It’s fair to say that the goal of a workout and what athletes are striving to achieve has evolved over generations.
But now, one Manchester-based brand is ushering in “a new generation”.
The introduction of wearable technology has completely revolutionised the fitness world over the last decade or so by giving athletes access to a range of performance insights that were previously unavailable to them – but Prevayl is taking things to the next level.
Designed by experts, and already loved by big names such as athletics and cycling Paralympian Kadeena Cox, West Ham and England footballer Declan Rice, and Sky Sports presenter Josh Denzel, Prevayl has taken the world’s most-accurate wearable technology and fused it into premium sportswear.
The aim? Well, that’s simple – Prevayl is all about empowering you to “unlock your full potential”.
By reacting to the real-time data provided, you can adapt your workouts mid-session, make changes to your training habits, and get closer than ever before to smashing your fitness goals.
Based right here in Manchester city centre, Prevayl was founded by former personal trainer and now-CEO Adam Crofts, alongside serial entrepreneur and Chairman David Newns, and has since gone from strength to strength over the last year, establishing a unique ecosystem of products, including the Sensor, SmartWear, and the App, which all work together to deliver those key insights that help users achieve a new level of fitness.
Each of the Prevayl products are designed to “seamlessly integrate” with one another.
The Sensor is the lightest fitness tracking device in its class, and tracks heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature, and body movement to help users make “smartest fitness decisions”, while the App captures over a million data points during each workout and turns them into “meaningful and actionable” insights.
Prevayl’s mission is to deliver real-time insights right to the user’s fingertips so they can get to know their bodies, track their performance, stay accountable, celebrate their achievements, and ultimately, make every workout count.
But none of this would be possible without the groundbreaking Prevayl product – SmartWear™.
SmartWear melds premium sportswear with cutting-edge biometric technology to give everyone, at any stage in a fitness journey, the chance to achieve their personal best.
The four-piece SmartWear collection is crafted in a second-skin fit and made of the most durable, lightweight, and breathable materials to ensure maximum comfort and movement, and features adjustable sports bras, short and long sleeve t-shirts, and tank tops that all have a discreet pocket for housing the Prevayl Sensor.
All the items have what are called knitted electrodes embedded into them, which take the most accurate Electrocardiogram readings directly from the wearer’s heart, and eliminate the need for wires and straps to create comfortable durable garments enhanced with the latest technology.
“Our mission at Prevayl is to empower people with the tools to get the most out of their workouts and achieve their fitness goals by combining premium fashion with the latest technology,” said founder at CEO, Adam Crofts.
“Prevayl SmartWear™ is more than just simple clothing.
“It’s the next generation of sportswear that is encoded with intelligence to help people level-up their workouts – all whilst looking and feeling great.”
Speaking of the collection’s design-led aesthetic, Prevayl’s Creative Director Kate Kallaway added: “The design team at Prevayl have created a new age of activewear, leading with smart, innovative apparel design enabling you to connect through style and accuracy.
“I’m proud to be building and leading the team to bring a new, progressive activewear brand to the consumer market.”
The rapid growth of Prevayl doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon either, as with a wealth of new ideas and developments already in the works, the future looks bright.
Prevayl’s founders have particularly pointed to their ambitions to grow the Prevayl community, with the App soon to provide users with a meeting place where they can share health and fitness tips, ask each other questions, connect with like-minded individuals, and essentially, guide one another to athletic excellence.
Steph Houghton interview: the Manchester derby ‘means absolutely everything to the fans’
Ahead of the Women’s Super League Manchester derby on 11 December, we had the pleasure of speaking to Manchester City captain, Steph Houghton MBE.
The 34-year-old City defender and England international has been a stalwart for the side since 2014 and with the Blues in touching distance of United in the table, manager Gareth Taylor will be looking for a statement performance.
Leading by example, Houghton knows exactly what derby day means for the club and the fans.
Here’s what she had to say ahead of the big fixture.
What does the Manchester derby mean to you?
“It means absolutely everything. I think from the moment I stepped into this club, and even prior to joining, I knew the Manchester derby means absolutely everything to the fans.
“For us as players to pull on the shirt, it’s not just about the game itself, it’s the bragging rights after and just that pride of playing for Manchester and this football club.
