#GymsharkLDN

by Pauline on July 20th 2017

It’s been about two weeks since the #GymsharkLDN pop-up store event in London and I am still buzzing from the energy and excitement I felt that day!

I went down to London on the second Friday of this month to visit Hamdah who is now interning in the big city over summer! I may start sounding like a broken record now but I am so proud of her achievements this year, she has worked incredibly hard to secure a placement and last year I was in the same boat, struggling to secure one so I know how it feels! Well done once again Hamdah, you’re amazing.

With Hamdah interning in London, I had an excuse to go down a bit more. Conveniently, Gymshark had just announced that to celebrate their 5th year anniversary, they were going to open up a pop-up shop in London the weekend I had planned to meet Hamdah.


What is Gymshark? πŸ‹πŸ»πŸ¦ˆ

For those who don’t know Gymshark is a clothing brand that I have not stopped raving on about since January this year. When I first started working out, I used to just purchase cheap gym clothing that would rip after a few uses or would be completely transparent. Ugh. So I decided to invest in much more quality clothing, it started with Victoria Secret PINK Sports Bras and leggings but I noticed that this was a hit and miss.

I then discovered Gymshark, I went for the plunge and now you all know that I am clearly obsessed. That quality though.

I have since then just been buying from them (when I can – they sell out very quickly!) and became a fan of not only their clothes but the athletes who modelled their clothes. My favourite YouTuber, Whitney Simmons, became an athleteΒ for them around the same time I became obsessed with their clothing line – so this only heightened my love for them.


Meeting like-minded people

When I heard that they were in London, I knew I just had to go.

I was really excited that morning and got ready at 5 am even though Hamdah had told me millions of times the night before that we were only 20 minutes away on the tube from Covent Gardens. I was just too hyped! We ended up getting there at around 8 am where we lined up for 3 hours (the shop opened at 10 am). Haha, dedication right? But I’m so glad we did though, the lines become so long (I think it went down 2-3 blocks by 10 am)

Whilst we were waiting, we got talking to some girls in the que – Molly, Rachael and Vicky. It was SO refreshing to talk about workouts, protein, shakes and routines to people WHO UNDERSTAND this lifestyle. Usually when I talk to people who aren’t about that life (or into it as I am), I get strange looks and comments like “wow, that’s insane?!” “Why do you try so hard?” “Ew, a protein bowl sounds awful.”

BUT THESE GALS GOT IT.

They definitley motivated me to go to more fitness-related events in the future! It actually surprised me how easy it was to talk to everyone. Initally, I thought I wouldn’t fit in at all BUT GUYS THIS IS WHERE I’M MOST COMFORTABLEΒ πŸ˜†

Meeting Ben Francis (CEO of Gymshark)


The pop-up shop

When we finally managed to get in, I quickly went straight for a set I had my eyes on for a while now. They were the beet seamless top and leggings – they looked and felt amazing 😍

Meeting Whitney

After purchasing the set, Hamdah and I made our way towards the room where you could meet the athetes. As soon as I saw Whitney I actually wanted to turn back and not go in to meet her (aggressive anxiety LOL) but Hamdah (being the awesome gal she is) really pushed me. “You came all the way here and you’re not going to talk to her”

SHE WAS SO RIGHT, I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to talk to Whit because she WAS PHENOMENAL. I talked to her about how much she pulled me out of a bad time in my life (when I allowed some guy to walk all over me and screw me over) from her Β YouTube videos (I didn’t feel so alone 😊)

I can confirm she was just as awesome IRL as she is online.

Thanks Whit πŸ’–


Meeting Nikki, Grace, Jaz and Robin

Carly tweeted at me earlier in the day and said that she couldn’t make it, I knew how much of a fan of Gymshark and the athetes she is so I kindly asked Grace and Nikki to do a little shout-out video for her. We LOVE you Carly 😍

A big thank you to Grace and Nikki for doing this for her – it means a lot to both of us! πŸ˜„

“I love your outfit!” HI HELLO NIKKI JUST GAVE ME A COMPLIMENT πŸ˜† Heart of gold πŸ’–

