Category: Gym Fitness

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BLOG: I Love You, January Gym Brigade!

They started in mid-December. The depressing comments about how only people who are “really” into fitness keep a fitness regime up when everyone else is partying. It was unnecessary and made my heart break. And I fear January is about to get even worse. The eye-rolls from seasoned gym-goers, about newbies “taking over” the gym are starting. And I don’t like ’em one bit. The … Read More BLOG: I Love You, January Gym Brigade!

REVIEW: Animal Prime

THE BASICS: Animal Prime is a class designed to help you move like you’re meant to. Whaddya mean you know how to move? I mean reeeeally move. Like humans did when we were basically animals. Y’know, running around barefoot and using our knuckles and clubbing wooolly mammoths and stuff. Stay with me. Look, nowadays we squish our bodies in shoes and sit at desks … Read More REVIEW: Animal Prime

REVIEW: VerveRider+ Wireless Headphones Review

A couple of weeks ago, I nearly choked myself to death by getting tangled in my headphone wires on the treadmill. I went into the same sort of flappy panic that engulfs you when a wasp decides it wants a bite of your lunch, and pretty much made the entire gym floor stare at me in a mixture of confusion and amusement. It was … Read More REVIEW: VerveRider+ Wireless Headphones Review

REVIEW: The Running School

I was invited to The Running School to have my running style analysed using their video technology, and improved with the help of resident expert Nick. As you may know, I host a running club every month and have a funny old relationship with running, so I was interested to see if this could help me improve for the running club, and enjoy the … Read More REVIEW: The Running School

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REVIEW: Best’s Bootcamp

THE BASICS: Best’s Bootcamp is a slick treadmill/weights/functional fitness HIIT style bootcamp, tucked up on Villiers street, a stone’s throw from Embankment Station. Their USP is that you have a constant, clear view of the trainer thanks to their 360 video tracking system. It’s pretty sweet. £20 for a drop in class, although packages are available. Your first class is a bargain at a … Read More REVIEW: Best’s Bootcamp

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REVIEW: Psycle Canary Wharf

I’d first reviewed Psycle about 18 months ago, when it opened in a blaze of publicity near Oxford Street. I was (and still am) of the opinion that an indoor cycling class should leave you dripping with sweat and like you’ve just been spat out of a nightclub. For me, that initial experience at Psycle had been a bit… too pretty. A bit too … Read More REVIEW: Psycle Canary Wharf

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REVIEW: Yotopia- Hot Ballet

It’s 7.30am and I’m trying to remember what a plie is supposed to look like. Our incredibly serene teacher Lizzie is calmly instructing us through a series of elegant ballet positions, all of which make my muscles shake. The bead of sweat trickling down my back indicates to me that I’m probably not going to be a ballerina when I grow up. Nevertheless, this dabble with … Read More REVIEW: Yotopia- Hot Ballet

REVIEW: 1Rebel Bishopsgate- Rumble

THE BASICS: This is the younger sibling of the growing 1Rebel empire- under Broadgate Circle. Two types of class to choose from, Reshape (HIIT; weights and cardio) and Rumble (boxing). Classes are £20 for a drop in, although they get cheaper if you buy bundles. For Rumble– you buy the wraps on your first visit (£4- yours to keep) and rent gloves (£1) every … Read More REVIEW: 1Rebel Bishopsgate- Rumble

REVIEW: Moreno Boxing

THE BASICS: Moreno Boxing. Proper boxing. Dalston. Short walk from Dalston Station. £12 for a drop in class. What more do you need to know? THE BITCHES: Sophie and Carly THE CLASS: I’d heard about this plucky young Portuguese Champion, Carlos Moreno, quietly building a bit of a cult following at his boxing gym in this here cool part of London. I was obviously … Read More REVIEW: Moreno Boxing

REVIEW: Body Con at Love Your Body Health Hub

(UPDATE: Love Your Body Health Hub is now unfortunately closed… But Sophie is still PT-ing and she is fippin’ brilliant!) It’s 7.10am and the Spice Girls are powering me through my box squat jumps. “I’m” [jump] “giving you eeeeverything” [jump] “alllll that joyyyyyyy can bring” [jump] “this I sweeaaar” [jump] My quads are screaming and I stop for a little rest. I’m impressed/annoyed by … Read More REVIEW: Body Con at Love Your Body Health Hub

REVIEW: Core Collective – Resistance Class

THE BASICS: Core Collective is a brand new, incredibly stylish and sexy gym close to Kensington High Street Station where you can choose one of three classes: Resistance (TRX) Velocity (high intensity interval class) or Accelerate (spin). It’s a no-fee, drop in or buy-a-package class which means no contract and you can dip in and out whenever you like. It also has a lazy, … Read More REVIEW: Core Collective – Resistance Class

