Review: Aqua Sphere Cara Swimsuit

April 3, 2018 at 4:19
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Nowadays more and more women are trying their hand at triathlon, which means getting the right swim suit for all those laps up and down the swimming pool…We tried out the new Cara swimsuit from swim specialist, Aqua Sphere

An Italian brand, Aqua Sphere started out producing swim googles renowned for increased peripheral vision and comfort but have since branded into swim wear for the active and triathlete.

They have a range of female swimsuits divided according to water exerciser, lap swimmer contemporary and lap swimming classic. The Cara swimsuit suits in the lap swimmer contemporary section, which appears to be for women wanting to dip their toe into triathlon training but who prefer the comfort of a more well fitting swimsuit than some of the skimpier ‘race’ swimsuits out there, which can leave many women worrying about how they’re even going to walk to the poolside let alone swim.

So, what did we think?

It is very flattering and super comfortable, without being too revealing at all because it doesn’t cut up high over the hips and it has a inbuilt shelf bust control for those women who need a bit more support. The adjustable straps looked fairly think and as the swim suit has a high back, we were initially worried it would feel restrictive when swimming freestyle but it didn’t impede our stroke too much.

For experienced swimmers or triathletes, the straps at the back and flattering fit might prove a bit of a hinderance and you may benefit more form their lap swimmer classic but if you’re new to triathlon or swimming, want to feel comfortable in the pool and out of it, this is a great swimsuit which would not look out of place on holiday or when training.

Available in sizes 30 – 44 SRP £43.99    www.aquasphereswim.com/uk

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Create your own wetsuit

September 2, 2016 at 8:01
Posted by Rachael Woolston

There are wetsuits and then there are wetsuits with WOW. The Cornwall-based Neon have created neoprene swimsuits where you choose the colours. Now, this is the kind of wetsuit after our own hearts…

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New Balance Spring-Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 at 9:43
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We may just be heading into winter but here’s a sneak peak at New Balance’s sports performance range for next season

Consider yourself a speed queen? Then you’ll love the W1500v1, which feels as light as a feather at just 175g. It looks and feels like a minimalist shoe but actually has a 6mm heel drop. We love the look and the feel though and can’t wait to try them out.  Aimed at those who need a little bit of stability. Which is most of us, right?

 

WI500v1

 

If  you are not a minimalist or neutral runner, there is plenty to choose from in the NW Spring-Summer 2015 offerings. Their stability shoes have a 10-12mm drop but feel light in the hand rather than being clunky despite a chunky looking heel in some of the shoes.

 

Pick N’ Mix your performance running shoe

Here at Fitbitch, we are a lover of trail running, so what of their rugged shoe offerings? The shoe below might look like a hefty tractor but weighs 228g and has 4mm heel drop. It looks good but only time on the feet will tell us if it performs AND looks good.

 

980v1 Trail

 

Their shoes look great but we LOVE their performance clothing for Spring-Summer. It feels beautiful to touch, has all the quality that you would expert of performance wear combined with great style and colour. Roll on Spring we say!

 



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Track Sin or Style?

October 13, 2014 at 1:50
Posted by Rachael Woolston

New York Magazine is currently calling US 800metre track and field star, Maggie Vessey, the most stylish woman on the track. What do you think?

After losing a sponsorship deal with New Balance earlier this year,  32-year-old Maggie Vessey, an 800-meter champion from Soquel, California ditched the standard vest and pants for designs that would more  usually be seen on the catwalk.

In an interview with Runner’s World last month, she explained that she had begun collaborating with L.A. designer Merlin Castell.

“I do want to draw attention to the sport and maybe give people who aren’t necessarily interested in track and field a reason to be interested,” she said.”But it is a very authentic expression of who I am, and I now have this opportunity to be able to put that out there, be bold, and take a risk.”

While I used to hate having to wear athletic pants on the track – which felt more Bridget Jones than sleek athlete – I’m not so sure I would have felt comfortable running in these get ups. But we applaud her willingness to stand out and be different. It’s like our#run loud campaign on another level.



