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I have a confession to make. I’ve not done very well at the 30 Day Shred. By now I should be pushing towards day 30, showing off my abs and well into level 3. But the truth is I’ve only managed to get halfway to day 10. It’s not because I not enjoying it, it’s purely because my schedule has got in the way, and I keep finding excuses not to squeeze it in. I’m feeling very guilty – it’s only 30 days and the last two times I’ve done it I’ve managed to fit it around my life with only a couple of missed days. But for some reason I’m struggling this time.
But I’m not giving up. Next week, I start again, and this time I will persevere. I have no excuses this time – no fashion week, no Oscars all-nighters, no big events after work. I’ve just bought three more of Jillian’s workout DVDs (Ripped in 30, No More Trouble Zones and Killer Buns & Thighs) to work my way through. And to help push me through those tough first ten days of killer workouts, I’m using the workouts as an excuse to try a few pieces of fitness clothing too.
The problem I’ve found so far is that supposed ‘sports’ clothing is often anything but. My Stella McCartney for Addidas cropped leggings with a swirled seam look great, but they slowly disappear down my hips and halfway down my thighs by the end of one minute of squats. I’ve started wearing Zaggora Flares instead, which are like leggings made out of wetsuit material that make you sweat more during your workout for optimum fat burning. They do seem to help keep body temperature up, but they also squeak and rustle throughout.
And then come the trainers. Oh, the trainers! I quickly learned you cannot shred in bare feet. You need the support of a pair of trainers designed for fitness. But since I’m the least sporty woman on the planet, I have the most profunctory pair of Nikes known to man – plain white ones with thin soles and no detail that cost me about £20 in TK Maxx. Not exactly the cool Nike Air Max styles I should probably be wearing. I think it’s time I upgraded – but perhaps I need to do more than 20 minutes a day before I can justify investing in a pair.
There is one area where I’ve got it sorted though, and that is my sports bra. I’m switching between a Shock Absorber and a Panache style now (review to come) and it’s amazing to be able to work out without the jiggle that usually comes when you combine a big bust and jumping jacks! I really believe you can wear whatever crappy joggers and t-shirt you want provided you have the right sports bra and the right supportive pair of trainers. So next time you see me running through Battersea park in a t-shirt I got in a goodie bag and a pair of Primark joggers, remember that?