REVIEW: JeKaJo 

THE BASICS: JeKaJo. What on earth am I on about?! It’s dancing, plain and simple! Allow me to explain….The brain child of founder Tanya Bright, the word JeKaJo means ‘Lets Dance’ in Yoruba, a Nigerian tribal language. It combines music genres and dance styles from Afro-Beats, Hip-Hop, RnB, Soca, Reggae and Dancehall. There are some absolute CLASSICS during the class! Sessions are held in … Read More REVIEW: JeKaJo 

REVIEW: Frame X-Train (TRX, Plyometrics, Weights)

THE BASICS: Frame Shoreditch- the funky, sexy gym that runs approximately 7 billion classes a week. They’ve overhauled one of their studios in 2015, and installed an TRX frame, meaning they can teach new class Frame X-Train. We went to check it out! (Class £15, booking essential) THE BITCHES: Carly & Erin THE CLASS: We work together and so had decided at about 3pm that … Read More REVIEW: Frame X-Train (TRX, Plyometrics, Weights)

REVIEW: 1Rebel Opening Night and Ride Class

THE BASICS: 1 Rebel has arrived. Choose one of two ways to do a group work out- Ride or Reshape. Ride is a 50+ person studio, Reshape is a large “bootcamp” style circuits in a basement, which reminded me of Barry’s Bootcamp, but less “American”. No contracts, No BS, classes from 6am through to 9pm. You feel like you’ve been allowed into the world … Read More REVIEW: 1Rebel Opening Night and Ride Class

Body Align- Mat Pilates with Darren

THE BASICS: This took part in an independent space in Elephant and Castle (2 mins from the station)  made up of brightly coloured, spick and span shipping containers formed into a corner of the area, much like the “Box Park” in Shoreditch. It’s starting to fill up with interesting and cute independent stores and studios- and new yoga and Pilates studio Body Align sits … Read More Body Align- Mat Pilates with Darren

Fitness Five Challenge- Hosted by Project HB!

A couple of Saturdays ago (one of those days that requires you to take out both your brolly and your sunshades) 20 of you headed down to the gorgeous new studio Victor’s Lab in Peckham to take part in a Project HB hosted challenge: The Fitness Five! The idea was to introduce HBs to five new classes they might not otherwise have tried, give … Read More Fitness Five Challenge- Hosted by Project HB!

Barry’s Bootcamp

THE BASICS: Barry’s Bootcamp has reached cult status. The hardcore indoor circuit and interval session  that promise to create buff LA beach bodies out of us pasty Londoners was something I was feeling apprehensive about. Barry thinks he’s going to make a buff bronzed beach body of this die-hard cake fan? I commend your optimism, Barry. £20 per drop-in class, multi-class deals available. THE … Read More Barry’s Bootcamp

Free Hot & Happy Sweaty Betty Bootcamp

THE BASICS: Free Hot and Happy is for normal girls everywhere, and I think I have a girl crush. Devised for girls who want to look hot, keep it real and reap the benefits of feeling free and happy as a result- I completely adore this concept that Nikkita and Becky are the driving force behind through their bootcamps and website. After a glowing … Read More Free Hot & Happy Sweaty Betty Bootcamp

Psycle

THE BASICS:  Psycle is a brand new sparkly spin studio right in the heart of London town (less than a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus station). Psycle has opened in a blaze of excitement on the London fitness scene, offering a state-side inspired, choreographed class on static resistance bikes. £20 per class. THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: Londoners had been whipped into a … Read More Psycle

Happy Healthy Hoops

*Bree moved back to Australia where Happy Healthy Hoops is going strong!* THE BASICS:  Happy Healthy Hoops offers an hour of tummy toning, arm defining and torso wiggling at Portabello Green Fitness Club with instructor Bree. £10 per class, Sundays 3.30pm, other classes in Kentish Town and Warwick Avenue also available throughout the week THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: I was late to start thanks … Read More Happy Healthy Hoops

David Lloyd, Orangetheory

THE BASICS: A gym-based group class on Upper Street, close to Highbury & Islington Station. The point is to complete a structured gym workout wearing a heart rate monitor, with the aim of working hard enough to keep your heart rate in the “orange” zone (between 65-80% effort). Your personal zones are worked out before the class by providing a few stats. Heart rates … Read More David Lloyd, Orangetheory

REVIEW: BOOM! Cycle Holborn Launch

My love of this place has been well known for a while- having eagerly bounded my way into the Shoreditch studio for almost a year now, I have to admit that upon hearing of the new BOOM Cycle Holborn studio opening, a little bit of wee may have come out in excitement. And so I was completely delighted when little old Project HB was invited down … Read More REVIEW: BOOM! Cycle Holborn Launch

