Up-Close + Personal

Stories, videos and interviews that give a behind-the-scenes look at the individuals who make up our collective.


The Path to Self-Discovery with Atom

Jun 09, 2017

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Known as the goddess of Chinese punk-rock, Atom shares how drumming is her outlet for self-discovery, relaxation and occasionally releasing anger.

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Mexico City is Voguing

Jun 23, 2017

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Meet the House of Apocalipstick—a vogue collective based in Mexico City—and find out how dancing helps them find the truest expression of themselves, and to let go of all inhibitions.

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Designing a Practice of Meditation with CJ Hendry

Jun 09, 2017

by Ella  Barba

Australian photorealism artist CJ Hendry tells us why her art is her meditation and the comparisons are astounding.

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 Kerri Walsh Jennings: Digging Deep

Apr 11, 2017

by Jasmine Pahl

Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings interview on her mindful training plan ahead of the Olympic games in Tokyo.

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Get to Know Nadia Ruiz

Feb 28, 2017

by Chloe  Berge

Meet a running powerhouse who went from bullied kid to world-record breaker.

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5 Minutes with Susie and Chris Dwyer

Feb 03, 2017

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Two of our Cincinnati, Ohio ambassadors have been known to push things to the edge. This time, they’re going to the edge of the earth—literally—with a 63,000 km trek across six continents.

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5 Minutes With David Norris

Nov 01, 2016

by Marika McKenzie

To stay active in whatever weather Alaska throws at him, elite Nordic ski racer and ambassador David Norris thinks outside the box.

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The Juggle is Real

Nov 28, 2016

by Alyson Strike

A day in the life of Lindsay Jang is nothing short of multi-faceted: she runs four businesses, is the mother of two, and still prioritizes her yoga practice.

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All for One

Nov 07, 2016

by Arrabelle  Stavroff

These four guys live together, train together, and fly down a sheer ice track in a metal box together. Meet the top Canadian men’s four-man bobsleigh team.

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The Life Holistic: Make Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Jan 31, 2014

by Bonnie Sein

Jacqui, Nikki and Georgia are three rad chicks. Their goal? To create healthy minds through healthy foods. Oh, and to make ridiculously good ice cream that’s dairy-, gluten- and refined sugar-free, therefore completely guilt-free as well.

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Designed To Shine

Oct 24, 2016

by Marika McKenzie

Our Director of Concepts for lululemon labs, Pascale Guéraçague, has accomplished the seemingly impossible: she’s making New York a whole lot more visible with her latest print design, Reflective Splatter. Find out what inspired the beautiful and functional print.

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The Storm Before the Calm

Nov 27, 2016

by Arrabelle  Stavroff

Piloting a bobsleigh requires transitioning from sheer force to laser focus in a matter of seconds. Canada’s top driver talks mental challenges, meditation, and mindfulness.

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The Sweet Life

Jun 21, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

When Kirsten Sweetland got doctor’s orders to stop training less than a year before the biggest race of her life she laughed, and set her sights on the start line.

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Success is Yours

Jun 07, 2016

by lululemon athletica

We believe that success is what you make it. This is where we celebrate our elite ambassadors, their personal definitions of success, and their audacious pursuits.

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Where Do You Go To Connect With Nature?

Nov 17, 2016

by Alyson Strike

We asked some of our friends and athletes where they go to find that moment of clarity in nature, whether for an epic sweat or just a moment to connect with the great outdoors.

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Yoga, Meditation and Pottery

Feb 15, 2016

by Lara  Zilibowitz

Lara Zilibowitz lived two very different lives for many years. Practicing yoga was a longstanding passion, as were senior roles she held in the magazine world. When she gave up her corporate gig last year, Lara found herself immersed in a surprising new world of creative expression.

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Get to Know Jian Pablico

Mar 08, 2016

by Rumon Carter

Passionately and humbly Jian Pablico is elevating the world, one truth at a time.

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Get to Know Kevin Garrett

Jan 19, 2016

by Emma Dinzebach

With an understated, dry sense of humour, soft tone and soulful lyrics, singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett can captivate any audience. His music shares the emotion of Sam Smith’s and the drama of Adele’s. Tracks on his first EP, aptly titled Mellow Drama, are about falling in and out of love, and trusting himself. What Garrett delivers to his listeners feels naked, exposed—and he’s utterly comfortable in that space.

