So much for an Indian summer, it’s feeling very much like Autumn now. Luckily there are plenty of cool fitness events going on so you can frolic in the leaves and smash conkers with your guns.
Athletica with F45
23 September, 08:30
Lululemon Regent Street
Have you been to an F45 studio class before? They’re tough and they’re sweaty but they’re also loads of fun (no, really). You can get yourself a taster at Lululemon this weekend where you’ll be put through a cardio circuit designed to push your body, strengthen your core and ensure you’re ready for a massive Sunday brunch after.
Fascia Stretch and Release Workshop
23 September, 14:00, £30
Right, book us on this. Stat. As anyone who runs, lifts, cycles or generally moves knows, when you workout a lot, things start to get tight. But stretching, yeah, definitely the one thing we neglect. This two-hour workshop, however, should teach you how to get into some good habits. You’ll learn to stretch effectively using a massage ball, increasing flexibility, aiding recovery and hopefully getting rid of a few aches along the way.
Destiny’s Child Workshop
23 September, 15:00, £25
Beyonce, can you handle this? Two hours of learning to strut your stuff like the world’s ultimate girl band (sorry Girl’s Aloud), beginners totally catered for. Better way to spend your Saturday? We can’t think of one.
Lorna Jane Active Nation Day
24 September, from 11:30
Ministry Does Fitness, Elephant and Castle
It seems pretty much every brand worth their salt has some kind of fitness festival going down these days. The bonus of this one is that it’s free. To be honest, their site isn’t giving much away but you can sign up for a day full of free workouts from top London teachers including Alice Rickard and Charlotte Holmes, talks from wellness experts including the mindful chef and anxiety specialist Chloe Brotheridge. It’s waitlist only at the moment but fingers crossed eh.
Zakti x Zeo Vinyasa Yoga
25 September, 12:45 and 18:45
This Autumn and Winter, natural soft drink brand Zeo are hosting a shedload of free fitness classes. We’re not complaining. This follows the success of the Zeo Dry Bar pop that hosted workouts in Old St station earlier in the year.
The first classes in the series are free lunchtime or evening yoga at the Zakti Activewear store in Islington with teacher Aletheia. Attendees have the chance of winning some of Zakti’s clothes and a month’s supply of Zeo (which spell check keeps trying to change to zoo). Decent. Look out for deets of further classes coming soon including Voga.
Tribe Tempo Takeover With Full Potential
26 September, 18:40
The Tea Building, Shoreditch
Want to learn a few drills to improve your running technique and gain speed? I should coco. Tribe – the healthy nutrition brand – have joined up with the running coaches from Full Potential to host a run technique session. After a group jog to a local park you’ll work on speed and agility drills and fun relays. Free Tribe bars to refuel at the end. Job’s a goodun’.
Rude Health & Tribe Run Club
27 September, 18.30
Rude Health Cafe, Putney Bridge
In more Tribe news, this time the guys are heading over to Rude Health cafe for a social 7km run, some strength and conditioning exercises, Rude Health snacks and Tribe recovery bars. All free.
Tone & Om with Kim Hartwell @ Lululemon Westfield
30 September, 09:00
Lululemon Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush
Kim Hartwell is a personal trainer, yoga teacher and fitness model who’s big on the ‘gram. She’s also designed a new class concept, Tone & Om. Pop along to Lululemon and you’ll get to try it for free. Good that innit? The class involves strength and conditioning with functional HIIT and yoga flow and is all over in 45 minutes. Try not to spend a fortune in Lululemon after.
30 September, 10:00, from £17.50
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Maverick trail runs are ace. This is all you need to know. Get yourself on the train out of London and run through the autumnal colours of the heathlands and nature reserves near Groombridge Place – a swanky moated manor house in Kent. 7km, 14km and 21km courses available. Make a day of it. Embrace nature.
Urban Tri 2017
30 September, various start times between 09:45 and 11:45, £35
Various start points
Swim, bike and run? Who has time to get their hair wet and pump up bike tyres? Devised by the organisers of Balance festival (a London-based fitness fest) this event is playing fast and loose with the terms of triathlon, and we like it.
The day starts with a 30-minute fitness session at one of 10 leading London studios, including Boom Cycle, F45, Third Space and Tri Yoga. You’ll then run from the studio you choose to Shoreditch Electric Light Station. Running distances vary between 3-13km depending on the studio, so pick wisely. In Shoreditch all 500 participants from each of the 10 studio classes will meet up for one mahoosive HIIT session followed by a barbecue, DJs and a bit of a party. We’ll be there, say hi.
Ourmala | Here to Be with Migration Museum
30 September, 11:00, £25
Migration Museum, Lambeth
Yoga makes you feel good, right? Well this yoga event is going to make you feel even better as you’re helping others while you Om. A collaboration between the Migration Museum and Ourmala – an organisation helping refugees and asylum seekers recover from atrocities and rebuild their lives – the event is sponsored by Lululemon with all proceeds going towards Ourmala.
After an hour of yoga, you can watch a short film about the work Ourmala does, visit Lululemon’s meditation bus and take part in a silent auction with prizes from some of London’s swankiest fitness and beauty brands. You’ll receive a free goody bag, drinks and entry to the Migration Museum as a thank you.
15% Discount on Active Holidays with G Adventures
Cold weather getting you down? Sounds like it’s time to plan your next adventure. You’ve got until 30 September to book an active break with G Adventures to get yourself a cushy little 15% discount – you can take your holiday any time right up to 31 July 2018. I hiked the Camino de Santiago with them this summer and they get a double thumbs up and a big ol’ heart emoji from me. Use the code above when booking to get your savings.
What’s Coming Up in October
adidas City Run
8 October, £25 charity entry, £40 general entry, 09:00
It’s not till October but there are only a few places left on this 10k round the closed roads of Shoreditch so sign up pronto. Yes, it’s not the cheapest race but adidas give seriously good event (and your entry fee includes a donation to parkRun, can’t argue with that). You get a free tech tee, free training sessions, free race photos (try not to pull THAT race face) discounts in local shops and eateries, bling and, most importantly, a picture of me to advertise it! Knowing adidas there’ll be a cheeky few surprises along the way too. Come and run.
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