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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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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Meal Prep Sunday: What I’m eating this week

Thank god it’s finally starting to warm up in London! This week both of my meals are inspired by Asian flavours; I’ve made a Thai, Prawn, Noodle Salad and a Salmon Superfood Salad.

I love the fact that everyday at work I receive a free breakfast but all the cereals supplied are so high in sugar! This week I’ve made two portions of Mango Over-Night Oats and you can find the recipe here.

The Salmon Superfood Salad is my take on Pret’s Salmon, Kale and Quinoa Salad. It’s one of my favourite salads that they do and it’s so easy to recreate at home (and so much cheaper too).

If you’re like me, and you’re storing the salad in the fridge for a couple of days, don’t add the dressing until you’re ready to eat it.

You’ll need… 

  • 50g quinoa
  • 175ml water
  • 50g kale
  • 100g edamane beans
  • 1/4 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cooked salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

For the dressing… 

  • 2cm piece of ginger
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasame oil

Cook the quinoa in a saucepan with the water for about 10 minutes with a lid on, take it off the heat but keep the lid on and let it steam for 5 more minutes – just to ensure that it’s light and fluffy.

In another pan blanche the kale, edamane beans and broccoli.

Whilst everything is cooking, prerpare the dressing. Simiply combine all the ingredients and stir.

Once everything is cooked add the veg and quinoa to a salad bowl along with the spring onions and radishes. Mix the dressing in.

Flake the salmon over the top of the salmon and finish by sprinkling the seasame seeds.

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How often should you replace your gym kit?

I usually try and go to the gym everyday on my way home from work – so this means lugging trainers, a water bottle, gym clothes, a padlock and makeup remover to and from work every single day.

Last Monday I got to work and realised I had left all my workout clothes at home, nightmare. Quality kit can be expensive and being the gym-freak I am, I couldn’t bear to miss a workout.

I hadn’t brought new sportswear since Christmas so during my lunch hour I quickly popped into Runners World, and purchased myself a new sports bra, vest and leggings.

Trying on loads of new lycra really got me thinking – how often should I replace my gym kit?

You need to start replacing your clothes when..

  • they start to feel loose,
  • when the moisture-wicking material just isn’t working like it used to,
  • and when the fabric thins too much.

Not replacing your kit can cause chafing or muscle strain (especially if you’re sports bra is worn and it’s not doing it’s job properly).

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, I really need to go through the majority of my kit and replace it!

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Sports Bar, Lululemon

Leggings, Nike

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HIIT at Another Space

June has been definitely been my month for trying out new gyms and shaking up my routine. This week, I finally got round to checking out Another Space and it’s stunning. I was so impressed with how clean and white the space was – it’s got a smoothie bar and cafe, with spacious changing rooms equipped with fluffy towels and cowshed skin and hair products, plus ghd straighteners and dryers.

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It’s the new pay-as-you go concept gym from Third Space and it’s located on Tower Street, Covent Garden. They offer Cycle, HIIT and Yoga and the idea is that you should do all three in balance.

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I tried the HIIT class with Naomi on Saturday morning and it was amazing! It was super intense and our trainer really pushed us and demonstrated all the moves before hand, so there’s no getting lost. It’s a boxing / circuit training class and you’ll spend your time between the bags or doing resistance training. You’ll do a 5 minute warm up, then alternative between the bags and the floor for a total of 3 rounds on each.

Their HIIT class only started this week, so no doubt they’ll be some tweaks – the gloves were rubbish and remove quite alot of skin from my knuckles but they’re being replaced asap.

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I’m yet to the the Cycle and Yoga classes, but both the studios look fab. If you’re ever in the area I’d definitely recommend checking out at least a couple of classes. It’s a great place to kickstart your weekend on a Saturday morning before feasting on some of the many brunch spots nearby.

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Another Space, 4-10 Tower St, London WC2H 9NP

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Reshaping at 1Rebel

1Rebel has been on my radar for a while now – they’re a no contract, ‘pay-as-you-train’ boutique gym. They have two gyms, both located in the city, each offering three types of classes. Reshape, Ride and Rumble. They’re all high intensity fitness classes which will put your usual routine to shame.

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I’ve been following Kayla Itsiness guide for about two years now and I’m looking to shake things up a little bit. I booked myself into a Full Body Reshape class one day after work – You’re given you own workout station complete with dumbbells, resistance bands and a medicine ball plus a treadmill. Our instructor, Kelly, brought all the newbies over and explained how to class worked. If you ever find yourself running aimlessly on a treadmill or staring at the weights section in complete confusion this class is definitely for you.

You spend you time doing interval sprints – each time upping the gradient and speed, and then hoping onto the workout station doing a range of weighted exercises from squats, chest presses, push ups and v-sits.

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They use Woodway treadmills which help you give you a more intense workout whilst being super comfortable on your joints to help you go that little bit faster. All the weights you need are under the bench station so there’s no back and forth to gather weights and your instructor will tell you how heavy you need to lift.

It’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as its best – there’s hardly any time to think about how much pain you’re in as you switch between the treadmills and weights. I go to the gym about 5 times a week and consider myself to be pretty fit, but this class completely took it out of me. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

You can refuel at the Roots & Bulbs for cold pressed juices and smoothies. On Friday evenings you can ever get prosecco – talk about balance. If you decide to squeeze a class in at lunch you’ll also get a free smoothie.

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The changing rooms at 1Rebel are incredible – they have the trendiest changing area that I have ever seen. All lockers are a glittering copper tone with heated benches and GHD hair straighteners and skin care products galore.

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It is £20 a session and that’s a lot to spend on a class and something I can’t justify on a regular basis. I’d definitely recommend checking it out but it’s the perfect special occasion gym.

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1Rebel, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

 

Women who Lift: Back and Chest Routine

Change has has never been something that comes easily for me – I’m a creature of habit. So making the switch from Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide to weight lighting has been incredibility hard.

Kayla’s routine is one that finally helped me to achieve the results I sought and made me fall in love with fitness. I’ve had a hard time admitting to myself that I was bored by the workouts after two years and I’ve began mixing a few weight lifting workouts into my routine – which I’m totally loving and is helping me break through my plateau.

A  lot of people ask me what I actually do in the gym, and I totally know the feeling of being like ‘so, now what?’, so I thought I’d give you a little breakdown of an chest and back routine I do…

Bench press – 3 sets of 10 reps

Dumb bell flyes – 3 sets of 10 reps

Chest dips – 3 sets of 10 reps

Pull ups – 3 sets of 10 reps

Chin ups – 3 sets of 10 reps

Barbell row – 3 sets of 10 reps

Seated cable row – 3 sets of 10 reps

Push ups – 3 sets of 10 reps

I also do a 15 minute run before hitting the weights to get my heart rate going and that’s it! It certainty leaves me shaking and then aching the next day. If you have any questions, do please ask me.

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What I’m Wearing:
Top from Adidas
Leggings from Lorna Jane, Active in Style
Shoes from Nike