The Autumn Fitness Edit: What, Where and HowBy Georgia Devon-Spick
Although we might have said goodbye to rooftop yoga and sunny park runs, London still has plenty to offer when it comes to fun fitness classes. Winter may be looming and akin to hibernation, but here’s our guide to staying fit and healthy during the autumn months.
With the mornings getting colder and darker, the last thing you want to do is trek to an early morning class when you can still see the moon/your own breath. Now, thanks to Barrecore’s online sessions, you can have your own class on your own terms and in the comfort of your own home — which means a lie in and no dreaded commute. You can rent a single video for £4 for 24 hours or alternatively buy an unlimited monthly membership for £25/month. (Which is fantastic value if you consider one studio class costs £28.) You can even go the full Barrecore-monty with the purchase of an Accessory Pack (£36), which includes a branded inflatable ball with pump, a 5 foot long medium resistance stretch band and a pair of grippy barrecore socks. The classes vary in both duration and difficulty from targeted toning to HIIT, meaning it’s perfectly tailored to your time-pressured and/or fitness needs.
The King of Gyms opened it’s Queen earlier this month in Broadgate Circle, and unleashed its newest and (IMHO) toughest workout yet, the ‘rumble’ workout. Rumble sessions are a boxing class – with the classic 1Rebel twist. The room is dark, the music is loud, and you’re each allocated to your own punch bag where for 45 minutes you endure kicks, hooks, jabs, sit-ups, knife-slices and of course, burpees. The class is tough, but flies by and is incredibly stress-busting and actually fun. You’ll ache in ways you never imagined you could before, but you’ll be back.
The evening will begin with a refreshing coconut infused cocktail followed by a 3 course coconut inspired Thai-fusion menu. The evening will round off with an an educational talk and Q & A on the astounding health benefits of coconuts (from the oil to the water – the list is endless!) You’d be nuts to miss it.
Secret HIIT club
The Secret HIIT club is monthly pop-up coming to you in unusual and quirky locations across London. The event includes a 45 minute HIIT class led by Tally Rye, followed by a delicious Rude Health brunch and a talk from Impulse Fitness on hormones, nutrition & training. You can get your tickets here.
Plenish has launched its newest juice: Greenest Green ( containing spinach, kale, ginger and lime). There are lots of ‘juices’ on the market these days but few in fact match the nutritional density of Plenish. With a whopping 1kg of organic produce in every bottle, you’ll be sure to keep those dreaded winter colds at bay.
Mindfulness and Meditation has an impressive list of both physical and mental health benefits, but many believe they simple do not have the time to incorporate the practice into their day. Headspace is a great app which offers a beginner’s trial of 10 minute bursts a day for 10 days. If you can’t even do 10 minutes – Rituals has now launched an app offering 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute practices.
Bounce balls have a new and delicious addition to their already great and dilemma-worthy selection: Cacao Orange Protein Burst. With Cacao nibs, rice bran and high quality protein, this is a gym-bag must. ( Also Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free).
The Icebreaker tee is made from high-tech performance merino fabric and is available in a variety of colours, meaning you’ll both look and feel fresh.
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