A couple of weeks ago on one very cold night (apparently the coldest night of the year) I joined Sweaty Betty and fellow fitness bloggers Zoe, Charlotte and Emma to shoot a few photos wearing Sweaty Betty’s latest reflective jackets! It was freezing, but lots of fun.

I wore the super chic Urban Pace Jacket, which is beautifully cut and embellished with flashes of reflective material to light you up after dark and keep you safe. I loved the slightly flared design of the body of the jacket and the funnel neck – it would look good even if you weren’t running.

I generally hate having my photo taken, but I wanted to share some of my favourite photos from the shoot with you guys because the jacket is super cool. You can also catch my short interview on the Sweaty Betty blog (thanks SB for describing me as a “top fitness blogger”!).

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I have been lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the SS15 collection from Sweaty Betty and it is all kinds of awesome! I am always a fan of Sweaty Betty’s designs but there are some really lovely pieces coming up that I think are unique in the sportswear market – really chic. A lot of sports brands at the moment seem to be using lots of seriously bright colours and patterns, but SB’s new collection feels a bit muted and much more grown up. On the whole, it’s all pretty stylish.

The new collection is inspired by nature, and you can see the influence of wings and leaves throughout the designs. I also got a peek at the new collaboration with Richard Nicoll, which is gorgeous. I loved all the reflective silver details and the feminine prints.

Here are some of my favourite pieces…

Double layer running jacket. Lightweight waterproof outer layer, with a nature inspired print and awesome reflective ribbon details on the sleeves, and a warm layer underneath. Jackets can be worn separately or layered together!

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‘Breathe’ tank. Sweat wicking but not technical fabric – great for yoga or for layering post yoga to meet friends for brunch or run errands. Super cute, so also suitable for non-workout related tasks.

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Beautiful premium running jacket, crafted from technical fabric and embellished with strip of reflective 3M. I love the funnel neck.

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Without flash…

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…and with flash!

And these little beauties from the Richard Nicoll collection. Love the pleats and the wide waistband! Edged with reflective tape and super soft bonded seams. Love them.

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I remember noticing SukiShufu leatherback leggings a while back and thinking how awesome they were. Galaxy lycra mixed with a cool thick faux leather waistband at the back; they were leggings but just more badass. So, I was delighted to get an email with details of all new SukiShufu active wear, which is available online now! You all know I am a sucker for great kit (who isn’t?) and the new range from SukiShufu looks like no exception.

Turns out that Sukishufu is a cool UK brand (I had always assumed it was US) that uses ethically sourced materials wherever possible to create its activewear. The lycra they use is chlorine resistant (good to know when you’re dealing with patterns in particular) and has built in SPF 50, as well as being breathable and light.

My favourite piece is the silver back candy pink yoga bra (the Miso Crop), which is beyond adorable. Normally I don’t do adorable. I do muddy and I do colourful and I do tomboy, but I genuinely adore this cute little sports bra.

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The range is available online now as well as at Harrods (if you’re fancy) and over at Hip & Healthy too! Here are a couple of my other favourites from the new range:

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I love a good NTC session. Last week I was invited over to a beautiful studio in Marylebone by Nike Women to take part in a special NTC session with Barry’s Bootcamp babe Anya Lahiri. We were there to test out the new Nike Zoom shoe, as well as the new drills pack in the NTC app.

When we arrived we were kindly kitted out in Nike training kit and a shiny new pair of Nike Zooms in the king of all Nike colours – volt. Some lovely Ekins chatted to us about the design of Nike Women’s latest training shoe – the sole contains strategically positioned hexagonal pockets of air for cushioning in the sole (not all over, you’d wobble all the way to the gym) as well as a firm ‘wedge’ in the inside of each heel to provide added support during explosive workouts (ski jumps, I am looking at you).

Little hexagonal air pockets!

Little hexagonal air pockets!

The individual air pockets allow the shoe to flex in multiple directions, which a solid air pocket wouldn’t be able to do. The Nike Zoom also has a ‘sock’ built in to the shoe so that your feet don’t rub on the material of the outer shoe, which is quite structured. It’s all, as you’d expect, very well thought through! You can read all about the full range of features over on the Nike website.

After the chat with the Ekins, we got down to business.

Having been through a Barry’s Bootcamp class under Anya’s command before, I knew what we were in for. After an explosive workout we went through several rounds of body weight exercises, super setting different body parts and working with partners to really push ourselves. I think the toughest moment was a round (I think it was a minute) where your partner held your legs in the wheelbarrow position; you’d do a push-up and they’d do a squat. Then you’d swap. PHEW I was glad when that bad boy was over.

Anya from Barry's Bootcamp. She is a total hardarse.

Anya from Barry’s Bootcamp. She is a total hardarse.

I linked up with the beautiful Faya from Fitness on Toast, and totally felt like I was squashing her when I did tricep dips on her knees while she held a wall squat.

The NTC drills routine was awesome and pretty hard work. The workout is based on explosive movements such as ski jumps and mountain climbers (classic NTC favourite) and is pretty relentless. I believe the NTC workouts come in bitesize 15 minute chunks, which is pretty manageable, so I reckon they’re a great way to improve your fitness dramatically over a short period of time. If you don’t have the NTC (Nike Training Club!) app… where have you been?!

Happy Nike babes!

Happy Nike babes!

The shoes felt quite comfortable for working out in and I definitely felt the benefit of the added air cushions – they felt very soft and cloud like! During the class I felt the sock slipping off the back of my heels slightly and thought it might be that I didn’t have them done up tight enough, but the main material of the shoes is quite stiff and when I next came to use them I found it difficult to tie them up much tighter. Due to the stiff material they also rubbed a bit on my toes as I have quite wide feet – I guess time will tell whether they loosen up a bit! I shouldn’t think this will be a problem if you don’t have wide feet though (mine are pretty much square, I swear).

Thanks so much to Nike for having me, putting on such a lovely class and for the beautiful kit! All opinions are, as always, my own. 

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Adidas have released a new film showcasing their new Energy Boost 2 shoes in all their wonderful boosty glory. The film features words by Bridget Minamore, voiced by Foxes, and showcases London in all its wonderful glory. You might even spot some familiar faces…

Check it out!

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