Category: Outdoor Fitness


BLOG: So you want to be a fitness instructor?

It’s been 18 months since I qualified as a fitness instructor. It was a complete career overhaul and one I know lots of people consider when they really get into fitness as a hobby. That jump from passion to profession was as scary as it was exhilarating, and I’ve decided to share my journey so you can learn a thing or two if you’re … Read More BLOG: So you want to be a fitness instructor?



What is it? A nifty little concept and one that might be familiar to some of you already – instead of buying a membership to one gym or studio, you pay for a membership to MoveGB instead, which gives you discounted access to loads of studios and gyms in your area. It’s still very much a nimble little start-up, being run out of the … Read More REVIEW: MoveGB

BLOG: Running Tips For Idiots (like me)

As you may know, I’ve recently moved to Bristol, and as any sensible fitty in a new city would, I’ve decided to lace up my trainers and learn my way around via some new running routes. And I’ll be honest. It’s been pretty dismal to date. So far, so lost. I’ve been blessed with many things, but a sense of direction is definitely not one … Read More BLOG: Running Tips For Idiots (like me)


BLOG: Run Like a Girl Running Club

Do you “Run Like a Girl”? Happy, determined, enjoying the experience? Well so do we. Once a month a group of us get together to do a gentle, sociable and completely achievable run through London. It’s the free “Run Like a Girl” running club, an initiative put together by Bella Kinesis and hosted/led by me! And you can see when we’re next meeting (and … Read More BLOG: Run Like a Girl Running Club

REVIEW: Shenda Falvey Fitness- North Greenwich Bootcamp

THE BASICS: Shenda Falvey bootcamps run most days on the grassy bit outside The Pilot, a short walk from North Greenwich station. This was an after work class which started on Wednesday at 7.30pm. For all days and times, check out the website. First class free, block book sessions available after that- £100 for 12 classes taken over 6 weeks (working out at… um… … Read More REVIEW: Shenda Falvey Fitness- North Greenwich Bootcamp

BLOG: The Night Colour Run; The First 5k Race of a 66 yr old HB

For me, exercise isn’t just churning at the hamster wheel. It makes me feel high. It makes my mind clear and focused. It quietens the mindless worries and chatter rolling around in my brain. It chills me out. It gives me energy and makes me feel sparkly and positive. Don’t get me wrong, I often moan and groan and walk around the flat procrastinating … Read More BLOG: The Night Colour Run; The First 5k Race of a 66 yr old HB

REVIEW: Pegasus Military Fitness- THE RETURN

It’s a Saturday, and I’ve been out of bed since 6.30am. I’m contemplating this early start while bent over double at the top of what felt like a vertical hill. I’ve just helped 3 people haul a core bag- aka Lazy Larry- up this hill. And my thighs are pretty confused at why they aren’t still snuggled in a duvet. . “There you go- … Read More REVIEW: Pegasus Military Fitness- THE RETURN

REVIEW: Rabble

THE BASICS: Rabble is simple. Team games, coloured bibs, running about in the park and basically getting to act like a school kid again, but without the hideous kit or shadow of double maths after your run-around. The games you’ll play vary between THE CLASS:I was a bit apprehensive about this session simply because it was an hour of team games and I’m not … Read More REVIEW: Rabble

BLOG: Silverfit Aquathlon

I’m pretty nervous around water. If I can’t see the bottom I freak out. In fact, if I can see the bottom but can’t reach it, then I also freak out. Essentially, unless I’m in a bath or a shallow swimming pool, I’m usually screaming and flapping about like I’m drowning. I am NOT the sort of person who gets into a murky lake, … Read More BLOG: Silverfit Aquathlon


REVIEW: Nike Women’s 10K

On Summer Solstice day 10,000 women got up, got dressed in day-glo salmony orange, and came together to celebrate running, sisterhood and living in the glorious city of London. The Nike Women’s 10k was a slick operation- Victoria Park in Hackney was taken over by an entire festival village dedicated to running, fuelling, and all things sporty. The bag drop was seamless- huge and … Read More REVIEW: Nike Women’s 10K

REVIEW: Surfsup Fit Yoga (Yoga on Surfboards)

THE BASICS: Surfsup Fit Yoga offers you the chance to paddle out onto a stretch of the Regent’s Canal on a big, floaty surfboard, and then work your way through a yoga class while trying to maintain your balance (and composure!) on top of it. We took a class for 5 at London Paddington Basin on Sunday afternoon (you need to get to Sheldon … Read More REVIEW: Surfsup Fit Yoga (Yoga on Surfboards)

REVIEW: Gauntlet Games 2015

Another weekend, and an obstacle race I’d agreed to months ago- the Gauntlet Games– had suddenly appeared out of nowhere.  Almost a year before this race, I did my first muddy obstacle race- The Nuclear Rush. It was a HUGE challenge and a real struggle to finish. I enjoyed it immensely and was so proud to complete it, but the memory of mud, rivers … Read More REVIEW: Gauntlet Games 2015

REVIEW: Healthy Living London Bootcamp

THE BASICS: A weekly bootcamp for Summer 2015, held at 7pm every Wednesday in Highbury Fields (furthest from Highbury & Islington Station- towards the tennis courts). Sessions are run by Healthy Living London writer and qualified PT Eliza. £6 for your first class, £14 a class thereafter (10 sessions for £100- bargain!) THE CLASS: There was a whiff of sunshine and everyone signed up … Read More REVIEW: Healthy Living London Bootcamp

