It seems like as workout clothes grow in popularity, more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own ranges. I recently got some new gear from two brands that I hadn’t bought any running/yoga clothes from before; Gap and Aldi.
A few weeks ago my friend won tickets to a Gap and Glamour event to launch the Get Gap Fit initiative. They had some gorgeous colour ranges, I particularly loved the mint green and navy, and the coral and navy colour combinations. I ended up buying this multi-strap racer top which has an inbuilt bra. Love the coral double strap.
Additionally I couldn’t resist these blue leggings with a mint green band around the top, plus a matching mint green sweat wicking tank. I love how soft all of the fabrics feel, they’d be great for yoga as well as running/gyming.
Last Thursday I was invited to an event hosted by Aldi to show of their new running range, launching on 3rd April. Aldi do ‘special buys’ each Thurs and Sunday in store of certain products and ranges, and once these sell out, they aren’t restocked. I know the cycling gear last year was a real hit, and when the fitness range (including kettlebells) went into stores earlier this year I was very disappointed I didn’t live nearer to one of their shops. You can literally kit yourselves (and create a home gym) for a couple of quid.
Upon arrival at Crystal Palace Athletics ground, we were given the opportunity to pick out some of their kit to test out during our training session. I went for the shorts despite the cold, and I actually loved them. They aren’t see through at all, which for £5.99 is brilliant! My favourite bit of kit has to be the jackets that Laura, Adele and I all picked out (£14.99!!). We were particularly grateful for these windproof beauties as it was rather blustery out there.
Triathlete Daniel led us through some interval drills, including a few that recreated the ‘jelly leg’ slightly dizzy feeling that you apparently get in a triathlon.
Start with 20 squat thrusts…
then spin in a circle 5 times…
then run 200m!
Aldi were kind enough to give Tom some kit too, and although he couldn’t fit his head in to one of the t-shirts, the shorts, jacket, and most excitingly, the bluetooth headphones (£29.99) were very well received. With brilliant price points, I was really impressed with the quality of the Aldi running gear- perfect for those just getting in to the sport, or for items such as running jackets that can get rather expensive in other shops.
We tested out our kit on a sunny run by the river on Saturday morning before cooking up a big brunch- perfect way to start the weekend in my opinion!
Thanks to Aldi for the fun training session and kit to try out. Aldi is also a brilliant place to stock up on food and booze. They’ve won a lot of awards for their quality produce, and particularly their Champagne- look out for it next time you’re near one of their stores. I highly recommend visiting around the 3rd of April….