The weather’s shit so let’s get fit! Here’s a selection of fitness events and occurrences for September. Know of anything else amazing happening? Pop it in the comments box below would you? Ta
Sweaty Betty #GetFit4Free Frame Rave
Sweaty Betty stores and online, FREE
Calling all closet cheesy quavers, this month Sweaty Betty are offering free 45-minute in-store rave workout classes in conjunction with cool East London fitness hangout Frame. Find your nearest boutique and book in. If you prefer dancing like a twat in the surrounds of your own home, they’ve also got free virtual rave classes on their website each week.
Watch the video or book a class here.
Opening 11 Sept
Opened on 11 Sept with the Grand Launch on Thursday 19, Reebok FitHub concept store is more than just your average sports shop. Free workout classes take place each week – check the instore board for details – a selection of products are exclusive to FitHub stores, and a FitHub team of specialists including fully qualified personal trainers, netball, CrossFit, dance and ballet coaches, are on hand to offer advice. This is the first of six Reebok FitHubs to open in the UK this year. Right, we’re off to check it out.
Daisy Chain Women’s Only Mountain Bike Event
Fforest Fields, Wales, £30
A friendly, women only, 20, 30 or 40k ride with the promise of tea and cake and various ‘feeding stops’ along the way. One mention of cake and we were sold. Entries close two days before the event and cost £30.
Taking place on 15 September in Richmond Park it’s a tough old test of running, cycling and then – you guessed it – running again. The classic challenge is 10km run, 44km cycle, 5km run – there are also sprint, super sprint, ultra and relay challenges available. As we’ve got a whole lot of races coming up in the next few months we’ve entered the relay along with our mate, Gymbox’s social media guru Lulu Le Vay. It’s now sold out but come down and cheer us on!
Bupa Great North Run
The world’s biggest half marathon, the GNR is Charlotte’s local race (my mum’s done it 13 times) and has some wicked crowd support and local characters lining the streets. This year, Mr Mo Farrah is stepping up the distance and running. Can he win? Will he stop for the man with the hosepipe on the double decker bus or the guys who hand out beer at mile 10? Will he get ‘mortal’ on the quayside after? Watch the live coverage from 9.30am on BBC One to find out. And if you’re running, have a mint race pet!
Fat Buddha Yoga Pop-up
Fortnightly from 14 Sept, 11.30am
The Book Club, Shoreditch, £8
Start Saturday off the right way with this new fortnightly pop-up in The Book Club Shoreditch. Expect an hour of good tunes, Vinyasa flow yoga, disco balls and free Vita Coco. Plus, you’re perfectly placed for brunch after. Bonus.
Book via fitness-freak.com
Fitness Freak Pop-up Rave
17-18 September, sessions at 18.30 and 20.00. £13.50
YES! The second Fitness Freak rave event is here. An hour-long, high-energy fitness class with cheesy 90s rave tunes, face paint, glow sticks, neon lycra and a live DJ… the only E in this rave is for endorphins. The aerobic dance moves are such a sweaty laugh (yes ‘big fish, little fish’ is in there) that you don’t even notice what a tough cardio workout you’re getting. Tickets for the June event sold out pretty darn fast so make sure you get in quick to guarantee a spot. Book here.
Glow Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Workshop
Good Vibes, Covent Garden, £25
A two-hour workshop to help runners and cyclists stretch out those aching legs. The class will work on strength, mobility and balance to reduce the risk of injury and you’ll also learn about breathing techniques to help improve your efficiency.
Great Gorilla Run 2013
City of London, £80, £400 minimum sponsorship
Dress up as a gorilla and run 7km through the streets of London to help save a species on the verge of extinction. Pricey, but race entry includes your gorilla suit and you’ll probably get loads of wear from it.
Beyoncé v Rihanna workshop
28 September, 2.30-4.30 beginners, 4.30-6.30 advanced
Frame Shoreditch, £20
Well this sounds rather amazing doesn’t it? Unleash your inner diva and dance your butt off to tunes by two of our favourite pop birds. You’ll get sweaty, you’ll learn some fresh moves, you’ll have fun. Suitable for all abilities – yep, even if you have no dance experience, two right knees and two left feet.
Human Race Cycletta
Brighton, from £28
Yay, we’re doing this! Must buy padded shorts. A friendly series of women’s only bike rides with an option of 20k, 40k or 80k distances, the Cycletta series is suitable for all abilities and is a good excuse to get out for a spin in the countryside. Plus, you get to eat on the bike and there’s a free Cycletta Spa at the end! Really looking forward to it.
Entry is open until 23 September. There’s also a Human Race Cycletta in the New Forest in October.
For more info and to enter visit humanrace.co.uk