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Born in the multicultural city of Toronto and raised by a French mother and Chinese father, Adrianne Ho grew up with a strong appreciation for rich food and quality living. Once she was discovered and started modeling globally, she adapted a healthier approach to worldly cuisines, and developed a strong passion for health and fitness, which is best displayed on her blog Sweat The Style and social media accounts.
Favorite workout? “Spinning.”
Can’t-live-without fitness fashion item? “My Supermodel tank top looks great thrown over any sports bra and has one of my favorite graphics of all time.”
What made you fall in love with exercise? “The way I would feel after a workout! Staying fit gives me energy, clears my mind, and allows me to eat the food I love without regret.”
What’s a wellness trend you wish you could make happen? “I wish [that] instead of going out to the club on Friday or Saturday nights, everyone would go to workout classes instead. These classes would have the same energy, music, and lights as a nightclub would. It would be so fun and give everyone an opportunity to sweat over the weekend!”
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Follow 20-something Chase Lindsay Rosen around New York City as she tries different workouts while wearing the coolest outfits. Inspired by fashion, music, and wellness, Chase started her Athleisurely blog as a way to show people how to combine trendiness with treadmills. Working at Bandier, an upscale fitness fashion boutique based in New York, has only inspired her style more by exposing her to up-and-coming brands.
Favorite workout? “Barre! Lately I cannot get enough of Flybarre. I love the energy and it helps sculpt my body in ways I didn’t know possible.”
How do make your workout clothes “work” outside the gym? “It’s all about finding pieces that transition easily. i find the transition to be easiest with a stylish pair of sneakers (or sneaker wedges), a great draped or cropped jacket or even a baseball hat. it’s surprising how well athletic apparel can make for an on-trend look when paired properly and well-balanced.”
What’s the one fitness item you cannot live without? “It’s a tie [between] an amazing pair of printed leggings and a fun pair of sneakers. I also never leave home without my bkr bottle!”
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The gorgeous Bianca Cheah is a glowing (literally—her skin is flawless!) image of wellness, and one of Australia’s most stylish spokespersons for health and fitness. Seeing a gap in the market for a stylish health and fitness site, Bianca launched a blog called Sporteluxe in December 2012. In less than a year, it developed a cult following and transformed into one of the country’s most innovative digital publications, leading the way in the luxury wellness space.
What are some athleisure staples? “A great pair of trainers and tights that can take you from gym to lunch!”
Who do you follow for fitspiration? “Kate Kendall (@activeyogi), who is my yoga mentor, Rachel Brathen (@yoga_one), and Leah Kim (@LeahKim) are incredible yogis, and Tash Oakley (@TashOakley) and Devin Brugman (@DevinBrugman) from @abikiniaday have very inspirational accounts.”
What’s an essential item that can transform an outfit from gym to street? “The Adidas Stella Sport trainers. Wear them to the gym and then slip them on with a pair of skinny jeans, t-shirt, and denim jacket like I do and you’re set! Also, the new Olympia Black leggings with the ruching at the knee. Great with trainers and a shirt and jacket. Ive never had so many comments on these tights!”
Why should women embrace the athleisure lifestyle? “It’s just simple. You wear activewear and then wear sports-inspired pieces in your normal day-to-day life [and] then you naturally want to stay healthy and fit. It’s such a motivator.”
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Diana and Felicia are two sister personal trainers from Sydney who’ve quietly gained a huge Instagram and blog following by posting photos of their training, workout selfies, healthy diet, and pre- and post-workout clothes—it doesn’t hurt that they’re drop dead gorgeous either. When they’re not snapping fitspirational pics, Diana and Felicia stay busy by blogging on Base Body Babes, offering online personal training, and maintaining their newly-opened Base Gym and Cafe.
Favorite workout? “We love a great squat session. Our training involves a combination of strength and circuit days with weights and we enjoy doing both, but our strength days are our favourite. We love feeling strong and fit, it’s very empowering!” Diana says.
Whats a fitness trend you wish you could make happen? “Sporty knee high socks. We think they look fun teamed with cool workout gear, plus they would really come in handy on our deadlift days, when we need to protect our shins from the barbell!” says Felicia.
How do make your workout clothes “work” outside the gym?: “We have a lot of monochrome pieces that we can mix and match. We live in black compression tights, plain and printed crop tops (often Nike or The Upside) and then throw on an oversized casual singlet or tee from luxe brands like Bassike, Jac & Jack and T by Alexander Wang to create a more stylish, casual street style look. We love a good mesh piece (this is First Base has an incredible selection) to take us from day to night and an amazing pair of structured heels can really help create a great sports luxe look,” says Felicia.
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As an former gymnast and dancer, Cat Meffan always had a passion for a healthy lifestyle. Her blog Imperfect Matter includes posts about her personal fitness journey along with product, clothing, and fitness class reviews. But she’s a girlie girl too—as evidenced by her fine jewelry line.
What’s your fitness routine like? “At the moment, I’m following Kayla Istine’s fitness guide and adding in my own yoga sessions and gymnastics workouts. I’m also training for a 10K, so squeezing in a couple of runs each week. I love to keep my body guessing with what’s coming next and I love to have fun whilst I workout, hence all of the gymnastics and spending most of my time upside-down!”
What’s your top athleisure outfit staple? “My Nike trainers. I’ve got such a bad shopping addiction when it comes to Nike trainers—they’re just all so pretty and I love that I can wear them in the gym, but then also with jeans and a leather jacket.”
