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The city’s grey skies don’t stop us Londoners from our commitment to outdoor training. You can count on every park, park bench, and trail being used to get a fresh-air workout in.
So, on the days you want to get out of the stuffy gym and break a sweat surrounded by greenery, consider heading to one of these favourite city sweat spots to train.
As well as having chin-up, parallel, and monkey bars in the park, Primrose Hill itself (on the north side of Regent’s Park) is the perfect spot for a bit of hill/sprint training — the view of Central London from the top is worth the slog. Fitt Tip: Greenberry Cafe, just a stone’s throw away on Regent’s Park Rd., is a small, yet perfect, place for breakfast and coffee.
In South West London, Wandsworth Common is an outdoor workout gem. Get your cardio in by boosting around the circular trail. Or, work on your strength by using the pull-up bars, parallel bars, and monkey ladder. There’s also a playground in Wandsworth Common, so it’s a great spot for the kids to hang while you get a session in.
When the sun is shining (yes, it can happen!), spend the day soaking in the rays in the waters of Brockwell Lido. Smack bang in the middle of Brockwell Park, the outdoor pool is hugely popular with Brixton and Herne Hill residents. And if you’re in the water, you won’t even notice you’re sweating. Plus, The Lido Cafe is the perfect place for a post-workout breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Out west is Holland Park. And here, you’ll find tennis courts, cricket pitches, loads of walking pathways, and a small outdoor gym for bodyweight training. Fitt Tip: The Blue Corner Café nearby is a great spot for refuelling with breakfast or lunch.
Brown Hart Gardens is the perfect spots for a weekly outdoor workout. On Tuesdays, make your way to Mayfair for Pilates and on Tuesdays, head to Buckingham Palace Road Gardens in Belgravia for yoga. All sessions are hosted by Danceworks and, considering the locations, are sure to be peaceful. Best of all, everything is free of charge with the option of donating to charity.
Clapham Common is an outdoor oasis in South West London. There are 200 acres of green space to run around and a jungle of bars to unleash your calisthenics on. You also can’t miss the selection of fluorescent green weights and cardio machines in the middle of the park. Expect it to be busy, as the park has become a fitness hub with loads of bootcamps and personal trainers making use of the space. BOXIT Boot Camp, Lean Body Bootcamp, and Think Urban Fitness are a taster of what’s available, so if you need a bit of extra motivation, check these guys out.
Training for an adventure race? Enjoy an obstacle course? Or do you just want to swing from bars? The fitness equipment at Kennington Park in South West London is set out like an obstacle course, so you’ll feel like a ninja swinging and climbing your way through it. It’s complete with ab benches, high bars for muscle-ups, parallel bars, pull-up bars, and a monkey ladder. And it’s a popular spot for calisthenics-lovers, so expect to hang out with fellow fitness friends.
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