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We love these #runloud tights

April 28, 2014 at 4:13
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Bin the black, embrace the colour of spring and get noticed with these fantastic tights from Australian brand, Running Bare

After a decade of working on celebrity magazines, I jetted off to Sydney to work for magazines on the other side of the world in 2000. And it was in Sydney that I found my running mojo once again after years of working late on deadlines. After all, how can you NOT run when you’ve got the Bondi to Coogee coastal path to run? Or you can race through the city taking in the stunning sights of the Opera House?

It was also where I came across Aussie brand, Running Bare. Fab running tights, cropped tops and tshirts.

So, I’m delighted to see that they’ve embraced colour this season. Expect to see me out and about in these #runloud tights at a race near you soon.

Why not join our #runloud campaign to get more women running? Find out more about it here.

From left to right, Chrissie Tight Fit Tight, £60.76, Toni Tight Fit Tight, £66.80



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The Puma Lust List

April 16, 2014 at 11:43
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Back to the 1990s: Puma Trinomic

Fitbitch was invited to the Autumn-Winter 2014-15 new looks from Puma, Burton, Vans (I’m afraid photos were strictly off limits for their collection but it’s fab, think Star Wars).

Puma has shifted strongly into lifestyle with their range harking back to the 1990s. Although at one stage, these Trinomic’s were what you would have run in. It shows just how far running has evolved since.

Their range is perfect for the out and about Fitbitch. Who needs heels when you can get footwear like this?

We’re loving their collaborations with designers such as, House of Hackney and New York designer, Sophia Chang. And while we’re on the subject of Sophia, check out her #runloud tights on her website! Nice.

 



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High Tide Heels

February 14, 2014 at 2:17
Posted by Rachael Woolston

 

We think the time may have come for these…high heel flippers anyone?

OK, to be honest these are not real and can’t be worn. They’re the art work of Paul Scheitekat.

We also loved these on the same website…helmet hair anyone?

 

 

For more information visit www.hightideheels.be



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The 7 Best Dogs for Sporty Women

August 14, 2013 at 11:13
Posted by Rachael Woolston

One of our coaches in Brighton, Kate, recently took on a Spaniel, Benny, after his owner could no longer look after him. She says it’s rejuvenated her running and no wonder.  Spaniels were originally are a type of gun dog, so they’re used to galloping around the countryside, a perfect companion if you are a runner.

All of which got us thinking, if you are really outdoorsy, lead an active, sporty life and want a dog, which breed would be best suited for you and vice versa? After all, it would be a bit of nightmare if you’re a marathon runner and ended up half way through a training run to find your dog lying down refusing to move.

So here’s our pick of the best best breeds for specific sporty owners.

 

Best for mountain bikers – Tibetan Terriers

Tiny but might, Tibetan Terries were originally bred and raised in monasteries 2000 years ago. They were used to herdign sheep and retrieving items that fell below the mountains, so they’re agile and love to climb.

Don’t let their size fool you. Tibetan Terriers, originally bred and raised in monasteries 2,000 years ago, make for excellent outdoor companions. Kept as good-luck charms and watchdogs, and originally used for herding sheep as well as retrieving items that fell below mountainsides, Tibetan Terriers are agile, excel in the snow, and love to climb.

Best for ultra marathon runners – Bernese Mountain Dogs

 

If you’re an ultra marathon runner with a penchant for the mountain variety, the massive Bernese Mountain Dog could be your best training partner. They will gladly take on mountain walks by your side, and will even carry your hydration and snacks for you. Easy to train, although most suited to a colder climate.

 Best for surfers – Portugese Water Dog

Barack Obama introduced these dogs to the masses when he took his to the White House, but really, these dogs w

ere bred to herd fish, and swim as couriers. Bred to herd fish, retrieve broken nets, and swim as couriers, they are the perfect dog if you’re a surfer. They are also very loyal and stay close to their owners inside and out.

