First off, I went on a week's holiday at the end of April to Egypt and Turkey. My girlfriends from uni met me in Cairo for a few days. For the second half of the trip, I met my husband in Istanbul for a few days by the sea. It was really nice to get away from work for a few days. I will be sharing my Active Travel tips for both cities soon. Since then, I have been trying to get out and do more. The time off really helped me refocus and find my motivation to be fit again. With that has come more runs at lunchtime and more workout classes after work, such as Best's Bootcamp, Studio Lagree, and Fierce Yoga (review coming soon!).
|Inside Studio Lagree|
|Working my inner thighs|
The biggest struggle for me was remembering all the names for the different parts of the machines and then knowing which move I was supposed to do. Some had common names (lunge) some were trickier (Mermaid, Dancing Bear). The instructor will say to watch so and so but it can be confusing if you don't know anyone's names or simply can't see them in the dimly lit room.
The studio holds 12 machines and there are changing facilities. Lockers have a keypad and showers are available. Towels can be hired for £1 and there is a small range of fitness clothing available from lululemon, Michi, and Toe Socks. (Studio Lagree recommends you wear grippy socks rather than go barefoot in the class). The staff was super friendly and helpful during my visits so far. I even brought a friend who hadn't been to the gym in a while. She enjoyed it but also found it challenging- in a good way! We both moaned about our DOMS the next day over text messages.
Thanks to Studio Lagree for gifting me a few class passes. All opinions are honest and my own.