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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10 Things That Happen When You Get Into Yoga

  1. You become one of those people who won’t shut up about your practice
  2. You develop muscles you never thought you had
  3. You’ll use any space to practice in – no matter how small
  4. Inversions used to scare you, but now you see how satisfying and challenging they can be
  5. You try to get everyone into yoga – even your dog
  6. Perfecting your vinyasa is at the top of your goals

  7. Your collection of to-and-from class shoes expands rapidly

  8. Other forms of physical activity now seem impossibly tedious
  9. You’ll start to spend loads of money on fancy yoga gear
  10. But sometimes, you really ARE just there for the savasana

 

I’m certainly no Yogi, but I’ve done a fair few classes now and I’m pretty familiar with many of the poses. I really started getting into Yoga after a summer series hosted at work and I’ve only properly started to understand it and learn how effective it can be.

At the start I was just trying my best to follow the teacher and copying everyone else, trying my best to get into the poses which all felt so weird – I was often leaving the class feeling like I didn’t work out but very relaxed. Now though, I really try to think about every part of my body when I’m getting into a pose, from lengthening, to how I should be holding my chest, to stretching out my arms. It’s only then that you get a proper sweat on, and really ache the next day.

 

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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High Sky Yoga followed by Brunch at Beany Green

Last Sunday I started my day with an early morning yoga session at Sky Garden. Not many people can say that they have worked out surrounded by fresh flowers and with 360-degree views of London, so it was a really nice change to my usual routine. Sky Garden is the perfect place for early birds, like me, to soak up the morning sun.

The flow of the yoga was pretty fast, leaving me breathless – but our yoga instructor had a lovely calming voice, making it easy to follow her. I’m not the greatest at Yoga, I do enjoy it and definitely don’t practice as much as I’d like.

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After the class we headed to Beany Green, which is an Australian inspired cafe whose brunch menu is packed with healthy food and bold flavours. Make sure you sit outside as you can overlook Broadgate Circle.

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You can choose to make your brunch bottomless but we fancied detoxing after our yoga session. I had an amazing smoothie, the yogi berry. It was so creamy and delicious, and it went down a treat.

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I opted for the avocado toast which is served on fermented activated charcoal sourdough. Activated charcoal is meant to help whiten teeth, alleviate bloating and help with hangovers – it’s unusual and it tasted good but I won’t be incorporating it into my daily diet.

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Scott went from the Bondi breakfast, which comprised two poached eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, half an avocado and a dollop of homemade chilli pesto on sourdough bread – admittedly I eat all the pesto as it went really well with my dish too. The bacon could have been crispier but it was all washed down with excellent coffee.

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Beany Green is also the perfect place to refuel after hitting 1Rebel as both are in Broadgate Circle.

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Beany Green, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

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Your June Fitness Agenda

With summer just about the corner everyone is gearing up to get fit – and not because you need a ‘bikini body’ but you can chase those ice cream vans down the street.

You need to try these fitness classes – it’s so much better than being stuck inside a gym on a sunny day.

House of Voga 

A yoga class inspired by Madonna’s 80s hit ‘Vogue… Strike a Pose’ – It’s described as yoga was sass. Classes run on Saturdays from 4 June-17 September at King’s Cross Pond.

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Secret London Runs: London’s Power Woman Week

Discover London and celebrate the amazing women who helped shaped it. It’s a 8km group running tour which takes place every day between 5th and 9th June.

Sunset Aquathlon Series 

It’s the first of four taking place in Hyde Park. You complete a 500m swim, then tackle a 5k run in Hyde Park. It’s on my bucket list to do a triathlon and this will act as a warm up, sign me up for the one in August.

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Enormous Elephant Run

A fun fancy-dress run all about saving African Elephants – you can either run 5k, 10k or 15k on Clapham Common. The elephant suit is included in the fee, and all the money goes to saving these beautiful creators.

The Colour Run

You start the race alongside thousands of Color Runners start the day in a white t-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours at each kilometre of the course.

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The Gherkin Challenge 

Take on the Gherkin and its 38 floors, you’ll be rewarded with a glass of champagne and spectacular views when you reach the top.