With the annual period of mince-pie-laden over indulgence finished, Will Gadsby Peet looks at some great local options for keeping fit and looking fabulous, that'll help you make 2017 a year of wellness and wellbeing.
We've all been there, that crushing moment of existential January angst, when you realise you are no longer 15 and your metabolism can't deal with a full month of sherry and roast dinners (not that I was drinking sherry when I was 15). For me it normally comes when I try and put my work trousers on for the first time post-Christmas, and realise that whilst I can still just about fit in them, I am no longer in need of a belt.
Fortunately we live in a world where the quality and variety of services available to help with individual health and fitness is at a truly mind boggling peak. And even more fortunately for you, oh treasured reader, I've gone on a well-being odyssey to find the finest purveyors of aforementioned health and fitness to help you stay hale and hearty throughout 2017.
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If you're looking for an all singing, all dancing fitness complex, you couldn't do much better than Sandown Sports. Along with highly qualified staff, Sandown has some fantastic facilities including group workout classes, a fully tooled up gym, squash courts, a brand new indoor cycling studio and even a ski slope!
And because we love our readers so much you can even give Sandown Sports a call for a free trial today by quoting ‘ElmbridgeMag’.
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Located in an idyllic spot by the River Thames, you couldn't ask for a more picturesque setting within which to work upon your forehand, than at the Kingston Riverside Club C.I.C.
This privately owned club is well known locally for a friendly atmosphere and it has been promoting community tennis to all ages and abilities for over 35 years. In the last five years, a major refurbishment programme has made many improvements. There are four natural clay courts and two hard courts, with two courts covered in winter and two with lighting. It prides itself on having a relaxed, friendly and private environment for members to enjoy the unique facilities.
It's important not to forget your skin when it comes to wellbeing, there's no point having abs like Tom Hardy if they're covered in spots and blemishes.
The Jill Zander Spa is an award-winning local clinic, and, with over twenty years of experience, a brilliant port of call for all your anti-ageing, rejuvenation and wellness treatment needs.
Renowned for tailor-made combination treatments that target specific concerns, it uses state-of-the-art technology, such as EndyMed, 3DEEP and Alma ClearLift laser for skin tightening, and CoolTech Fat Freezing and Velashape III for body contouring and cellulite reduction to keep you looking fab.
The Pavilion Club has been at the heart of the Elmbridge community for 25 years. Always innovative in fitness and relaxation, this January sees the launch of Boditrax at the club.
Boditrax is a highly accurate piece of equipment which can measure 15 vital signs in just 30 seconds. Already in use within the NHS, it compiles all the essential information to let you know your very own metabolic age. More importantly, when combined with the club’s facilities and its talented staff, it allows you to target and improve your health, well-being and longevity.
Staying healthy isn't just about the gym and a good diet – sometimes illness can strike even the healthiest yoga addict, not to mention there is always the possibility of breaking something with all that exercise! If you can afford it, private health care has huge benefits and there are few more highly rated Hospitals in the country than the New Victoria Hospital in Kingston upon Thames.
As one of the few independent hospitals in the country, it has provided a high level of service to the local community for almost sixty years, offering excellent speed of access to over a hundred highly skilled consultants. The hospital is consistently ranked as one of the top private hospitals in London with 99% of patients rating their overall quality of care as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.
Mobile personal training team, GF Fitness, is a great option for those looking to shed some weight but with busy schedules. It provides world-class personal trainers and equipment right to your front door, with goal and results-focused training systems and additional nutritional guidance, all aiming to work in harmony toward the ultimate goal of fat burning, as well as other fitness targets.
The GF Fitness personal trainers cover a wide area of Surrey & SW London, including *deep breath* Cobham, Oxshott, Esher, Weybridge, Claygate, Walton, Heresham, Epsom, Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston, Fulham, Putney and Chelsea *exhale*.
If you're all about your Swan-dive and Corkscrew then All Things Pilates in Kingston are well worth taking a gander at. The studio offers a dynamic class timetable, designed to sculpt and strengthen your entire body.
The studio's instructors can offer group pilates classes, private sessions and mindfulness courses depending on individual preference, making this a perfect fitness option whether you are looking to try something new, improve movement and strength, or just need a relaxing escape for your mind and body. The spacious studio is also furnished with a lovely, natural decor and cleverly filled with natural light to help you feel weightless and revitalised.
SwimWay are a fantastic fitness option for those looking for some parent-child bonding. The swimming school specialise in offering lessons for babies with their parents in the pool as well, to get your little tyke well on the way to their first doggy paddle.
One of the things that sets SwimWay apart from other swimming schools for kids, is its focus on private or semi-private lessons. With small classes, the full safety support inside the water comes from the teacher, allowing the school to do away with floatation devices like noodles which can hinder the learning process.
SwimWay also offer classes for adults looking to brush up on their own technique.
SwimWay locations across Surrey & SW London include Balham, East Sheen, Kensington, Kew, Putney, Wandsworth Common and Wimbledon.
You can do all the fitness in the world, but it'll barely make a dent if you aren't combining it with healthy eating. When it comes to food, however, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to stay on track.
The Optimum Nutrition Clinic, in the heart of Richmond, are experts when it comes to guiding you through the deluge of dietary myth and misinformation. They are renowned for tailoring nutritional plans to individual needs that focus not only on weight loss, but increased energy and lower stress levels, offering sensible, practical advice on how to make wellbeing an achievable New Year resolution instead of a pipe dream.
Ride! Studio Cobham is a really useful choice for aspiring fitness fanatics in need of flexibility from their workout. Operating on a pay as you go basis, the studio doesn’t require a commitment to a monthly membership; simply pay for the classes you actually go to.
Whilst the studio’s flexibility is fantastic, it is the enthusiasm and energy of the Ride! trainers that really sets it apart from competitors, as evidenced by its own blurb: “… a hub of fitness experts, nutritionists, kettle bell kings, indoor cycling masters, energy enthusiasts, TRXperts, workout fanatics, yoga specialists and physiotherapists…”
Those new to Ride! can get started with a special Intro Pack offer of 3 classes (strength or indoor cycling) for £25.
CrossFit is huge at the moment, the high intensity of the workout coupled with its huge variety of different moves and disciplines has taken the fitness world by storm.
Situated at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre, Eton CrossFit has taken the benefits of CrossFit even further with a different workout each day for its members. You can expect to enjoy everything from bicep curls to boxing and hand stands in one of its hugely varied training sessions. Plus, with coaches extensively trained for all backgrounds and fitness levels, classes that run from 6am to 9.30pm, and a range of membership options to suit individual lifestyles, this is a brilliant local fitness option for those in need of flexibility.
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