Never miss a chance to keep fit each week with a range of local options!
With its amazing parks, canals, jogging tracks and top fitness instructors, Hackney is an amazing borough for keeping fit and healthy. From yoga to pilates, running to aerobics here are some of the best fitness classes available locally.
Location: Shoreditch Park, Victoria Park
British Military Fitness (BMF) has classes designed for keeping fit, losing weight and having fun in the fresh air. With three different ability groups including blue, red and green, you can burn around 640 calories in a session.
Victoria Park Manager Rob Marshall served in the military for 22 years, spending most of his time in 29 Commando Regiment. He is qualified in various fields as a Personal Trainer, Running Coach, Advanced Boxercise Instructor, Kettle Bell Instructor, Football Coach and Ski Instructor.
Shoreditch Park Head Trainer Jeremy Bearder joined BMF in March 2008 after serving with the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He also represented his regiment in Football, Rugby and Athletics becoming Junior Army Discus champion. Jeremy says he likes watching peoples’ attitudes to life change when they join BMF.
At Shoreditch park, the meeting point is at the park entrance, at the junction with Rushton Street and Bridport Place.
For Victoria Park, the meeting point is just by the Royal Gate East just off Grove Road by the Royal Inn public house.
TIME: Shoreditch Park, Monday 07:30
TIME: Victoria Park, Monday 19:00
Unlimited classes £54.00 monthly
First class is free!
Location: Shoreditch, Clapton
Blok London offers a variety of workouts with 400 classes every week and healthy eating cafes at its boutique and trendy fitness gyms. The Blok London Clapton gym has been renovated from an old warehouse to include 3 different studios inside. Blok Clapton fitness coach Welly toured the world with pop artists such as Kylie Minogue, Take That and Robbie Williams for over ten years as a professional dancer before moving into coaching and teaching. Welly says that pilates empowers people and helps them look younger.
At Blok London Shoreditch branch, pilates sessions are run by Dionne. After years of back problems, Dionne started pilates to heal herself and trained to become an instructor after reaping the benefits. Dionne says: “Each class consists of a series of exercises that improve posture, develop mind-body control and release tension. You will become stronger, fitter and more flexible by taking part in these classes.”
TIME: Shoreditch 17:45 | Single Class £17 Pack of any 5 classes £80
TIME: Clapton 09.50 | Single Class £14 Pack of any 5 classes £65
Strength & Power
Location: Hackney Downs
Barber’s Gym is located in an industrial railway arch at Hackney Downs Studios. Personal Trainer Darren Barber set up the gym after many years in the fitness industry working in commercial and corporate gyms and training clients independently from local parks in the East London area.
Darren says: “This class utilises body weight exercise and resistance training to improve your athletic ability, tone and define your physique, build muscle size and strength. We all want to look better naked and be able to throw our weight around.”
New starters are advised to complete a fundamentals course of two private one to one sessions for an introduction to exercise practices and to establish training standards.
This class is a great way to get pumped by dancing!
Dance cardio is 45 minutes of non-stop dance accompanied by some big tunes to transport you to your happy place. All inhibitions are left at the door, and the choreography is easy to follow. Dance Cardio instructors, Camille Sharpe and Alice Ferreira turn their professional dance expertise and experience into cardio and make people sweat while they have fun.
Momentum Parents’ Conditioning classes are well-suited to family life. At this baby-friendly gym, there is plenty of space and privacy for feeding and changing, and you can park your baby up next to you in the buggy or pop them on a mat while you work out. The gym can meet pre and post-natal needs and classes are suitable for all fitness levels. Classes include instructions for body composition and full body toning, plenty of booty work outs and core work can be found alongside exercises to sustain a healthy bodyweight, key movements and skills.
Location: Hackney Marshes
The Hackney Marshes park run is a free event organised by volunteers. The course has spectacular views of the Olympic site and a lovely stretch following the River Lea navigation channel. It is a flat course, the vast majority of which is run on tarmac, with the start/finish section located on mown grass. You can join in whatever your pace! The course is 5000m (5K) long. It follows a ‘there and back’ route around Hackney Marshes from 9:00am. Participants meet at Hackney Marshes Centre for a post-run coffee every week.
Free-but register before your first run!
Yin Yang Yoga
London Fields Fitness
An hour of Yin Yang Yoga will help you get prepared for the coming week.
Burn off weekend energy then move calmly into the week ahead with Hannah, who has been a yoga instructor for over 10 years. Enjoy the benefits of strength building Yang Yoga and allow your body to melt into the more passively held stretches that typify Yin Yoga. Each class starts with a warm up and breathing practice before moving with increased focus and attention to strength building poses and closing with deep stretches. You will gain strength, flexibility and develop keen self- awareness as you learn to use your breath to flow.