Treadmills at the ready! We put Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new activewear range for M&S to the ultimate test…
Everyone has their New Year’s resolutions, and for me, it’s to lose a few pounds so I can be fit and fabulous for my sister’s wedding in July. As luck would have it, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has launched her new activewear collection for Marks & Spencer right in time for me to get on the personal training wagon.
The collection, inspired by dance and movement, includes pieces featuring ballet-inspired super-soft fabrics, ballet wrap-style layers and mesh detailing, in a fresh spring colour palette of vintage blush and charcoal, with a hint of blurred florals.
I put these four key pieces from the collection to the test, here’s my verdict:
Rosie for Autograph Activewear Medium Impact Sports Bra Grey
Of all the things I would need before starting my personal training sessions, a good sports bra is the most important. I need support, I need comfort and I need control. Being an average size 12, I tried a size medium bra but unfortunately, after a few minutes of attempting to pull it down over my chest (there’s no open fastening), it wasn’t going on, so I had to exchange it for a bigger size, which fitted well. M&S describe the bra on their website as an ‘ultra comfort sports bra, ideal for yoga, pilates and other low to medium impact activities’. I have to say, after testing it out during a few PT sessions, I agree. I felt secure, comfortable (the fabric is satin soft) and I felt ready for some hiit training! However, as top heavy woman, putting on a bra that you have to pull down over your boobs rather than having a fastening at the back, lets this bra down.
Rosie for Autograph Racer Back Vest
I was really looking forward to trying out the racer vest in my PT session as I love the charcoal colour and the style. However, now after the bra fiasco, I knew I would have to wear it without a supportive bra. Not ideal. But the vest has a handy support bra hidden inside! So I popped it on (without the bra) and set off for my PT session. During this session I tried a spot of boxing, (great when you are aware you’ve got minimal support) but I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to complete all the rounds of boxing without flashing and during the session I felt supported. I totally forgot I was bra-less!
Rosie for Autograph Active Cropped Long Sleeve Top Pink
Now, a crop top isn’t something I would usually wear, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to trying this out. But I finally plucked up the courage to put it on and head off to my workout. This session included a lot of weights, burpees and press ups and the top stayed put throughout! I will admit though, after feeling a bit self-conscious, I did swap back to the racer back vest half way through the session. Those with washboard abs will love this pretty design, it just wasn’t my style.
Rosie for Autograph Active Cropped Legging Grey
My initial reaction after spying these M&S leggings was ‘how the hell am I going to get these on?’ The leggings looked tiny and looked at least a size 6-8, rather than the 12 that the label promised. After summoning up the strength to pull them on over my hips, I got them on! Turns out looks can be deceiving. One thing I loved about these leggings was the feel of them; like the bra and the vest, they are super soft and didn’t feel like harsh synthetic sports material that I am used to. I have to say, throughout my hour-long PT session, during which I was lunging and doing multiple rounds of the dreaded burpees, I really felt secure that they wouldn’t fall down or burst open. Result!
You can see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s full activewear collection for Marks and Spencer here: