Screw you cold weather, we’re getting out and about and keeping fit with mousdashes, glitzy hula hooping, trail duathlons, pop-up yoga and more. Know of any fun November fitness events? Pop them in the comments below. Ta
Lorna Jane pop-up shop and run club
4 Nov – 17 Dec, FREE
327 Kings road, London
After the success of their temporary summer store in Covent Garden, the Aussie fitness wear brand is popping up again this winter. High-quality colourful kit, a free 5k running club (every Tuesday from 12 November leaving at 6.30 pm, 10% discount for runners on the evening) and exclusive customer events – this is bound to result in yet more additions to our ‘kitmas’ wish list.
FRAME ON THE MOVE
7.30am Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, £10
The cool kid’s favourite fitness studios are now spreading hip across the capital. Frame classes are popping up across London and nationwide from next year. The first FRAME ON THE MOVE class is sunrise vinyasa yoga on the Boundary Rooftop in Shoreditch (don’t worry, it’s got a glass roof!). Taking place every Friday in November you’ll receive tea, fresh juices, and be rewarded with a view across the city. What a fabulously smug way to start the day. If you don’t have to dash off, FRAME have worked with Albion downstairs to come up with a nutritionally balanced post-workout breakfast menu including sweet potato hash with poached organic eggs and spinach. More classes and locations will be announced shortly.
Friday 8-15 November, £179 non-members, £120 members
Frame Shoreditch and Queen’s Park, London
Feeling a bit yuck and wintery? Just want to stay in eating doughnuts and watching the X-factor? Give winter a whopping kick up the ass with this week-long bootcamp from nutritionist and yoga teacher Libby Limon. Starting with a nutritional workshop and two days of fresh healthy juices, you then get loads of recipe ideas to see you through the week (they’re FIT, we’ve tried some). There’s a two-hour restorative yoga workshop – great way to spend a Sunday – daily emails and you can go to five Frame classes of your choice too. This ain’t about weight loss, it’s about feeling refreshed, healthy and glowing. It may be raining out there but it’ll be spring and sunshine in your tummy.
Fitness Freak pop-up HULA event
Mon 11 November, Tue 12 November, £14
Shoreditch Town Hall, London
You know about this already right? What, you don’t? Where you been hiding? Our wonderful friends over at Fitness Freak put on the best fitness events and after the massive success of their pop-up raves, they’re moving on to hula hooping. Supremely glamorous hula hooping! The queen of Hula – Marawa the Amazing – will lead a two-hour class with weighted glittery hoops and lots of glitzy lycra. Guaranteed* to get you abs harder than diamonds! We’re going to the 8pm session on Tuesday, see you there. *not actually guaranteed
Sweaty Betty Yang & Yin Yoga
13 November, FREE – places limited
Sweaty Betty’s guest instructor evenings are always pretty darn popular so get your name down quick smart for this yoga class with Nahid de Belgeonne (founder of Good Vibes studios). The yang part of the session is all about strength, stamina and dynamic flow. The yin part? That’s about relaxing, resting and (in our case) falling asleep.
Booking opens on 6 November. Call Sweaty Betty Islington on 020 7226 4051 to reserve your place.
10 years of Gymbox – party
15 November, £10
Secret location, E8, London
A humongous party celebrating 10 year’s of London’s best gym, of course we’re going! Gymbox gyms are designed like nightclubs, have live DJs, fantastic classes, boxing rings… we are massive fans (in fact when I first came to London, my ambition was to one day afford a Gymbox membership, always a loser but mission achieved – Charlotte). This party promises to be amazing, as Gymbox say ‘we’re going to take the roof off with an almighty decade’s worth of partying’. There’ll be live graffiti, fire hoop, Lazy habits playing live, DJ Bobafatt, a member dance off, and undoubtedly lots of Very hot Personal Trainers to chat up at the bar. Fuck Christmas this is what we’re talking about.
16 November: Run £27, duathlon £49, relay duathlon £62
Ash Vale, Surrey
Now the cooler weather’s here it’s time to get off road and get mucky, yay! At the first race in the Human Race Off Road Series you can dip your toe in the muddy puddle of trail running with a 10k or 15k slog across boggy trails and heather-strewn moorland, or you can go all multi-sport and enter the duathlon option, either as an individual or relay team. This looks seriously awesome. DO NOT wear your best kit.
Howzit Grow’in In-betweener
16 November, £25
Yogahaven, Islington, London
Know someone who’s growing a tash for Movember? Broga, yoga for the male athlete (or as we we call it yoga for bros who can’t touch their toes) are hosting some Movember-themed charity events this year, including this class focusing on chest and shoulders. Led by the humongously ripped Matt Miller, there’s a live DJ, refreshments and the aching chest and shoulder muscles after should prevent anyone lifting up the razor and quitting half way through the month. There’s also a ‘shave it off’ class and brunch at Blue Cow Yoga on 30 November. Girls welcome too.
Fitness Playground Train Like A “Tribute” Training Programme
19 November for 5 weeks, £160
We do not deny we have a lot of love for Fitness Playground, possibly the most fun you can have working out in the whole wide universe! We also readily admit we have no idea what the F the Hunger Games films are all about. However, this sounds aces and also a bargain, veritable bargain! Inspired by the films the idea is to get you ‘arena fit’ this winter (think they fight each other in an arena in the film or summat). In other words, it’s all about getting a strong and functional body. Over five weeks you take part in 10 exercise sessions, 2 per week, involving functional ‘survival’ fitness, combat skills in boxfit sessions and an introduction to climbing (climbing, YES!). You also get an introductory 1-2-1 consultation with a personal trainer, a tailor-made diet plan to supplement your physical training and optional physiotherapy if needed. There’ll also be a few surprises and extras along the way. If you haven’t tried FP yet, do, do, do, do, do. Told you we love them.
23 November, Fallowfields, Manchester
30 November, Brixton, London, £19
With all these Movember events on the horizon we’ve been trying really, really hard to grow a tash but it just ain’t working. Luckily, these 5k and 10k charity races provide a stick-on one – and a t-shirt. It’s the first year for this small fun run and it sounds wicked – prop-filled photo booth at the finish guys – all profits go to local young and homeless charities and you’re encouraged to raise money for Rethink or Prostate Cancer Research Centre. We’re thinking of getting an L&L team together for the London run. Interested? Email email@example.com
24 November: Individuals £20 (affiliated) £22 (unaffiliated); Teams £45 (affiliated) £47 (unaffiliated)
Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey
This is a stupidly hilly relay race that you can do as a team of two or three or, if you’re really weird, tackle individually. Run by events2live – purveyor of some mighty fine small races including the Surrey Spitfire 20 in March, which, in our humble, is the BEST pre-marathon long race. Each team member tackles one of three different hills in the Mole Valley; Box Hill, Norbury Park and Ranmore. Yep Box Hill! Thank god you finish at the wine estate. Oh, and as well as a medal, teams get a bottle of wine to share. Everyone’s a winner.
Know of any fab events for December? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, thanking you kindly