TLC Sportswear sent me a pair of leggings, and on a scale of one to perfect, I would say these are the closest pair I have ever had.
Some people seem to be naturally happy ALL the time. I definitely have my phases, but quite often all it takes to switch me into happy mode is a good chat, a nice meal, a long, relaxed play session, or...clothes. In terms of feeling good, one of my main triggers is feeling as though I look good in what I'm wearing. I know, canoeing was a great choice for that one... But during the winter, when about 50% of my training is either in the gym or running or physio, I have a little more control over my workout look. I know its different for everybody, but I feel happier in the gym when I like what I'm wearing, and the happier I am, the better the session!
So, when TLC sportswear agreed to send me an outfit to 'test' in the gym, naturally I had my reservations. I know the kind of clothing I like, and as a slightly OCD athlete I can say my preferences are often a bit difficult to cater for. ESPECIALLY when it comes to leggings. But, the package came, the leggings were applied. And there they have pretty much stayed ever since. They are ALWAYS on my wash pile, because I wear them for almost everything. Black, and about twice as thick as the average legging, they are warm enough to make running in Scottish weather bearable, but breathable enough to make weightlifting in a sweaty gym perfectly comfortable. They are SHAPED. Not usually a feature I would go for in activewear, but in a gym surrounded by mirrors, I fully appreciate the benefits of this mysterious function. The leggings fit my waist and my overly muscly legs; AND they stay put!
On a scale of one to perfect leggings, I would say these are the closest to the mark that I have ever used. I want three more. I think my jeans feel slightly neglected, when there is a comfier, better looking pair of bottoms taking over my wardrobe. They make me feel good, and that is what I look for in gym kit. Like it or not, feeling is what being an athlete is all about, whether it is an external awareness of muscular and joint movement, or a mental awareness of your mood and general wellbeing. You have to figure out what your 'happy' triggers are, and use them for everything they are worth!
If you like the sound or the look of them, check out www.tlcsport.co.uk for comfortable leggings and tops :)