Best for urban runners-  Vizsla

Renowned for being exceptionally easy to train, this makes the Vizsla the perfect dog for urban runners where it would help to have a canine training partner who will stop and come when called if in a busy, built up environment with lots of roads to cross. They also excel at speed and endurance.

Best for fast short distance runners – Dalmatians

Originally bred to clear the way for firefighting carriages, Dalmatians  can keep pace with horses! So they’re perfect if you’re looking for a faster paced dog who will keep you company while adding some pace training.

Best for marathon runners with small homes – Jack Russell

Renowned for having boundless energy, the friendly Jack Russell is perfect if you don’t have a large home and are surprisingly good endurance runners.

 Best for a family of runners – Australian Shepherd

Obviously, with a name like this, this breed was bred for herding but are known for having incredible people skills and a protectdive nature. Perfect if you’ve got an adventurous, active family.

Best for adventure racers – Huskies

Beautitul, independent and very active, don’t even think about taking on a husky unless you can give it the exercise it needs. For those, such as adventure racers who have a very active

training schedule. Capable of pulling a sled over great distances, the husky is perfect for week long adventure racing – and it will keep you safe too.



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Dive in: 3 of the most stunning pools in the world

July 19, 2013 at 6:56
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We love an Art Deco swimming pool lido here at Fitbitch. But, we have to confess to maybe liking these pools just a little bit more.

And you could get to dive in them yourself. If you have the money to afford to stay at the hotels that is.

From top to bottom,  Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, where the two tier infinity pool hangs over the tropical rain forest, Hotel Arts Barcelona, originally built for the Olympics in 1992 and stunning architecturally with it’s twisted steel and glass, or  Hotel Du Cap Eden-Roch, an elegant Napoleon III hotel was renowned as a retreat for artists, writers and Europe’s aristocracy. It is now the sancturary of the Hollywood elite, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival.



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Cycle Chic for Women

July 10, 2013 at 6:48
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Cafe Du Cycliste Suzanne Jersey, £100

If you are a reader of The Guardian newspaper, you will no doubt have read their four page pull out over the weekend about the improvement in men’s cycling chic, mostly due to Rapha.
But what about women, eh?

Thankfully, clothes for the girls are also getting better. Rapha have launched their own women’s line but there are plenty of other brands out there beginning to raise the bar on women’s style on the bike.

We love this fantastic road or mountain bike jersey from French make, Cafe Du Cycliste, although you can order from UK company, www.VeloVixen.com

 



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Biking in Bhutan

September 25, 2012 at 5:02
Posted by Rachael Woolston

What’s on your lust list?

Whether it is an amazing travel spread from Conde Nast Traveller, or a magazine tear of a cake recipe that has you drooling just looking at it, we all have those things that we tear out and keep, or file away in our memory or IPhone notes, hoping that one day, some day we will have the time or money to sate our lust.

And this is definitely on our Fitbitch Lust List,  The Tour of the Dragon Race.

A 268 kilometre mountain bike race across the Kingdom of Bhutan, it is considered one of the toughest, most gruellng mountain bike races in the world. Why? It starts at 2700metres and climbs over four mountain passes, the  highest of which involves a thigh-burning climb up to 3340 metres.

You may be wondering why THAT would be something we’d want to do. Well, Fitbitches are the adventurous kind.

Besides, with the pain comes gain, including the opportunity to ride through some of the last remaining pristine forests in the world, and visiting a country that scores high on the beauty stakes, from dramatic rhododendron forests, plunging gorges and ice capped mountains, to stunning fortresses.

Bhutan Mountain Biking

Of course, if you prefer a little more luxury, travel company Amankora website offer a nine day guided trip, staying in luxury lodges and culminating in entry to the big race.

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Trips cost from £8,215, including all meals and accommodation. (Er, and that is why it is on our lust list. Not our To do right now list).

We have missed this year’s race but sign up for next year’s on September 7, 2013 for $300 at Tour of the Dragon Race.



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