This week I went to the launch of ASIC’s new collection which is a collaboration with Liberty London Fabrics. It was probably one of the best events I’ve been to! We did a Barre Body class in the Sydney CBD and my goodness, it was a challenge! It was such a blessing to be invited to this event and be sent some gorgeous gear from ASICS new collection. However, it frustrated me that as I was opening the gift from ASICS I was thinking ‘man I hope that they have included a singlet, not just a crop’. I was afraid of people seeing my Mum-tum or being captured in a photo next to girls with flat tummies or wash board abs. I didn’t want to be the ‘chubby’ fitness blogger. Silly, right? I was so thankful when I saw the singlet, but I surprised myself at the event when mid way through the class I thought ‘stuff it, the shirt’s coming off’. Here’s what lead me to have the confidence to workout in a crop top.
Working out with like minded, warm hearted girls
Firstly, I was so thankful to arrive to a room full of smiling welcoming faces. The lovely girls that hosted and attended the event really made me feel right at home. It was so beautiful to be connected with like minded, relaxed and down to earth women who share the same outlook.
The Barre Body Class
Boy did I work up an unexpected sweat! What a workout! It’s like pilates on steroids and I’ll definitely be back for more of a burn! Below are some of the photos of our workout to give you an idea of what we got up to.
A beautiful approach that inspired me
I sweat so much that I found myself thinking – ‘man I wish I had a good enough bod to take my singlet off.’ I didn’t have the confidence to workout in a crop top. This frustrated me that I even was thinking like this! What a unhelpful, untrue thought. As I was contemplating this, I looked down on to my matt which had the slogan ‘I MOVE ME’. That’s when I thought – you know what, that’s exactly right! I move ME. I move MY body! My AWESOME body that keeps me alive, allows me to love those around me and enjoy movement! I’m not here to be comparing myself, fearful that I’m not good enough. I’m here to move and fully enjoy the strengthening benefits of exercise – mentally and physically.
I figured if I really wanted to push the fear and negative body image out the door, then I needed to just do it. So, off came the shirt and you know what, I had a great time. I was cooler and I look at the photos from the day and think you know what, I don’t look that bad!
If you want to be ‘that girl’ that wears a crop top to workout in, all you need to do is take your shirt off. There’s no requirement for abs, just a good dose of self love and acceptance. I promise you’ll enjoy it more than worrying you’re not good enough – I did!
Now I am not saying that I’ll be walking through the gym in crop tops all the time now. However, if there is a cute crop and I want to wear it – I won’t be letting comparison and fear hold me back. I MOVE ME. I want to be ME and happy with my body. Not hold back on wearing something because I want it to be like someone else’s. My body, like yours, is wonderfully and fearfully made and we ought to think of it like that! At the start of the class I learnt something I never knew before – ASICS stands for the latin phrase ‘anima sana in corpora sano’ which translates as “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” So lets get our minds positive, and move our body with love and confidence!
ASICS x Liberty Fabrics
Wondering who Liberty is? Liberty Fabrics are a London brand that has been creating inspiring textiles and original designs since 1875. Liberty’s collaboration with ASICS is focused on bringing colour and fine detail together to ensure the rich heritage of Liberty design lives on. These intricate patterns and original color palettes of Liberty Fabrics come together with ASICS performance tech to take your from the studio to the street.
Brunch afterwards at Pablo & Rusty’s
From the studio to the street we went and the gear certainly had us feeling a million bucks! Perfect for looking stylish at a cafe too.
The food was amazing, the people were amazing and the gear was amazing. My mind felt empowered and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face all day! I hope this post has inspired you to move your body and love the skin you’re in – you’re AMAZING, loved and beautiful just as you are.