In this gym series, I try out a range of London classes to find you the very best around the city, starting off with Covent Garden. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about my top three gym classes in the area.
This week: Another_Space
T H E G Y M
My first thoughts upon arriving at Another_Space were how stylish it looks. An open plan reception area leads to their smoothie bar where gym goers can replenish themselves with a range of made-to-order drinks and snacks. The food and drink bar is in collaboration with Natural Fitness Food and Detox Kitchen so you know you’re in good hands.
With the welcoming staff walking around with big smiles on their faces, I felt instantly at ease and excited to try out my first spin class. Another_Space currently offers four classes, Cycle 45, HIIT, Yoga and Hot Yoga.
The gym works slightly differently to your usual, as there’s no membership or joining fee. Simply create an account, and pay for credits whenever you’d like to attend one of their classes.
As we were shown to the changing rooms, I was very impressed with the facilities. Another_Space offers towels, shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, hairdryers, hair straighteners, private changing rooms and even a box of spare hairbands, allowing you to pack light.
On top of this, the lockers use pin codes that you set yourself so there’s no worry of having your belongings stolen if you forget to bring a padlock. If you are forgetful, like me, there’s also a big chalk board where you can write your name down next to your locker number.
T H E C L A S S : C Y C L E 4 5
For this class we were given a funny pair of cycling shoes with magnets on the sole, used to secure your feet onto the pedals. After hobbling around in them in the changing rooms, we realised that it’s probably best to keep these shoes off until we’d made it down the steps to the Cycle Space.
Not long after, Myles (our instructor), came bounding down the steps with a huge smile on his face and plenty of energy. He led us into the Cycle Space – a dark room filled with around 20 or so bikes. The idea of the class is to do interval, high-tempo cycling to dance music. The class is specifically designed to strengthen your core muscles and tone the whole body whilst burning maximum calories.
Once we’d figured out how to attach our shoes to the pedals, we started warming up. Then the room dimmed and a blue light was cast across us as the music began. The club-like atmosphere really helps you feel energised and keeps your speed up.
The workout consisted of high-speed cycling with variations in position from sitting to standing, or squatting over the seat – really working those leg muscles! But the workout doesn’t stop there, a range of punches, weights and mini push-ups using the bike bars are incorporated into the cycling to tone your upper body as well as your legs. I hadn’t done weights in a very long time so my arms could feel the burn for a few days afterwards…
The class lasts for 45 minutes but it went by very quickly. Though it was difficult, it was simple to follow and a lot of fun. Totally worth the effort! I felt worn out but great afterwards – the sign of a good workout. The experience was made even better by Myles who was a very encouraging instructor, making sure the class’s mood was kept on a high.
M E E T T H E I N S T R U C T O R
How would your friends describe you in three words?
Enthusiastic about life.
You come across as a very positive and upbeat person, what’s your secret?
I try to not take myself or life too seriously. I check in with myself regularly. If somethings not making me happy I’ll take steps to rectify the problem.
How did you get involved with Another_Space?
I’ve known Sarah Jane Aboboto (creative director) for a few years now from the dance industry. She had been asking me to come to her cycle class in Canary Wharf for a while and when I finally got to one I fell in love. She then asked me to audition for a new boutique gym she was helping launch and the rest is history.
Which class is your personal favourite?
I love the cycle space classes I think we have some of the best instructors around. Everyone has their own style but for me Leanne Hainsby’s class is my favourite. Her music and energy is fantastic and you leave feeling energised
What are some of your other passions?
I’m a trained dancer so that has been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember. Music is a huge part of my life and very important to me. I actually don’t think I could live without music.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy?
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt since I started training is to maximise what I have and not beat myself up over unrealistic goals. It’s unhealthy and massively time consuming reaching for something you’re never going to have. If your training isn’t making you happy, do something about it. It’s about finding what works for you and most importantly enjoying your training.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Luckily I don’t need much motivation, I can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes! I think training as a dancer since I was three has given me the drive I need to attack anything I do with 100%.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Ice cream and cartoons
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
To slow down, enjoy and revel in my successes.
Defining moment of your career so far?
Playing Bernardo in West Side story. It was an honour to get to do the piece.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If it didn’t work out in the end it’s because it’s not the end yet.
How would you convince readers to join your classes?
If you’re after a no nonsense, motivating workout with great music and a smile, come to Another_Space. Sunday’s 12.15pm.
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