Every active lass knows that the key to a successful workout is having the right gear. Nothing ruins a good run for me like a pair of ill-fitting tights, uncomfortable shoes, or faulty headphones (got to have those tunes to keep me motivated). So, to keep you motivated to stay in shape and stay on track with your workout goals for February I’ve put together some of my favourite active gear for this month. From a must-have sports bra to wireless headphones with great sound, these are a few of my favourite fitness things for February!
1. Under Armour High Impact Sports Bra [review]
It’s killer sports bra like this one from Under Armour that make you realise that not all sports bras are created equal. This high impact compression sports bra is by far the most comfortable and best sports bra I have ever worn and after some careful saving, it’s probably going to be the only sports bra I wear for high-impact activity. I’ve tested it on the netball court, a road run, and even at a Sweat1000 class and it has been a lifesaver each time. It’s also super comfortable and while it offers an ultra-tight, second skin-like fit it doesn’t cut into me or make me feel like my chest is being constricted. As for the fit, it doesn’t get any better than this – the adjustable straps are lined with a special comfort gel to give you ultimate comfort and excellent control where you need it most while a mesh back panel and soft, moulded cups help to keep movement to a minimum. The UA StudioLux® fabric the bra is made from also feels soft and luxurious on your skin and offers a unique moisture transport system to ensure the bra stays dry and light at all times.
Find it at Total Sports stores at R1149 – click here to buy it now and score free delivery for orders over R500!
2. TomTom Touch Sports Watch [review]
The TomTom Touch combines body composition analysis with steps, sleep and all day heart-rate tracking, right from your wrist! With the push of a button, TomTom Touch measures the percentage of body fat and muscle mass in your body to finally answer the question: Is what I’m doing, doing anything for me? I really like the body composition feature as it gives you a good understanding of your fitness level and how it’s changing over time – a great feature for those starting out on a new training programme! Other great features include phone notification settings (which allows you to keep track of messages, phone calls, and more on your phone) as well as customisable straps (making it a must-have for fashion-conscious types). I loved using this watch at the gym and in my various fitness classes and I’d highly recommend it for someone looking for an all-in-one fitness tracker this summer.
Find it at most good sports retailers at a recommended retail price: R2499.
3. iFrogz Summit Wireless Earbuds [review]
These affordable wireless headphones are the ideal solution for anyone who loves having the motivator of music while they run or exercise. With secure fit wings to hold the earbuds snugly and comfortably in place, 5-hour battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, and easy-to-use controls with a magnetic clip they’re a long-distance runner’s dream. I use these headphones whenever I exercise now and find them a pleasure to use when jogging especially – I love how lightweight the cable and earbuds are and the fact they never get tangled or fall out is a huge plus! The controls can easily be clipped onto your shirt while you run and are super easy to operate when you’re on-the-go. Another big plus is the fact that the headphones are sweat resistant (so they can handle a pretty intense sweat session). The earbuds are designed to fit most ear shapes and sizes and the box includes a range of earbud sizes and wings that can be swapped out to find the perfect fit. As far as fitness headphones go these are extremely well priced and I love mine so much I use them even when I’m not in the gym.
Find it at Musica, Incredible Connection, Takealot, and Raru at a recommended Retail Price of R599.99.
4. Nike Zonal Strength Training Tights
While I didn’t get to review these tights personally they sound too fabulous not include in this list! Nike Zonal Strength Training Tights provide enhanced support and muscle awareness in the core, glutes, quads and hamstrings and will be your ultimate training partner in the gym. Nike Zonal Strength technology places areas of compression and areas of stretch precisely where you need them to help reduce vibration without restricting movement. A high-rise waistband provides additional core awareness, which is integral for all training activities, from low impact like yoga to high impact cross training. Flat seams allow for zero distractions when you’re sweating it out.
Nike’s Zonal Strength Tights are available in retail stores online from nike.com at R1699.95.
PUMA Speed 600 IGNITE 2 Trainer
Once again, while I haven’t had the chance to review the PUMA Speed 600 IGNITE 2 trainers I am super excited about these super clever running shoes. Most notably I love that the newly engineered mesh on the women’s shoe is designed specifically for women providing breathability and support without impeding the bunion zone area. The shoe is contoured to fit the female foot with wider forefoot fit and a narrower heel to create a superb fit. In addition to that, the high-rebound, women specific sock liner provides arch support to accommodate the biomechanics of the female body and allow for a smooth transition when running.
The Speed 600 IGNITE 2 retails for R2 399 and is available from 1st February 2017. PLUS, PUMA is running a special 2-for-1 offer with every purchase of The Speed 600 IGNITE 2. Customers will receive a FREE pair of IGNITE v3 (worth R1 999!) with every purchase of the Speed 600 IGNITE while stocks last. The special offer is available from selected retailers nationwide excluding PUMA Stores.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.