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Thrust awks at the gym, sorted

Yes, and for more rea­sons than you’d think. First, you’re more likely to feel like – and there­fore be­come – a bet­ter ath­lete in qual­ity kit, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study in the Jour­nal Of Ex­per­i­men­tal So­cial Psy­chol­ogy. Re­searchers call this phe­nom­e­non ‘en­clothed cog­ni­tion’, sug­gest­ing that what you wear sub­con­sciously in­flu­ences the way you act. So, dress like a pro, and you’ll act like a pro. Plus, qual­ity cloth­ing will boost not only your mind­set, but your per­for­mance, too. ‘The first step is to iden­tify your goal and what will help you meet it,’ says Best’s Boot­camp trainer Abi­gail Dew­berry. ‘I train hard, and I’m happy to spend ex­tra on leg­gings that don’t go see-through when I squat.’ If you’re train­ing for a half-marathon, how­ever, cush­ioned train­ers that sup­port your an­kles may be your pri­or­ity. ‘If you’re new to a type of train­ing, or look­ing for some­thing spe­cific, tap into your com­mu­nity,’ says Dew­berry. ‘When a piece of kit has truly up­graded my work­out, I love to pass that on.’

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