So we’ve been beavering away on a secret project with London Sport, the County Sport Partnership for London, for a few months now. And it’s finally live, so we can tell you all about it! We think you’re going to LOVE IT!
Ta da dahhhhhh, it’s called the Summer of Sweat a new initiative offering six weeks of pop-up fitness events and heavily discounted fitness sessions (up to 75% off) to the women of London. Which means you! (Well unless you’re a bloke or can’t get to London, in which case soz.)
Around 60% of participants in previous London Sport projects have been male and just 30.6% of women in our fair city exercise at least once a week (compared to more than 40% of men). Well pfft to that, Summer of Sweat is all about celebrating women’s fitness and getting even more women working out. Plus we’ve secured some funding from Sportivate to ensure we can offer all sessions at awesomely affordable prices.
From yoga on stand up paddleboards to training in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, dancing on rooftops, parkour, trampolining and six-week running bootcamps, we’re working with some of the most exciting fitness providers in the capital to ensure our events are social, sweaty and most of all fun! See below for listings.
Pop-up events are live now and start at just £7.50, while discount fitness packages with select providers will be going live on 25 August and start at just £15.
So come and get your sweat on!
Summer of Sweat pop-up events.
For full details and booking visit www.summerofsweat.co.uk
Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga
6pm & 7.15pm
If it’s good enough for Jennifer Anniston it’s good enough for us. A big craze in LA and Australia, yoga on stand up paddle boards is now available in the UK and we are super excited! Held in the heart of Little Venice, this class is great for improving balance and targeting your core. No watersports or yoga experience is necessary just bring your sense of adventure! To book click here.
Friday Night Yoga Carnival with Good Vibes
It’s the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival this year and we’ll be celebrating with a 90-minute flow yoga class set to the sunny sounds of soca, reggae, dancehall and calypso beats. To get the weekend off to a bang there’ll be Caribbean rum punch and the chance to have a chat with your fellow yogis afterwards. Come along and join the party! To book click here.
Secret Sweatmob with Move PopUp Gym
Shake your stuff to cheesy pop, rave, dance and more on a sunny (hopefully!) rooftop overlooking London’s skyline. Whether you’re a Pussycat Doll or the proud owner of two left feet, professional dancer AJ will have you moving like you’re in a music video. He’s fabulous by the way and his favourite move is the ‘slut drop’, nuff said. Check out the video to get a taster. To book click here.
Six-week Running Bootcamp
Every Monday, 6.30pm
Get faster, fitter and stronger with our six-week running bootcamp led by ultra runner Rebecca Cox. Sessions focus on different elements of running from endurance to speed, through strength and up hills, and there’ll be talks, advice and a few free sports snacks along the way. Expect to work hard and see serious improvement from week to week. And you might even get some homework! To book click here.
The Greatest Escape with Rabble
We love Rabble! Use your stealth, speed and cunning to evade the watchmen in this game of prisoners vs guards. A series of escape and capture games will test your skill as you break for freedom, just watch out for surprises along the way! Suitable for all abilities, everything here is played as a team. So much fun you won’t even notice you’re working out. To book click here.
Train Like an Olympian
Could there be a more inspiring place to work out than the home of London 2012? We’re taking over the green surrounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to train like Olympians with this circuits and sprinting class from renowned personal trainer and ex-professional sprinter Hendrick Famutini. We’re big fans of his classes at Gymbox, expect team sprints, strength work, high intensity cardio and huge sweaty smiles. Warning, there may be burpees! To book click here.
Cycle to the Beat
We’re having a party on a bike want to come? One of the UK’s top indoor cycling instructors, a ride with Delvin Clarke is one you won’t forget in a while. His class, held at Cyclebeat Bank, is big on feeling the rhythm so expect the party music to be cranked up loud and come prepared to let out a whoop or two. It’s official, this may just be the most fun you can have on two wheels. (Ps, Delvin’s class is actually the best indoor cycling class I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. Charlotte x) To book click here.
If you’re looking for a high-energy, friendly class with the opportunity to master some serious body weight moves Woman Up, the new South London Spartanfam class, is the place to be! Sessions feature interval training and cardio work but the added edge is the time dedicated to teaching pull ups, chin ups, dips and tricks in small groups and working through the progressions for each. Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough (you are, it’s adapted to suit all levels). To book click here.
Also known as freerunning, parkour is a holistic training discipline based on the art of movement. Allowing you to move through urban spaces by running, jumping and climbing over obstacles, it challenges your fears while providing a great workout. Parkour Generations train everyone from complete beginners to those elite guys you see in the movies, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in a short space of time. Truly addictive. To book click here.
7pm & 8pm
Guaranteed to put a spring in your step and leave you somersaulting with joy. Alright, enough with the puns. Learn the basics of trampolining with this bouncy class for adults. From how to land, how to jump and a few easy tricks thrown in for good measure this low impact activity improves balance, flexibility and co-ordination, strengthens leg muscles and is flipping good fun too. (Sorry.) To book click here.
An introduction to Hot Bikram Yoga with talk and Q&A
We may be coming to the end of September but we’re hanging on to those summer vibes with a Hot Bikram Yoga class. Practiced in a heated room, to warm the body making it easier to stretch and sweat out those toxins, Bikram yoga follows a series of 26 postures designed to work every part of the body. This 90-minute class is ideal for those new to Bikram or yoga, although more experienced yogis are, of course, welcome. Afterwards there’ll be a talk and Q&A discussing the benefits and postures with one of Hot Bikram Yoga’s senior teachers, Jo Horton. To book click here.