I was kindly invited by Sweaty Betty to a week of fun, fitness and fashion known as the inaugural Sweaty Betty ger Bootcamp! For seven days straight SB organised a sweaty activity for us with various SB ambassadors at their stores all over London. Most of the activities are run by Sweaty Betty every week (they run 70 free classes a week nationwide!) so if any of them take your fancy, check out your local store’s timetable to see what classes they run! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to make all of the classes – I missed Thursday as I was already booked to go to another event, and I missed the weekend events as it was my birthday weekend and I went to Wild Life Festival, but the days I did make were awesome! Monday We started the week bright and early at the Marylebone store for a HIIT dynamic pilates class with the truly lovely SB ambassador Hollie Grant (aka the Pilates PT). Her class was a seriously tough but rewarding sweat fest, which comprised a mixture of cardio intervals (think tombstone burpees and mountain climbers) and painful pilates moves (damn you pilates ring). As well as being absolutely lovely, Hollie is a great teacher and she looks amazing – her classes are very inspirational. A great start to the week!
Post-pilates group shot! Photo courtesy of Sweaty Betty.
Tuesday Tuesday was a lunchtime spin at Psycle. This isn’t a regular Sweaty Betty class – more of a ger’s field trip! Psycle is an amazing luxe studio that I go to relatively regularly, and every single time I am surprised by how hard it is and how sweaty I get. We did a 35 minute express lunchtime class. Although it was shorter than the regular one hour classes it definitely felt tougher, so I think the workout you get is equivalent to an hour’s class.
We were all SO sweaty. Thank goodness it was dark.
I don’t do lunchtime classes and this reminded me why – all in all (including travelling time, the class, shower and dressing time) I was away from my desk for two hours. That isn’t something I can afford to do on a regular basis (or at all, really!) so I don’t think I’ll be heading back for an express class during my working week, but it was fun to hang out with the #SBgerBootcamp crew. Wednesday Wednesday was another early start (I’ve never been up at 5:30 so regularly before!) for a yoga class in SB’s gorgeous Ledbury Road studio (Notting Hill Gate!). It was a beautiful sunny morning and walking through Notting Hill on the way to the class was such a great way to start the day. The class was led by another SB ambassador, Charlie Morgan from Shanti Living. I think yoga really depends on your connection with the teacher and their method and I absolutely loved Charlie’s class. She played great music and was really encouraging – she helped me in to my first ever headstand and I had my most successful attempt at crow pose yet! It wasn’t in any way successful, but I did get further than ever before. I went off to start my Wednesday feeling energised and relaxed – I’d really recommend her classes.
Such a beautiful morning with Charlie!
Friday I couldn’t make the run club on Thursday as I was at the launch of Psycle’s new Canary Wharf studio (it’s awesome – more on this soon!) but was reunited with the #SBgerBootcamp babes for a ballet barre blast at the amazing Frame. We were taken through our paces by the hardcore (and very beautiful) Gede Foster and my butt was crying before we were even halfway through. Barre is HARD yo.
That’s me in the middle, trying to carry on through the intense pain in my butt.
After the class I picked up an amazing smoothie from the smoothie bar at Frame – I went for the cacao, banana and peanut butter one and can definitely recommend it.
Post-barre group shot! Somehow I ended up front and centre…
I had an amazing week trying so many new classes with Sweaty Betty; I was absolutely knackered at the weekend! A huge thank you to Sweaty Betty for organising such a fun week!