When it comes to working out, whether you're a beginner or a fitness buff, your outfit is just as important as your performance.
Olympic 110-metre hurdles bronze medallist Hansle Parchment in 2012 signed with apparel company Puma and can attest to the benefits of utilising gear that works as hard as you do. "Living and training in Jamaica is a wonderful thing, but the heat is challenging, and at times, pretty exhausting. PWRCOOL (technology designed to keep the body at an optimal temperature to preserve energy is incorporated into a complete collection of thermo-regulated apparel and footwear) works well in both the shoes and training wear. I like it, the IGNITE PWRCOOL shoe is particularly cool," shared the pure and applied sciences student of University of the West Indies.
A long history of working with Jamaican athletes gave PUMA the perfect hot environment to test PWRCOOL as part of the development process. Karin Baust, general manager, Running and Training at PUMA, said: "We have designed PWRCOOL while always keeping the comfort of the athlete in mind. PWRCOOL helps keep athletes comfortable in hot weather conditions to enable them to maximize their workouts."
All the apparel is complete with PWRCOOL cooling print on the inside that activates with moisture. When you sweat, it cools you down. The PWRCOOL collection is also designed with CoolCELL - highly functional materials that draw sweat away from the skin, while anatomically placed air-flow features offer superior temperature regulation. CoolCELL keeps the body cool and dry during exercise. No you can never sweat a work out. And that's not all, Puma's DryCELL technology aids with moisture management. This means that while you workout in this performance fabric, it helps keep you cool and dry. In fact, according to Puma, wearing this fabric will keep you up to 50 per cent drier than cotton-blend fabrics.
Known to many via social media where she openly shares her fitness journey in an effort to inspire others to live a fit and healthy lifestyle is Kamila McDonald. The personal trainer and sports nutritionist is also the ambassador for adidas women, bringing the adidas performance and style credentials to life.
One of McDonald's favourite items is the workout bra. Effortless stretching and twisting requires a minimalist sports bra. Offering light, flexible support with zero binding, this women's sports bra is a natural match for any studio class. Sweat-wicking Climalite material sweeps moisture away, and the slim straps adjust for a comfortably snug-against-the-skin fit. It's available in a reversible design so you can mix and match your training outfits.
Another staple in McDonald's closet is the Basic 3-Stripes Long Tights. It's a pair of full-length tights made from stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric that keeps sweat out of the picture so you can focus on your workout.
From practice to play and everything in-between, look, feel and work out like the pros.