Four fun ways to beat the bulge this January

Get fit this January! Pic: Mike Baird.

Get fit this January! Pic: Mike Baird.

The holidays are over, the chocolate boxes are empty and the turkey leftovers have gone, so it’s time to get fit. Eastlondonlines has four inspiring ways to take the boredom out of exercising.




CrossFit London’ in Bethnal Green is only a one-minute walk away from the station. Crossfit has been considered the world’s most effective fitness system for more than 10 years now and increasing amounts of people are using it. CrossFit London has three levels and includes exercises such as: squats, push-ups, deadlifts, pull-ups, kettlebell swings, dips, muscle ups and many more. You don’t need to be an expert to do CrossFit, but you do need to be healthy. So if your health is in good condition, regardless of the mince pies and roast turkey you gorged on over the festive period, it is a great way to stay fit, get rid of that Christmas weight, and to build your body up however much you want. CrossFit London offers classes and personal training, allowing you to choose which option suits.


Dance, Yoga and Pilates


“At Frame there is no such thing as a dull work out.” Frame Shoreditch is a studio, which consists of dance, yoga, Pilates and fitness classes. There’s no need for gym equipment and no need to go it alone, as instead you’ll be working out in classes, meeting new people and making new friends. All classes at Frame are led by expert instructors who will keep you motived throughout the classes. So if you’re tired of sitting at home when you could be exercising, or if you’re bored of going to the same old gym and seeing the same faces, this will get you motivated once again!


London Aquatics Centre


Swim like an Olympian at the London Aquatics Centre, which is the perfect place in east London to keep fit. The previous Olympic pool is located just a five-minute walk from Stratford Station. The London Aquatics Centre offers a widespread range of activities, from fun family sessions, lane swimming, swimming lessons, diving lessons and community swim sessions, all of which will keep you fit. Half an hour of mild swimming, can burn more than 200 calories and a fast swim can burn as many as an 8mph run.


Pole dancing


Yes, pole dancing is a sport and a very effective way to work out and tighten those muscles and cut down your body fat. It might start off as an uncomfortable experience, but once you get used to it, you’ll really enjoy it! Pole classes don’t only include exercising on the pole, they also incorporate some dancing and floor exercises. Ultimately, it is an aerobic exercise, which mainly builds your upper body strength. So if you’re daring enough to try it, go over to Maya Velvet pole dancing classes in Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, for some small class workouts, or you can go to The London Dance Academy, whose east London branch is located in Old Street.


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