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Fitness Swellness: Aritzia’s Parklife apparel

Photo by Nathalia Allen

Getting your sweat on this summer? Shedding layers of clothing with the blazing hot weather here is always a motivating factor for getting fitter than ever. And this summer, Aritzia has launched a fitness collection called Parklife. The pieces are made of stretchy technical fabrics and there are loads of cute prints and great colours.

I’ve been working out in a few pieces from the line that I received from Aritzia a few months ago. First at a sweaty barre class at Barreworks, then at  the Bower Fitness x Kalola retreat I attended at Blue Mountain Resort (that’s where the shot above is from; I’m with my friends Mel and Sasha who are both dressed in Nike Women) then on a few runs on my own and while hiking in Vancouver.

The fit of the unpadded Crown Bra is comfortable (I wasn’t sure of the plain elastic on the bottom of it, but it didn’t cause any chafing) but I’d say it’s best for low-intensity workouts. The Timeout Shorts are comfortable and don’t ride up on me, but they are definitely one of the shorter shorts in my workout wear collection, so I’d say I only tend to wear them on very warm days and when I’m feeling pretty fit (they don’t offer much coverage!). I also own the Rematch T-shirt in neon yellow and this fits snugly, too snugly for my taste (I usually wear a small and the small I have really hugs the body).

Parklife ranges from $15 for socks up to $65 for tights (although much of the collection is on sale right now).

(Photo from Bower Fitness x Kalola Spa Retreat, Nathalia Allen)

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Leave a Comment July 13, 2015

Fitness Swellness: Champion fitness gear

Champion fitness gear

When it comes to fitness gear, style is what catches my attention first. But besides looking good, though, you also are calling for the apparel to function for you — wick sweat away from your skin, provide breathability where you need it, withstand numerous washes since you’re laundering them constantly. I’ve had some pieces for years that still look and work great and others that started pilling after one wear and wash.

For my upcoming workouts, I’ll be putting some Champion gear to the test. Champion sent me some key pieces that I’ll be running in and doing NTC workouts in (and maybe even stretching in — I still struggle with fitting in stretching into my life). This gear test has come at the perfect time as the grey and chilly weather in Toronto (plus the fact that this is currently my off-season) has me less motivated than usual — cozying up under a throw blanket is much more enticing lately!

Stay tuned for my full review on the Champion gear in an upcoming post. Have you tried their gear? It’s new to me so do share. I’m always game to hear what you love or hate when it comes to fitness!

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Leave a Comment November 24, 2014

Fitness Swellness: Tryfit fitness class pass

Tryfit pass

Maybe you feel like you’re in a bit of a fitness rut. Or you’re just keen to add something new to your workout routine to make it a little more exciting (there’s only so many times you can run the 5k around your neighbourhood, and at some point, even the hottie instructor in Spin class isn’t enough to keep you interested and motivated during class). Then Tryfit may be just what you need to discover a new workout or studio.

This new fitness pass in Toronto gives you access to 20 specialty fitness studios around the city — with Tryfit you get to try one class at each of them over a period of six months. All for $49. When a single trial class can cost about $20 at some studios, that makes it a pretty good deal — that’s if you’re up for trekking to different spots around the T-Dot to get your sweat on.

Studios include Flirty Girl Fitness, Moksha Yoga Downtown,Think Fitness Studios and Totum LifeScience (Roxborough) to name just a few.

I’ve got mine and hope to hit up a few of the studios over the next six months. How ’bout you?


Leave a Comment July 21, 2014

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