What’s Hot This Spring at New Balance In SportChek

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of traveling across Canada with New Balance Canada as a blogger stylist as part of my ambassador role as they celebrate the launch thier new Flex Space with SportChek. This Flex Space is an enhanced women’s only area in 18 SportChek stores across Canada connecting to the metropolitan women and consisting of not only technical fitness gear but also attire that will get you to and from your workout in style. It’s a stylish collection that’s designed by athletes but made for everyone.

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What I love about this Spring collection is that it really does take New Balance’s fitness attire to the next level, launching with some of the hottest trends this season – mesh, high waist bands, and white!

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So far I’ve had the pleasure of educating and styling Amanda Phuong from Style Democracy, and Bloggers Bonnie Lang from Bonnie Lang Fitness and Rachel Antony from Frankly Ray.

Meeting these ladies, investigating how the sweat, and styling them with the perfect New Balance outfit from SportChek for their lifestyle needs was a dream and really confirmed my passion for athletic wear fashion and styling.

Here are a few pieces I pulled together from SportChek that these bloggers absolutely loved and I’m sure you will too. (Also these three together would be a super cute outfit – so go get it!)

NB Pulse Bra

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The NB Pulse bra offers a unity of support and style. Its T back features attractive lines that manage weight distribution to help keep everything in place, aided by removable pads for modesty and shaping. The NB Pulse Bra also displays a flying NB graphic which means this sports bra looks great if you want to remove an outer layer during your next spin class.

$54.99

Elixir Tight

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The Elixir Tight has very quickly become my favourite New Balance tight for both yoga and every day wear. This tight features adaptive stretch fabric and an on trend high-rise waist band made for stylish movement. It contains a mesh trim at the hem towards the knee offering the ultimate in studio style, while the second-skin fit moves with you.

$89.99 (At time of publishing these pants are on sale for $67.49)

Fresh Foam Zante v3

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The Fresh Foam Zante have become one of my go-to running shoes as I’ve trained and raced two marathons in them and just love the light weight feel and Fresh Foam cushioning. Built for high speeds, the Fresh Foam Zante v3 women’s lightweight running shoe features an aggressive toe spring and a comfortable no-sew material application for a sleek fit. Taking inspiration from iconic ‘70s and ‘80s models, the sleek profile on this render lends a modern look that leads the style pack.

$139.99

Wild About It:Vazee Agility v2 Trainer

For my segment on CH Morning Live in February I was sent the Vazee Agility v2 Trainer to wear on set. These have quickly become my favourite training shoe for lifting weights and conditioning.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the unique lace mesh upper and mix of vibrant lime green and black and white (pink/purple and grey/white colour combinations are available from the New Balance website). The upper is supportive and with it’s no-sew overlays, which are strategically placed to help prevent the foot from rolling over while being minimal and light. nb-shoe

These light weight training shoes are perfect for quick, lateral movements, and are built with superior sole traction for training on any surface. I’ve been wearing them multiple times a week for my YFit classes at Yyoga and it’s easy to feel grounded and strong through my feet when performing squats and lunges. Also check out the detailed perforations along the outer sole which help your feet breathe while revealing the contrast of popping lime underneath.

Some other features include:

  • Odor management with a treatment that resists odors.
  • Rubber outsole
  • Synthetic upper

These shoes retail for $109 CAD in store and online. Definitely check them out if you’re looking for something stylish and light to up your strength training game in.

Wild About It: My Float Bag

Once most have my triathlon training squad had raced I found myself needing to get workouts in while everyone else was on their post race recovery. I decided to motivate myself by heading down to open water swim Tuesday mornings at Cherry Beach.

The first morning I went, I arrived at the beach and was alone. It was very weird to not have my squad with me, but also super weird to not have any life guards as well. I knew this wasn’t safe. Moments into me putting on my suit a man arrived out of the change rooms, we greeted, and he wrapped this floating thing around his waist – this floating thing was exactly what I needed. Staying in the swim zone got in a 30 minute swim. While heading towards the shore a boat drove into the pedestrian swimming area. This was weird and I wasn’t totally sure I had been seen. I left the beach and went straight to MEC to by a bright personal flotation belt, a My Float Bag.

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I ended up having to purchase the My Float online from MEC, but within 2 days it arrived and was even better then I anticipated. Not only was it a great safety device, it also was a giant dry bag with roll top closure that’s the perfect size for keys, phone, even clothes or shoes! Now I didn’t need to worry about leaving my wallet and car keys on the beach, I could keep them with me during my swim.

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The My Float contains adjustable straps which works as a shoulder strap on land or as a belt in the water. I used it while alternating from swimming on my front and back and the strap was never tangled or in the way while I kicked.

img_39261I’ve now used my My Float three times and speak so highly of it, suggesting all open water swimmers invest in one.

Not only does it let you carry your stuff, it keeps you bright and insight from boats as well as offering an additional safety as a flotation device (but remember it’s not designed as a PFD or lifesaving device).

The My Float is available online for $69 and in store through a variety of source, I used MEC as it was convenient and shipped very quickly.