A little bit of cross training - running, or yoga, pilates or some weight lifting, can do wonders for your cycling. Your muscles get a good break from the repetitive movement of pedaling, whilst other muscles that don't always work as hard as they could get a good workout.

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In the last couple of years, kit providers have really upped their game in women's gym gear - with brands like Lululemon, Nike and Sweaty Betty bringing out some stunning creations.

We know Dani King is a massive fan of the Nike gear - here's a look at some of the kit that makes us want to get down the gym...

lululemon run in the city tank

We're in love with this super stylish tank from Lululemon - that also provides medium support with an in-built bra that will cater for B/C cups when running (some of us might need an extra bra underneath!)

The 'luxtreme' fabric used is sweat wicking and offers four-way stretch for a flattering, close fit whilst mesh areas provide ventilation.

Cost: £58, available in black, white, and patterns


These great tights from Nike come in various patterns, but we have to admit we liked this 'almost' leapord print look. Body-mapped, flatlock seams mean you'll be free to move and there's no chance of chafing, and a snug fit and elasticated waistband offer support. There's a zipped pocket at the hip, too, which will keep your wares safe.

tesco active kit

We never really had Tesco's Florence and Fred down as 'number one sports kit' brand, but it seems they've got us covered.

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The capris, at just £8, are made from polyester and elastine, offering quick drying and stretch, and a wide waistband to ensure you don't experience any cutting or chafing.

The vest tops, which come in a pack of two for £10, feature the same mix of material, and sit on the hip, leaving plenty of room for bending and stretching. We'll admit at £18 for three items, you might not be buying into the same support and longevity as other brand, but you'll certainly be making a saving!


Wow. We know, it's bold - but if you want something loud and proud, this is probably it! The Nike Crisscross Women's Training Bodysuit keeps you supported with an in-built bra, and you won't have any nasty riding up, since it's all in one.

Stretchy, dri-FIT fabric will keep you cool and makes movement easy, and adjustable straps mean you can find the perfect fit.

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Price: £70


Nothing like a good clash to make you feel ready to hit it, and this vest will keep you comfortable and supported whilst you're at it with a bra liner and wicking fabric.

Cost: £22.50 from Wiggle

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craft pr capri

There are tons of bright coloured capri options on the market at the moment, and though some people relish bold, look-at-me patterns, not everyone wants to take centre stage.

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These Capri tights from Craft are available in plain black, or with red or blue splashes. They offer an ergonmic fit which provides plenty of freedom of movement whilst being flattering and body-control fabric provides support.

nike stuido wrap

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The Nike Studio Warp 3 Women's Training Shoes are perfect for bare-foot sports, and make us want to do ballet all over again. They're made from light, breathable fabric, with a little light support on the arch and heel. Neoprene on the bottom is durable and long lasting, whilst a silicone pattern on the bottom gives plenty of grip.

Price: £40 (or 3 pairs for £90)

cycle short lululemon

Ok - so these are for cycling - but they're for short, in-door spin rides, as opposed to the more heavily padded shorts we usually review.

The "no-show" chamois in these shorts provides a little support, without giving you any sort of nappy look, and they're made from a quick drying 'luxtreme' fabric with four-way stretch, plus added Lycra to ensure they maintain their shape.

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Generally cycling shorts would have a higher waist if they're not bibs, but Lululemon have kept with modern fashions, whilst promising full cover with a sloping band which rises at the back.

Price: £68 from Lululemon


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Crop tops start at £3.50, vests and shorts at £4, tights are as little as £4. These outfits don't have all the bells and whistles of ventilation or the highest quality fabric, but will do the job for light workouts, and those days when it's super sunny and you just need something to keep you decent whilst you sweat!

Chaturanga Yoga Vest

Named after the yoga move that does wonders for your arms (it's a bit like a plank/press up hybrid) this vest top is a seamless cami with built-in bra and removable pads. The Polyamide Polyester Elastane fabric promises to be sweat wicking, but we mainly just love the five strap detail on the back.

Cost: £60 from Sweaty Betty

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Flabletics are pretty new on the scene, but since they first appeared online they've had a great 'first outfit for £22' deal available.

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We told the 'outfit decider' that we were after gym kit that didn't flash too much flesh, and this is one of the options we got.

There are tons of options some floaty, pretty items that look great but we reckon would be more suited to walks that weightlifting, as well as some genuinely practical looking gear. Enjoy!


Since there's so much on offer at Fabletics, here's one more - made up of the Oula Tank and the Rio Run Capri's. The tank is seamless for comfort, and the tights off maximum compression, and are made of a quick drying Polyester and Elastine mix, with mesh panneling at the sides and four-way stretch fabric for great fit.

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Return to the scruffy-cool vibes with this mesh top over a sports bra and a pair of capris or shorts. The lightweight material will keep you super cool, and you'll the baggy fit means you can relax, without worrying about any material digging in, chafing, or being generally annoying.

Available in black, blue and pink, for £16, at Sports Direct.

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These trousers (sorry, we just can't say pants without talking about knickers..) are made from lightweight, water-resistant fabric - they're constructed to look like normal bottoms, but are great for yoga or core work.

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Deep pockets mean you can store your gym card and keys, or just sink your hands in on "those" days. You can roll the hem up to the length you like, and a drawstring waist will keep them in place.

These are £82 from Lululemon, but you are sort of getting two pairs of trousers in one, right?


The chase shorts offer a more traditionally fashionable take on the cycling shorts we see from most brands, giving you a cool alternative for the gym, or even the bike.

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These are made from high stretch, supportive Polyamide Elastane and feature a secure zip back pocket and elastic at the hem, plus a padded seat panel.

At £55, these aren't far off the price we'd expect to pay for cycling shorts, either.

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