Gymshark - Worth the Hype? Energy Seamless Review

Well hello there, it's been a wee while hasn't it. Although the blog hasn't been popping recently, I've still been happily active on Instagram. And one thing I did promise not so long ago on Insta Stories was a review of my new sportswear - the Gymshark Women Energy Seamless high waisted leggings and sports bra set in Purple Wash.

Gymshark is a British sportswear brand that has gained customers and popularity partly due to its heavy use of influencer marketing, particularly on Instagram. I have followed some fitness influencers for a while now who are sponsored by Gymshark, and must admit I have indeed been drawn in by the pretty poses, crop tops and especially the super high waists which I find very flattering.

The brand has gained a mass following creating hype by introducing new collections or 'dropping new releases' at specific times with limited stock, encouraging customers to buy as soon as they are released to avoid missing out on new designs. But I want to find out if the product lives up to its hype, what I view as the digital equivalent of loyally camping outside a new store 12 hours before its grand opening.

At £42 for the seamless leggings and £28 for the sports bra, this isn't the cheapest workout wear. But it isn't the most expensive either. Thus I gave into my wants and justified the purchase to myself by promising I would review it for the blog - so here we are. For a completely honest and unbiased review from a frugal student including tales of unwelcome camel toe, free returns (for UK, USA and Canada) and VPL (visible panty line), please continue reading.

Photography by Eni Groner

When ordering my set, my first concern was sizing. Gymshark do have a size guide on their website, however I knew they recommend sizing up or down for certain styles if you are between two sizes. Sizes come in XS, S, M and L for the energy seamless set, although I think they also have XL for other garments.

To help, I looked at a few fitness influencers' Instagrams I follow to see what sizes they wear. This was actually very helpful as most influencers post their measurements for accurate sizing. I decided to go for S for the leggings which is recommended for a 26 inch waist and UK dress size 8-10. I am a 26 inch waist and UK dress size 6-10 so was pretty confident this would fit.

For the sports bra, my initial instinct was to get the same size as the leggings. But I have an incredibly flat chest and as Gymshark's size guide recommends a size XS for 33 inch chests, this is what I went for due to my 30 inch measurement.

What you can see in the pictures is indeed the well-fitting size S leggings. But it is not the XS sports bra, which was way too tight for me. Luckily, Gymshark does offer a free return service (currently only in the UK, US and Canada according to their website) and I was able to easily ship the sports bra back for a refund. Gymshark does not offer exchanges, so I had to place a new order for the size S sports bra, however this wasn't a hassle at all.

Fortunately the size S fit very well and I could actually breathe in it which is always a good thing. I was at first concerned it was slightly loose-fitting but I realised this was just in contrast to the super tight XS. I have worn the size S multiple times now to work out and feel totally comfortable.

How nice is the back of that sports bra? Gymshark also sells a crop vest in the Energy Seamless range if you prefer to cover up more in the gym. However I feel the super high waist of the leggings means you can confidently wear the sports bra still with a lot of coverage.

So now the sizing issue has been resolved, I should say that I absolutely adore the design of these leggings. I was worried they would feel cheap and that the brand was just profiting from good marketing, however the set is of very good quality. The leggings are made from a compression fabric which simply means they hold everything in and up a bit better than normal leggings. It's like an excellent hug. This means your leggings won't slip and fall down during exercise which can be an issue for me with other sportswear. This was a very welcome feature of the set. It also makes the design so flattering without feeling tight or uncomfortable.

I do want to point out that when I first put on the leggings, I did look in the mirror and was horrified by what I thought was a shocking camel toe situation. However, I have since realised this is a totally normal amount of camel toe for any type of leggings and that no one else has noticed or even cares. I'm a big supporter of freeing the nipple (we all have them deal with it), so maybe we shouldn't be so worried about other people knowing we have vaginas either. Ultimately, once I'd worn the set round my house for a bit I recognised this issue as a non-issue and I fell in love with the design.

The leggings are completely squat proof although I do occasionally have a touch of VPL when my bow on my underwear shows through. However, again, people know we wear underwear and it really isn't that noticeable to anyone except yourself. Please don't let that stop you from wearing your new pretty leggings.

Part of me is slightly sad I have been so taken in and amazed by my Gymshark set, as I was convinced it was just marketing hype. But I am also happy that I do love it so much and my money was well-spent. I would definitely consider purchasing more colours of the Energy Seamless range in future (black, khaki, beet and lilac) and perhaps other Gymshark lines too. Unfortunately for now I can't justify the £42 for leggings and £28 for sports bra but when I next have more disposable income or need new sportswear, Gymshark will definitely be on my list to consider.

So, yes, I do think Gymshark is worth some of the hype due to its good quality and flattering sportswear. You just won't catch me metaphorically camping outside for 12 hours before the next release drops.

If you've tried Gymshark before, let me know what you think in the comments or on my Insta @copperpink.

Photography by Eni Groner

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