Nothing beats exercising in the fresh air with friends. Here’s our round up of the best outdoor exercise classes around Roman Road.
With the weather getting better as we enter into spring, exercising outside is a great way to socialise and enjoy the outdoors. The evolution of the outdoor exercise class has leapt forward since the pandemic and over the last few years we’ve seen our green spaces playing host to various types of fitness fun. Whether you’re a yoga buddy, a boxing fanatic or a frisbee enthusiast, there really is something for everyone. So dust off your rackets, trainers , and yoga mats and get ready to bring your workout al fresco.
Gemma Tomkinson has been practising yoga since 2014 and believes yoga is the key to a strong body and mind. Gemma’s Rise & Shine Morning Vinyasa aims to help you kick start the weekend with a yoga session that centres the mind and balances the body. It will jolt you awake with more lasting energy than any coffee can provide and get you ready for the weekend.
YogaGem’s yoga sessions are every Saturday morning at 10am at Glasshouse Community Centre or in Victoria Park when the weather is good. More information is available at yogagem.co.uk.
Tower Hamlets Tennis
We’re lucky to have several excellent courts around Roman Road, one in Victoria Park and one in Bethnal Green Gardens. These are run by Tower Hamlets Tennis who provide accessible tennis programmes to both adults and children. Young and older players can learn with equipment adapted to each age group, make new friends, and even take one-to-one classes with an LTA Accredited Coach.
Book a court for as little as £2 per hour. Visit Towerhamletshtennis.org.uk for more information.
Our Parks Ltd was founded in 2014 by fitness coach Born Barikorto to deliver free, group exercise in parks and outdoor spaces available to everyone, bringing the local community together. The classes are led by fully qualified instructors, to parks near you in partnership with local authorities. Parkers (users) are invited to Our Parks events, including their annual Parks Off that see teams of Parkers taking part in a huge, family sports day. They also hold meet-ups and share as many opportunities as they can from their partners.
Box Fit sessions are available for booking online. For more info visit Ourparks.org.uk.
Yoga Body of Light
Angelika Grohmann brings you Yoga Body of Light, founded on the precision and vigour of Iyengar Yoga but emphasised more on breathing and the body’s natural flow of movement. Her sessions are all-inclusive, not just for fit, strong and flexible people. Participants should expect non-competitive, easygoing, spacious, meditative and accessible sessions. Angelika has practised and taught yoga for more than 35 years. She holds an Iyengar Yoga Teacher certificate and a Senior teacher certificate with Dona Holleman, a close student of BKS Iyengar.
Free outdoor sessions near the Pavilion Café will resume from April every Sunday at 9.30am in Victoria Park. Visit Yogabodyoflight.com for more information.
Strong + Bendy
Strong + Bendy is a unique fitness studio and exercise garden in Hackney Wick, East London founded by twin sisters Faye (Mouse) and Rhi. Training aims to be accessible to a wide range of people, regardless of fitness level: Faye and Rhi believe no one should feel intimidated when walking into a fitness studio or gym. Participants should expect fun workouts, led by friendly teachers, in a beautifully unique environment. You’ll be surrounded by incredible murals by world famous street-artist @zabou on the walls of the exercise garden and studio.
Strong + Bendy classes must be booked in advance. Visit strongandbendy.co.uk for more information.
Be Millitary Fit (BMF)
Want to feel like Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin? Join the BMF community for fun and intense outdoor workouts for all skill ranges. The programme was created by adventurer Bear Grylls, and has been running since 1999. By incorporating the latest military methodology combined with cutting-edge training programmes, BMF helps to deliver results-driven workouts. These aspects are deeply rooted in community fitness, for different ages and abilities. On top of this, the workouts are concerned about carbon footprint, and deliver environmentally sustainable programmes.
You can book your workout online. More information at www.bemilitaryfit.com
Whether you want to lose weight, need a new challenge or want a change from conventional gym workouts, MAW Boxing with former British kickboxing champion and local resident Mark Walker promises to help improve your strength and stamina. Sessions involve a combination of boxing and kickboxing techniques matched with strength and conditioning exercises that together provide a total body workout every time. Improved focus, self-belief, and increased energy are some of the additional benefits that Mark aims to impart.
Boxing Bootcamp sessions take place in Victoria Park. Visit Mawboxing.com for more information.
Stratford Padel Club
Padel has taken the UK by storm over the last two years and we’re lucky to have the UK’s largest club on our doorstep, which includes one outdoor court. Even the courts under the large marquee are breezy and fresh. A cross between squash and tennis, the game is now bigger than football in Spain and it seems every tennis club in the UK is now building a padel court. It’s always doubles and always matchplay followed by a beer at the bar.
More info at Stratfordpadelclub.org/
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