Working Out with Lee Elias
An after-work workout session
Trendier gymwear has let lots of people mix workout-ready pieces into their everyday look. It's bringing out the athleisure vibe that looks as good on the street as it does on the treadmill. We met up after work with Lee Elias, Re-bel Magazine’s Commercial Project Editor, as he used a park in Hoxton, London as his gym.
“Athleisure isn’t a trend, it’s a lifestyle. I wear some of the pieces under my workwear, like the tank and leggings: they're great for when I want a quick change after work to go for a run” Lee told us, sipping a smoothie he grabbed in London’s cool Hoxton area after a sprint in one of its many parks.
When asked how the athleisure look and pieces fit into his overall lifestyle, he explained, "The look suits my life really well: it lets me jump out of my office clothes and into a comfy t-shirt and joggers, and go for a run at lunch and after work." He also told us about the Primark outfit he was sporting: "I love the camo print top: it's really on-trend with its almost digitalized camouflage pattern for an instant modern update." Lee loves how practical the pieces are: "The tech fabric and well placed rivets give them maximum breathability; they keep me cool so I'm not soaked after a run. This way I don’t have to make excuses or feel embarrassed about sweaty meetings afterwards!"
For workouts Lee prefers morning sessions before breakfast and after work training: "Living in a big city means that you’re usually pushed for time. I try to get up early and do a dozen sit ups followed by a dozen push ups. I recently started running, so I set myself targets like 3k one day then 7k the next."
With fashion, music, art and film taking up Lee’s work hours, he likes to distract himself with other hobbies. "I’m lucky to work in a job that means my passions are exercised on a daily basis: I get to be around creative people and go to food reviews, film festivals, fashion shows and art openings. For me, switching off means getting lost in other activities because it's easy to be totally consumed by culture, turning your passions into stress." So he switches off by playing sports. "I love playing tennis in the summer--call it the 'Wimbeldon Effect.' I play for a team at our park about two Sundays a month with my cousins. I love bowling, too...even though I'm terrible at it!"