5 WAYS GET FIT IN SOUTH WEST LONDON
Booty Barre classes, electrical body stimulation, reformer pilates, these are the new ways to lose weight and get fit in 2015. Try out one of these fitness concepts as one of your New Year’s resolutions this January for a happy, healthy new you
1 Get a beach body at Slice Studios, Parsons Green
Are you yet to pay a visit to Slice Studios in Parsons Green? Make 2015 the year you do. Not your run-of-the-mill gym, classes at Slice have the edge over the usual Legs, Bums and Tums. Try a ‘Booty Barre’ class that combines original barre methods with yoga, Pilates and dance to lengthen and strengthen overall physique. Like working out in pairs? Volleybody is a high-intensity fitness programme that was developed by the Team GB Strength and Conditioning coach. Its made up from three core Volleyball moves (defending, hitting and blocking a ball) and aims to give you a beach body! New To Slice? Try 21 Days For £40.
Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green SW6 4TJ; 020 7186 6007; slicefitness.co.uk
2 Take up running, wherever you are
Relatively fit and healthy and injury feel? Take up running. It’s a great way to monitor your increasing fitness levels, by seeing if you can run a bit further or a bit faster each time. Aside from the cost of your kit, it’s free. I’d highly recommend gait analysis if you’re serious about starting running regularly. Full-time staff at Sweatshop (sweatshop.co.uk) in Clapham and Fulham undergo three levels of biomechanical training, at Roehampton University in Surrey, examining all aspects of how our bodies move while running, so are well equipped to help you choose the right running shoes for you. Need motivation? Join a running club. There’s the Wimbledon Windmillers, the Clapham Chasers and the Wandle Runners to name just a few in South West London alone.
3 Functional fitness and Electrical Body Simulation at Chelsea Health Club
Try out several new fitness concepts at Chelsea Health Club. As well as the Zone Dome, you can try your hand at Torq-King, a revolutionary full-body workout described by Senior Personal Trainer Neil Johnson as ‘functional fitness’, at Chelsea Health Club at Stamford Bridge SW6. At first, Torq-King looks like weights but on closer inspection they’re more like wheels. Strap them on to your feet or hands and you can perform body-weight exercises with a 360° range of motion, focusing on core strength. The luxury gym at Stamford Bridge also offers Electrical Muscle Stimulation training too. We slipped into a special vest and Gym Manager Jake Helm hooked us up to the MIHA Bodytec. As you exercise, light electric impulse stimulate your muscles, making it a more efficient workout.
Chelsea Health Club & Spa, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS; 0845 163 2410; chelseahealthclub.com
4 Try your hand at Bikram Yoga
Work up a sweat to see off the festive excesses at a Bikram yoga class. The class takes place in a room heated to approximately 40°C; this warms up your muscles, aiding how flexible you are. Your heart will work harder resulting in an intensive workout. For those SW residents yet to try it, Bikram Yoga Wimbledon Studio is offering an introductory offer to try 30 consecutive days of unlimited classes and a free two-hour workshop for just £35.
Bikram Yoga Wimbledon Studio, 7 Elm Grove, Wimbledon SW19 4HE; bikramyogawimbledon.com
5 Reform your body at a Reformer Pilates class
Not a new trend as Reformer Pilates has been around for some time, but certainly a new regime for The Resident. Focusing on core strength, this smart machine adds variations on standard mat Pilates exercises. The Pilates Clinic in Wimbledon (in the same building as Bikram Yoga at 7 Elm Grove) holds group, private or semi-private sessions for both men and women. New to refomer Pilates? Friendly instructor Lisa Lamberti will provide two initial private sessions before you join the group class.
020 8947 8601; thepilatesclinic.com