It’s official, Puma have joined forces with brand new gym Metabolic London to offer free, yes free, classes to the public every Saturday 3-4pm. The announcement came last week and kicked off with their launch event on Saturday, where a selection of fitness fanatics (including myself) took to the Mornington Crescent based gym to be put through their paces by gym founder, Lawrence.
Yesterday I headed to Tribeca Studios– a brand new gym in Ealing, London- to see what they had to offer. Literally just around the corner from Ealing Broadway station, it’s not hard to find, which is always a good start…
Although the gym looks tiny from the outside, it’s surprisingly big once you get in and has a huge personality to match! As soon as you walk through the door, you catch a glimpse of the spin class- that’s if you don’t hear it first. Upbeat music, a hardcore instructor and a whole lot of energy vibrates from the spin room, leaving you eager to see more.
Heading downstairs to the main area, I was greeted by a friendly member of staff who gave me a tour of the gym. Changing rooms, showers, a smoothie bar and the Downtown studio on the lower floor then up to Uptown Ride and another exercise room.
I was impressed with how much thought has gone into the gym to make you feel welcome and a part of the Tribeca family. I was also surprised at how technologically advanced the gym is, with features that I hadn’t seen elsewhere. For one, everybody is given their own chipped wrist band that’s attached to their account. This is used not only to scan you into your chosen class on the screens outside of each studio, but doubles up a key for your locker by scanning it on the locker door. Fancy! You can also request a smoothie before your class and it will be waiting for you after. There’s no need to carry cash (or your card) as it’s charged straight to your account, with an email receipt as confirmation.
Even the smoothies have a likeable personality; tasting great, with a personalised message and witty packaging.
As for the class, I went to BODYATTACK; a high-energy body-weight class, performed to the beat of the music. From start to finish we didn’t stop moving, yet by the end I actually felt more energised than before! There was a lot of jumping, squatting, high knees, bouncing and pulsing, all in time to the music. I don’t have a dance background (nor can I say that I have too much rhythm) yet I was able to keep to the beat without stopping, so don’t be put off if you’re not a natural mover. A definite feel-good class. Afterwards, you’re treated to luxury showers with hair dryers and straighteners. So you can leave looking as good as you feel.
Everybody was extremely friendly, staff and customers included, and the whole gym just has a really great feel. It’s £15 per class or you can buy packages to receive discount, for example 5 classes for £10 each. I’ll be trying more classes at Tribeca, so keep posted for more recommendations and reviews right here. If you want to see for yourself, click here.
Hackney may be well known for it’s crime, estates and emerging youth culture but the borough has more to offer than what meets the eye. Quickly becoming one of London’s most sought-after spots to live, the Love Your Body Health Hub is providing even more reason to love this infamous location.
The Love Your Body team held an open day of free classes and I was quick to sign up. Participating in three consecutive sessions may sound like something that only a crazy person would do, but I was determined to get a taste for as much of the gym as possible.
First up was the Inversion class. I wasn’t too sure what I was letting myself in for with this one, or with any of the classes for that matter, but it turned out that I was going to be involved in some very interesting yoga. Personally, I’m not the biggest yoga fan and tend to avoid it at all times possible. However, after the hour was up I was pleasantly surprised. From the usual downward dog position to headstands and handstands, I left the class feeling stretched and elongated, as well as my tummy aching slightly from all the giggling when first attempting the headstands. A good start to the day!
Next was Tabata! A form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), helping to burn calories fast. Placed in pairs, we squatted, jumped and burpeed our way into working up a sweat. A lot of sweat. In fact the whole class worked so hard that the windows steamed up. Definitely a sign of a good session. Then it was time for the final class…
Cave Man. Seriously a class like no other. If you want to test your limits and see your fitness reach new heights, this is the one for you. A combination of indoor exercise stations and outdoor sprinting; we spent two minutes working flat out indoors and then outside for two minutes of sprints, indoors again for the next station, then back out and so forth. The indoor activities ranged from box jumps to bar weights to rowing and ropes. A strangely enjoyable hell on earth, with heavenly body results!
Overall, the day was great! Fun fitness with friendly people, what more could you really ask for? If you fancy trying out any of the Health Hub classes (I would strongly recommend that you do), then find or contact them here. Classes range from £6-£10 depending on what time of day you go, or membership costs £50-£65 and fruit is free! Maybe it’s time to Love Your Body like never before. xx