Peach quality is real πŸ‘

“Do you want to switch places so that you’re taller?” 🀣 Jazz was SUPPPPERR! She said that she could see my huge smile from the window when I was lining up! (I’m too enthuastic!) She also rubbed off all that energy onto me DAMN GAL

BOD GOALS


Gymshark Fam

I went back to the pop-up store again in the afternoon after meeting a few friends. When I was waiting for a friend at Cafe Nero, I started to get talking to a guy (Ben) who was wearing Gymshark (IT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER, I SWEAR) It was fun to get to know him and talk about all thing fitness things ~

It was such a fun weekend – I bought awesome new gym clothes, met my fitspos and met like-minded people! I left feeling more motivated and much more confident than ever, not only to workout and continue this healthy lifestyle but to attend more fitness-related events and meet more awesome people! Β πŸ’ͺ🏼

(I also met up with Chynna and Mutay for ice cream and Nandos, yeah, we’re basically sisters now. Also, shout out to Joe, David and Chin for hanging out!)


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7 comments

  1. Amy says:

    The Gymshark event looks amazing. It’s so great that you got to spend the day around such positive people. I bet it was great to talk to people who had the same interests and lifestyle as you!

    The athletes seem really nice, and I love the photos you took together. And it’s so cute that you made those videos for Carly. I bet she was thrilled.

    I love what you wore to the event! Their clothes do look fantastic and you can tell they’re really good quality. If I ever get into exercise I’ll definitely be checking out their website for workout clothes.

    I can’t believe you made friends with people over your Gymshark clothes. That is amazing!

    Glad you had an amazing time and got to meet up with Chynna and Mutay again!

  2. Nancy says:

    It’s cool that you went out to a Gymshark event! Totally fits you sine you’re all about their sportswear ;). I haven’t tried out any of the $$$ sportswear yet. I started buying VS PINK’s ultimate sports bra and it’s been super supportive. Can’t saw the same about the el cheapo Forever 21’s though.

    Glad to hear you enjoying your time! Super cool that you got to meet one of your inspo’s! All of you look super adorbs in the pictures~

    Shoutout to Hamdah for being the real MVP with the camera ;).

    So cool that you, Hamdah, Chynna, and Mutay are the UK squad! Hope you all will continue to hang out :)!

  3. Cassidy says:

    I’m so glad you had a good weekend in London and met some amazing people.

    I don’t blame you for being hesitant about meeting Whitney. I met a local celebrity once and my brother let me know later on that I was embarrassing myself a bit. πŸ˜…

    Since I’m a broke college student, I usually don’t have enough money to invest in quality work out gear. I usually tend to buy whatever’s on sale at Walmart. Hopefully when I graduate, I’ll be able to afford nice gear.

    But I’m so glad you were able to meet up with some friends and have a good time!

  4. Cat says:

    That looks like a great event! I’m glad you were able to go and meet both like-mind people and also your favorite Youtuber! I know the feeling of talking with people who just “get” the stuff you’re into. I’m the same way when I meet other photographers, and we can geek out on stuff, haha. It’s refreshing when people understand the terms and can relate!

    That’s great that you enjoyed it so much and made new friends! Also super cool that you met up with Chynna and Mutay! Yay for blogger meet-ups!

  5. Eena says:

    GURRRRRRL YOU ARE *INSERT FIRE EMOJI*!!! GymShark should just make you their model/ambassador or something considering how much you really love their stuff. Glad you had a great time at the pop-up shop and that you got to meet some people you look up to πŸ™‚ That’s always such a great feeling!

    Hopefully they have another pop-up shop soon!

  6. Chynna says:

    DO YOU KNOW HOW CUTE YOU WERE RUNNING AROUND LONDON IN YOUR GYMSHARK GEAR?! HELLA F-ING CUTE, GURL.

    I love youuuuu and I’m so happy I got to see you on this day. COME LIVE IN LONDON NOW WITH HAMDAH PLS.

    The event looked amazing – I loved all the positive vibes I was feeling through your posts! It’s always great when you get to go to event and there are like minded people there – it just makes the whole atmosphere awesome <3

    UHM, HELLO ALSO ALL OF Y'ALLS BOOTYS ARE AMAZING. JESUS πŸ˜πŸ‘