The Post-Easter Workout at SOHO Gym
The thing is it’s just reached the point where I’m not so fussed about whether my trousers fit anymore but rather more importantly whether I can make it up a flight of stairs without going into cardiac arrest.
I used to be a gym bunny, then I had a baby, and then some cake.
For the last two years I have been flitting from one exercise fad to the next (minimal commitment, maximum spend of course) and not really bothering to get fit along the way.
At first I joined Equinox on High Street Kensington. This gym is not for the faint hearted. The main workout area is a like a Thunderdome with weight and cardio machines. Everyone in the room looks like they could take you down with a pinky flick and they also look as if they spent a long time choosing their outfits. It’s an odd combination and I instinctively felt as if I wasn’t going to fit in – to any of those kinds of clothes.
My next stop was Virgin Active, again on the High Street. Supremely plush, fresh from a million pound makeover, I actually quite enjoyed my time here. Plus my membership allowed me to access other Virgin Active health clubs and I would also frequent the Fulham Pools on the Lily Road. BUT. It was way too far for me to go to workout. Getting there was a work out. Which meant that getting back right after a workout was also a workout which was dreadful.
I thought about going back to Heartcore Pilates. Heartcore have some of the best workouts on the market today. Modern reformer beds and experienced teachers turned my body into a traffic-stopper back in 2009. But post baby these workouts just made me cry, so no dice.
As I walked out of the wine shop a few months back I spotted it. My old forgotten friend the SOHO Gym. I used to go there and train back when I was in my twenties. When the gym was a renowned muscle man hang out and I was one of five or six ladies who dared enter.
I went in to ask about prices and contracts. Really friendly and helpful staff had me signed up in a jiffy, prices were low and I had the name of a personal trainer tapped into my phone. Liam Horne, by the way, who I would recommend highly but then all the trainers at SOHO are awesome really.
I’ve been training at SOHO for about eight weeks now, and I feel really strong and good. And it has everything I need right there, about four seconds away from my front door. So, having consumed a chocolate bunny the size of my head this weekend past I am now on my way to best gym for me. Later!SOHO Gyms 254 Earls Court Road W.8, London SW5 9AD 020 7370 1402