!
  2. Sportsanista is next on our list. A Seattle based blogger that combines sports with fashion, providing a different view into the fitness and fashion industries with separate focuses on both sports and fashion, as well as a combination of both. A refreshingly unique blog, it’s a definite must read!
  3. Fehr Trade comes next, and this is one of our favourites. An exciting, unique concept - this blog was founded by Melissa Fehr in 2005. Melissa posts multiple posts per month, and the focus is on sewing patterns. That’s right - sewing patterns! And she provides a range of patterns to follow, so you can sew your own work out clothes, everyday clothes, and even household items such as sofa cushion covers.
  4. The Right Fits takes the next spot. This is a blog written by an enthusiastic runner who is aiming to run a marathon in every state in America. The author blogs about trying to find “the right fit” within fitness and fashion, and documents her marathon training along with fitness product reviews. 
  5. Loubies and Lulu - last but by no means least! This blog is written by Andrea Overturf, who describes the name of her blog as coming from two of her favorite brands, Christian Louboutin shoes (“loubies”) and Lulu Lemon workout wear (“lulu”). Andrea has a strong passion for health, fitness and style, which all comes together through her blog, a perfect blend of fitness and fashion.

 

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So there we have it! A round-up of all the latest fitness fashion trends including workout clothes, equipment, workouts and blogs. We hope you enjoyed reading!

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Written by Hannah Oxborough

Fitness Professional & Blogger

Hannah is qualified in Exercise to Music and is passionate about fitness and discovering alternative ways to make exercise as fun as possible. She enjoys aerobics and Zumba classes, and taking part in obstacle mud runs for charity. In her spare time she loves reading, practicing her Spanish and walking her miniature schnauzer, Stella.