Little Mix are unstoppable right now. Their latest album Glory Days has been number one for a second week running, they’re preparing for a huge headline tour in 2017 and they’ve just released their USA Pro by Little Mix workout collection. We sat down with Perrie, Leigh-Anne, Jesy and Jade to talk about their new designs, what’s on their playlist, and find out how to feel body confident in Lycra…
Congratulations on the line – how did you guys fit it in with doing your album? It must have been a crazy year.
Perrie: Yes, it has been very intense, but the whole team at USA Pro are so supportive. They have really worked around our schedules and were so hands on and helpful with everything. It was so fun designing the collection – it’s like every girl’s dream designing clothes, isn’t it?
Each piece relates to one of your personalities – did you ask each other advice, or did you just know what you each wanted to create?
Jesy: Yes, I think we know exactly what we like, we know exactly what fits our bodies, what we feel comfortable in, so it came very naturally.
Perrie: I totally knew what everyone’s designs were going to look like. Jesy, I knew yours would be black, it would have panels and mesh. Leigh-Anne, I knew yours would be fitted and really flattering on your body. And I knew Jade’s would be all cool and gangster and boyish.
If you could keep only one item from the range, what would it be?
Jade: Our joggers – we’ll probably live in them because they are so comfy.
Perrie: Yeah, I’ve already put a request for ten size 8s and ten size 10s of everything. That’s all I’m packing for rehearsal and tour.
Jesy: Mine would be my leggings and my hoodie, if I’m allowed two!
Leigh-Anne: I would probably keep my hoodie because it’s getting cold now and it’s really snuggly and warm.
How often do you work out?
Jade: When we’re touring, dancing is our workout, so every night we end up doing one and a half hours of aerobics but generally we try and work out when we can. Everything in moderation.
What are your favourite workout routines?
Jade: Circuit training.
Perrie: Hoola-hooping is good.
Leigh-Anne: I love weights as well because it’s all about toning and I enjoy interval training too.
What’s your number one tip for working out?
Jade: Having a gym buddy to keep you motivated. I find it so hard to motivate myself. I have to do it with a friend, or with my brother, otherwise I won’t go. They spur you on and it makes you push yourself harder.
What’s on your gym playlist?
Perrie: I love Sexual by Neiked right now.
Leigh-Anne: Ah, that’s such a great song.
Jesy: 24K Magic for me.
Perrie: Oh, yes.
Leigh-Anne: I mean anything from the Little Mix album, I’m just saying.
Perrie: (Sings) “I’ve been waiting all night, no sleep…”
Jesy: Oh, The Vamps?
Perrie: Yes, so good. Shout out to The Vamps.
What’s your advice for feeling body confident in the gym?
Jesy: Wear something that you are comfortable in, take a friend so you don’t feel as intimidated, be distracted and have a little two-man while you exercise.
Jade: I think you have to remember that the people that are really muscly and toned at the gym, started somewhere. You have to remember that they didn’t always look like that, so when you’re in there don’t look at them and feel intimidated.
Leigh-Anne: And make sure you know how to use the equipment so that you feel ace when you’re doing it.
What are your top tips for eating healthy?
Jesy: Don’t have junk food in your fridge because then you won’t be tempted to go for the bad stuff.
Leigh-Anne: I’m obsessed with The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, at the moment. His books are full of 15 minute workouts and recipes and they’re insane. I think the thing is that when you cook and change it up you can eat really healthily and it doesn’t have to be boring. That’s really important.
What are your tips for staying fit and healthy at Christmas?
Leigh-Anne: Just forget it, it ain’t going to happen.
Jade: I just think Christmas is a time to embrace all the naughty little things.
Jesy: Yes, I think so.
Jade: And then run to that gym in January and hope for the best.
Leigh-Anne: Go for some Christmas walks maybe.
Jesy: Oh, there you go, that’s a nice.