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This is our corner of the world to discuss all things active. You can read up on the latest fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, and mind & body news here.

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How to pack the perfect kit bag

Packing the perfect gym bag isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact, the reality is that getting ready for the gym is half the battle.

The Perfect Kit Bag
Iron Zuu at Virgin Active

Failure is an Option

Virgin Active is excited to launch Iron ZUU, a revolutionary new workout that combines heavy lifts with primal moves

Discover Iron Zuu

London's Secret Running Spots

In the summer months London comes alive as the once gloomy, smoggy streets transform into a picturesque playground.

London's Secret Running Spots
Cycle classes in London at Virgin Active

How to make the most out of your cycle workout

If you like to sculpt, tone and burn calories in our group cycle class The Pack, then you’ll know just how effective the supercharged workout can be.

Make the most of your cycle workout

Workouts for festival season

As festival fever grips the UK, we've got a few tips to help you music lovers cope with all the physical challenges ahead.

workouts for festival season

Delivered To Your Desk

If abs really are made in the kitchen, then grabbing a pre-packaged sandwich to eat at your desk might not be the recipe for success - nor will it power you through one of our high intensity Grid classes after a long day at work.

Delivered to your desk

#MyWorkoutFor Ibiza

Are you heading to Ibiza this Summer? We’ve got a workout for that.

My workout for ibiza
Virgin Active Health Clubs & Gyms

#MyWorkoutFor Single Life

Single, in a relationship or it’s complicated? We’ve got a workout for that. 

My workout for single life

Swim Gala 2016

The 2016 Virgin Active Swim Gala Series is now under way with all our clubs competing across the country at 12 Virgin Active Health Clubs.

Discover Swim Results
Gym Floor at Virgin Active

Global Wellness Movement

Global Wellness Day, taking place 11th June this year, is a social movement to raise awareness and drive participation in all activities which promote our individual and collective wellness.

Discover global wellness movement

HIIT your summer body

Long summer nights are very nearly upon us and the vortex of winter that has engulfed us all for months has dissipated and paved way to the seasons we favour the most.

HIIT your summer body

Welcome to The Pack

Prepare to experience our exhilarating new cycle concept “The Pack”, launching in May across selected clubs. 

Discover The Pack

Tennis Tips

Need a reason to pick up the racquet? You’ll be glad once you do, as tennis is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways of staying active and keeping fit.

Discover our tennis tips

Preparing for a marathon

Nick Beer is Master Personal Coach at Virgin Active Walbrook. He specialises in Endurance Training and Corrective Exercise, with a wealth of experience providing nutrition advice for weight loss and performance.

Prepare for your marathon
Virgin Active Health Clubs & Gyms

Welcome Book

Get a head start on the road to activeness with our welcome booklet, giving you all the bits you need in one handy PDF. 

Download Welcome Booklet (PDF)

Reasons to Hiit the pool

You probably don’t think about going to the pool unless you are going to relax after working out; check out the benefits of taking your training to the wet side!

HIIT the pool
Walbrook high altitude training studio Virgin Active

Apex Training

Innovation has always been at the forefront at Virgin Active, and at the new Walbrook Collection club no expense has been spared.  

Discover apex training
Walbrook cycle studio Virgin Active

Your club can be a great place to prepare for bigger challenges

Nick Beer is Master Personal Coach at Virgin Active Walbrook. He specialises in Endurance Training and Corrective Exercise, with a wealth of experience providing nutrition advice for weight loss and performance.

Prepare for bigger challenges
Virgin Active Health Clubs & Gyms

Heading for the slopes?

The ski (or snowboard) season is here and if you’re heading for the mountains, your fitness has probably crossed your mind.

Heading for the slopes?
Virgin Active Health Clubs & Gyms

#Myworkoutfor adventure

Planning a more adventurous holiday this year? We've got a workout for that.

My Workout for adventure
Walbrook cycle studio Virgin Active

Altitude Training - Hitting new heights

Altitude training in recent years has become somewhat of a buzz word within the fitness industry with a number of training rooms emerging to help individuals reap the benefits of training at altitude.

Discover Altitude training

The benefits of yoga

Yoga is not about trying to force your body into a pretzel like position, it’s about creating a healthy lifestyle.

the benefits of yoga

Swim training on the gym floor

Resistance training is an essential part of training to any professional swimmer.

Swim training and workouts

Get race ready in the gym

Surely not? If I want to get better at running, then surely the best thing to do is get out there and run... no?

Race training and workouts

Cycle routes in the UK

In this second installment, Team Freespeed tell us their favourite cycle routes in the UK.

Cycle routes in the Uk

Rowing is the ultimate workout

Ryan Savage is a Virgin Active Master Trainer at Virgin Active Canary Riverside and wants to know: Are you using all that your club has to offer you?

Rowing workouts

Running routes in the UK

In our third and final installment, Team Freespeed tell us their favourite running spots.

Running routes in the UK
Mudder Maker

What is the Mudder Maker?

Read Virgin Active member Kat’s run down of the new Mudder Maker class that’s aimed at getting you Tough enough for an Obstacle Course Event like Tough Mudder.

Discover the mudder maker class

Maximise strength in minimum time

Juggling parenthood and work? If you want to exercise but think it's an impossible task to fit in, think again, try strength training. Workouts can be short so long as they’re varied and there are multiple benefits.

Maximise strength in minimum time
Pulse class at Virgin Active

'Healthy' clubbing has arrived

Throw out the rule book, turn off the lights and hand out the glow sticks, then turn up the volume and dance like nobody’s watching! That’s what happens during a Pulse powered by Clubbercise® class at Virgin Active.

Pulse powered by Clubbercise®

No Crunch Abdominal Workout

Take on some all-body, core-busting exercises with our Hard-Core TRX workout.

Fab abs await

Power up with Kettlebells

If you want to improve power, tone up, better your cardio, keep lean and drop body fat, then a kettlebell workout will help you get faster results.

Kettlebell workouts

Open water swimming

So maybe you’ve signed up for a Triathlon, or simply want to experience the amazing sensation of open water swimming for the first time. But once you’ve committed to the idea, the reality of swimming a long distance in cold, dark or sometimes choppy waters may seem like a grim prospect. But don’t be disheartened because as with everything, training is key. The more you practice the less fearful it becomes.

Open water swimming

Run Better

We all know how to run, right? Not necessarily. Go to your local park and watch people running and you’ll see a million different styles. There’s the shuffler, barely picking up their feet. There’s the twister, their whole upper body twisting with each step. The list goes on. Now watch a 7-year-old run. They’ve probably got it about right because they haven’t learned any bad habits yet.

Run better

Total Body Resistance (TRX) was invented by a Navy Seal. It’s tough, using gravity and your body weight as resistance - move away to increase the load and closer to reduce it. Whatever you do, your core does it too and in a single exercise you use way more muscles, so results sky rocket. Target train or total body workout, your strength, balance and flexibility will thank you.

TRX workouts

Want to burn more Calories? Work out with a friend...

A recent study commissioned by Virgin Active has shown that exercising with a friend can be better than working out on your own.

Work out with a friend

Run a half marathon in only 10 weeks

Want to be able to run a half marathon in only 10 weeks? Follow the advanced plan to get in top shape in no time.

Half marathon training plan

Impromptu Exercise Tips

Long days in the office, long queues at the bus stop – the workweek is full of them. The trick is staying healthy and active, even when your schedule demands the opposite.

Impromptu exercise tips

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