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Fashionable, safe workout outfits

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 12:38 AM
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Danielle works out in the Nike All Favourites Women's Support Sports Bra designed for low-impact sports. Its mesh back panels help improve air flow and breathability and wicks sweat effectively and features compression cups for comfort and support during light-impact workouts. This goes well with the legend 2.0 long grey pants with recycled poly fabric. The waistband construction is tilted up in the back for a natural fit and coverage while you bend and stretch giving it a body-hugging fit through the thigh and hip for a slim, figure-flattering fit. To compliment the outfit is the blue and orange Nike fee 5.0 TR Fit 4.
Coretta Gordon works out in her Puma Spring Gym Licious tank with scoop neck with contrast binding, stylish racerback straps with keyhole cutout, built in-bra with an adjustable elastic band for customised fit, with laser cut pattern for increased ventilation, and a reflective heat transfer Puma logo at left chest. The matching ESS studio carpri has highly functional material draws sweats away from the skin and helps to keep the body dry and comfortable during exercise. The FAAS 100 R v1.5 WNS are running sneakers with the appropriate technology for comfort. Gordon adds PR waist Bag with water bottle and a PR phone pocket.
Danielle Thompson is all adidas showing off her feminine muscles sporting a graphic tank B sleeveless - climalite material with a pink Heather bra - a sports bra with tech-fit material that improves joint alignment and muscle balance during workouts. It also keeps the body cool. Coupled with matching AIS M10 Energy shorts made of climalite material. Her perfect workout wardrobe is completed by Duramo 6 W workout shoes made of mesh material for ventilation, adiprene midsole for cushioning and adiwear outsole for durability. Accessorised with a pink gym bag.
Marcus White sports a Nike blue PE running sleeveless singlet that has cool cell fabric to wicks away moisture in addition to ventilation areas for improved air circulation at critical heat zones. It also has flat-lock stitching for less friction and higher comfort. Coupled with a red puma men's PE running wind jacket. This has a highly functional Puma Wind Cell material that provides you with durable yet breathable protection against wind-chill while helping to maintain your body temperature at a comfortable level during workout. Accompanied with a ESS Woven 3/4 sweat pants - a comfy capri with mesh lining. This allows air to pass through. With an elastic waistband, drawstring and stoppers at the bottom of the legs that hugs the body allowing free movements. On his feet, the comfortable Gel-Nimbus 16 is a Fluid Fit upper and the plush underfoot cushioning that makes the feet flexible.

Wearing the right outfit to the gym or your varying workout activities,  will not only make you look and feel fabulous, but will also enhance your workout and results. There is such a thing as the 'wrong gear'. Flair Magazine got together with Western Sports and Velocity Wellness centre for fashion and safety tips on the appropriate workout wardrobe just for you.

Something as simple as wearing a proper sports bra 
can do wonders. According to Margaux Brown, Lifestyle Category manager of Western Sports, sport bras are best suited for strenuous physical activity, because they are tighter than a regular bra, and it holds the bust and muscles firmly in place. “This is to avoid discomfort or unwanted movements” Brown explained.

Light, medium and high support sports bras are the three main types of workout bras available. “The light support bra is usually for A-B cups, and are ideal for minimal exercise activity. The medium support bra is usually for A-C cups and a mid level range of cardio activities- like short distance running and treadmill exercises. The high support bra is ideal for all cup sizes and provides maximum support for high level cardio activity like aerobics, zumba and running,” Brown explained.

According to Brown, tights, workout underwear and brief lining in workout shorts are all are appropriate gears for workout. “Long or short tights reduce the risk of abrasion, absorbs moisture and prevents friction between the legs. It holds the genitals in place thus allowing free workout,” Brown explained.

Brown told Flair that the appropriate shorts must be made of a lightweight and breathable material, it must have moisture management technology, odour absorbing and compression technology to enhance the workout process and aid  muscle formation.


Have you ever had to soak your feet for hours after a workout session? That maybe because you were not wearing the correct shoes? There is more to a workout shoe than you think.

 Rupert Johnson, owner of Velocity Wellness Centre who is also a former Mr Jamaica bodybuilder (2001-2003 and 2011-2013), explained to Flair the importance of appropriate footwear for the gym.

 “A gym shoes carries a gel that gives balance and support and helps to distribute the body weight evenly. It must also have instep support to prevent pains,” Johnson explained.

Johnson notes that the ankles should always be supported. The top of your sneakers should touch (at least) the balls of your ankle.

Depending on the type of workout or exercise you are doing, Brown highlights that different activities require different shoes, whether - running, cross-training or workout sneakers, all have special technological features that provides better support for the feet. “These shoes must have good cushioning in the heel and soul to support the different movements. They provide more stability, reducing the risk of injury or damage to ankles, back and knees,” Brown explained.

Male and female Puma and Nike gears

Western Sports – Twin Gates
Kingston 10
929 - 3307

Male and female Adidas gears
Adidas performance Store
Tropical Mall
14 C Spring Road Kingston
Tel: 754-8333

Velocity Wellness Centre
4 Three view Avenue
Kingston 19

Coretta Gordon
Danielle Thompson
Sheldon Mitchell
Marcus White