London Fields Fitness, Spinning Studio

THE BASICS: London Fields fitness, the eclectic, awesome, friendly place beneath the arches in E8 has opened up its very own spinning studio! As a major fan of this gym, I headed down to see how it shaped up. £10 per class, booking by email or by creating an account online. I went to the 7.30pm Wednesday session with Kate, just before Christmas. THE … Read More London Fields Fitness, Spinning Studio

Guest Blog! London Dance Academy, Acrobatics Class

Welcoming guest blogger Claire to Project HB THE BASICS: Fitness Freak makes it really easy to find and sign up to classes you might not normally go to. With that, I found myself wondering what you wear to an acrobatics class and whether it would matter that I can’t really reach my toes. £12 a session at the London Dance Academy. 8:15pm on Wednesdays. Lasts … Read More Guest Blog! London Dance Academy, Acrobatics Class

London Fields Fitness, Sapan’s Booty Camp

THE BASICS: I put a call out on Twitter for unusual classes to attend. London Fields Fitness replied. “Try Sapan’s Bootycamp” Twitter said. “You can’t quite put it into words, but just go” Twitter said. Twitter was right. There is no way I can describe this class, accept to say that my stomach still hurts, not from sit ups but from laughter. £5 on … Read More London Fields Fitness, Sapan’s Booty Camp

Flying Fantastic, Aerial Skills Class

THE BASICS: Flying Fantastic teaches you to do cool stuff that, quite frankly, makes you look sh*t hot whilst hanging upside down. Synopsis for the more eloquent amongst you: At Flying Fantastic, you can choose between lots of ridiculously fun options such as aerial silks, aerial pilates, aerial yoga and aerial hoop (noticing an anti-gravity theme here?) We chose aerial hoop at Gymbox Farringdon, … Read More Flying Fantastic, Aerial Skills Class

CrossFit Evolving, Beginners Class

THE BASICS: The Cult of Crossfit. This is an American concept that has exploded over in the UK- think circuits of weight lifting and other such torturous activities, pitched against your classmates, with the aim of measuring how much faster and stronger you get across each session. Crossfit Evolving is directly left out of Holloway Road Station and holds beginners classes on Wednesday nights- first trial … Read More CrossFit Evolving, Beginners Class

Tempo Pilates (E8), Beginners/Intermediate Class

THE BASICS: Muscle strengthening, core work, reps and some serious toning, all completed on a machine that looks like you could both row on it or have an operation on it. THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: As regular readers will know, I am still a shiny new pea when it comes to pilates, and this was indeed my Second Class Ever. After proclaiming myself … Read More Tempo Pilates (E8), Beginners/Intermediate Class

REVIEW: Boom Cycle, BodyBOOM Class

THE BASICS: An hour long spinning class in the pumped, club-like atmosphere that is the Boom Cycle studio. The BodyBOOM class combines spinning intervals with weights to tone and work the arms and torso. IT HURTS EVERYWHERE. But in a daaaaamn good way. THE BITCHES: Carly, Sarah, Erin THE CLASS: I was delighted to recruit some fellow HBs for this spinning class on a Tuesday after work- … Read More REVIEW: Boom Cycle, BodyBOOM Class

Total Boxer, Fitness and Skills Class

THE BASICS: A proper Rocky Balboa workout at a friendly, welcoming boxing gym that means business on Tottenham lane, right opposite Hornsey station. There were as many girls as guys in the class so definitely a good find for feisty aspiring Hot Bitches… Get FIT not HIT!! THE BITCHES: Carly (where the hell is everyone else lately?) THE CLASS: Boxing. Yeah, you heard me right. … Read More Total Boxer, Fitness and Skills Class

Frame Shoreditch, Vibe Class

THE BASICS: 30 minute intense work out where hardcore stretching, conditioning and toning reps take place on a gigantic vibrating machine, known commonly as a power plate, but I thought it reminded me of something rather ruder. THE BITCHES: Carly (for my sins). THE CLASS: I took this class straight after a Frame Camp class (that you can read about here), and so won’t … Read More Frame Shoreditch, Vibe Class

Frame Shoreditch, Frame Camp Class

THE BASICS: A fast, intense 30 minute work out focusing on short, rapidly increasing intervals, designed to give you a real cardio workout for 15mins, and then a toning/conditioning workout for 15 mins. Then you die. THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: Sunday morning. My muscles woke up grumpy with me for the previous morning’s hot yoga flow class. Well, body, you can complain as … Read More Frame Shoreditch, Frame Camp Class

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