Summer, summer, summer time, time to sit back and rewiiinnnd. No, no, no! No sitting back for us, August is time to run faster, train harder, drink pina colada! Check out all the wonderous fitness events going down this month.
3-4 August, free
This weekend it’s all about pedal power. As part of the RideLondon cycling festival, eight miles of central London roads will be closed to all traffic except bikes between 9 and 16.00 on Saturday allowing you to whizz past Buck palace, St Paul’s and all the sights without fear of bashing into a bus. Yay. At 5pm you can check out races with loads of Olympic cyclists at St James’s Park and on Sunday there’s a 100-mile race that we know a few nutters are racing in. Good luck Angela, PT Mollie, Cat Simpson, Laura, lazy girl running and Derek!
Run with Chrissie Wellington
5 August, free
Want to run with British triathlon LEGEND Chrissie Wellington?! We do. Nick out of work on Monday lunchtime when the four-time world ironman champ is the special guest at a PruHealth World Triathlon training day in Hyde Park. She’ll be answering tri questions and doing a lap of the ITU Age-Group World Championship triathlon route and we’re all invited to join her. For free. Tell your boss you’ve got a meeting. No one need ever know. To join the run meet on Serpentine road at midday.
Beginners Running Group
From 12 August, £50 for 10 weeks (bargain!)
Is all this nice weather we’re having (strange isn’t it) is making you want to get your trainers on and go for a run outdoors? What if you’ve never really run before though? No worries, this is where Lazy Girl Running comes in. The running blogger and author is launching a new 10-week running course aimed at beginners – because getting sweaty is much more fun in a group. The aim is to take you from 0 to 5k and beyond. Check out the link above for more details. (she’s very friendly and encouraging, great way to get into the best form of exercise in the world! WE LOVE RUNNING!)
Friday Night Yoga Party
16 August, £25
Good Vibes Covent Garden
Yoga, 80s and 90s hits and bubbles? Good Vibes have got us down to a tee. This month they’re hosting their first ever yoga party with flow yoga practiced to cheesy pop tunes and to top it all off you get a glass of bubbly at the end. Win.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 1 August
Clapham Common, £8 per class or £35 for block of 5
We’re giving this new class a spin (get it?) next week. Take your own bike to the common, place it in one of the turbo trainers, pop on your headphones and enjoy a spin class in the fresh air. Fab. Some exciting events are in the pipeline too.
Sweaty speed sessions
Regent’s Park track, free
Every Wednesday at 6.30pm throughout August
Want to run faster? Get yourself down the track. These track sessions are suitable for all runners with a base level of fitness, You’ll get quicker, you’ll have fun, try not to puke! Hosted by the rather delightful Charlie and Becs.
25 August, £32-£36
I really, really, really want to do this open water swim but i’m at a wedding so if you could get some lengths in for me that’d be fabulous. Taking place in the stunning surrounds of Buckinghamshire this is the Thames but not as we Londoners know it. Choose from three distances 750m, 1500m or 3k. Get your bank holiday swim on, have a bloody lovely time and a big fat country pub lunch after won’t you.
Launching at the end of August, date tbc.
If you follow our blog you may have noticed we’re rather a partial to a bit of swank new gym kit so our eyes are impatiently peeled for the launch of GymLuxe. British-made and designed performance kit with prices starting at just £39.99, amaze. Follow them on Twitter for more details @Gymluxe
By the way, as a northerner and a Scot, we don’t mean for our listings to be so Londoncentric. If you know of something cool happening outside the capital, let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org