The month in sweat: March

A Topshop and Adidas collaboration, yoga with a live orchestra, International Women’s Day runs, the perfect pre-marathon races… March, you little beauty!

The Movement at the Royal Opera House
8 March, 3pm

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Of all the times for me to have a dentist’s appointment, it would be when this is on wouldn’t it? And it sounds brilliant. Join yoga instructor Emma Henry and lulemon athletica to practise in the amazing Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Accompanied by a LIVE BLOODY ORCHESTRA! Open to all levels, you’ll find more info here.


International Women’s Day Run
8 March, 9am, Green Park station

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This Saturday is a celebration of all things awesome about women. And as part of this celebration, fitness bloggers Bangs from Spikes & Heels and Elle of Run Like Elle have organised a run, yay! The four-mile route takes in three locations linked to inspirational women in our fair city. It ain’t a race, it ain’t about going fast, it’s all about hanging with the girls. Find out more here.


International Women’s Day Sweaty Betty & Hotpod Yoga Women’s Power Class
8 March, 12pm, Brixton, Hackney and Notting Hill

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We love hotpod yoga. We love Sweaty Betty. The fact that they’re combining to offer FREE Women’s Power classes for IWD, well it’s smashing isn’t it? You get a pretty awesome goody bag too. Any donations and funds raised will go to Rosa’s, one of the UK’s leading Women’s charities, supporting justice and equality for women in the UK. To be in with a chance of attending enter the draw here but be quick, it’s being drawn at midday Friday 7 March.


Sweaty Betty ‘Master the Marathon’ masterclass
12 March, 6.30pm, Sweaty Betty Islington

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Got a spring marathon coming up? Ex-professional athlete Mike Antoniades, founder of The Running School, will be offering tips and answering all your 26.2 mile questions. After the talk there’ll be a Yoga for Runner’s class, working on improving strength, tone and flexibility. Bookings open 8 March, find out more here.


No-smoking day
12 March

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Don’t have a fag today innit. If you want to quit there’s loads of help here.


Frame 90s Girl band Month
Throughout March, Frame Shoreditch and Queen’s Park

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TLC, Destiny’s Child, Sugababes, whoop, whoop it’s 90s girl band month at Frame with Music video classes and workshops each weekend to teach you all those awesome moves from your youth. More details here.


Long run, pre-marathon races
Various, see below

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Get those final long marathon runs in and practice your race day fuelling and pacing with an organised race. The Human Race Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run, 23 March, Kingston-upon-Thames has 8.2 mile and 16.2 mile runs complete with pacers. The super-friendly Surrey Spitfire 20, 16 March, possibly my all-time favourite race, takes you through the Surrey countryside and round the Top Gear test track (there’s a 10 mile option too). At Cranleigh in Surrey, 16 March, you can choose a 15 or 21 mile run can you believe it snowed all the way round for us last year?!


BE:FIT London
28-30 March, Old Billingsgate, London, £18

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The women’s health and fitness festival, previously known as The Vitality Show, has rebranded.  There’ll be the usual stalls hawking fitness and lifestyle brands (always good for a bargain and a few free healthy food samples though) as well as loads of classes including BOOM cycle, HIITgirl, Nike Training Club and Shockwave by Equinox, all of which we can recommend. Plus talks and Q&As with BE:FIT ambassadors Victoria Pendleton and Denise Lewis.


Topshop and Adidas collaboration
20 March, TBC

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We’re so excited about this we could wee! Our favourite highstreet brand is launching a 20-piece sportswear line based on designs for the Adidas Originals archives. We’re sure it’s going to sell out in nano-seconds but one of those vests will be ours! These are all the images available at the mo but we’re hoping for some snazzy leggings too. Sign up here to be the first to know when the collection drops.


Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon 2014
21-23 March, pools across the country, £11

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Come and join Charlotte in the Sport Relief Swimathon, the UK’s largest swimming fundraising event. With around 600 pools in the country hosting events there’s bound to be one near you. Choose from a 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k swim, relay or individual distance (ie, if you’re just learning to swim you could choose to swim 400m). Entries are just £11 for adults and there is no minimum fundraising target #swimathon #blogsquad


Lululemon Athletica opening
28 March TBC, Covent Garden

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They’ve got London showrooms offering limited stock at the moment, but the first full-on Lululemon shop in Europe is opening in Covent Garden this month. Oh, yes! The Canadian sportswear brand may be pricey but it lasts forever and is seriously good quality. We’re a little bit in love with their Run Swiftly tops.


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