British summertime eh? What happened to that? Never mind we’ve got loads of fitness events to bring the sunshine instead
Sweaty Betty’s Marathon Masterclass
7 April, 7pm
If you’re running a marathon this year, sign up quickly for your chance to attend the Sweaty Betty masterclass at their new Marylebone boutique. Running coach Sarah Russell will be handing out last-minute training tips and hints for acing your race. There’ll also be a goody bag for all attendees. Places are limited so you need to email today (1 April) to win a spot. Just fill in the form here.
Thursdays from 2-30 April, 7.45am, £5 donation
Swanky beauty and wellbeing brand Aveda are celebrating their Aveda Earth Month charity initiative with Thursday morning yoga classes. Led by Nahid de Belgeonne, founder of Goodvibes studios and friend of L+L, the classes will focus on wellbeing and mindfulness. Classes are £5 minimum donation with profits going towards the Earth Month charity, raising awareness of the 768 million people in the world living without access to clean water. Email email@example.com to reserve a place.
Handstands with Baris
12 April, 14.00, £25
Ah handstands, so easy when you were a kid. So bloody hard once you’re over the age of 12. This beginners, Capoeira-inspired workshop will take you through conditioning exercises to help you master the impressive yoga posture/ultimate party trick.
Budokon yoga with Chris Magee
12 April, 10.30am
lululemon athletica Covent Garden
Lululemon offer free yoga classes every Sunday and we’re particularly looking forward to this Budokon class – mainly because we have no idea what to expect. A quick look at the event page tells us Budokon means The Way of the Warrior Spirit and combines Hatha flow with martial arts, meditation and animal movement. Sounds intriguing. Lululemon classes are usually busy and they’re first come, first served so turn up early if you want to get your om on,
12 April, £40
Yotopia, Sweatshop and BOOM cycle Holborn
Forget all that getting your hair wet business, the urban tri kicks off with a 45-minute hot yoga class at Yotopia in Covent Garden. You then run 5k with Sweatshop run leaders to BOOM Cycle for an eight-mile indoor cycle ride. We’ve been meaning to do this for ages, must get ourselves booked on.
Yoga Bliss and Lunch
12 April, 11,30, £40
This new event from TripYoga includes 90 minutes of yoga, a cold-pressed juice and a three-course vegan feast including a fresh salad, a choice of mains and sides, and a selection of raw cakes. Yum.
You may have noticed, April is a big ol’ marathon month with gadzillions of runners setting out to cover 26.2 miles in Brighton (12 April), Paris (12 April) Manchester (19 April) and London (26 April) to name a few. If you’re running – like our Em, who’s doing London – we’re wishing you all the PBs in the world. If you’re not, find a spot (preferably near a pub) cheer the runners on and get inspired for next year.
An Evening of Food, Fashion and Fitness With Zanna Van Dijk and Natalie Glaze
14 April, 7pm, £35
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
In what promises to be an F-ing good night, Fitness and nutrition bloggers Zanna Van Dijk and Natalie Glaze are hosting an evening of food, fitness and fashion. You’ll get a three-course slap up feast – a healthy take on American diner fayre – and there’ll be talks from Enhance Nutrition, fitness fashion designer Charli Cohen and pop ups from Every Second Counts and Active in Style.
Run or Dye Manchester
18 April, from £27.50
You know we’re heading towards summer when all the colourful 5ks start springing up. Grab your mates, run a bit, get covered in paint, post images on Instagram. Winner.
18 April, 3.30pm
Ah, you can always rely on boutique fitness studio Frame to put on a good dance workshop. This month pop along and learn to dance like her Madgesty with two hours of expressing yourself. Beginners welcome. Conical bras optional.
Thames Towpath 10
19 April, 9am, from £16
A last-minute jaunt before the London marathon or a jog along the river, the Thames Towpath 10, is a 10-mile race along the Thames Towpath – funny that. It’s multi-terrain and you get an engraved Fuller’s pint glass at the finish – much more useful than a medal.
Yoga Breakfast: Savasana to Spa
25 April, 9.30am, £35
Held in a secret converted railway arch, somewhere in Holborn, this is a great way to get your weekend off to a healthy start. A relaxing one-hour yoga class will be followed by a healthy breakfast – how does a Porridge Power Bowl, topped with almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, toasted flaked coconut and a dollop of almond butter sound? You also get to choose from two different beauty treatments, an express manicure or express massage. Decisions, decisions.
New Fitness Website
Gratuitous plug for my other job here. I’ve recently started working on a new launch fitness website Unbound. There’s loads of inspiration training tips and event listings over there, you should go and check it out!
Red Bull Wings For life
3 May, 11am
Silverstone and across the world
Yes, it’s May but you need to enter now as online registration closes on 28 April. This race, taking place in 35 locations across the world is unique in that the finish line chases you. Yep, that’s right, it chases you! How far you run depends on how fast you run as a chaser car sets off 30minutes after the start gun and gradually speeds up. The race finishes when the last person is caught. Sounds fun/scary. you can enter as an individual or as a team. All proceeds from the race go to Wings for Life – funding research into spinal cord injury.
Know of any fitness events for May, send them our way would you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org