The best things come in threes and you better believe it. Combining our favourite ‘F’ words – fashion, fitness, free – here are three options for local fitness wear, global activewear as well as 3 ways to get your sweat going for free!
Think Global, Buy Local
When it comes to buying your fitness uniform, you could easily head to the mall and get a range of fast fashion activewear. However, you’d be surprised to learn that Malaysians have been rather active in creating affordable and accessible workout wear.
This local brand stands out not only for its trendy and affordable offerings but its thoughtfulness – there is actually a Muslim-friendly collection with sports hijabs and long sleeve tops.
Made from stretchy sweat-wicking mesh, its a nice edition that keeps to the brand’s motto of creating affordable and accessible activewear for all. Prices here are generally below RM100.
2. Fit Rebel
Here are edgy fitness wear options that are so cool it looks like regular casual wear! While there aren’t many variety in labels, Fit Rebel stocks 3 international fitness wear brands, Glyder, Liquido and Eagle Rock Werkshop, that are renowned for their comfort without sacrificing style.
Sportsbras are within the RM100 price range while tank tops and leggings range from RM180 and above.
Created by Malaysian YouTube sensation fitness, Joanna Soh, (she has 564,362 subscribers!), this activewear line goes back to basics. The offerings are minimalistic with pared down designs in multiple colours but it adds a personalised touch with inspirational sayings on tops. Prices range between RM125 to RM139.
Or Opt For These Industry Experts
Instead of Nike or Adidas, check out these new entries into the local market that add a fresh perspective on fashionable fitness. They tend to be a little on the pricier end, but it’s definitely the quality that you’re paying for with these 3 choices.
1. Lorna Jane
Inspiring women to be the best version of themselves, Lorna Jane offers trendy activewear that you can wear from the gym to the streets. The Australian brand also offers trendy fitness accessories, such as running belts, hair ties and exercise mats. Head to Bangsar Village 2 to check out the concept store.
2. Under Armour
Here’s a one-stop shop to get all the gear you could possible need. Originating from America, they excel at moisture-wicking apparel, a boon for the Malaysian humidity. You’ll be able to get yourself kitted out from head to toe with just one visit at the Suria KLCC, Mid Valley MegaMall or Sunway Pyramid outlets.
With free shipping to Malaysia, here’s your chance to get your hands on Lululemon’s legendary yoga pants. The American brand, first created for yoga, is also famous for its unique stink-free collection which utilises Silverescent® technology that inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria on sweaty apparel.
Frugal Fitness – It’s Possible!
Normally, the idea of fitness brings to mind expensive gym memberships or premium classes. But it’s never been easier, or cheaper, to start getting your sweat on in this day and age.
One person’s fitness fad is the other’s personal gain. Scope out the “Sports & Outdoors” or “Health & Beauty” categories on preloved sites like Mudah and help gently used fitness tools a new home. From bicycles to yoga mats to weights, the possibilities are nearly endless.
There are also free fitness apps or YouTube workout videos that enable you to choose your method of perspiration. As mentioned above, Joanna Soh, founder of Fit & Feminine, has a range of workout activities that range from fat burning cardio to core strengthening.
A must-try fitness app is the Nike Training Club, which has a range of workout videos hosted by international athletes. There’s a fun group element to the app as you will be able to keep track of your progress with other international participants of the program. It certainly transforms the idea of a traditional group workout!
If you’re starting down the fitness path alone and would like some face-to-face company, think about joining local fitness groups. You’ll be able to make friends and get fit with Hash Running groups or the KL Hiking & Trail Running group. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. So many free ways to get fit, so no more excuses!