September’s Month in Sweat is a bit late because I went on holiday, cycled an e-bike up a mountain in Mallorca, read a rude book on the beach, came back and it was Autumn already?! Anyway, here for your perusal is the best of London fitness in September.
Stylist Strong Class
All month, loads of classes to choose from
The AllBright Mayfair
Free women’s mag, Stylist, have got their very own fitness studio in Mayfair and you can try one of their classes for gratis this month. Choose from hundreds of weights sessions for differing abilities or stretch it out with yoga. Classes run from early morning through to early evening and there are sessions on Saturdays, too. To claim just use the code STRONGSEPTEMBER at the checkout.
Hoka One One Test Run
14 September, 11:00
Runners Need Camden
Looking for new trainers but want to try before you buy? Our mate JP of Advent Running fame (that’s him in the pic wearing the cap) is hosting a 7km run at Runners Need Camden this weekend with Hoka One One.
Try one some of Hoka’s newest running shoes, have a little run down the canal to Primrose Hill and back, no need to sign up, just show your beautiful face in store to join.
15 September, 10.30
This combat-based fitness class at Gymbox is open to non-members too. Expect a HIIT style class to drum and bass music, free snacks from Yes! and natural energy drinks from Tenzing. It’s free to join but it’s for charidee so a donation to national homeless charity Crisis would be appreciated.
Time Out Curates at Samsung KX
Various dates, from £5
Time Out and Samsung have clubbed together to provide a load of workshops to Kings Cross. There are art classes, gigs, film screenings and a load of fitness sessions too, all for the princely sum of a fiver. They tend to be at lunchtime though so best if you work in the area, or are a free-floating freelancer like moi.
Look out for:
Disco Yoga with The Refinery, 18 September, 13:00, £5
We LOVE disco yoga – a fun yoga class to disco tunes, with glitter, mirrorballs, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ … expect a boogie wonderland.
80s Aerobics with The Refinery, 20 September, 13:00, £5
Grapevines, leg warmers, definitely some high knees, get your 80s on.
Ballet Rebels with The Refinery, 27 September, 13:00, £5
A fusion if ballet and boxing this is probably going to hurt like hell after but at least you’ll look graceful as you throw those punches.
Sweat & Sound The Autumn Gathering
17 September, 19:00, from £30
Secret location, Peckham
Sweat & Sound organise some great events combining fitness, music and a few surprises. This is bound to be a cracker. Held in an old abandoned church in Peckham, you’ll take part in a 60-minute yoga session and 15-minute guided meditation accompanied by live music with tea and treats to finish. Sign up to the email list to find out about other secret S&S events.
How to Start Trail Running
17 September, 20:15, £8
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Covent Garden
If you fancy taking your running off road but aren’t sure where to start, this talk should e a good introduction. Former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire Maxted, who runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, will take you through the basics.
From the benefits of getting off road to where to find local trails, what to wear and how to build confidence on the hills, all the bases are covered. All that’s left is to get out there and get muddy.
Do What Moves You With Bacardi Dance Class
19 September, 18:45, £15
In our experience the dancing usually comes after the cocktails, but this 45-minute dance class at Frame is flip reversing it. Choreographed by Ashley Roberts (ex Pussycat Dolls and Strictly) in conjunction with Bacardi, you’ll learn a dance routine during the class, all levels welcome, and then you get a free Bacardi cocktail over at Boxpark after.
London’s Coffee Revolution Run
21 and 22 September, 11:00, £21
St Michael’s Alley, Bank
Love running? Love coffee? Give this guided 8km run from Secret London Runs a try. Starting at London’s first ever coffee-house you’ll roam the streets of the capital learning about the coffee craze and the characters behind it. Mid-run espresso and artisan coffee at the end, obvs.
There’s a faster run and a run/walk option if you want to cruise.
The Great Willy Waddle
24 September, 18:30, £20
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Forget those Santa Runs you get at Christmas, the costume of choice is now a giant inflatable penis. This 2k run/walk/waddle is raising money and awareness for penile cancer. There’s a £100 sponsorship target and you get to keep the penis costume after!
Ministry of Sound Be Active
28 September, from 18:00
Ministry of Sound Firness, Elephant and Castle
Ministry of Sound is celebrating it’s 28th birthday (blimey!) with a music and fitness mash up. Billed as a free immersive fitness experience, you’ll journey through the club taking on loads of different workout styles and there’s a bit of a party at the end.
It’s free but you need to register to get a place and it’ll probs sell out so do it quick!
Meditation & Mindfulness Workshop
28 September, 12:45, £
If, like us, you find it really hard to sit still and try and meditate, this two-hour workshop sounds ideal. Meditation teacher and DJ Holiday Phillips, takes a scientific, fluff-free approach to meditating. She’ll teach you how it can change the make-up of your brain, how to clear your mind of negative thoughts and why you may have struggled to zen out in the past. Sounds good.
RunThrough Beat Box Hill 5k or 10k
29 September, 09:30, £28
Box Hill, Surrey
The zig-zag road at Box Hill is a famous climb for cyclists – it was part of the Olympic road race route and is on the Ride100 course too. In this closed-road race you get to tackle the beast on your own two feet.
There’s some serious climbing in there but some serious downhills too, so at least half of it will be fun and fast! You’ll get a medal and t-shirt as a reward for your efforts and there’s a free fun run for kids, too.
Ealing Half Marathon
29 September, 09:00, from £48
Lammas Park, Ealing
If you want to get an autumn half marathon under your belt, there are still places at Ealing Half but be quick, entries close on Monday 16 September. Voted best half marathon three years in a row, it’s supposed to be a good one (we’ve never actually done it, not sure why not). Be warned though, we’ve heard it’s hillier than you might expect.
Windsor Half Marathon
29 September, 10:00, from £40.50
Windsor Great Park
Ealing not fancy enough for you? If you want your autumn half with a side serving of royalty, then head over to Windsor. This 13.1-miler takes place in the Great Park and starts and finishes in the shadow of Windsor Castle. The course is quite hilly but stunning and you never know, the queen might be out there cheering (she won’t).
Know of any fun fitness stuff happening in October? Send it our way firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to know what happened in August, check out the listings here.