The Local Activewear Brands To Keep An Eye On In 2020


We’re celebrating these local brands, that were featured as part of our Women’s Health Fitness Awards. These proudly South African activewear brands are the ones to keep your eyes on this year!

1/ Rush Activewear

Tester: Susan Barrett, Managing Digital Editor

1/Rush Sports Short

These high-rise sports shorts are perfect for coverage if you’re not a big fan of showing your stomach area. They’re super comfortable and sizes range from small to extra large.


Verdict from WH

I was surprised by how, well, fine short shorts looked on me. I mean, I’m not going to start rocking mini skirts or anything, but I would consider venturing out to a yoga class in these… Secondly, they were as comfortable as any body-hugging item can be. And they’re a great legging option for sweaty summer days or hot yoga classes when you just can’t bear the thought of extra layers.

2/ Rush Sports Bra

The Rush sports bra is the perfect combo for comfort and support. The bra offers an ideal amount of support and lift, leaving you with a comfortable and natural feel. No bulges involved.


Verdict from WH

“It looked great. It felt great. It didn’t mess with my mind (none of the usual “Why is that tag sticking into me!?” kinda vibes) — critical during a meditative yin sesh — and it didn’t mess with my flow (no getting in the way or constricting movements). I rate this sports bra on both support and comfort. PS: The material also felt good against my skin.”

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2/ Siko Republik

Tester: Ondela Mlandu, Senior Journalist

1/ Queen Nandi Crop Top

The Queen Nandi crop top has a cute design and pattern, made out of a light fabric. A special feature is the criss-cross crop that supports different bust shapes and sizes. R390,

Verdict from WH

“This range had me at ‘African prints’. I love anything with an African flair. The prints are such a nice touch for the many cultures spread across the country. For someone who usually struggles to find bras that are comfy and fit well, this bra pulled out all the stops.”

2/ Queen Nandi Short Tights

These tights are lined with colourful signature African print on both sides. The tights are high waist and can be used for street or gym wear. R490,

Verdict from WH

“I used the tights for yoga and functional training. I love the high waist effect tucked in all the unwanted bulges.”


Queen Nandi Short Tights

R 490


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3/ Fit Fanatic

Tester: Cally Silberbauer, Content Producer

1/ Mafadi Short Leggings

Great for gym or running, with invisible pocket for your small essentials, such as keys. R399,

Verdict from WH

“I used this outfit for a session of heated vinyasa flow. The design is striking and attention-grabbing. The material is also a nice texture.”

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4/ Burnt Studios

Tester: Leigh Champanis-King, Senior Copy Editor and Sex Editor

1/ Burnt Studios The Impact Tights

These lightweight impact tights offer firming support. The Impact Tights are designed to lift, sculpt, contour and smooth your legs and they’re extremely comfortable! R730,

Verdict from WH

“These tights fit like a glove and stay in place even during the most intense and sweaty workout. The design is minimalist and elegant, with a high waistband that fits snuggly. The tights are made up of polyester and spandex and don’t go see-through as you bend over.”

2/ Burnt Studios The Winner Sports Bra

This sports bra has a broad elastic under bust for amazing support. The polyester and spandex is breathable and comfortable. R400,

Verdict from WH

“I love the design of this bra, it’s very flattering and looks great on. It comes with removable padded cups, which I decided to remove, and even though the bra is white, it didn’t go see-through with the padding. The Winner is moisture-wicking and breathable and it survived a SWEAT 1000 class, so I can safely say that it will survive any workout.”

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