Body Confidence

WIN! Speedo H2O Active Swimwear Range

Swimming. It’s not really my thing. I nearly drowned when I was younger and have been scared of the deep end ever since. In fact even the shallow end makes my knees knock. So when Speedo asked me to travel to Majorca and try their new H2OActive range it wasn’t a decision I wanted to dive into.  But after some deliberation I decided to take the plunge and confront my fears as every expert starts as a beginner and you have to start somewhere!  That, and the fact it was in sunny Majorca.  If it had been a coach trip to Margate Lido I don’t think I’d be starting at all.

Speedo H2O Active

On shoot I learnt lots about the benefits of working out in the water and how adding it could really compliment my current routine. It works muscles I never even knew I had! Moving some of my favourite HIIT moves into the water meant I burned just as many calories (possibly more because of the resistance) as on land but with the added bonus of reducing the risk of injury and not looking like a sweaty mess.

Speedo Photoshoot

Since then I have been learning week by week to swim and I’m making great progress but the progress wouldn’t have been as quick if it wasn’t with the help of a few friends.  I’m having 1-to-1 lessons with Swim For Tri, attending group swim clubs (Swim Dem Crew is my fave) and partaking in Aquaphysical Float Fit Class for strengthening exercises on top of the water.

Aquaphysical Float Class

Practising in a group is great as I’m still a little nervous to go swimming alone.  I’d feel like I’d want to make sure the life guard was looking at me the whole time- nudge nudge.  It’s also fun to hang out with new faces week in and week out to discover that I’m not the only adult who swims like a seal trying to breakdance .

Speedo Fit With Friends

I have been practising my strokes wearing the new Speedo H2O Active range and it’s great for a number of reasons

1. It's Vibrant & VERSATILE 

Style and function belong together and so with the multiple back strap details, H2O Active range is supportive enough for you to workout both in and out of water. It’s bright, bold, mix and match range can be paired to match your mood and your workout. 

Speedo H2O Active Bra
AJ Odudu Speedo

2. It’s eco friendly

Thanks to the partnership between Speedo and Aquafil, it is now possible for the fabric to include 78% ECONYL yarn, a nylon fibre made from regenerated plastics including abandoned fishing nets that might otherwise harm animals in the ocean.

Eco Friendly H2O Active range

Figures show that 20% of global waste comes from the textile and clothing industry, and with Speedo’s help there has been a 21% increase in recycled, non-hazardous waste. The fabric is durable, lasting twice as long as standard swimwear, is  resistant to chlorine, suncream, oils and holds it's shape well too, making it perfect for multi fitness needs. 

Side Plank

3. You Can BE BODY CONFIDENT

With cropped leggings, high necklines and a range that you can layer, H2O Active is a range fit for any shape or size. It's even good for nervous swimmers like me.

Aquaphysical Floatfit Class
Speedo Mix & Match Range

 

WIN!

Partnering with Speedo has really sparked a new and enjoyable thirst for learning and so I want to give you the opportunity to win a Speedo fit kit of your choice from the brand new H2o Active range (pictured below), to hopefully encourage you to workout by and in the pool too.

Speedo H20 Active SS2 Range

All you have to do is comment below for your chance to win. Give me a comment on Instagram too and let's connect. Winner will be announced on Monday 22nd May. Good luck!

Speedo H2O S2 Collection

XOXO

What I'm Wearing: Speedo Swimsuit, leggings, bikini and long-sleeve top

This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with Speedo

Buddy Up: The Best Partner Workout

I'm delighted to announce that I have joined forces with Women's Health Magazine to share brand new fitness and wellbeing content as part of their #WHSquad. I will be featuring all kinds of tips and tricks to help you on your fitness journey, including fun exercises.

Tandem Bicycle Crunche

I know how tricky it can be to find motivation to workout so how about you grab a mate and train together? That way you can catch up on all the juicy gossip, work up a sweat and encourage one another at the same time. Bingo!

Try the six body weight exercises that I did with my friend Carly Rowena below. You'll need nothing but a partner. 

XOXO

Reebok + Les Mills ONE LIVE | Manchester

What happens when thousands of people gather under one roof to exercise? Something magical!

