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One in three of us will have made a New Year resolution and a third will have pledged to get healthier. It’s all good stuff but only one in ten of us will stick to it. How can you make sure you come out a winner?
If there’s one thing we could all do less with, it’s stress. And gym-bag clutter is one of those niggly bits we could all do without.
The preferred mode of transport for Crossfitters is now parked in a gym near you.
Whether they’re a running pro, a yoga fanatic or just starting out, these gifts are sure to push them that extra mile. And, if you don’t have anyone to buy for, pop them on your own list and give Santa a helping hand.
Low on impact to your joints but high on building your fitness, rowing is riding the crest of a wave.
Done right, rowing builds strength, endurance, speed and power at a rate of knots. A good stroke will employ every muscle group and do so without the high impact of running – great for if you're coming back from injury or just feeling the DOMS from the day before.
You don’t have any time to workout right now, right? Wrong.
A full-body, sweat-inducing workout. Squeezed into 20 minutes.
An icy soaking is said to boost heart and head health whilst melting fat. I spent two weeks seeing if we should cool the hype.
Assault Bikes are the kings of metabolic conditioning. If you’re looking to burn fat whilst building muscle mass then look no further than this full-body workout.
Squats are great and all, but the key to a strong and stable bottom half is to hit your glutes from multiple angles.
Dealing with your first day back in the office is a daunting task, and even if you've been back a while it can be hard to stop the holiday glow from fading.
Speed, power, fitness – you’ll build all three with Punch. This workout is the perfect way to make sure you come out swinging.
A lot can change in 13 years, especially in health and fitness. So when a personal trainer as good as Ross Hanbury has gone the distance, it’s something to shout about.
Start cycling and one of the first milestones you’ll aim for is going a really long way. But unlike the pros who pour endless hours into prepping for the Tour de France, you have a job to do.
Find out how your club got on at the June’s Swim Galas in Fulham and Sheffield and explore the best photos from the day.
The aggressive little sibling of pro bike racing, ‘crits’ are all about going quick through city streets.
Binge watching TV shows on Netflix might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about your wellness regime, but education is often the best weapon for change.
The final leg of triathlon should, on paper, be the easiest. But after the gruelling miles that precede it, even the simplest things start to look a lot more complicated.
Your workout schedule is always going to be full of hurdles but more and more of us are trying to overcome them. Take on the fitness world's latest trend.
If you just couldn’t stop running after the marathon and are craving doing so in slightly warmer climes this summer, here’s how to run from all your problems.
Plough ahead in preparation for the big day and get yourself wedding-ready.
There's no doubt that traditional spa treatments can help to relieve stress, decrease muscle tension and restore that ‘infamous’ glow we’re all searching for, but if you need an extra special boost perhaps some of the more ‘out there’ techniques might be worth trying?
Making a few changes to that most intuitive of movements will see you setting PBs and watching the kilometres tumble.
Keeping fit is one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy during pregnancy. it's easier said than done, but if Serena Williams can win a Grand Slam while boasting a bump...
From running to lifting, strong core values will help you in all areas of your fitness. Time to tone that tummy.
How can you make mindfulness work harder for your health and happiness than any gym routine?
Use functional and compound moves to get strong, ripped and functionally fit.
When you need a taxi, want directions or fancy something to eat, your smartphone is your first port of call – but its uses can be far healthier. Here's how to turn your furious finger tapping into fully-fledged exercise.
Professionals have been bobbing, weaving and fighting themselves to peak fitness for years but now with the growing prominence of boxing classes, there are new challengers for the title.
So, you can lift 160kg and your HIIT classes are a breeze, but when it comes to real life situations like lugging around a suitcase or climbing a steep flight of stairs, how much are your gym sessions really paying off?
The bulk of your tri time will be spent in the saddle so it stands to reason that this should make up a bulk of your training too. Here is how to keep the cogs whirring come race day.
The equipment looks like a spring powered catapult, but people can’t shake the allure of the rack. With celebrity endorsed promises of toned tums and strengthened buns what is Reformer Pilates and should we all be doing it?
Nike becomes the first of the major sportswear retailers to release a range of plus-size apparel for women.
Hopefully you have a little time before you tug on that wetsuit and hit the water for your first triathlon. Triathlete and PT Lucy Hurn shares her experience so nothing will take you by surprise come race day.
Being a runner is all about going fast. But what if the you could go even faster just by slowing things down a little?
The right wellness retreat can be life changing. But the process of finding the right one can just add to the stress. Here are our five picks that should get your freshly-squeezed detox juices flowing.
Making sure your body is properly fuelled can be a real grind. But if you really want to give your workout the beans you need to park the pre-workout and get better acquainted with your barista.
Joggers may think they run the commute, but the thinking man gets the cogs turning. Here are a few of our favourite bikes so you can be prepared by the time the weather is actually bearable.
With one in ten Britons making New Year’s resolutions they’ll abandon by this time each year, perhaps it’s time for a change of direction. This year, instead of setting unrealistic goals that are destined to lead to failure and self-loathing, why not change the game and focus on smaller ongoing changes instead?
Each year, the much-anticipated festival season provides revellers with the chance to break free from the constraints of their everyday lives and enjoy a healthy dose of escapism.
But, if the thought of spending the weekend drinking flat beer, queuing up for dirty porta-potties and demolishing greasy food doesn’t quite do it for you, you’re not alone.
Can yoga poses that twist and stretch your insides really help to detox your body? We ask the question now that yoga is becoming more 'kegstand' than 'handstand'.