“We know it’s going to be an absolutely massive game, the last time we played at the Etihad it was such an amazing occasion. It’s only good when you do win, so for us as players it’s about taking the atmosphere in and knowing that there are going to be a lot more City fans than there is United.
“Hopefully, put on a great performance, get those three points that we need and Manchester will be blue.”
What are your memories of the last derby at the Etihad Stadium in 2019?
“I think for us we obviously knew there were a lot of tickets sold [a WSL record of 31,213, in fact]. We all went over to the stadium a couple of days before to get some familiarity with where we’d be on matchday.
“You then as a player start thinking about what will happen. But then that moment when you’re warming up and the crowd are cheering you and shouting your name, and then the moment when Caz Weir scored, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a noise like it.
“I think when you play in those games it’s about making the most of it. It’s going to be a great occasion, it’s been a long time coming since we played at the Etihad so it’s just about going and enjoying it and embracing it.”
Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw is averaging over a goal a game at the minute, what makes her so special?
“I think for me, in terms of the chances she’s getting at the moment, she just seems to be putting every single one away. When you have strikers in that form you just have to keep on giving her the ball because she will create something.
“You saw against Everton it’s not just her scoring, she’s producing goals for other people as well. In terms of training, to play against her and mark her is so difficult because of that physicality and she’s starting to show that on the pitch now.
“It was her first season last year, so it takes a while for people to get used to how we play but come this second season she’s started so well and let’s hope that continues.”
City also have a 100% home record against United. How much do you think that will play into the result?
“Not just against United, our home record is pretty impressive. When we play at the Academy Stadium but especially against United, we want to win so badly, and I think it’s finding that balance of wanting to win but also sticking to what we do.
“I think over the previous seasons we’ve managed to do that and take the occasion out of it and treat it like a normal game. We have to give United respect, at the moment they’re in great form so, for us, it’s just about concentrating on ourselves and producing a performance we’re all going to be proud of.”
Manchester bar Banyan is serving martini trees, pigs in blankets and cocktail baubles this Christmas
Cocktails in a bauble – have we got your attention now? Because Banyan is pulling out all the stops for us in Manchester this Christmas.
The gorgeous bar brand, which has sites in both Spinningfields and at the Corn Exchange, is delivery festive cheer like never before, with an amazing selection of offers.
First, let’s talk cocktails.
Banyan is already known and loved for its wide selection of boozy concoctions, with 2-for-1 deals aplenty with seemingly endless sweet, sour and fresh to choose from. But now, there’s a whole host of new festive specials to take full advantage of to add to the list.
We’re talking Orange Espresso Martini served by the tree and Bauble Trays full of exciting gin combinations served inside its namesake- both are ideal for sharing this winter.
If you’re looking for a bottomless option, there’s also plenty of scope to taste test the best of Banyan with free-flowing fizz this Christmas. The festive bottomless brunch menu serves up a combination of unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary cocktails, Aperol Spritz, Orange Blush Spritz, pints of Coors- and the limited edition Berry Crumble Spritz.
All this booze certainly needs some delicious foodie options to soak it all up, and there’s a mouthwatering festive feast that’ll trump your mum’s turkey dinner any day.
Served to a minimum of eight people at a time, take on a selection of Banyan classics like the Bang Bang chicken skewers and mini versions of the gourmet burgers, or stay true to the seasons with generous helpings of pigs in blankets, all served as a buffet-style dinner. This one’s perfect for Christmas office lunches, festive gatherings with friends or even just a wintry weekend get together with the family.
Naturally, those looking for a feast with their nearest and dearest might want an added level of privacy for a game or to disclose Secret Santa gifts, so Banyan is offering a range of private dining experiences in addition to all of these fantastic food and drink options.
If you love to celebrate the changing of the seasons with a carefully curated menu of festive flavours like brie, bacon or a good old fashioned Christmas pud, there’s also a host of treats awaiting at any of the Banyan restaurants.
Tis the season to make the most of porcini mushroom arancini oozing with cheese and roasted cod with creamy lobster sauce, and there’s plenty to go around. Banyan burgers have also had a festive makeover with a limited edition Christmas burger with all the trimmings, and you can grab one no matter whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian or vegan- there’s even a meat-free Festive Beyond Burger with a plant-based ‘pig’ in blanket on the menu.
To book your next visit to Manchester’s worst kept Christmas secret, visit the Banyan Bar website.