Friday the 13th AND Halloween, fitness is looking pretty spooky this month. Expect a shed load of ghoulish events and a ton of free fitness classes and workouts.
Glittery hoops, a great cardio and core workout, and it’s free! Taught by instructors from the Marawa and the Majorettes troupe (world record-holding hula hoopers) these classes are really good fun and also harder than you’d imagine, we’ve done a couple of their sessions before and we were crap. Take a mate along, it’s a good laugh.
Salomon How to Trail Run Workshops
Various dates and times throughout October and November
Locations including London, Sussex, Surrey, Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia, Edinburgh
With workshops for beginners, intermediate and advanced, these free sessions from Salomon will teach you some useful techniques for running off road, including the best ways to get up and down hills. If you haven’t tried trail running before, no worries, you get to try out some Salomon shoes so you don’t need any kit.
Something to note, when it says London, it means Box Hill – easy to get to from the capital though, just a quick train and you’re running in the countryside and fresh air. I’m doing a Box Hill session. If you’re offended by swearing don’t come to the same one, I f**king hate hills!
Social Concierge and 1Rebel Witness the Fitness
14 October, from 16:00
1Rebel Broadgate Circle
Fitness speed dating basically. Sign up on the link above and if you’re chosen you’ll be one of the 40 men and 40 women invited along to the application-only fitness event from London’s private dating club held at swank club 1Rebel. There’s a 40-minute sweatfest with a Rumble and Reshape class (that’s boxing and group circuits) and then a party nearby – luckily they have great shower rooms. Personally, we don’t think we’re one of ‘London’s most eligible 20 and 30 somethings’ but if you like your clubs exclusive, give it a shot.
Fitness First Fitness Week
From 16 October
Fitness First gyms across the country
This is pretty good. For a whole week, Fitness First are letting non-members try out their local club and all the classes for free. And we’ve checked, this means you can go in as many days in that week as you want without paying. No need to book, just turn up when you fancy.
Studio Lagree and Studio K-O
Two weeks of free classes from 16 October
Studio Lagree Canary Wharf
The swanky reformer Pilates studio is opening a new branch in Canary Wharf, alongside box-fit classes called Studio K-O. Their Pilates classes are seriously challenging so worth a try. Best bit, for the first two weeks from opening, all their classes are free (although there’s a limit of five per person). You just need to download the MindBody app and search for Studio Lagree to book.
This Works: Sleep Solutions with Carly Rowena
17 October, 18:30, £6.92
The Hoxton, Holborn
Fitness vlogger and all-round lovely bird Carly Rowena and elite sports sleep coach Nick Littlehales are heading to Holborn to talk catching zzzs to improve athletic performance. You get a goody bag worth around fifty squid – presumably with a few This Works products in there – and the ticket price goes to Shelter.
Om Yoga Show
20-22 October, from £12
Everything yoga under one roof. Go along and join in with free classes or book into more in-depth yoga workshops, buy some new yoga kit and healthy food, help yourself to all the tasters they always hand out at these things.
Positive Body Image Workshop
21 October, 15:30, £20
Look, we know you’re beautiful, but you’re certainly not alone if you don’t feel it. This two-hour group discussion, led by yogi Alice Jackson, will investigate the pressures society puts on us to look a certain way, discuss how yoga can help and share practical exercises including meditation and breathing techniques to boost self esteem.
A percentage of the entry cost goes towards the Stem4charity, supporting young people with mental illness including eating disorders, so you’re helping others as well as yourself. Nice one.
TRIBE at Planet Organic
21 October, 09:20 Planet Organic Wandsworth
28 October, 09:30, Planet Organic Westbourne Grove
Natural sports nutrition company TRIBE are launching in Planet Organic this month and to celebrate they’ve been holding some free running sessions. On the 21st at Wandsworth you can join them for a free guided 6k run by the river followed by free TRIBE bars and a Rude health breakfast back at the store.
The Westbourne Grove session on the 28th involves a 6km run around Hyde Park and then back to the shop for a yoga session and some TRIBE bars.
Stop Being Average, Take Your Training to The Next Level workshop
21 October, 10:00
This workshop with Tate Wellness is geared towards helping you reach your fitness and health goals. After a 45-minute sweaty session there’s a talk about training and nutrition needs and some free food. Who doesn’t love free food?
Thriller Dance Workshop
28 October, 14:00
Frame Kings Cross
We’ve been writing about the annual halloween workshop from Frame every year since the blog began. Could this be the time we finally make it along and learn all the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Apparently complete beginners are welcome, which is good because our dancing will be the most frightening thing in this two-hour session.
Dance HIIT with Annie Kitchen
28 October, 09:00
Lululemon Regent Street
A dancer in the West End as well as a fitness instructor, this class with Annie Kitchen sounds like it’s going to be interesting. Dance and high intensity intervals, could be fun/funny depending on your dancing skills. It’s free but places are on a first come basis so get there early.
The Zombie Run!
29 October, 19:30, from £17.10
Secret London location
You can tell it’s Halloween , there are more Undead events going on than you a skeleton could shake their tailbone at. This 5k or 10k run involves trawling the streets of London with friends looking for clues while being chased by zombies. Standard Saturday evening in central London then. Finishers medal, free beer and a Halloween party after.
Finsbury Park 5k and 10k
29 October, 09:30, £18
There are some races you do for a fast time, some you do for fun with friends and some you do solely for the medal. look at this Halloween themed beauty, we’ll run round Finsbury Park a few times for that bling (see also the Brixton 10k on 15 October).
Run for Your Life! Ghost Tour
31 October, 19:00, £20.77
St Pancras Old Church, St Pancras
Run through the back streets of London and listen to ghost stories and gruesome tales about places you pass. Actually on proper Halloween as well this one.
Any fab November fitness events you know about? Send ’em our way, firstname.lastname@example.org