Adidas Women’s Studio | Brick Lane

In London, decent gyms can cost a small fortune (and how I wish my local gym membership was cheaper) – but this year Adidas have launched their women’s only studio in Brick Lane. It’s completely FREE and they host weekly run clubs and classes. You just need to sign up via Facebook messenger and then you can pop along to any of their sessions. The schedule is announced and unlocked on a weekly basis, and then users can reserve spaces for all events.

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I’ve been going for a couple of weeks now and I’m becoming obsessed. So far I’ve been to a Barre class, HIIT workout, and this week I went to two yoga classes – I’m yet to sign up to any of their run clubs though!

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Given a 45 minute workout elsewhere in London can set you back £15 to £20, the Adidas Studio is a steal. The studio is located in a warehouse on Brick Lane, right opposite The Old Truman Brewery. It’s sleek and naturally-lit, with all white everything and potted plants.

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There’s also a cafe on the ground floor, hosted by Bel-Air. Their prices are pretty reasonable and if you’re booked into a morning class, I can guarantee you that you’ll want a coffee afterwards to help you face the day.

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The barre class I attended was hosted by Aimee Victoria Long. Having never done barre before I was pretty nervous as my balance is terrible, but she made me feel at ease. It’s definitely something I want to do more of.

I also loved my HIIT session, which was run by Lisanne van Sonsbeek, a PT from Move your Frame. The workout was similar to my usual gym sessions, but toward the end of the class she paired us up and made us workout with another girl in the group. Which really pushed us to work even harder for the last 10 minutes.

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The studio is open until October and it’s definitely something to get involved in.

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Adidas Women’s Studio, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 5EG

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A healthy foodie subscription box | Lifebox

There’s been very few subscription boxes which actually appeal to me. The ones I’ve seen tend to be based on makeup and skincare, and whilst I love my Urban Decay eye-shadow pallets, I’m the kind of girls who’s bedtime routine consists of a face wipe.

However… last month I discovered LifeBox. A subsumption box service for healthy foodies and I couldn’t resist trying it out. Each month you get sent a box full of supplements, bars, drinks, superfoods, powders, and more. Each box can be tailed to your needs: everyday wellness (GF&V), women’s health, men’s health, junior, mini and even the occasional holiday box .

It’s the perfect way to try out new foods and discover new brands without having to buy full-sized, multi-packs of something you may not even like. It arrives in the post in a white box with the LifeBox logo printed on top and the products are wrapped in paper which is tied up in a cute ribbon. Receiving your box is truly a special occasion and I loved the feeling of receiving a box of food (who wouldn’t?!)

I opted for the women’s health box which in addition to be packed full of products, comes recipe suggestions and workouts. It was exciting to see products from both established brands and ones I’ve never heard of before. A firm favourite from last month’s box was the granola from Husk and Honey. Their spiced mulberry flavour is perfect sprinkled over greek yoghurt.

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Whilst their boxes range for £15-£23, they are worth forking out for as in my February box I received…

  • A packet of hemp seeds by Linwoods
  • A granola bar from Kind
  • Four packets of tea from T Plus
  • A pot of pistachio nut butter by Nutural World
  • A sashay of birthday bake almond butter by Buff Bake
  • Cabbage chips by The Beginnings
  • A packet of superblends by Be.
  • A bag of salted caramel pecks by Inspiralled
  • Cocoa nib chocolate from IQ Chocolate
  • A rude healh almond drink
  • A packet of Chia seeds by Lifebox
  • Protein bites by Saf raw
  • A packet of chai turmeric blend by Wunder Workshop
  • A protein bar from The Primal Pantry
  • And of course, a packet of granola by Husk and Honey

I now consider myself a subscription box covert and I’m so glad I came across LifeBox, in my opinion there’s nothing else of the market quite like it!

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3 Hacks for Fitting in your Workout into a Busy Schedule

“You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce”

Hands up, who’s sacked off a workout because a) you’re staying late at work to finish a deadline, b) you’re too tired, and c) you’re just lacking that kick up the bum and all motivation appears to have evaporated.

Work, in particular, can really get in the way of working out. The more challenging (and exciting) a job gets, the more we struggle to find time to work out. And when work becomes harder, we can’t afford not to exercise as it releases endorphins which helps to reduce stress.

I used to hit the gym after work and by the time I had worked out, sat on a tube back to North London, washed and cooked dinner and actually sat down to eat it was often around 9pm. These days I’m squeezing my sessions into my lunch hour (or if I’m planning a longer workout I try my best to squeeze it in before work).

Here are my top three tips for squeezing in a workout into a busy schedule…

Meal prep

The night before take a moment to pack a lunch as it means you can avoid waiting in line at Pret later. You’ll not only save time, but you’ll also save money. Plus you can guarantee that you’ll have a healthy lunch after your workout.

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Work out your workout

The key is to know exactly what you’re going to do the moment you hit the gym – don’t waste time trying to come up with something there and then. Interval or HIIT training are the perfect 30 minute exercise. There’s loads of research out there with show you can achieve much more progress is 15 minutes of HIIT training (done three times a week) than jogging on the treadmill for an hour.

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Streamline your shower

Cut down on the amount of products you use to get office-ready. Have a speedy shower and freshen your hair with dry shampoo. Use makeup that doubles up, think tinted moisturiser, perfect for hydration and coverage. This will save you so much time, meaning you’ll be able to do that little bit more at the gym.

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London’s Best Boutique Gyms

I feel like I’ve hit such a slump. Usually I’m pretty good at motivating myself to lace up my trainers and go to a run, or hit the weights. I’m stuck in a rut and really want to refresh my fitness game – I’m in dire need of a break away from my overcrowded gym.

