Exploring London's Gyms: Core Collective Spinning
You may have noticed, if you're on the ball that is, that I have a health and fitness tab. I am very much into health and fitness and an avid gym goer. However, I haven't been sharing much of that with you, til now. It has always been my aim to do so and now it MUST begin. I want to explore some of London's gyms and let you know my thoughts about the classes, the facilities, the value and the over all vibe. Because, hey, who wants to go to a boring gym?! I go to a David Lloyd gym most of the time, but I'm always keen to explore, especially when I'm in London. At my David Lloyd I try to spin twice or three times a week. Different trainers provide different types of classes. So I had been meaning to check out core collective and their spin studio. So I decided this week I was going!
So first of all the look of the gym I love. Industrial, super clean and the low lighting is very dramatic. Gives you all kinds of motivation. I loved the spin studio, the bikes were one of the best Ive ever seen, with additional functions I'd never used before.
The instructor entered and stripped off into her sports bra and I suddenly felt a wave of relief Id opted for a baggy mesh top over my own sports bra. She was insane. But sorry... back to the class and the bikes. So the bikes you could enter your weight, age etc and as the class went on the instructor told us what percent to crank our bikes to, which i quite like, I'm a big fan of telling us what to do...then we have a base level and something to try and go above ;) What I thought was slightly intimidating was that the bikes all had lights on them which went from blue to green to red depending on how hard you are working. As the room is dark and theres a big mirror we are all staring at, you can't help but not want to be the girl thats chillin on green but puffing away. Luckily Im not new to spinning, but there was a time when spinning scared the helllll outta me, so that would have been off putting. These days though, I see it as motivation.
The class itself wasn't the hardest Id ever done, but what i quite liked was there were different moves with your upper body (holding your arm out, leaning forwards and backwards onto your forearms to work them too, amongst others) which I have never done before and left me feeling like Id working more than just my legs and bottom! Always a positive. The bikes being so accurately informed of your age, weight and general levels of physical activities meant that you got a real representation of how far you'd cycled and how many calories you've burnt. A lot of times you'll sit on a bike that has no idea your gender or weight and try telling you just how hard you've worked. i don't thiiiiink so mr.
The rest of the gym is just as cool to look at, I didn't have time but Id love to try one of their other classes another time. They specialise in four specific areas; accelerate (the spinning I did), Velocity (high intensity, athletic interval training), Resistance (TRX class using strength and whole body workouts) and Power Yoga.
Whats quite good about core collective is that you don't need a membership, and as its not that cheap it means you can buy blocks of classes and not be tied down to anything.
If I had more time I would have liked to have tried something from their cafe or a fresh juice upstairs in their sleek cafe area. I was really into their interiors, even their loo's are appealing!
As for what I was wearing; my leggings I love, they are from T K Maxx and that is a top tip for ya.. Some of the best and very cheap sports wear is at T K Maxx, ya heard it here first.
Ok so that concludes my first London Gym Review, stay tuned for more and if you know anywhere I should be going or if you too tried core collective don't forget to let me know. Say hi on twitter or instagram @blaisedyer
*3rd and 4th photos are taken from the internet and are not my own