Keeping fit and in (relatively) good shape has always been an important part of my daily life. I’ve had physical jobs for the last 13 years and even when I worked at the riding school, I would spend my lunch hour running instead of sitting in the staff room with everyone else. I like to be active and although I’m older now and my knee and hip joints don’t let me enjoy running as much, I try to workout at least 3 times a week.
Before I met Rich I was the kind of girl who showed up at the gym with every intention of spending 45 minutes doing cardio and abs. Like the majority of young women, I didn’t know much about resistance training or HIIT so I stuck to the things I knew. I met Rich at the gym where he worked and he quickly convinced me to switch up my training to save me getting bored and also to help me benefit more from exercise. He introduced me to high intensity crossfit workouts, weight training and Olympic lifting.
These days I head to the gym with some sort of plan as to what I’m training and if I don’t, I will almost always google a crossfit workout because they are convenient and require little planning. At the moment I’m following 2 workouts from YouTuber Jade Joselyn, one butt workout and one back and shoulder workout. I aim to do the butt workout twice a week and the upper body workout once a week and somewhere in between I’ll throw in a HIIT session to mix things up a bit.
Following routines are a great way to get started if you’re new to the gym. I take a notebook and pen with me with my workouts written down so I can see them in front of me. I’m supposed to record my weights too but to be honest, I’m really not the best at this!
When I start to see results and I’m feeling good about my body, I tend to be more motivated to workout. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and so there are days when I literally have to drag myself to the gym to exercise. I’ve always sworn by the fact if I feel good in my gym clothes I find it easier to put the effort in. I am a huge fan of my gym clothes and if you know me well enough you will know there’s rarely a day that goes by where I do not leave the house wearing them, even on days I’m not working out! I’m not even sorry.
Having the right pair of workout leggings is probably one of the most important things to me and there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you’re training. I bought some really nice (and expensive) leggings from Adidas but after a few wears they just kept falling down and this wasn’t due to the fact I’d lost any weight! So now I can’t workout in them which is a massive shame as they are really flattering on me. I have a selection of different leggings I workout in but the majority of them are from either H&M or TK Maxx.
You can’t be too fussy when buying your leggings because the last things you want are leggings that go see through every time you bend over, or sweat patches between your legs, which is why I always steer clear of grey leggings even though my heart longs for them each time I’m out shopping! Everyone who is anyone seems to own a pair of the Gymshark Flex Leggings and I was beginning to feel like I was the only one who didn’t have any! By the time I got round to ordering they had gone out of stock so you can imagine how excited I was when Gymshark contacted me to see if I wanted to work with them!
They sent me a pair of the flex leggings in rich purple/marl with a soft lilac waistband as they were the only ones they had left in the warehouse in my size. I usually get either an extra small or a small depending on the style of legging. I find that leggings with waistbands similar to these Gymshark ones have a tendency to cut in slightly so in that case I go for a small. As you can see, they do still cut in slightly but to be fair I prefer this to leggings that fall down. Also, it gives me a bit of incentive to lose a bit of fat! LOL.
9 times out of 10 I go for 3 quarter length because I have such short little legs but these ones are actually quite long so I’ve turned them under. Tall people will definitely have no problem with the length of these leggings, it’s us shorties who may find the length a bit of an issue! These ones are next on my list as I think they will be super flattering.
I like my leggings to be tight enough that they don’t fall down but stretchy enough to feel comfortable when I’m squatting, lunging and deadlifting and these Gymshark ones are really comfortable. They kind of feel similar to wearing tights in the sense they are not restrictive at all, and more importantly, they do not go see through nor do they show sweat marks! Result.
My favourite thing about them is the two tone pattern on the back because it’s really flattering on your butt, which in itself is definitely a reason to buy a pair!
These leggings are so popular that they are nearly always out of stock but Gymshark do tend to release new ones every few months. Head on over to their website to check availability.
*I collaborated with Gymshark on this blog post and couldn’t be happier to share it with you! A big thanks to Gymshark for working with me and giving me these awesome leggings that I’ve wanted forever! This is my 100% honest opinion.
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