So, if you’re like me and looking for something to boost you up this month, here are a few of my top boutique gyms that you need to train in…

1Rebel

The changing rooms at 1Rebel are sure to have graced many an Instagram feed – they’re spacious, with large bronze lockers and heated white tiled benches. They’re got two studios both close to Liverpool street which focus on three classes: Cycle (spinning); Reshape (HIIT using treadmills and benches); and Rumble (boxing). Be prepared – their classes are challenging and are the perfect thing to reignite your fitness mojo.

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Blok

You’ll find Blok in a converted warehouse in Clapton. It’s seriously swish with exposed brickwork and steal beams. The type of place you’d expect a hip restaurant to open up in, but instead it’s equipt with kettlebells and boxing bags. There are two studios, one which is dedicated to boxing and dance-fit, and the second is for yoga, barre and pilates. Be sure to try out their grueling signature class, BlokFit.

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F45

F45 stands for Functional 45 – basically training for 45 minutes. Each class focuses on a combination of bodyweight and weight exercises in different circuit. The classes are designed in a way in which everyone encourages and supports each other, which is seriously motivating. Right now you can sign up for 7 classes for just £7! Money well spent.

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Another Space

The black and white sleek decor is what got me through the door here, but what makes me want to go back to Another Space is their HIIT class, a mix of boxing and floor work. Plus the changing rooms are packed with everything you could possible need, including hair ties and grips!

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Ethos

If you tired of the divide between yoga and sports and no longer want to think of them as separate activities, then Ethos is the place for you. They’ve recently expanded into London, smack bang in the centre of Spitalfields Market. If you’ve never used TRX before, then this is definitely the place to try it. It’s a type of bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

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How to make your own Trail Mix

I first signed up for Graze on a whim, back when I was at University and I wanted to try new snacks, with ingredients I never even heard of. I was sick of taking the same old apple and almonds into the library and I really needed some variety.

These days I’m no longer signed up to Graze, but I still pick up a box every now and again from my local Sainsburys – I can’t resist their salted fudge and peanut cookie snack box. I’ve recently started to make my own trail mixes at home and they’re dead easy to make. You simply need to combine any of your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and sometimes even something a little sweet – and voila!

Now, trail mixes often get a bad rep, and true, their often high in far and sugar – but our bodies actually need both these things to function. I think a good quality trail mix, in moderation, should be part of a healthy diet. They come in handy if you’re sacrificing your lunch break for the gym and need a boost of energy, fast.

My basic recipe consists of..

  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1/2  cup seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened fruit
  • some ‘fun stuff’ – 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/2 cup popped popcorn.

This usually yields between 4-5 cups, and I recommend a serving size of 1/4 cup.

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There are no rules for trail mix, just combine whatever sounds good! But here are a few of my go-to mixes:

A firm favourite – almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, dark chocolate

Basic – almonds, raisins, dark chocolate chips

Energy boosting – walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dates

Simple – hazlenuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips

Tropical – cashews, brazil nuts, dried mango, banana chips, coconut flakes.

 

2017 New Years Resolutions

Thankgod 2016 is coming to an end – it’s been a pretty rough ride for the world, am i right? Whilst 2016 has been a pretty awosome year for me and instead of being sad that it’s over, I’m busy planning 2017 and setting my goals. In 2017, I will:

Complete dry January. In all honesty, I’m a bit cynical about the whole concept of going ‘dry’ for a month. I’m simply doing it to prove to myself that I can (expect I am giving myself a day or two off as I’m heading up to Nottingham to see one of my best friends as she has just come back from Australia). It’s so easy to say yes to free champagne at events or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, and I’m egear to prove to myself that I can say no.

Master the downward facing dog. In 2016, one of my resolutions was to regually go to yoga classes, and whilst that goal was only really ticked off in September, I’m ready to master some of the poses. I want to be able to do the downward facing dog with both my heels flat on the floor.

Squat and deadline 70kg. I definately don’t push myself as hard as I could when weight training and I’m currently lifting about 30kg. I’m going to start by using dumbbells and doing a variation of each exercise at the beginning of every workout.

Run 10km under an hour. I ran my first 10km with my sister back in October and got a time of just over an hour. This year I really want to push that time down and I’m going to aim to do this by only having two running routes so I know what actually is a good time for that course. I’m also going to start to incorporate interval training at the gym so my body can learn to adapt to sudden bursts of speeds when I need it to during a race.

 

There’s no sugar in my coffee anymore!

I’m a zombie without coffee, and it usually takes a couple of cups to get me going in the morning – with warmed frothy milk and 2 spoons of sugar. And that’s just in the morning! I’m also a massive tea junkie, and will always have a mug on the go.

I track all my calories using My Fitness Pal, but I wasn’t logging how much added sugar I was consuming in my hot drinks, and I’ve been consuming so many empty calories.

Someone once told me it takes 3 weeks to kick a habit and for your taste buds to change. I won’t lie, it was tough (especially after the Christmas party and all you can think about it have a sugary coffee to get your through the day).

I didn’t go completely cold turkey, first I made the change to just using sweetener, and then from two spoons to only one. Then finally, this December I decided to get rid of it completely. Since cutting down sugar my skin has gotten notably clearer and I’m much more alert – no more 3pm crash for me!

Here are my top three tips if you’re considering doing the same:

  1. Drink loads of water and also stop drinking fizzy drinks, otherwise you’ll end up replacing your sugary hot drinks for those instead (which are just as bad!)
  2. When you cut out sugar you mind find yourself reaching for sugary cereals. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, I usually have Avocado on Toast or a bowl of Porridge.
  3. Use full-fat milk and dairy. The low-fat stuff is usually sweetened and has a lower levels of vitamins.