Fit for purpose
Warm weather calls for gym gear that’s cool and breathable, yet supportive. Katie Wright asks the experts for their sports kit tips
We all want to look good while we're working out, and to feel comfortable and unrestricted in our gear. How to strike that balance? The instructors at London's trendy KXU always manage it, so we decided to ask some the gym's most stylish instructors for their fitness fashion advice.
"I bounce around London like a ping-pong ball, so my go-tos are ones that I can teach, train and travel in without feeling restricted," says yoga teacher Danielle Wills. "I'm pretty minimalist with my wardrobe - monochrome is the way forward - so I'm so happy that many brands are bringing out clean-cut, beautiful pieces that can be worn and loved, day in and day out."
The good news is that it's not all niche and uber-luxe labels for these fitness gurus - they love big brands and bargains too. Here, Wills and four fellow KXU crew members share their summer sportswear favourites.
Danielle Wills, yoga teacher
"My Lululemon Align leggings definitely work the hardest of anything in my wardrobe - they hug and hold and move into the most ambitious of yoga postures, but they're so neutral that they look great on the street as well.
"I'm always a die-hard Adidas fan - an Originals bomber jacket is always useful to throw over anything, and their Warp Knit Crop holds a special place in my heart.
"I also just got an oversized jumper from Gymversus, who only do monochrome... it's softer than butter.
"For kicking around, though, my Vans get me through everything. From breakfast meetings and weight training to an animal flow class, there's nothing they can't do."
Saskia Vidler, yoga teacher
"The only brand snobs are my feet - Adidas UltraBoosts are perfect for running and getting me from A to B. Otherwise, I'm not brand-loyal. Ultimately, I'm happiest wearing colourful Nike retro shorts and an oversized T-shirt.
"For hoodies and tees, Free City is a Californian brand I've been obsessed with for years. Super-soft cottons and incredibly cool prints.
"My legs love 2XU black compression leggings as they feel and look great in them.
"Otherwise, it's the colourful collection of The Upside. Their shapes are incredibly flattering and prints are original."
Alex Rogers, spin instructor
"A few of my favourite sportswear brands have to be, firstly, Victoria's Secret Pink for really fun basics with cute colours and bright prints. This brand is good-quality but very affordable.
"Freddy is an Italian brand that specialises in sculpting the fine female form. Their leggings are designed to make your bum look more peachy and pert.
"Last but not least, Spiritual Gangster. I love every piece this brand creates. Their slogans are beautiful and their materials are super cosy and soft. Best for soft baggy muscle tanks and cosy tracksuits."
Laura Hoggins, HIIT and strength trainer
"My go-to brand for summer 2018 sportswear is Reebok. They blend performance with style and have some incredible new designs that can take me from squatting in the studio to bubbles and brunch and back again.
"I like to mix up my training with a blend of both strength and conditioning, so I need a training shoe that is light, comfortable, durable and can stand the heat.
"My all-time favourite cross-training shoe is the new Nano 8 Flexweave - I can box-jump, deadlift, and push a prowler in style."
Pete Geracimo, metabolic conditioning trainer
"My sports brand of choice is 2XU. They are really an incredible company to work with and they really put special care into all the products they produce.
"Regardless if you are an Olympic or recreational athlete, 2XU will have what you need in order to excel and perform at your best.
"Their compression fabric is highly powerful, lightweight and flexible for the ultimate performance.
"By increasing blood flow, reducing blood lactate and increasing lymphatic drainage, it enables me to train harder, perform stronger and recover faster."