Steal Her Workout Style Elle Linton Keepitsimpelle

 

Welcome to the second edition of Steal Her Workout Style, a series of interviews with amazing women who have their own unique sense of fit-style and put their fashion choices through their paces by wearing them during real-life workouts (complete with real-life sweat!).

My subject for this month is the lovely Elle Linton, a Personal Trainer, Sport Development Professional and Health & Fitness Blogger at Keep It SimpELLE  and the creator of the London Bloggers group. Inspirational is a word that gets thrown around a lot within blogging circles, but for me, Elle really is inspirational. She seems to live at a million miles a limit (I love reading about all her fitness adventures and vicariously getting my fit-thrills!) and yet she is always a bundle of positivity and is incredibly generous with her time and energy.

 

Elle Linton Keepitsimpelle

Photo Credit: Georgina Ellis at Fitcetera 2015

Describe your workout style in three words
Simple, classic, tight

What is your favourite piece of fitness apparel and why?
Has to be my footwear. I always ensure I’m wearing the right footwear for the workout whether it be running, gym, CrossFit etc. Footwear is designed to work with your feet – so for running, the shoes will support you in a forward motion only. This means if you wear your running shoes to go to Zumba you won’t be supported for the sideways movements and all the jumping. The right footwear ensures you get the most out of your workout and can perform to your maximum!

What one item/accessory has made your workout life easier?
A huge bag with compartments! My bag needs to fit everything I need for the day, from clothes to extra shoes, my lunch and snacks, my diary, laptop …then for when I go swimming or have a particularly sweaty workout, it needs to hold all that gear and protect my dry stuff! Having a bag that can fit all this makes my workout life so, so very much easier!

How does your training routine affect your fashion choices (if at all)?
I basically live in sweat wicking, fast drying clothes! I try as hard as I can to mix it up with a few normal pieces every now and again! So my training routine definitely affects my fashion choices! I need to know that the outfit I chose for that day can get me through work (either in store or in and office at a studio) through to teaching, maybe my own workout and then socialising (casually) at the end of the day! I think that’s quite a lot to ask for?! Sometimes I just have to swap / add a layer and maybe change my shoes and it works!

If you could only wear one fitness brand for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

This is a tough question! I think I would pick either lululemon or Topshop! If I had to choose an athletic wear brand it would be lululemon based on the fact that they have an awesome ‘to & from’ range which are “normal looking” clothes made with technical fabrics. If it wasn’t a sportswear brand that I had to choose but to wear for being active it would be TopShop – they always have great simple pieces in that you can sweat in and look like you walked straight out of the trendiest studio in East London!

Where is your favourite place to shop for fitness clothing and why?
One place I think that is a hidden gem for shopping for fitness wear is NEXT. They have quite an extensive range of stuff both branded and their own label! Sometimes they even have exclusive stuff you can’t find on the high street!

Function or fashion – what drives most of your fitness clothing purchases?
FUNCTION. Every second, of every day!!!

Complete these sentences:
I splurge on …. bags and jackets!
I save on …. tops and vests!
I always have …food and snacks… in my gym bag
You will never catch me wearing …. the colour red!

Massive thanks to Elle for being such a fabulous Steal Her Workout Style interviewee. You can catch up with Elle’s adventures at www.keepitsimpelle.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram

Becca FromSnickersToMarathon Steal Her Workout Style

Steal Her Workout Style is a brand new series of interviews with amazing women who have their own unique sense of fit-style and put their fashion choices through their paces by wearing them during real-life workouts (complete with real-life sweat!).

I get a lot of inspiration from my fellow bloggers. Whether I’m looking for a delicious brunch recipe, a new workout plan, help deciding which race I’d like to enter next and especially when it comes to purchasing a new pair of leggings, there is a small circle of great bloggers whose opinion I trust far more than any advert on the tube or magazine article. My first interviewee is Becca, who blogs at From Snickers To Marathon, and as well as having an awesome sense of fit-fashion (I think of her as the Queen of Cool Leggings) she is at the very top of my list of trusted bloggers.

Becca describes herself as a former couch potato turned marathon runner and general fitness enthusiast, she’s run two marathons, completed a Tough Mudder and most recently smashed her first weight lifting competition. I love From Snickers To Marathon because it is totally honest and genuinely inspirational, if you want to see what hard work and dedication can achieve then forget about Instagram and take a look at her blog – but first, keep reading to find out how to get her workout style.

Becca Fromsnickerstomarathon

 

Becca wears Sweaty Betty Mermaid Capris and Athlete Vest during the 2014 London Marathon

Describe your workout style in three words
All about leggings!

I love a pair of bright statement leggings and over the last couple of years have built up quite a collection. So much so that I have a little corner of my blog dedicated to sharing the legging love!

What is your favourite piece of fitness apparel and why?

I can’t choose between my many pairs of leggings so I’m going to say the piece that I most regularly wear with them – the Sweaty Betty Athlete Vest.

I love the fit, it’s cut long so it covers up my ‘problem area’ and I don’t have to worry about it riding up. It comes in a multitude of colours and patterns; I’ve got it in at least 10 different colours. It’s also great for layering, washes well and is durable- I’ve had some of mine for years!

What one item/accessory has made your workout life easier?

The ring cozy. I do a lot of lifting and this little piece of material slips over the top of my rings to protect them. I wouldn’t want to take my engagement and wedding rings off for fear of losing them and this keeps them safe from getting scratched or covered in chalk. Unfortunately it doesn’t stop the callouses but it does help the pinching you can sometimes get. Mine were from the US but definitely worth the shipping costs.

Ring Cozy

How does your training routine affect your fashion choices (if at all)?

Quite a lot. If I’m running my leggings need drawstrings and preferably a pocket. If I’m lifting then I’m more concerned about coverage and not showing off things I don’t want to. If I’m flipping tires or carrying things on my back then I don’t want to be wearing my most expensive leggings or a delicate top in case they get damaged. So I definitely make different kit choices to suit what training I’m doing.

Becca fromsnickerstomarathon Leggings with coverage for lifting

 

Leggings with extra coverage for lifting

If you could only wear one fitness brand for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

This is a difficult choice as there are loads of great brands but it probably has to be Sweaty Betty because of the range of clothing and accessories they offer. I’d wait for the sales though, much better value that way.

Where is your favourite place to shop for fitness clothing and why?

Again there’s a few contenders here but overall I’d say the Active in Style website. They stock some of my favourite British brands such as Lexie but they’ve also introduced me to some new brands which are now favourites like Dharma Bums – an Australian brand that make amazing patterned leggings.

Function or fashion – what drives most of your fitness clothing purchases?

A combination. If clothes look great but are annoying to workout in then I won’t wear them and it’s a waste of money. Equally I can’t remember the last time I brought a black pair of leggings regardless of how functional they may have been!

Lastly, complete these sentences:

I splurge on … leggings and occasionally jackets/hoodies that I’ll get a lot of wear out of.

I save on socks. They’re just a layer of material to stop your feet from making your trainers smell disgusting. I see no reason to spend £15 on technical socks when a £2 pair will do the same job.

I always have lots of hair bands in my gym bag. I seem to misplace them really easily and there’s nothing more annoying than having one snap and not having a spare one handy!

You will never catch me wearing …  A runsie. They might look good on the tiny ultras but for size 12 me with my slightly wobbly belly? I don’t think I need to say any more!

Huge thanks to Becca for being the very first Steal Her Workout Style interviewee! You can catch up with Becca’s latest adventures at www.fromsnickerstomarathon.com or via FacebookTwitter and Instagram