Hang in there...
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Episode eight of Harry’s journey - getting hench!
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Every member of our dream squad is a real-life Virgin Active star - someone you can actually work with at clubs across the country. And we thought you might like to get to know Lottie!
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Episode seven of Harry’s journey - going vegan
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Every member of our dream squad is a real-life Virgin Active star - someone you can actually work with at clubs across the country. And we thought you might like to get to know them, starting with Geoff!
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Tough Mudder, isn’t known as one of the toughest events on the planet for no reason.
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Episode six of Harry’s journey - halfway there
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We all know the impact that regular exercise can have on the body, but aside from the physical changes, there’s another huge benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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For Brits, the average daily commute totals 1 hour and 38 minutes. But, while we travel our lives away, what affect is heavy traffic, pollution, and packed-out trains having on our wellbeing?
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Episode five of Harry’s journey - reflecting on how far he’s come
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The treadmill, it’s that piece of equipment many of us dread, yet we find our way back to it, time and time again.
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Episode four of Harry’s journey and we’re off on holiday.
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Thanks to Arianna Huffington, the importance of getting a good night’s sleep has never been taken so seriously.
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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.
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Episode three of Harry’s journey and we’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
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Technological and health advances are shaking up the fitness industry, enhancing our ability to take every aspect of our well-being to the next level.
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We're excited to launch Iron ZUU, a revolutionary new workout that combines heavy lifts with primal moves.
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We know that sometimes sticking to a fitness journey can be really tough, especially when you feel like you’re on your own. So we’ve teamed up with award winning photographer, filmmaker and YouTuber, Harry Hitchens who is embarking on his own fitness journey. We are a week into Harry’s journey and you can be a part of it too...
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In the summer months London comes alive as the once gloomy, smoggy streets transform into a picturesque playground.
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Looking after yourself is all about feeling good, and not just better - and that goes beyond what exercise you do. But we know it’s sometimes it’s hard to start on that journey and keep motivated. And it often helps when you know that someone else is on that journey too.
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As festival fever grips the UK, we've got a few tips to help you music lovers cope with all the physical challenges ahead.
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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.
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Are you heading to Ibiza this Summer? We’ve got a workout for that.
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Single, in a relationship or it’s complicated? We’ve got a workout for that.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Prepare to experience our exhilarating new cycle concept “The Pack”, launching in May across selected clubs.
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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.
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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.
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Get a head start on the road to activeness with our welcome booklet, giving you all the bits you need in one handy PDF.
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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!
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Innovation has always been at the forefront at Virgin Active, and at the new Walbrook Collection club no expense has been spared.
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The ski (or snowboard) season is here and if you’re heading for the mountains, your fitness has probably crossed your mind.
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Planning a more adventurous holiday this year? We've got a workout for that.
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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.
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Yoga is not about trying to force your body into a pretzel like position, it’s about creating a healthy lifestyle.
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Resistance training is an essential part of training to any professional swimmer.
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Surely not? If I want to get better at running, then surely the best thing to do is get out there and run... no?
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In this second installment, Team Freespeed tell us their favourite cycle routes in the UK.
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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?
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In our third and final installment, Team Freespeed tell us their favourite running spots.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Take on some all-body, core-busting exercises with our Hard-Core TRX workout.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A recent study commissioned by Virgin Active has shown that exercising with a friend can be better than working out on your own.
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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.
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