James Tavernier Shares Tips on How to Gain Your Best Fitness Potential This National Fitness Day

James Tavernier Shares Tips on How to Gain Your Best Fitness Potential This National Fitness Day

Kristin Kennedy-Brown - September 13, 2023

Move your body, shape your future with James Tavernier - in celebration of National Fitness Day, on 20th September, known to be the biggest celebration of the year for fitness enthusiasts.

National fitness day encourages the nation to get moving, highlighting the roles sporting activities play on your mental and physical health. 

To celebrate National Fitness Day, we have launched Rise - a specialist collection crafted to encourage the UK to improve their fitness habits and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Engineered using light-weight, quick-drying high stretch fabrications that ensure increased freedom of movement to increase breathability within each garment. Mesh ventilation in key sweat zones ensures temperature regulation as you up the intensity. While practical detailing ensures increased visibility in low light settings so you can keep going even when the evenings draw in. Choose from hybrid quarter zip, mesh mix high stretch t shirts, adjustable joggers, and woven shorts to help to take your workout to the next level - supporting your journey to greatness. 

We chatted to James Tavernier, captain of the Scottish Premiership club, the Rangers to chat through his top tips on maintaining peak fitness throughout the entire season and beyond. 

“As a professional footballer our physical health needs to be in top shape at all times, however it’s important to not only look good but feel good too.” said James Tavernier. 


“Investing in quality sportswear is essential for both comfort and performance during physical activities.

“Consider your specific sporting needs – for me, it’s football. Different exercises require distinct sportswear, so choose wisely based on what you’re engaging in. Opt for moisture-wicking materials that offer breathability and ensure the items fit perfectly to enhance mobility.”


“Establishing clear goals in sports and within day-to-day life is crucial for motivation and improvement. Firstly, make your goals specific and measurable and avoid setting goals that are vague. It’s also important to make these goals realistic and achievable within your current skill level and time frame, otherwise it could lead to frustration.

“I always find regularly reviewing my goals helps me to adjust them when needed. Clear and well-defined targets provide direction, helping you to excel in your chosen sporting activity.”


“Staying hydrated as a professional athlete is paramount for optimal performance and overall well being.

“For me, I ensure I’m hydrated pre, during and post workout. Pay close attention to your body’s signals - if you’re feeling thirsty it’s usually a sign that you’re already dehydrated so drink before you reach that point. Following a football match, I will replenish the fluids lost through sweat by drinking more water and consuming hydrating foods such as fruit and vegetables.   

“Staying hydrated is key to sustaining energy and prevents heat-related issues, allowing you to perform to your best potential.”  


“As someone who has been on the field for years, I can’t stress enough how important it is to vary your daily training routine.

“First and foremost, mix up your drills and don’t stick to the same exercises every day. Challenge yourself with new ones to keep your body adapting and improving. A varied training routine not only keeps you motivated but ultimately helps you become a more versatile and skilled player.”


“Sporting does not come without its setbacks! Recovery is a cornerstone of success for any footballer or sporting enthusiast. It includes; rest, nutrition, and sleep to help aid in muscle growth and stamina development – and ultimately improving overall endurance and performance.

“Take time out of your training and fitness routines for adequate recovery to allow your body to repair itself and reduce the risk of injuries that can sideline you for weeks or even months!

“Recovery is not just about physical health, but also essential for my mental rejuvenation. It allows me to clear my mind, reduce stress and stay focussed on the next match.”

A note from our founder - Tom Beahon:

Fitness is a great way to improve not only our physical but also mental wellbeing. We’re wanting to encourage our customers to become stronger and happier versions of themselves and our premium performance sportswear range will help support them on this journey.

“Castore is eager to educate the nation on the power of physical exercise, not just on National Fitness Day but beyond. We’re thrilled to partner with Rangers’ footballer and captain, James Tavernier to share his expert tips on getting the most out of every workout.”

Shop the Rise Collection today.