The game changers

Fashion

The new year calls for new gym gear: whether you’re training for your next marathon or just need a style boost to keep you pounding the pavements, these are the pieces that will help you peak in performance and style.

Discover.

1. THE MESH TOP

This must-have mesh top works for both high- and low-intensity workouts, offering breathability where you need it most.

FOR HER: Try a stretch-jersey tank top for days on the treadmill and a hooded jacket with panelled cut-outs and thumbholes for outdoor workouts.

FOR HIM: A mesh panelled hoodie with smooth, flatlock seams and moisture-wicking technology is perfect for running outdoors in the cooler months.

2. THE TIGHTS

Pilates, barre or strength training: whatever your choice of workout, your tights should feel like a second skin, while keeping sweat at bay.

FOR HER: Bamboo leggings with contouring side stripes. Not only is bamboo breathable and moisture-wicking, it also protects the skin from ultraviolet rays. If you’re an avid gym goer, opt for medium to high compression.

FOR HIM: Compression tights – they can improve blood flow and muscle recovery and regulate your moisture levels from the warm-up to the cool-down.

 

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3. THE MAT

Elevate your squats, side lunges and sun salutations with a mat that balances style and function.

FOR HER: A yoga mat made from recycled rubber and cork will make planking much more bearable. Plus, cork is antimicrobial and has just the right amount of grip so you won’t slip during downward dog.

FOR HIM: A large fitness mat that’s built to withstand impact from cardio workouts and absorb shock – whether it’s burpees or standing sprints – will work wonders for at-home workout sessions.

4. THE GYM BAG

Practical but polished. Water-repellent and scratch resistant. Your gym bag should be all of these and still elevate your workout wardrobe.

FOR HER: A colour-block duffle bag crafted from cotton canvas, with an easy-access side pocket for your water bottle, will seamlessly transition from workouts to weekends away.

FOR HIM: A metallic quilted backpack with contrast colour handles and a ventilated compartment for trainers. Best of all, it can double as your commuter bag.

5. THE WATER BOTTLE

A stylish water bottle is sleek, sustainable and will keep you well hydrated so you can perform better. You’ll never pick up a single-use plastic bottle again.

FOR HER: A plastic-free bottle – think one made from stainless steel or even sugar cane – is sustainably sourced, will stand out in the gym and is free from phthalates and additives.

FOR HIM: Look for a BPA-free design with an insulated sports cap to eliminate condensation, and a built-in hydration tracker.

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