MW5 Bootcamp

So this is the second non gym gym that we are trying out. I bought 10 sessions from a TimeOut deal for £29 – which for this is a win as they usually like £20 p/session (#basic). The offer is over, but TimeOut always has something going – check out the site here.

So off we went on Saturday morning to Kings Cross. We arrived and met Martin who is the PT that takes the class. He was great and super friendly, welcoming us to the class and explaining an overview of what it would entail.

The corse is exactly as you would imagine – 10 stages, 3 stages. It is really brilliant. Warm up for 10 mins and a great work out over the obstacles below for the remainder of the 45 mins. The course isn’t super tough so if you haven’t exercised in a while you will survive. You can push yourself as much as you want to break a sweat – which is the point anyway isn’t it? Summer bod babez.

Martin was super attentive and engaged with everyone, making sure technique was spot on to avoid injury. Even with such a big class he managed to keep everyone jumping and pushing and with it through all three stages!

See you bitshezzzz there on Saturday!

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And did I mention that this is at the back of the newly revamped area of Kings Cross station. After the work out there are a whole bunch of awesome places all over the area for brunch (to undo all the good you just did). We managed to find a spot in The Lighterman. Beautiful venue, beautiful food, and beautiful barman!

Psycle London

So here at the #belessbasic offices we have decided to take it upon ourselves to inform the general public on what we think of all these new boutique gym fades that have popped up all over London.

Firstly we tried out Psycle. We’ve all done a spinning class before at the gym. Loud music, instructors shouting UP, DOWN, HARDER, FASTER. Well, this is the same, but different.

Awesome strobe lights, neons flashing and hard music and your very own cleats! The instructor that took us for out class was awesome. She had an incredible amount of energy and the most amazing long blond braids that she was throwing around the room. She was upbeat and completely engaging with the class. It was her job to make us work on those bikes, and she did it well. You choose weights in the beginning of the class (make sure you are not too optimistic here) which she incorporated brilliantly in the work out. Her cycle rhythms followed those of the music she was playing superbly – it was your job to keep up with what she was doing and when she was doing it.

The classes are usually 45mins (there is a 60min one… crises) and after you are drenched. The room is underground and with 30 heaving bodies in a dark cave it does turn into somewhat of a sauna. Not to worry. the changing rooms are 5 star. Only the best products in the showers, clean towels and decent water pressure (a big thing for me!).

All in all, great experience, awesome set up and staff that know what they doing. I did find the ‘Energy Kitchen’ to be taking the piss with £6 a smoothie. That’s #basic.

Having said that, I think I still wouldn’t part with £20 a class. If it was £15 I would consider it. Especially seeing as my local gym is now doing something similar, without the weights. But definitely go for their intro offer of 2 sessions for £20. Take a mate – its a hoot!

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Paris in 12 hrs

Alicia turned 30 in April and I was stressing as to what to get her. She’s so particular with clothes and jewellery, and quite frankly, has enough of it. So I happened to see a Eurostar banner ad while online in March, checked out the ticket prices and booked then and there – £100 return each! Winning.

Admittedly couple of hours in Paris is not nearly enough time to explore the city but we managed to do a lot. Starting out at Gard Du Nord we quickly figured it was not an area we wanted to be around. We managed to find our way up to Montmartre – the church right at the top of the city. After batting away 100’s of self confessed artists who wanted to draw us we sat at what must have been the MOST expensive restaurant in history. Granted we were in a hot tourist area, but £8 for a beer – please.

After that jumped into a big black #UBER (They exist now in Paris) and headed to Champs Elysee. Managed to survive the drive around the Arc de Triomphe (hectic) and find a place for steak en frites. Following lunch quickly walked over the the Eiffel. Managed to find a grassy patch underneath the tower in the Parc du Champ De Mars to open a bottle of Moët and down it out of stolen plastic cups (drinking in this area is illegal, but Parisians don’t seem to abide by many laws..).

Last on the whirlwind was a bit of bar hopping. We managed to get #UBER number 2 to get us to an area full of quaint Parisian street cafés and bars – found through the use of Dojo. Travels BEST guide to local hangouts (Read up and download it here for your next trip). We managed to get rather liquored, purchase some French champagne (we were in Paris after all) and get back to Gard du Nor in time to hop onto the Eurostar back to Kings Cross.

A short and sweet recce on who what where in Paris. It was super GLAM and fairy cheap (seeing as we didn’t stay over the night) and we were in bed by 10pm (LDN time)! However, if you gonna do Paris in a day, lay out a route for yourself – know where you want to go. Take an UBER (quick and cheaper than LDN) and take a jacket – whether is iffier than here.