Functional Training – work harder, train smarter

Functional Training and Lycra. Great style with the silver tights and black top. Thanks Pick Of The Basket!

The Pick Of The Basket


Functional Training?
Training has a function – besides building up muscles? Yes, it definitely has!

I am doing workout in gyms for several years by now. Sometime more effectively, sometimes less. It is only natural that I first had to build up knowledge, before being able to train efficiently. Unluckily you either have to be motivated to do a lot of research on your own or to meet the right people at the right time, that are happy to share their knowledge with you.

I was lucky enough to have both of it, self-motivation and a pool of good trainers that were delighted to pass me over some “tips and tricks”.

Starting training at the age of 15 years I can look back onto 4 years of constant training – okay, little exception, during my year abroad in France I had to insert a break and start almost from the beginning afterwards…

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What Leotard Should I Buy? Finding Your Colors & Body Shape Video

Great advice on your body shape and leotard. If you’re not really sure what sort of leotard might fit or look best – check out this video for some excellent advice on colour and style of leotard that may suit your body type and skin tone.

Kathryn Morgan

In this video you will learn what colors work for you and your skin tone and what body shape you have. Do you have warm or cool skin and what is your color palette? What is your shape? I hope this will make it easier to buy both ballet leotards and regular clothes.

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How to Style: Colorful Tights

Making colourful cool. Style tips from Kenzies closet. Thanks for the post.

Kenzie's Closet

colored tights

Colorful tights are my favorite thing to wear once the temperatures drop. And of course I feel like Blair Waldorf so why wouldn’t I wear them?! I styled four outfits around my current pairs of colored tights, showing you how I wear them throughout fall and winter. It just so happens that Target has their tights on sale this week so head on over to your local Target to check out there selection!


It was a bit chilly as we took the pictures and Ebbie was just not feeling going outside, so she decided to supervise from the screen door. (:


My first outfit would be perfect if we went to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving. The colors just scream fall and the loose fit of the dress would be perfect for the food baby I have by the end of the day.


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Lycra Advertisement Movie – The Lycra Difference ‘Lycra Moves You’

Lycra moves you – need we say more! Great artistic expression, highlighting the easy free flowing nature of lycra.


Your daily dose of advertising awesomeness from around the world!

Today’s pick:

  • Agency: SapientNitro
  • Location: London
  • Client: Lycra
  • Name: Lycra moves you
  • Category: Film
  • Why I like it: Nice! Imagine the brief: take a dull, almost industrial product (a stretchy fiber!) and delicately try and balance the functional (must feature product! must convey functional benefit through some sort of demo!) with the emotional (make it a part of people’s lives! make it contemporary! make it meaningful!) A groan-inducing challenge, which they somehow pulled off flawlessly: The film is beautiful, and almost hypnotic in its use of special effects, color and movement; there is a linearity to the storytelling as we go through the woman’s day; and all of this is wrapped around a clear message of how the product moves with us through life. Really impressive.

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Spandex 101: The Basics How to Make Lycra Costumes

The original how to make lycra costumes and other stuff out of spandex – totally loving this series. See also part 2 of the same series. Well done!

The Geeky Seamstress

10440160_595637963895647_1064976807009881959_n Spandex: Fabric of choice for ridiculous (but awesome) comic book costumes. Photo by Black Vest Photography.

Pull up a chair, grab some coffee, and let’s chat about spandex. Spandex is an amazing fabric for both cosplay and everyday wear. It’s amazing for any project that needs a bit of stretch, whether you’re looking to turn yourself into a superhero or make a pair of sexy yoga pants.

Just to be upfront, I don’t feel particularly skilled at working with spandex. However, I have been dabbling with it for about a year now, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way.

Mindy05final - Copy My Kotobukiya Rogue bodysuit consists of both moleskin and milliskin fabric. Bodysuit made by Meredith Placko. Photo by Aperture Ashley.


First up, let’s talk terminology. Spandex (or elastine outside of North America) is a synthetic fabric known for its exceptional stretchiness. Many knit…

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Spandex 101: Fabric Prep, Patterns and Basic Modifications

Check out these blog from the Geeky Seamstress – all you ever wanted to know regarding sewing cool spandex and lycra exercise wear.

The Geeky Seamstress

Marvel Now! Rogue, made with moleskin and milliskin spandex. Photo by Superhero Photos. Marvel Now! Rogue, made with moleskin and milliskin spandex. Photo by Superhero Photos.

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Spandex 101 series! If you need a refresher on part 1, you can view that here.

Thank you so much for your feedback on the last post! I knew a lot of you wanted to know more about spandex, but the collective response totally blew me away. Again, if you have specific requests for topics, feel free to ask!

Today, I’m going to talk a little bit a bout pretreating your fabric, my go-to patterns, and  basic modifications. I had hoped to include basic techniques as well, but this post is hefty enough as is. Next week!

15281524541_c9ef3b0544_oSailor Jupiter. The base of the fuku is made from white moleskin and attached directly to the skirt base. Photo by Aperture Ashley.

Pretreating Spandex and You:…

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Advanced pattern cutting…

Diy lycra pants.

Janey's Blog

The PSD lot today were firstly taught how to manipulate a regular t-shirt block pattern to become a raglan sleeved t-shirt. We also manipulated a standard legging pattern so that there was a gusset, no centre back seam, and an inner leg seam that curved around to the back of the leg. This afternoon I made a quick toile out of lycra. (it was not required to finish the waistline and hem properly)

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