Why should women embrace the athleisure lifestyle? “It’s comfortable and 100 percent motivates you to show off your cool clothes. Not only that, it actually makes your day a whole lot easier [because] you don’t need to wander around with an extra bag of clothes to change into after your yoga session, you can just head straight out to meet friends for lunch.”
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As a national fitness competitor, Lindsay Nutter found herself spending most of her time in workout clothes, despite her love of high heels. This inspired her to recently start a blog, Fashionably Flexy, as an ode to her favorite pieces of fitness apparel and athleisure style, which she describes as “sporty, simple, with a touch of sexy.” Although she hasn’t had too many athleisure-focused photos to date, Lindsay promises a bevvy of the latest fitness fashion and wellness-related content for future Instagram and blog posts.
Favorite workout? “Weight lifting—specifically Leg Day. Contrary to the common misconception that [women] lifting heavy will make you bulky, it actually gives you beautiful shape and curves and significantly helps burn fat.”
Describe your favorite athleisure outfit, from head-to-toe: “Lululemon harem pants, a cutoff shirt, a cape, and either my Nike wedge sneakers or a pair of pumps.”
Why should women embrace the athleisure lifestyle? “It’s the perfect on-the-go wear, stylish yet functional, comfy yet sexy. It also promotes a fit lifestyle and provides inspiration to stay active.”
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Faya Nilsson is a Swedish fitness blogger and personal trainer based in London. Her beautifully photographed blog, Fitness On Toast, includes training ideas, nutritious recipes, and the most fashionable fitness outfits for just about any situation. And if you’re wondering where the name came from, Faya says she chose it after moving from London (from Sweden) and discovering just how many meals were served on toast there: cheese, marmite, tuna, eggs, beans on toast…
Favorite workout clothing brand: “I like different brands for different purposes. For yoga, I love my Wunder Unders Lululemon and they also design beautiful layered tops. For tennis it’s Monreal, without a doubt. For post-gym, I love a comfy VS Pink ensemble.”
Gear you can’t be without? “My Bose headphones. The right music transforms a workout, and can turn a trudging 60 minutes into a super-swift journey. Good headphones that sound awesome and stay put are critical!”
How do make your workout clothes “work” outside the gym? “Styling. Mixing fashion items that fit well with sportswear. A great leather jacket (I’m an All Saints fan from this perspective) and a slightly more ‘fashion’ hoodie, layered on top of your gym look transforms it from workout to working.”
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Born and raised on Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, Leah Simmons has always lived a healthy, active lifestyle. Not only has Simmons been a successful DJ for the past 18 years, but she’s now certified as a Pilates instructor and a full-time mom! You can learn more about Leah’s life and her passion for fitness, fashion, and music on her website, The Dollhouse.
Name some of your go-to workout clothing brands: “I have many faves and I love to mix and match my pieces. Nike has my favorite crop tops, The Upside has amazing outerwear and tights, 2XU [has] the best compression tights, [and] Onzie has great prints… I could go on!”
Favorite workout? “My signature pilatesMAX workout, of course! I designed it for both men and women—it’s amazing for your core.”
How do you make your workout clothes work outside the gym? “A killer piece of outerwear is essential. Adidas by Stella McCartney does some amazing lightweight jackets that look great over your workout tights or with a pair of jeans for a more casual look.”
Name one piece of activewear you’re dying to get your hands on: “Well, it’s not so much activewear as active equipment, but I would kill for a Chanel surfboard.”
PHOTO: LEAH SIMMONS
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Christine Bibbo Herr’s blog, NYCPretty.com, is an ode to the most current fashion, beauty, and fitness trends, which she hopes is an inspiration for girls everywhere. After graduating from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Christine went on to work as a fashion editor at numerous top publications. Her passion for her work and healthy lifestyle has taken her from inside the fashion industry to the yoga mat, covering the hottest new trends and workout crazes.
Favorite workout clothing brand: “Onzie.”
The one fitness item you cannot live without? “Printed leggings!”
How do you make your workout clothes “work” outside the gym? “[By] taking your favorite workout pieces and incorporating them into everyday outfits. Like my favorite printed workout leggings paired with a moto jacket and Booties or cool high-tops for girls’ night out or a dinner date. It’s comfy and looks cool too!”
Who do you follow for fitspiration? “I really love @bagsandbunnies. She’s a great motivational energetic girl sharing her workouts and fave fitness fashion and healthy habits.”
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Yet another Australian trendsetter! Tully Humphrey of Melbourne created the Tully Lou label in 2013, combining rebellious workout gear with stylish streetwear. From the boxing ring to brunch, Humphrey aims to redefine what powerful women look like. Her Tumblr blog may be a varied assortment of healthy eating tips, motivational mantras, celebrity interviews, and nutrition fads, but her Instagram account is much more streamlined, focused almost entirely on fashion-forward performance wear.
How do you stay fit? “I’m a yoga teacher so I spend a lot of time bending, twisting and stretching! However, I do like to mix my workouts up so I will do a mix of yoga Bikram or Vinyasa, running, reformer Pilates, and a weight session thrown in somewhere.”
What made you decide to start your own active wear label? “I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss! After starting yoga, I found it really hard to find yoga/activewear that was a bit more fashion forward and fun! Even when doing physical activity, I wanted to express who I was and didn’t want to be boring and wear black all the time. So that’s when TULLY LOU was created.”
This interview originally appeared on Love My Body.