BLOG: A Love Letter to Running Routes of Old

I’m missing Shoreditch. And I found this- an unpublished post that I wrote last winter about my friendly old running route. It made me nearly cry with nostalgia. What’s your favourite part of the city to run in? Do you recognise this route? Will I eventually prefer my new route round the Olympic Park to my old comfy route along the Thames….? “A run … Read More BLOG: A Love Letter to Running Routes of Old


BLOG: Project HB’s Personal Best (or, PHBPB)

At the beginning of the year, I signed up to a couple of mid-year races with a click of a mouse and little thought to training. The races crept nearer, as I was trying to get to sleep, I kept having flashes of coming last in a race… or being pecked to death on the race course by a giant bird of prey in … Read More BLOG: Project HB’s Personal Best (or, PHBPB)

REVIEW: Base Fit, Insanity Class

THE BASICS: Base Fit is RIGHT opposite Shoreditch High Street Station. It’s a new, outdoor fitness facility with a mouth-watering array of goodies to make you sweat- ropes, a climing/swinging frame, kettlebells, MASSIVE tyres…. and a big patch of astroturf where you can play with all of this stuff during classes such as Insanity, tabata, strength & conditioning, and bootcamp. £10 a class if … Read More REVIEW: Base Fit, Insanity Class

Hosting the Sunset Sessions- What A Summer!

I was on my way out of a long illness fug. My lovely friend and Dru yoga teacher, Lucy, was facing a reluctant moving house scenario. A 100 day illness and moving house in a rush. We were not a jolly pair. We sat at the top of Frank’s cafe in Peckham, drinking our too-sugary drinks, looking at a grey London skyline, and talking about all … Read More Hosting the Sunset Sessions- What A Summer!

Wonder Woman Workshop Kettlebell Bootcamp, Greenwich Park

Update: The lady who ran these classes moved back to Oz, so I don’t think these classes are available in Greenwich Park any longer unfortunately! But it was a damn good class and I love Kettlebells so I left it up. If you find any good kettlebell classes in London, please share in the comments below!  THE BASICS: Wonder Woman Workshops hold bootcamps throughout … Read More Wonder Woman Workshop Kettlebell Bootcamp, Greenwich Park

Training with a Rollstuhlfahrer

A good friend of mine recently found out he had a place in the Berlin Marathon. Recently, as in, he found out when he only had 6 weeks left to to train for it. That’s 6 weeks to train for 26.2 miles. I had almost choked on my glass of wine when he casually dropped his confirmed marathon place into the conversation. A couple … Read More Training with a Rollstuhlfahrer


Ellie is one of my dearest friends- She’s been lovely looking after me while I’ve been unwell- bringing over trashy books, making brekkie, and also writing up her recent GoodGym experience for you to enjoy. Thank you for this fabulous guest post, Ellie! (To contribute a guest review then email THE BASICS: GoodGym is an organisation that aims to help us all exercise while doing … Read More GoodGym

Nuclear Rush

The Nuclear Rush. Ooh. Well hello there, you cheeky little race! Allow me to introduce you to a 12km, 52 obstacle race in the Essex countryside and woodland. Sunday morning. Cold and windy. Intimidated was an understatement. I’d agreed to join a HUGE green army of Pegasus Military Fitness machines, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive (please read “apprehensive” as “peeing … Read More Nuclear Rush

Pegasus Military Fitness Session

THE BASICS: Pegasus Military Fitness meet several times a week in Chingford and Loughton. I went to the 9am Chingford/Epping Forest session. TRUST ME-it is was worth leaving the house at 7.45am on a Saturday for. First session free, £5 PAYG thereafter, or membership options available.  THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: I had attempted to join the Pegasus guys a few weeks earlier and … Read More Pegasus Military Fitness Session

Army Boot Camp Fitness

THE BASICS: Army Boot Camp Fitness offers 1hr group PT fitness sessions in Highbury Fields with some ex-soldiers who work you hard but treat you fairly. They also run sessions in London Fields and Wanstead Park. First taster class is free before deciding on membership options. I attended the Monday night Highbury session. It was cold. THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: I was a bit … Read More Army Boot Camp Fitness

Be Cool Running Club

THE BASICS: Be Cool Running Club is a friendly and welcoming running club run by Beatrice, which sets off from Striders Running Club close to Sandilands, Addiscombe (Croydon). It is a beginners running group, affiliated with this venue, although separate from the runs that go on through the actual club. Your first run with Be Cool Running is free, £20 per year membership after … Read More Be Cool Running Club

British Military Fitness Session, Victoria Park

THE BASICS: British Military Fitness (BMF) is run by ex-soldiers, and takes place in parks all around the UK- usually week nights after work or on Saturday mornings. There is a big social element to them too. First class is free. THE BITCHES: Carly THE CLASS: Work finished dangerously late, and so I pegged it to Victoria Park for the Monday night class, making … Read More British Military Fitness Session, Victoria Park

REVIEW: Fitness Playground, Burn Class

Fitness Playground no longer exists unfortunately. But my reviews of them are pretty entertaining even if I do so myself… so I have left them up. Just don’t go trying to attend a session because they no longer run….  THE BASICS: A second session with the awesome Fitness Playground guys- this time an hour long interactive mad dash around London’s Southbank. Stopping at several destinations … Read More REVIEW: Fitness Playground, Burn Class


REVIEW: Fitness Playground, Best Class

Fitness Playground no longer exists unfortunately. But my reviews of them are pretty entertaining even if I do so myself… so I have left them up. Just don’t go trying to attend a session because they no longer run….  THE BASICS: A light jog, a playful warm up and a series of torturous yet (if my muscles today are anything to go by) highly effective … Read More REVIEW: Fitness Playground, Best Class

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