A few weeks ago I was invited to the FEEL FIT Virtual Press Day and workout lead by the founder and strength coach Ellie Crawley. It was really lovely to do a group workout at least virtually, and of course, find out all about her brand and the new “Invigorate and Inspire” collections which are launching TODAY on the website!
I am delighted to share some interesting info about Ellie and her sustainable fitness brand FEEL FIT UK.
Over to Ellie:
- Can you tell me a bit more about you and your brand? Why did you start your brand?
When I was younger I hated sports, I wasn’t always into fitness but I had always tried all the latest diets, fads, teas, juices etc trying to achieve what I thought would make me happy, when I started out in the gym I didn’t want to be on the piece of cardio that ‘women’ so stereotypically were thought to be on. I wanted to lift weights, I wanted to become strong as I knew this would be good for my body and my mind, and when I realised what it did for my confidence you couldn’t keep me out of that weights area. I then realised that sticking to something you loved was sustainable and I wanted to help others feel the way I did. I became a PT. And what started with thinking health and fitness should be sustainable has resulted in me launching the clothing side of things to. We have three homes right, your mind, body and the planet! What we feed them, how we look after them is how we ultimately achieve that sustainable lifestyle. When I started to research into clothing, I could not believe the damage our fashion industry was doing to the environment – So I launched the range using Econyl – material that uses post and pre-consumer waste and spent fishing nets. So it is kinder to our planet and oceans. But I wanted the range to be accessible, it needed to be squat proof, comfy and items that will last not only in fashion but so we stop throwing things to landfill too. Classic items you will go back to time and time again.
Feel Fit is more than just a sustainable gym wear brand – it is a brand that truly promotes confidence through fitness and health, it is a brand that gives back, it is a brand that wants to help people and the environment. We want to reach more people and help them find the joy and confidence in training and help them feel amazing in their athleisure wear! Fitness doesn’t have a shape, size or look as it is individual to us all, as is our programming when it comes to training and nutrition. We want to break those narratives in the fitness industry!
- Where can you see yourself and your brand in 10 year’s time?
With multiple studios / sustainable shops (please keep following and in touch, as we have some really big news being announced about this kind of studio this will be) Feel Fit will be launching their community projects very soon too, we will be offering our services for free for ladies who are vulnerable and don’t have the finances and option to access classes etc as easy as some of us do. Feel Fit will be known as a brand that helps people feel confident, strong and gives them the safe space they need in order for them to feel good about themselves and what they can achieve!
- What does your typical day look like?
I start coaching at 6 am in the morning till around 10 am, this could be 1:1 PT or my classes. Then it is onto admin, sorting out orders, running the studio. Somewhere in here I will train myself and eat! Afternoon PT and classes start up again around 3.30 / 4 pm and I will finish coaching around 8/9 pm depending on the day. Sundays are my day off and I love getting out on a bike for a long cycle, or for a walk or a hike up a mountain (when we can)
- Can you share a few fitness tips for working out at home during a lockdown?
Yes, keep your sessions shorter so you are more likely to get through the whole workout. Find a quiet space in your home which is away from work or home life, it is good to try and separate these things and if that is too hard take your session outside. Find a coach which will help and instruct you through the workout, that will also be more tailored to your abilities, goals needs etc. This will also keep you a bit more accountable. Live workouts are great but if you get that movement wrong then it could result in injury! As you can tell I am all about technique and form! It all starts with the four basic fundamentals – mobility, strength, cardio and rest!!!
Most of all try things to find out what you enjoy! And keep doing more of that! Movement is about enjoyment too.
- How do you keep motivated to exercise?
For me right now it is about doing the things I love, I love lifting heavy weights and cycling, plus I have found a love for jumprope and skipping, there is something about moving to music… but some days I just need to walk too. So right now it really is about listening to what my mind and body need. My motivation is my team – my team of amazing students!
WIN A PAIR OF ECO-FRIENDLY FEEL FIT NEW COLLECTIONS LEGGINGS
What will your new activewear inspire you to do in 2021? Feel Fit’s latest collections inspire us to lift, walk, cycle and jump! The new collection INSPIRE from Feel Fit is designed to inspire you towards a healthier, more confident you this year. Full-length leggings with two side pockets and mesh detailing, complete with racerback mesh crop top, this top has a longer line and built-in bra support inside. Created with flattering high shine Econyl material, leggings are squat proof, quick-drying and are perfect for all sports. Available in Night (navy) Azure (teal) and Nero (black).
To give you strength and energy in all your workouts, mediations and brighten your wardrobes. Invigorate capri leggings and matching strappy medium support bra top. Revitalise your wardrobe with stunningly bright Baltimora blue or Thriller red sets. Super soft, sustainable, squat proof and sculpting leggings with matching top. Made from Econyl – material created from pre-and post-consumer plastic waste.
I absolutely love my gifted Feel Fit bra and leggings. Super comfortable, supportive, stretchy, and stay in place even when running. The sizing is great, no need to go up like with some other brands. I am also sure you will love the high shine fabric. As a keen runner, I appreciate the side pocket, and how quickly the fabric dried after running in the rain.
Ellie has kindly offered a pair of leggings from her new INSPIRE or INVIGORATE collections to one lucky reader. If you’d like to enter, please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.
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