The world's largest provider of choreographed exercise to music, group fitness classes, Les Mills and Reebok teamed up to create ONE LIVE, a global fitness tour and I was lucky enough to be asked to be apart of it as a host.

Presenter AJ Odudu

I joined in the fitness fun on the day of the ONE LIVE UK tour finale in Manchester and as a newbie to this event, I wasn’t fully sure what to expect other than a sea of people doing exercise classes. It was that but also, so much more.

Body Combat

Thousands of people arrived at Manchester Central on a Saturday morning, ready to punch, dance, flex, and zen their way through eight hours of group exercise and the atmosphere was electric. It was so uplifting to see so many people come together, thoroughly excited to work out.

ONE LIVE Manchester

People queued and ran into classes, just so that they could be at the front of the class to see some of the worlds most elite instructors and whilst the attendees were a range of instructors, fitness newbies, men and women of different ages and abilities,  everyone there was so dedicated and happy to be working out alongside one another. Needless to say there was a real sense of camaraderie. 

Body Pump AJ Odudu

The classes ranged from Yoga to dance, cycling to aerobics and even weight training classes, all under the Les Mills titles of Body Attack, Body Jam, Sprint, GRIIT etc. The workout timetable was jam packed and I wondered how on earth, everyone would have the stamina  to partake in so many classes. Somehow, all attendees had this contagious energy.  I was buzzing too! Gotta love them Endorphins. 

Les Mills x Reebok Host AJ Odudu

Now, be prepared for a gushy moment. My highlight of the day was welcoming the Body Pump team onto stage in front of hundreds of people before partaking in the class myself. The energy was electric and I loved every squat, lunge and bicep curl. That many people in one room moving in unison felt empowering and at the end of the class all I wanted was to do it all over again, and I wasn't the only one.

Weight lifting AJ Odudu

Thousands of people across the UK have already experienced the electric atmosphere of the Les Mills and Reebok ONE LIVE tour. Now the ONE LIVE magic has seeped into my veins forever. I'm proud to have been apart of such a spectacular event and I'm excited for more fitness action next year. Bring it on!

One Live Manchester

Find out how you can join Les Mills x Reebok at ONE Live by clicking here

For video footage from the tour, check out Les Mills UK Facebook page.

XOXO


Lisa Maree & H&M Swimwear

Need last minute swimwear for a spontaneous sunny getaway? I have got you covered.

Lisa Maree Swimwear SUMMER

This cream Lisa Maree swimsuit is knitted which feels pretty odd to begin with but you soon get used to it. I didn't dare get into the water with it on, afraid it would lose it's shape, so instead I wore it with a high wasted maxi skirt and by the pool. 

Lisa Maree Swimwear AJ Odudu

Maybe it is good for swimming too but I certainly wasn't going to risk it on my trip to Ibiza, especially as I love the design so much. 

Lisa Maree Swimwear

The red halter neck is from H&M, true to size and in the colour red, making me ready and confident enough for a Special K advert :) 

H&M Swimwear AJ Odudu
H&M Swimwear AJ Odudu

I've showed off both pieces on my YouTube channel in a swimwear look book,

And if you fancy a quick workout before or during your holiday then check this out.

.Happy holidays!

XOXO


Motel Rocks Swimwear

My two favourite swimsuits from Motel Rocks as warn by me on a recent trip to Ibiza are right here.

Swimwear AJ Odudu

 I feel pretty confident in a swimsuit because it's harder to flash your bits in case (like me) you decide that jumping into the deep end of a pool repeatedly is better than the less child-like option of stepping into the pool gracefully. 

Swimwear AJ Odudu

Both swimsuits are size small which fits a UK size 10 but probably get a medium in the backless swimsuit if you have big boobs or are taller than 5 ft 8.

Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu
Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu
Swimwear AJ Odudu
Swimwear AJ Odudu

Both Swimsuits from Motel Rocks and I've fully flaunted them on my YouTube channel.

Motel Rocks Swimwear AJ Odudu

Hope you've got a last minute summer holiday to look forward to?

XOXO