In case you missed the memo, winter and I are not friends. Frankly, I see winter as the Joker to my Batman, the Voldemort to my Harry Potter, and the Donald Trump to my every-intelligent-human-on-earth.
Now this is all well and good, but I went and chose a career as an outdoor personal trainer, didn’t I? It’s hard to avoid winter when you’re hopping around the park setting up a session at 5.45am, so I’ve become quite an expert on all of the best fitness clothing to help you make it through the colder months with your sanity (and limbs intact). Here are my top five:
Skins DNAmic long tights
If you’re following me on Snapchat (do ittttt: lgf.jess), you’ll have noticed how many layers I tend to start my day with. The first layer is always a pair of Skins and the DNAmic range is my preferred choice at the moment. Skins compression gear is so thin that I can pop these on under another pair of tights without feeling like I have the quads of a male sprinter. They’re also a great option to wear during my own higher intensity sessions (without the extra layer over the top of course!) as the technology allows for more power and less recovery time. As an added bonus, they have a UV protection rating of 50+, which is super important under the Australian sun.
The North Face Nuptse 2 vest
I literally cannot imagine my life without this vest. I know this sounds dramatic, but I’m seriously 100% serious. Seriously. I would say that on a cost per wear basis I’ve got it down to about 8 cents. Maybe less. The Nuptse 2 is insulated with 700-fill goose down, which makes it toasty warm. In winter, I layer a couple of singlets and a couple of long-sleeved tops under it, and in spring and autumn I throw it on over a singlet (yeah, I’m that person). The best thing about a vest is that – unlike full jackets – you still have total mobility,
Lululemon Run: Cool Racerback
To be completely transparent, I’m pretty sure this Lulu singlet has been on every single ‘must-have’ list I’ve ever written… but I promise it’s with good reason. I probably have 10 of these across a variety of colours, some Lazy Girl Fitness branded (these are my faves, obvs) and some not. During winter they are my bottom-most layer, and as I warm up I start stripping off layers until inevitably I’m left doing burpees in my Cool Racerback. It’s produced using a lightweight version of Lulu’s Luon™ fabric which is sweat-wicking, breathable and fits like a dream.
Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve *Crew
OK so I know that Lulu is taking up 40% of real estate in this blog post, but this is a completely honest representation of my current fitness clothing wardrobe (yes, it’s a whole wardrobe). I have tried other long sleeve tops and the Swifty Tech is – in the words of Tina Turner – simply the best. It’s light enough to wear on cold morning runs in winter and the Silverescent® technology means you stay stink-free for longer. When I’m training clients (i.e not moving as much) I layer a couple of these under my TNF vest.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2
These are my new favourite ‘wear-everywhere’ shoe. I’d been chasing a pair of black and white sneakers for months before these came into my life, and as it turns out I’m pretty happy I held out for so long. I wear these to the gym, walking to and from work, training clients and even on short runs… although that isn’t recommended by my physio (nothing to do with the shoes and everything to do with my feet). It’s rare for me to find a pair of shoes that look good and look after my feet, so I’ll be sticking with these through this winter and well into next!
So there you have it – a list of the winter fitness clothing on highest rotation in my wardrobe. I’d love to hear what your fave winter pieces are too – let me know in the comments below!