Kelly Rowland is fitness goals, and so are her best friends, like Beyoncé, Ciara, and Serena Williams. So, it was only fitting that when she designed her first (amazing) collection for Fabletics, she had them in mind.
We caught up with the Dirty Laundry songstress at her Kelly Rowland x Fabletics launch event at Casita Hollywood in Los Angeles. When asked which of her friends help keep her on track and motivated for workouts, she shared exclusively to Madame Noire, “Ciara has got these power legs…they’re amazing, and Serena’s whole body is everything. Her strength is epic. The black woman is epic.”
“For all my girls in my crew, each one of them possesses something that I’m so grateful I’m able to witness on a daily basis,” she continued. “I feel like pieces of them are in this collection. Whether they know it or not. I was inspired by them in one way or another. Women throughout my life have inspired this collection.”
Fabletics’ mantra about female empowerment was one of the main things that drew Rowland to the brand. As she curled up on a cozy gray sofa with her locks pulled up in a high wavy ponytail and a cup of coffee in hand, Rowland kicked back in her red ribbed Harper crop top and matching leggings from the collection ( her fave pieces in it) and chatted with us about all things Fabletics, fitness, and how her workout regimen has changed since giving birth to her now 4-year-old son Titan Witherspoon.
“I love that Fabletics wants to empower women period, and when the opportunity came about I was like ‘I want to do that with them’ because I love their message to women. To be bold, to be unapologetic, and I really wanted that to showcase in the line.” Her line undoubtedly illustrates this. While all the pieces you can definitely move in, they are sexy with a high cut, one piece bodysuit ($69.95, Fabletics.com) and skin showing leggings featuring sexy mesh cutouts ($59.95, Fabletics.com).
The design elements of the collections were also inspired by Rowland’s love of dance. “Being able to move in all the fabrics and feel amazing…the detail was so important in this collection. That’s actually the space in my mantra for 2019 is like everything is in the details.” Her Athena Hooded Pullover ($54.95, Fabletics.com) and Mariah Pants II ($44.95, Fabletics.com) are perfect for running errands or lounging and catching up on Netflix.
Speaking of dance, ballet is a big part of how she stays in shape, and helped her bounce back quickly after giving birth to her son. “After I had my son I was almost down my baby weight,” she said. “I had nine pounds to go. I took a ballet class for a month and I lost 12 pounds. I was also drinking a gallon of water a day, and eating a specific diet, and I had another workout on top of that.”
Even though the baby weight is gone and the baby is now a child, this workout is still her go to. “I’ll just randomly take a ballet class because I don’t sweat the way I sweat in ballet,” she continued, adding that she also does pilates and strength training workouts to keep her physique in check.
After we chatted, Rowland helped lead a workout with her trainer Masi Arias at the event as DJ Angie Vee pumped out the music for the booty blasting exercises. “I don’t know about you guys but I let the end of 2018 and the holidays have it with food,” she told the group of about 25 women before the workout began. “I was unapologetic about that. I ate every pie, I had every glass of wine, I truly enjoyed myself but I did set an intention for 2019 and that was to pay attention to detail and to pour into myself, and when I do that I work out.”
Once the workout was over, Rowland continued to chat with the group about her workout regimen and lifestyle, and how it’s changed since she became a mom. “I feel like you have one body, and now that I have a son he’s what I’m living for,” she told the group. “I want to live for him and I have to take care of myself. After I had him, I started experiencing diastasis recti (a condition in which the lower abs separate, creating a lower belly pooch). My core got weak and I started having back problems. As you get older, I guess things aren’t as fresh anymore. I can feel the difference, and that’s why I have to do the work. It’s not about size. I want to be strong.”
As for how she finds the energy to work out with her busy schedule, Rowland said, “I change the headspace I’m in.” “I try not to think of it as work, because if I allow everything – my husband, my job, my child, to take everything away from me, I won’t have anything left. I feel like as women we’re so emotional and we will hold all of that stuff in. Where are we going to release it. I feel like strength training, pilates, it gives you the chance to get everything out.”
Rowland is also working on new music, which also inspires her to work out, but it was the death of her mother in 2014 that really made the importance of staying healthy hit home. “I love pasta, cake, candy, and french fries,” she said. “I’m a southern girl and I love my food, but in order for me to have the things that I love. I lost my mom to cardiac arrest, so I promised myself I would take care of myself while I’m on this earth.”
Rowland’s Fabletics capsule collection includes bodysuits, sports bras, bomber jackets, leggings, and more in colors reminiscent of the 90’s such as soft mauve, light bronze, black cherry and wine violet that pay homage to her early days in Destiny’s Child. The collection ranges in sizes XXS-3X and is currently available in the 25 Fabletics stores nationwide and on Fabletics.com.
Will you be shopping the collection? What’s your workout routine for 2019 and what are you wearing? Share with us in the comment section!