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Hanging Loose

May 19, 2016

by Alex  Deibold

What happens when you bring a bunch of pro athletes together on a Hawaiian island with a loose agenda? Snowboarder Alex Diebold found out.

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LoveYourBrain: The Film

Mar 06, 2017

by Alex Gravel

LoveYourBrain is the story of two brothers who are building a yoga-based community where people affected by traumatic brain injuries can accept themselves exactly as they are.

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Neat Nutrition Gets Off The Blocks

Aug 23, 2016

by Bronwen  Foster-Butler

When former British Swimming team swimmers Charlie Turner and Lee Forster retired from the pool their lives felt flat, so they dove into uncharted waters and launched a protein powder business.

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Outside the Frame with Matt Roy

Jun 19, 2016

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

At 40, our Miami-based ambassador Matt Roy took an entirely new career—literally by accident.

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Get to Know Marcus LeBlanc

Mar 28, 2016

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Marcus LeBlanc is a creature of habit, and with that comes an obvious work ethic, razor sharp focus, and ability to make crucial decisions—fast. That, paired with his time working for menswear maverick John Varvatos and a stint at ready-to-wear brand Theory, is exactly what our NYC lab needed for its inaugural collection to come into fruition.

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Big Wave Surfer: Jamie Sterling

Apr 23, 2015

by Stuart Cornuelle

Surfers, as the story goes, are pretty carefree. Laidback. Maybe a bit aimless, even. No one ever told that story to Jamie Sterling.

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5 Minutes With Morghan King

Jul 07, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

Three years ago, American pro weightlifter Morghan King never would’ve expected to be heading to the biggest competition of her life. In fact, she’d never even lifted before. Here she shares how she’s created a life completely unexpected.

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The Great Wall Marathon

May 08, 2014

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

For some people, just seeing the Great Wall of China warrants a check off life’s bucket list. For 2,500 others each year, including our ambassador Joe Rios, ticking it off the list means they conquer 5,164 steps of one of the greatest human engineered structures in history in less than eight hours.

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Get to Know Alexis Young

Mar 11, 2016

by Julia Montague

If Alexis Young issued a manifesto, it would include the following: Have the courage to be unapologetically yourself. Captivate with your authenticity. Believe in yourself, and people will believe in you.

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Surfer Maya Gabeira: Beyond the Blue

Mar 08, 2015

by Carlee Wallace

Maya Gabeira might be the most badass woman in professional surfing, but her real business, you could argue, is making history. Not only is the 28-year-old Brazilian big wave surfer tackling waves that no other woman has, she’s an inspirational athlete out of the water who possesses an admirable outlook on living in the moment. Conquering recent injuries, back-to-back surgeries and a major comeback from a 2013 near-drowning incident in Nazaré, Portugal during one of the most extreme swells ever surfed, she’s finally back in the water and doing what she loves most. Maya is powerful, independent and inspiring, and during our recent trip to the North Shore of Oahu our team spent three incredible days with her.

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On the Fast Track

Dec 13, 2016

by Arrabelle  Stavroff

Bobsledding involves flying down a narrow ice track at an insane speed. For the top Canadian bobsleigh team, though, the crux of the sport is about more than technical skill.

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Changing Gears

Jul 05, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

Evelyn Stevens had no idea what she was getting into when she quit her Wall Street job to become a professional cyclist. Then she found a great mentor.

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5 Minutes With Chris Jones

Jan 17, 2017

by Matt Bielby

Nobody becomes an ultramarathoner by accident. We speak to one to get to the bottom of how you do.

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Raising the Bar

Jul 19, 2016

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

American-born, Irish pole vaulter Tori Peña bounced back from failure by leaning on her rock-solid community.

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Take A Leap with Melvin Echard

Nov 17, 2016

by Alyson Strike

We’ve all been there—questioning our choices in life, assessing the future, and envisioning the moments we might miss if we don’t take a leap. Melvin Echard, a former Smithson Valley and Texas A&M champion jumper, felt just this.

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The Calm of the Mountains

Jun 14, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

This year is American pole vaulter Melinda Withrow’s last opportunity to vault in the big event happening this summer. That’s a lot of pressure for one person to handle. Luckily, she’s got the most incredible support system around–her dad.

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Finding Peaceful Fire

Jun 21, 2016

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

How being at peace lights golfer Veronica Felibert on fire.

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The Importance Of Prehab

Nov 28, 2016

by Alyson Strike

British sprinter Joey Duck shares her tips on proper preparation before you hit the pavement.

