After graduating from university, I finally found my love of working out. It was helped majorly by my housemate Sean and we started at PureGym when we first moved together. It was a 20 minute walk to the gym (which is motivation killing enough) but we managed to go there quite often. From then on, it’s been a slow progress to a healthier and happier body shape for me. I’m still not at the point where I want to be but I’m in a much better place than I was after just finishing university.
When I got my full-time job, I decided to treat myself and splurge out on the Ivy Park Gym wear from Topshop. If you didn’t know, this is the gym wear that’s a collaboration between them and Beyonce. Whenever I put this kit on, I pretty much feel like Queen Bee, ready to work my butt off.
I purchased the sports bra and waist high, cropped leggings. There’s a whole variety within the range, depending on your preference and the amount of comfort and coverage you want. The sports bra is snug and gives me enough support for my boobs (Ha, I said boobs). I think the cross over straps really benefit this and I doubt they’d be as supportive if they were straps that went over the shoulders.
Initially I had my doubts over the writing that went over the main area of my chest, worried that either washing or just stretching the material over the top would cause it to crack and become all wrinkled. I’m surprised though that nearly six months later there is very minimal wear to the writing which clearly shows the quality of the clothing.
The material is extremely breathable and in no way does it feel uncomfortable. I picked the waist high leggings because although I’m slowly toning up, there’s still a belly bulge that I’m keen to cover up. By doing so, it boosts my motivation to push harder in the gym because my food baby belly doesn’t show. The elasticated band around the waist also stays put, meaning no more annoying moments of pulling them up when they slide down.
I like that they’re cropped so they don’t make me look as visibly tall as full length leggings do. I don’t know why that’s relevant to me but hey, that’s just my preference I suppose.
The V-Back Mesh Sports Bra costs £22.00 and the V Mid-Rise Leggings cost £38.00. Are they worth the money? Definitely. Yes they are going to be pricey, especially as they are from Topshop and it’s a collaboration. However, for comfort and longevity, I’m pretty sure this gym wear will last for me for years without wearing out.
Do you own any Ivy Park gym wear? Let me know in the comments below!
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