Ah summer, it’s a good thing isn’t it? Particularly because you get loads of cool fitness happenings, like these. Know of more good stuff? Pop it in the comments below.
8 June/9 June
Hmm. This has to be painful right? People will be biking in the buff in London on Saturday and Brighton on Sunday to protest against traffic danger to cyclists, oil dependency, and some other not so clearly defined causes. If you want to join/watch/avoid visit www.worldnakedbikeride.org/uk
Like the absolute dicks that we are, we’re doing this 12-mile, 21-obstacle, ridiculously hard, stupid, stupid race this weekend. (We’re starting to wish we’d trained now). If you’d like to follow in our idiotic footsteps, crawl through mud, fully submerge yourself in iced water and get electrocuted all in the name of fun, there are Tough Mudder events taking place in Scotland in August, Yorkshire and the South West in September and the North West in October event details here.
From 9 June
Pop-up gym Move, so called because it moves around, get it, is holding classes this Sunday, 9 June, on the roof of One New Change shopping Centre in the city – and the weather forecast is gooooddddd. With kick-ass views overlooking the Shard and St Paul’s, classes include dance fitness and a conditioning workout called ‘Look Hot Naked’. There’s also a dynamic yoga session early on Tuesday morning. From 22 June, Move is heading over to Battersea Power Station with classes each weekend throughout the summer. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk for more details. Classes £10.
Damn, damn, damn, this has sold out. Keep checking the website for details of the next event though because we hear big things are a-coming. Basically, it’s secret pop-up yoga classes in cool venues across London followed by a huge veggie feast. Recent venues have included the sky-lit courtyard of a Spitalfields antique shop, the candle-lit, curio-strewn hall of Old Dalston Boy’s Club and this, the latest, is in a contemporary art gallery in a converted bank in Westbourne Park. We are DESPERATE to go to one. Email email@example.com to get on the mailing list.
From 12 June
Want bike maintenance advice, cycling tips, info on the latest gear and nutrition? Pop along to a FREE evening event dedicated to women’s cycling at Cycle Surgery and you’ll get all of the above, plus exclusive discounts, goody bags… and cupcakes. (Don’t get us started on cupcakes). Suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike, book your place here.
From 12 June
Similar to the Cycle Surgery events but dedicated to running and held in association with Women’s Running mag. In-store discounts, expert advice on nutrition and injury prevention, free gait analysis and shoe fittings, Nike and Asics on hand to answer any kit questions and lots more. (And yes, of course, that lots more includes cupcakes. Women love them. Almost as much as men love beer and pork scratchings.)
It’s sold out but we’re letting you know so you can be first in the queue for the next one. The premier (and we hope there’ll be many more) Glöanna Yoga Run involves a 5k run round Alexandra Park – starting with a champagne shot and live music on route, hello! After the run there are 45-minutes of flow yoga to the sounds of a live DJ and then? Well then you get a free brunch and you party of course! Plus, all profits got to a South London Children’s Hospital. Keep an eye on the website for details of the next event www.gloanna.com
Does what it says on the tin. This monthly 75-minute class at Good Vibes’ new Fitzrovia studio will open up hips, strengthen legs and give you the lung capacity of a free diver (maybe). Great if you’re training for a triathlon, duathlon, dive for pearls, or just run around and cycle a lot.
The NSPCC Gherkin Challenge
Unfortunately, this challenge doesn’t involve scoffing pickled burger toppings but rather climbing 38 quad-burning floors to the top of London’s iconic Gherkin building. Named ‘The most vertical race in London’, last year’s winner blitzed the 888 steps in just 4.38 minutes. Ow! Entry £20, £70 for a team of four. Enter here gherkinchallenge.org.uk
If this gawjus weather has inspired you to take up running, this is a nice little race to enter. Walk, jog or run around the Serpentine in Hyde Park on International Widow’s Day with all money raised going to the Loomba Foundation helping widows and their children around the world. Plus, all participants will get a training plan from sleb personal trainer Matt Roberts. Entry is £20. More details here.
Enter London Duathlon (run, bike, run) by 30 June using the code BOUTIQUE5 and you’ll receive £5 off your entry cost thanks to Boutique Sport. There are different distances and challenges depending on how hard you are. We’re entering as a relay team so we’ll see you there! Discount details here.
Know of any more cool events occurring? Post us a comment or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org