How to exercise for joy not punishment

How to exercise for joy not punishment

Many of us see exercise as a punishment for what we perceive as behaving badly with regard to our lifestyle choices. Instead exercise should be celebrated as an easy way to take care of our bodies and minds. Reclaim your body and spirit through movement that suits you. Use exercise to feel good and treat yourself to a body MOT.

What’s the best way to do this?

  1. Choose workouts you will immediately feel at home doing.
  2. Start slow and pick trainers who you think you could be mates with.
  3. Invite your friends – because they are JOY.
  4. Jump into this week’s classes below!


Yoga Nidra Bedtime Meditation – 20:00 –20:45

Live & Online

Need help to switch off before bed? Lay down your phone and lay down your worries in a meditation class that will help you rewind.


Mays Al-Ali came from the corporate world of advertising before turning toward yoga in the pursuit of real joy. Alongside teaching yoga and reiki, she is a qualified nutritionist with recipe publications and life advice in the Daily Express, Mail Online, Telegraph, Vegan Life, and Women’s Health.


Barre Riot – 18:30 – 19:00

Live & Online

An all over body blast open to all. Barre cherrypicks the best bits from ballet, Pilates, yoga and dance to create a form of fitness that is hard not to fall in love with. Leave feeling super stretched, toned and balanced.


Grace Ker is qualified in it all – from ashtanga, rocket and vinyasa flow yoga, Zumba, and bootybarre, oh and Grace is a professional willpower coach. She’ll keep you going when you think you can’t and make you laugh when you don’t feel like smiling. Leave grinning and limber.


Barre Total Body Tone – 18:00 – 18:50

Live & Online

Barre thrives on small movements and pulsing. Its low impact nature will make you train longer and harder, and its results will be seen in its ability to tone and strengthen. A masterclass in mobility and movement.


Grace Ker’s believes in the power of core strength over everything hence her love of all things barre.


Yoga For Runners 13:00 – 14:00


The recovery class for all types of runners. You must adapt your training if you want to step it up. To be a great runner, you must build muscles and strength in areas running overlooks. Yoga awakens your body in places that may be dormant. Expect hip openers, postures to relax tight calves and stretches for back pain relief.


Lucy Lock is an international yoga teacher having taught in India, Nepal, the Maldives, the Philippines, Guatemala, and California. Now firmly putting her roots down in London, she’s here to showcase what’s yoga hot the world over.


JCM Xmas Sweat – 12:30 – 13:20

Live & Online

A super social session to catch up and sweat together before Christmas. Expect an all over body assault with games and tunes.


Jamie Goldstein loves the social backbone of group fitness classes. He brings people together in the common goal of feeling good and supporting one another on our fitness journeys. In a previous life he was a bartender and loves nothing more than hearing people’s stories and glories. Come chat!


Resistance Is Futile 11:00 12:00

Old Billingsgate

Resistance bands are a worldwide fitness trend. You probably picked one up in lockdown and weren’t entirely sure what best to do with it. Jump into this masterclass and get the best out of your bands.

Patryk believes in pushing boundaries and going hard else we don’t go home.

Dream Team Boxing – 09:00 – 10:00

If you’re looking to power up your punches you’re in the right place. Expect a masterpiece in footwork, technique and recovery. Ramp up your cardio health and general fitness.


Gabor Trapp covers the gauntlet of fitness, as a mat Pilates and lower back pain specialist, boxing guru, HIIT leader and weights trainer. With his wealth of knowledge about all things fitness, please ask him questions to tailor the workout to your strengths and weaknesses.


Silent Disco Dance Fitness Party – 12:00 – 12:50

Old Billingsgate (Monument / London Bridge)

An outdoor club lands in central London. Want to build your confidence? This is a sure-fire way to do it. Strut, groove, squat and bounce your way to fitness on the banks of the Thames with professional choreographer, Charlotte.


Charlotte Chazel never rests – she’s always ahead of the game and curating classes that the masses love. As an ex gymnast and now dance choreographer her classes will help you move like you want to.

You can book into these classes and loads more, right here.

As always, stay fit and healthy

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