As the back-to-basics approach of primal fitness continues to gain momentum, city dwellers are embracing ways to escape the fast-paced lifestyle and connect with their animal roots. Fusing strength, endurance and a heavy dose of adrenaline, bouldering is one of the most primal workouts there is.
No matter what stage you are at with your fitness journey, working out with a personal trainer is one of the most effective ways to push you out of your comfort range and onto new levels of performance. All you have to do is turn up, right?
Fast lifestyles, sprint workouts and an impetus on the immediate have left our gym time moving as fast as we do. Even so, if your circuit-strengthening has stalled or your progress on the treadmill is slowing down, then take the hint and do so yourself.
It’s what you’re not doing that is holding you back.
It's time to get that fitness tracker you got for Christmas out of the box and actually use the thing. Here's how to best use your forearm flourish to take your fitness from limp-wristed to strong-arm.
When it comes to utilising the equipment in your local gym, the rowing machine is often overlooked in favour of the treadmill or bike, but this powerful piece of machinery shouldn’t be underestimated any longer.
Getting that Go There feeling in 45 minutes means maximising your time and using a few tips to minimising time spent changing around equipment. That’s why this is super simple stuff – take a barbell, start big and take off weight – it will really help you raise the bar.
Helping you get that amazing feeling – whether it’s energised, exhilarated, or totally relaxed – is our mission. And we want to help make it happen every day, not just every so often. So, how do you create the long-lasting habits which means you can Go There again and again?
Here we are again. End of another year: 'Resolution Time'.
You might want to change or improve some parts of your life. You might want to eat healthier. You might want to be fitter. You might even want to be slimmer, leaner or more muscular.
It’s easy to say but It’s hard to do!
Yoga can stop you feeling stiff after a heavy workout or a taut day at the desk, as well as providing general enlightenment – you just need to be a little more flexible with your thinking.
Yoga is a great way to stay relaxed, supple, healthy and strong. And getting away from your desk for an afternoon yoga class will make a huge difference to your midweek grind. With more classes available throughout the day than ever before, you can discover these five benefits of afternoon asanas for yourself.
Before you slope off to the mountains for a week in the snow you might want to consider putting in a little ski specific training. Perfecting your parallel is a big ask in the gym but with these exercises you will be better prepared when the going gets cold. Here are the moves you should be doing before you hit the slopes.
When you first start pumping iron, not knowing what you are doing can really weigh heavy on the mind. But weight training is rippling with benefits – increased strength, health and fat burn to name a few. Try this workout to lighten the load.
Stepping into the gym is like being the new kid in school. You’re thrilled and terrified in equal measure and not quite sure where you fit in. Seeing someone lift twice their bodyweight, or running 10k without breaking a sweat, can be more than a little intimidating for the uninitiated – so here's how to feel confident when you step into your new playground.
In our biggest swim gala ever, held in the iconic London Aquatics Centre, 20 teams took to the water for a chance to claim the title of National Swim Gala Champions 2016.
Winter is coming, and that means one thing; the clocks are going back. But, while the nights are drawing in, the brighter mornings could make all the difference when it comes to prioritising your health.
If your idea of a meal-in-a-box conjures up images of your local fast-food joint, you might want to think again. Today, for busy Brits searching for a quick, convenient and healthy way to eat, the surging popularity of meal kit boxes is solving an all too familiar problem.
Outside of the office you can easily find everything you need to help you eat well, train well and live well, but during those other 40+ hours per week, your wellbeing shouldn’t have to suffer.
The Chiswick Riverside team take the swim crown in an event that is quick becoming one of the most popular in the Virgin Active calendar – feel like taking a swim?
A downturn in mood as the weather gets gloomy effects one in five of us. But rather than hiding under the duvet, getting up and going should lighten your mood.
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 Matty the tennis pro!
Every member of our dream squad is a real-life Virgin Active star – someone you can actually work with at clubs across the country. We thought you might like to get to know them, so here’s Pamela the group Exercise Manager and Yoga Instructor!
Nothing beats swimming for an all-body workout that's low on impact by high on results. Time to take the plunge.
Every member of our dream squad is a real-life Virgin Active star – someone you can actually work with at clubs across the country. We thought you might like to get to know them, so here’s Amanda the Swim Manager!
As Oktoberfest draws to a close there may be more to celebrate with a beer than you first thought. Researchers have found that indulging every once in a while can actually boost your health – we’ll drink to that.
Every member of our dream squad is a real-life Virgin Active star – someone you can actually work with at clubs across the country. We thought you might like to get to know them, so here’s Duke the Junior Activities Manager!
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 Justin the PT and Active Crew leader!
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 the Swim Manager!
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 the Personal Trainer!
Tough Mudder, isn’t known as one of the toughest events on the planet for no reason.
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.
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?
The treadmill, it’s that piece of equipment many of us dread, yet we find our way back to it, time and time again.
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.
Episode three of Harry’s journey and we’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
We're excited to launch Iron ZUU, a revolutionary new workout that combines heavy lifts with primal moves.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prepare to experience our exhilarating new cycle concept “The Pack”, launching in May across selected clubs.
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.
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!
Innovation has always been at the forefront at Virgin Active, and at the new Walbrook Collection club no expense has been spared.
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.
The ski (or snowboard) season is here and if you’re heading for the mountains, your fitness has probably crossed your mind.
Planning a more adventurous holiday this year? We've got a workout for that.
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.
Yoga is not about trying to force your body into a pretzel like position, it’s about creating a healthy lifestyle.
Resistance training is an essential part of training to any professional swimmer.
In this second installment, Team Freespeed tell us their favourite cycle routes in the UK.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Take on some all-body, core-busting exercises with our Hard-Core TRX workout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.