Sports And Health Clubs in East London
Health & Wellbeing is about so much more than just physical exercise and fitness. Rather it is about connected wellness in body, mind and spirit. Physical fitness is often an important step on that journey and one through which you can see benefits in emotional and spiritual health.
Whatever your goal, be it to lose weight and fit into last year’s jeans; train for a marathon; improve your mobility after an operation or to work off the stresses of the day: trained fitness team can help you achieve it. Fitness areas have large mixed gym area with treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and rowers, an airy studio space, stretch area, separate spin bike studio and very generous free weights area.
Developed over nine phases since 1972 by a charitable trust, this extensive centre caters for fitness fans and sports players of all ages and ambitions – right up to international standard. The gym (with Technogym equipment) is light and spacious, the dance studio operates a wide-ranging timetable, there's an outdoor sports arena and the tennis centre is among the best in the country. A new building opened in 2011 added an extra 12 badminton courts, plus indoor netball.
When former advertising execs Pip Black and Joan Murphy launched Frame in a Shoreditch converted railway arch in 2009, they did things a little differently. They ditched everything that was irritating about the conventional gym experience and reinvented the whole business of working out. So Frame has no membership fees – instead you get a Frame card, like an oyster that you top-up with credit when you're ready to rock the treadmill. It also offers imaginative, fun classes rather than boring aerobics sessions – designed with Londoners in mind. So you'll find yoga for cyclists, Mums' club – a workout you can bring your tot to, and their trademark dance classes where you can learn to shake it like Beyoncé while working off your jelly and ice-cream. Now hugely popular – and justifiably so – you need to book classes in advance to secure a place, via their efficient website. It's not a classic gym – there is no straight exercise studio for you to do your own thing in. This is a gym for those who like to get distracted by a bit of fun while they work, and its offering is based around its classes.
Part of the énergie chain, Fit4less Bethnal Green cuts out frills in order to offer a high-quality gym at very affordable prices. Precor cardio machines, resistance machines and a free weights area are all part of the deal, plus regular classes ranging from 'Abs Express' to the terrifying-sounding 'Cardio Blast'.