Fit Club: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Healthy in LondonBy Kate Rooney
Getting healthy in London is easier than you think. When it comes to working out, there are four simple things to consider: Be realistic. Eat well. Rest both your body and mind. Be committed. And try not be that person with a £60 per month gym membership that stands on the tube escalator.
It can be daunting getting fit at first, so we’ve made it easy for you to get healthy in London. Take a look through our definitive London guide from where to sweat it out, re-fuel properly, and shop our beauty line-up for achy, post-workout limbs:
(Inside the studios at Bodyism)
Located on the lower level of the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge sits the most deluxe gym in the city. Bodyism – founded by James Duigan – the man behind Clean & Lean offers a head-to-toe fitness approach backed by loyal celebrity cliental. With proven results. This is personal 1:1 training taken to a whole new level. Kick start your session with a iced glass of Berry Burn and end it with Bodyism’s specially formulated post-workout shake, Body Brilliance (vegan, gluten and sugar free chocolate shake – also know as the Supermodel Secret). This is fitness on your terms, dedicated to your goals and formulated for your body – the perfect way to kickstart become more healthy in London. Reaching your optimum genetic potential is finally within reach.
Exclusive, elite, and 100% intense. Russell Bateman – the trainer behind no-nonsense global fitness obsession The Skinny Bitch Collective claims his classes are the hardest workout for woman out there. And I agree. Prepare to push your body and mind to a level beyond your own comprehension, and hurt in places you never thought possible. Sculpt, tone and recondition your body with some of the strongest, most beautiful and determinded woman in London. You’re all in it together – one relentless 7am class at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be doing upside-down burpees on every vertical surface you find. Just you wait.
Reformer pilates is my favourite fitness find this year, and Ten Pilates, my new second home. Working out on a reformer did at first seem daunting, but after just one class I soon saw what all the fun was about. With beautiful studios based all over London (and a newly refurbished branch – St James, located just behind Fortnum & Mason) reformer pilates is one of the most effective ways to get a full-body workout. Longer, leaner limbs await. It’s no wonder the Victoria’s Secret girls across the pond swear by the reformer, we’re looking at you Alessandra Ambrosio.
(Plenish Cleanse at Wakeman Road | Nama Foods, Notting Hill)
Westbourne Grove is a hub of all things delicious, and my favourite spot? Daylesford Organic. It’s the kind of place you could dine for every single meal and never tire. Pop in for a breakfast of chia, goji berry & flax seed Bircher muesli with natural yoghurt & fresh seasonal fruits, complete with a side of B Virbrant juice (carrot, apple, ginger, celery, lemon & chia seeds). Thank us later.
Wakeman Road is a private wellness club exclusively for members and their friends. A place to wind down, attend health workshops and experience the upper tier of luxury beauty services – from facials to full body massages. Tucked away in leafy West London and stocked with of some of the industries finest names, Oskia, Antonia Burrell, De Mamiel, Charli Cohen and Plenish Cleanse. We can’t get enough of Plenish’s newest launch, Cacao, Maca Cashew M*lk. So, so good.
Nac is a Paris-meets-New York gem in the heart of Mayfair with an interior to make any visual obsessive go weak at the knees – sleek furniture, well lit, marble tables ect. The menu offering is light and fresh with a tad of french flair. Famed for their seasonal small plates, our picks are their Salmon gavalx with wasabi mousse, capers and beetroot crisps. Torched cauliflower with sea salt and olive oil. Quinoa with cherry tomatoes, parsley and pomegranate and lemon dressing. If you’re a city fiend who likes to stay healthy, Nac may well be your new favourite hang out.
Encriched with lavender, lavandin and clary sage, Aveda’s salt and sugar based formula is enriched with essential oils to aid a bath time full of calm.
An invigorating muscle gel which instantly revives and soothes. Pop in the fridge for the ultimate antidote for tired, achy muscles.
Plunge a few drop of oil into a hot running bath and immerse yourself into a haven of tranquility, creating your own post-gym spa in the comfort of your own home.
No one looks cute when leaving the gym. And if you’ve worked hard enough, you really shouldn’t. Avene’s facial mist rescues hot flushed cheeks, in just one spritz. A little bit of light relief after an intense work out.
Serenity (an all natural vegan chocolate shake, with calming calcium, chamomile and hops to help promote a relaxing and restful sleep) is the perfect example of why nourishing your body is of upmost importance at night. Lara Stone & James Duigan explain why; watch them in action in the kitchen here.