18 activewear pieces to get you motivated for your next trip to the gym

With the gyms open again are you searching for some motivation? Here are 18 items of activewear that will get you running out the door

With the country reopening after lockdown, it was only a matter of time before the gyms opened their doors once again.

For many, this was a delightful thought. For others, it caused palpitations before any activity even started.

Personally, working from home over the past few months brought many benefits, but exercise was not one of them. I struggled to find an active routine and in the latter weeks, eschewed exercise altogether.


However, with the dungeons of sweat and tears now open again, one of the best sources of motivation is gym gear. There is nothing better than a new pair of runners that make you feel like you are walking on air. Or a pair of leggings that are both flattering and supportive, inspiring you to squat a little lower every time.

Top tier

As always Nike is top tier when it comes to activewear that is practical and stylish. My personal favourites are the Air Zoom Superrep trainers – the reviews are universally fantastic.

If you want to support Irish, Gym + Coffee is a superb brand creating pieces of excellent quality and a feeling of community among buyers.

While Olly Olly & Co is an Irish born, London based and Portugal produced sustainable activewear brand. The brainchild of twin sisters Lauren and Emma Oliver from Cork, the clothing is made from ECONYL®, a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre and post-industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets. Plus, the stock is shipped instead of being transported in the air to reduce the brand's carbon footprint.

Now put on that utterly stylish gear and get thy self to the gym.

18 pieces for motivation


Nike running renew trainers, €110.60 at Asos

Nike Training Alpha high support bra in purple, €59.45 at ASOS

Nike Plus training sculpt victory leggings in black, €52.54 at ASOS


Nike Heritage86 appliquéd twill baseball cap, €20 at Net A Porter

Year of Ours blue Claudia tie-dyed stretch sports bra, €91.12 at Net A Porter

Year of Ours Blue ribbed stretch shorts, €102.50 at Net A Porter

Midnight Paloma bra, approx €33 at Girlfriend Collective


Smoke compressive high-rise leggings, approx €60.23 at Girlfriend Collective

White ASICS Gel-1090 women's, €100 at JD Sports

White cropped top, €45 at Gym + Coffee


Women's plum leggings all-in pant 2.0, €65 at Gym + Coffee

Serena crop top, €70.95 at Olly Olly & Co

Audrey legging ocean blue, €89.95 at Olly Olly & Co

Mesh women's tee, €13.95 at Puma


Nike Womens Icon Clash shorts, €30 at Lifestyle Sports

Nike training plus pro indy bra, €37.33 at ASOS

Reebok studio high-rise tights, €45.47 at Reebok


Nike Womens Air Zoom Superrep, €120 at LifeStyle Sports

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