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!

MONDAYS

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

https://bua.fit/classes/q7qUh7e1yQvX

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.

Trainer

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.

TUESDAYS

Barre Riot – 18:30 – 19:00

https://bua.fit/classes/nUZFJdHW2Gui

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.

Trainer

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.

WEDNESDAYS

Barre Total Body Tone – 18:00 – 18:50

https://bua.fit/classes/oM6quLIdWE4U

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.

Trainer

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

THURSDAYS

Yoga For Runners 13:00 – 14:00

https://bua.fit/classes/kNb8ACozXX9K

Online

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.

Trainer

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.

FRIDAYS

JCM Xmas Sweat – 12:30 – 13:20

https://bua.fit/class/ujUimXzo34tp

Live & Online

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

Trainer

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!

SATURDAYS

Resistance Is Futile 11:00 12:00

https://bua.fit/classes/TH5lq12SWvqW

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.

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

Dream Team Boxing – 09:00 – 10:00

https://bua.fit/classes/JzghKYhK9xSy

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.

Trainer

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.

SUNDAYS

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

https://bua.fit/class/POL1E8bcy8wY

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.

Trainer

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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