Sometimes you can be drawn to something because of its aesthetics. And sometimes you can be drawn to something because of what it stands for or means. In the case of Actio926 activewear, it’s both. It’s truly both.
Here’s a look at the gorgeous outfit from the Actio926 line I received. And the beautiful photos in this entire post? Compliments go out to Leah Bentley Photography for all.
I had the wonderful opportunity to test out an outfit from Actio926, and one lucky reader will win the chance to pick out one top or bottom from the line as well. Before we get to that giveaway (which is not just for women, but is also a great chance for you fellows to win something for an inspirational lady in your life), I think we need to talk about how these clothes even came about, because it’s pretty awesome.
The woman behind Actio926
The woman who started Actio926 in 2012, Stephanie Radkay, did so for many reasons. After her mother passed, she found a hidden box of drawings her mother had done years before. From that discovery, she then learned that her talented mother had once wanted to become a fashion designer, but became discouraged and gave up those dreams forever, never mentioning them to her family again. It was after this realization that Stephanie found out from one of her late-mother’s closest friends that her mom always wanted to do more with her life than she had. Although her mom had been outwardly happy, she had lived with the feeling inside that she wasn’t fulfilling her full potential or meeting her own expectations. Immediately, Stephanie knew she needed to change the trajectory in her own unfulfilled life as a tribute to her mom.
As a runner, yogi and dancer, Stephanie knew she wanted to combine her love of fashion with exercise. And with a lot of hope and support from her husband, she threw herself into designing, testing and creating her own activewear line, now called Actio926, which she launched out of her Southern California home. The word “actio” is Latin for action, and 926 is a set of numbers very significant to both Stephanie and her late mother. What’s now a growing and gorgeous line of fashionable clothing, is representative of someone changing their life for the better.
Stephanie followed her heart and is now pursuing her dreams. With Actio926, she wants to encourage other women (and men) to do the same. Truly, I’m moved by Stephanie’s story and really felt like I wanted to share it with all of you. I too, have made some big changes in my life over the past year and already see the benefits of taking chances. It’s a beautiful thing.
Activewear that moves you to your core
But now, a little bit about the actual product. This is not-your-average factory-made clothing line. It’s been tested and created with every little detail in mind. According to Stephanie:
Every piece of fabric, every cut, every thread, every band of elastic, every aspect of my line has been selected by me and dissected to perfection. Every choice I make is about quality and fit. That’s what moves me.
That’s pretty impressive. And I can definitely believe those words, because I’ve had the chance to incorporate Actio926 pieces into my active life.
I move a lot. And these pieces move with me. Speaking of moving: Are you sitting at a desk right now? How about a little hamstring stretch like the one I show above to counter-act the effects of your current position?
How I live an active life
I’m a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, so I spend the majority of my days in workout wear. That means I run errands and go other places while in those same “work” clothes. Well Actio926 is meant for that kind of use. It’s designed as fashionable workout wear that you can wear basically anywhere, which is just what I need.
But other than working out in the gym setting, I also like to get moving outside of the gym. Being active is very important to me, and so I do it as much as I can. I walk. I get fresh air. I move. And I explore. In fact, just this past weekend on Valentine’s Day, I took my new colorful and functional Actio926 outfit for a test-run on a gorgeous outdoor adventure with my husband, Dave. You can read more about those weekend adventures in “Eating, exploring, exercising and enjoying life,” as well as check out some shots I posted on Instagram wearing this exact outfit here and here. And yes, based on your questions about the pants, you like this stuff. Here’s some more information about each piece. First the top …
I received the “Own the Draft” long-sleeve top in Minted Mesh, which is 93 percent nylon and 7 percent spandex. I’m wearing a size Small, which is my normal top size. It’s comfortable, has a wide neckline and little thumb holes, which I just adore. This top retails for $85. It’s just the right fit and is very breathable. I’m pretty long, and it safely covered the waist-band of the pant. And for the bottoms …
I also received the “Rock the Course” leggings in Parade, which are made from 92 percent nylon and 8 percent spandex. I’m wearing a size X-Small, which means they run a little big. I originally ordered a Small (my usual size in bottoms), and those were too big. These leggings are incredibly comfortable, and they fit like a glove, with a little bit of compression to help with muscle support. The best part? They stay in place, and the waist-band is nice and wide. I’m tall, and these were the perfect length. These leggings retail for $98.
Suffice to say, I am truly pleased with this outfit on all accounts. And I can bet it will become a regular part of my rotation. If you like the looks of it, check out the rest of the stock from the line. You can order on the Actio926 website, or visit the handful of retail locations currently carrying the product, which you can search here.
Yes, the clothes are great, but what they stand for is even greater. Let’s all follow the lead of the Actio926 creator, Stephanie, and find more ways to get active, chase our dreams and seek fulfillment. There’s no better time than the present.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a chance to try Actio926 for yourself
This giveaway is NOT just open to women. Although the clothing line is for women, guys, feel free to enter to pick something out for an inspiring female in your life. Good luck! The contest will close Saturday night, and I’ll announce the winner on Facebook, so make sure you follow A Lady Goes West there. Once I’ve selected the winner, you get to choose which piece you want from the line — that’s any top or bottom at all. And please feel free to share this with your friends who may also be interested! (The winner must reside in the U.S. or Canada, by the way.)
That’s that! I hope you have a wonderful and active Tuesday, my friends. How will I get moving today? By teaching a huge BODYPUMP class tonight. See you back here tomorrow for some talk about food.
**Please note: This post is sponsored by Fit Approach and Sweat Pink on behalf of Actio926. While I was compensated for my review as a Sweat Pink ambassador, all of the words and opinions expressed are 100 percent my own. And just one more shout-out to my photographer, Leah Bentley, who is new to the Bay Area and looking for business. Check her out!Check out this awesome activewear and a giveaway ... #SweatPink #fitness #fashion Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
What’s something that motivates you to your core?
What’s the last thing that inspired you to take action in your life?