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Get to Know Jamie Sterling

Apr 23, 2015

by Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Dotted with lush green rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and an endless coastline where surfers and humpback whales play, any tourist will attest that the seven-mile paradise known as Oahu’s North Shore is hard to leave. It’s no surprise that the locals, including our ambassador and surfer Jamie Sterling, feel the same way.

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Finding Her Voice

Dec 27, 2016

by Marika McKenzie

Why, before soprano Layla Claire makes a sound in practice or performance, she gets on her mat.

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Get to Know Ryan Leier

Feb 03, 2016

by Jasmine Pahl

Ryan Leier is a man with a past. Though it’s hard for us to imagine a time when he wasn’t on the mat, Ryan’s journey began as a record-breaking, semi-professional athlete. Read on as he tells us how an enticing offer from a rock star buddy brought him full circle.

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Leaving a Legacy with Tucker Dupree

Jul 05, 2016

by Kate MacLennan

Swimmer Tucker Dupree is clinically blind, but don’t think for one moment that he can’t see.

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On The Line

Jun 07, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

After a disappointing loss in 2012 and the end of his team with his then on-court partner, pro beach volleyball player Jake Gibb wasn’t sure his heart was still in the game. Then he met Casey Patterson.

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5 Minutes with Matcha Monarch Sarah Holloway

Oct 24, 2016

by Ella  Barba

How ballerina-turned-lawyer-turned-matcha merchant Sarah Holloway created a life she loves.

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The Grand Scheme

Jul 12, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

American pro cyclist Taylor Phinney has some serious questions. What does it mean to be an athlete? Where does he fit in the world of cycling? What is success? We joined him on a road trip to look for some answers.

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Five Minutes with Tory Nyhaug

Jul 19, 2016

by Megan  Clark

How BMX racer, Tory Nyhaug, finds success between fast laps and relaxing moments.

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Be You, Bravely with Stephanie Labbé

Jul 28, 2016

by Alyson Strike

After four years on the women’s national soccer team, Canadian pro goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé bravely redefined success and her performance transformed.

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5 Minutes With Gabrielle Bernstein

Jun 26, 2014

by Erin Motz

Those of us who are familiar with her know Gabby Bernstein as a super high-energy motivational speaker and author. So before I met her at Wanderlust in Stratton, Vermont, I expected a pretty intense, firecracker of a woman. Turns out, she’s pretty mellow off the stage and fully embodies her message.

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Taylor and Davis Phinney: The Art of Letting Go

Jun 09, 2015

by Tatiana Jovic

If the thought of stepping into the home of an Olympian is daunting, imagine stepping into the home of three. The Phinney family home, however, couldn’t be further from a relentless, competitive environment that one might associate with the world’s top athletes. It’s surprisingly quiet and calm energy pervades each room. The secret to Davis, Connie and Taylor’s winning mentality, it turns out, is knowing how –and when – to let go.

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5 Minutes with Theresa Lopetrone

Dec 27, 2016

by Marika McKenzie

How this fitness model and elementary school teacher is making fitness a lifestyle.

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5 Minutes with Natalie Taylor

Jun 24, 2016

by Liz  Hammond

How mindset, a mantra and nachos can make the runner.

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5 To Follow: Pace Beavers

Jun 03, 2016

by Kate MacLennan

Want inspiration to keep running? Look no further than the Instagram accounts of these five SeaWheeze 2016 pace beavers.

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5 Minutes with Maker Maggie Pate

Oct 19, 2016

by Kate MacLennan

As the Chattanooga-based creative gears up for The Hike 2016, she gets real with us about her past, present and bright future.

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Get to Know Paige Elenson

Oct 11, 2016

by Cayley Thiessen

It takes guts, vision and heart to move across the world and build a non-profit. Luckily Paige Elenson, co-founder and executive director of Africa Yoga Project, has those qualities in spades.

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Running Across India With Samantha Gash

Aug 02, 2016

by Ella  Barba

This August, Samantha Gash is going for a run—a 77-day, 3,800 kilometre run that will take her more that five million steps across India. The question is, why?

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Behind The Lens: Full Moon Film

Oct 04, 2016

by Kate MacLennan

We turn the camera on Ben Webb, principal cinematographer for the snowboarding film Full Moon.

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Kevin Pearce Puts Mind Over Matter

Sep 20, 2016

by Kate MacLennan

How ex-pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce is turning a traumatic brain injury on its head.

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