Tabinix is one of the latest grip sock lines in our lineup at SimplyWORKOUT. We first discovered the adorable, open toe styles on Instagram (@tabinix) and knew we had to give them a try. With all of the grip sock brands out there these days (as most barre and many pilates studios now require grip socks in class), we know it’s hard to stand out. Tabinix has been able to do so with its quality grips, and classic and sweet stylings that go with just about any outfit. Here is the story behind Tabinix as told by the founder, Jackie Gayford.
What is your background?
My work background is in Public Relations but currently, I am juggling the roles of: mother of two toddlers, marketing manager for my husband’s businesses; as well as, running Tabinix.
My experience in the fitness industry is all over the place. From playing soccer for my university, running kids athletic camps, instructing adult boot camps, writing for a fitness magazine, competing in fitness shows and then developing a passion for the Barre, Pilates, and Reformer burn. Most of these never overlapped; in fact, I can chunk my life into sections based on my fitness obsession at the time.
How did you come up with the idea for Tabinix?
Having my babies 17 months apart was really hard emotionally for me. While I tried to keep active while pregnant with my daughter, all my efforts came to a grinding halt when I got pregnant with my son when she was 8 months old. It took me two years to before I started working out again. A Barre studio had opened and I decided to give it a try. I was HOOKED. The burn was in all the right places and I loved how I could close my eyes and go at my own pace. I had never done anything like it before and I was seeing huge results.
The studio sold grip socks and I quickly discovered that my sweaty feet did way better in socks; however, my toes were uncomfortable with each toe having to poke through its own hole. When my search for the perfect grip sock came up unsuccessful, my husband encouraged me to talk to some factories and have them make exactly what I was looking for. It took over 9 months, 6 different factories with dozens of failed samples to get it the way I wanted. I wanted to create an ultra-light, sexy cut grip sock that made me feel good when I put them on; honestly, fashion was just as important as a function – I wanted both.
What is your view on the importance and benefits of grip socks?
Tabinix grip socks stop you from slipping and sliding all over the studio floor, and there are many who wear them for hygienic reasons. While these are the standard general answer there is a big difference with the extra grip you get when doing complicated movements in a Barre/Pilates/Reformer class.
For example, when my insane instructor asks us to go as deep as we can in a sumo squat, rise up on our toes and THEN pulse 100 times, my grip socks help me hold my feet in place. I can dip way deeper, hold the pose longer and reach further in confidence with grip socks on.
Our open-toe Tabinix grip socks give you the best of both worlds. They give your toes the freedom to stretch into their own natural grip, while still having the benefit of the silicon grip for the extra support. I have to admit, in the past, my workout gear was nothing but worn-out tees and athletic shorts. I absolutely love that my workout clothing is now ‘outfits’ that I feel good picking out and wearing. This is the reason why we developed our closed-toe light lace yoga socks because sometimes a workout can be kept in the zen state and we wouldn’t want our need for a pedicure distracting us from our form.
What is your current workout schedule like given your busy schedule?
Currently, I make it a point to attend at least three Barre, Pilates or Reformer classes a week. With everything I am juggling, this is what I need to stay balanced. In between classes; when my schedule permits, I’m doing a home workout with a Tabinix booty band.