If a fortnight of eating chocolate for breakfast, prosecco for lunch and potatoes with every meal
won’t get you raring to do some exercise, nothing will. However, the gym isn’t for everyone and running in this weather seems more of an extreme sport than previously realised. Here are some of the more interesting ways to burn some calories in London this January.
If you love kung-fu movies, we suggest you sign up for a beginner’s course in Sword Basics or Tanren Conditioning, both of which start in the next few days. Students train in Nakamura Ryu Battodo, a distillation of traditional Japanese swordmanship in which “The goal is to attain a state of natural, spontaneous movement and instinctive handling of the sword through which one can utilise the eight basic techniques with complete freedom.” Even better, the classes are all in east London (either in Bethnal Green, Angel or Old Street), so easily accessible from East Village.
London’s only school of Mexican wrestling is situated in Bethnal Green, and we can’t think of a more fun way to get our butts into gear. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, it costs just £10 to throw down. Mixing Mexican acrobatics with British, North American and Japanese elements of wrestling, it takes balance, fitness and tenacity to become a luchador. Plus, it’s a healthy way to burn off some of that London rage.
If you’ve always wished your super power was flying, then flying trapeze lessons are definitely for you. Gorilla Circus holds regular classes, and have helped people to fly from the ages of 8 up to 78. You can take a one-off class, a course or join a weekly frequent flyer and intermediate class. Trapezing improves strength and fitness, not to mention fear of flying. This year the classes are at Unit 7A
on the Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way SE18 5NR. Book your tickets here
Do you long for the days of endless scrambling along monkey bars and rope netting? While the local park climbing frame is almost certainly too small for you now, Parkour is here to help. Not only do you get an intense workout from scaling walls, vaulting obstacles and jumping down steps, you get to relive your childhood adventure days. Parkour Generation offers a range of classes both indoors and outdoors for men, women and children with the option of private or group lessons for all abilities around London. You’ll soon be looking at the city in a new light and climbing your way to work in no time.
The art of campanology, or bell ringing, might seem like an unlikely and slightly strange way to work out, but the bells can be pretty heavy. Think of it as a fun way to help build muscles, flexibility, and endurance. You could even ring them at your own wedding! If you fancy learning the ropes and creating some music whilst you work out, this might just be the way to go. The Docklands Ringers offer lessons to those who are interested, so why not start there?