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Since I started training for Tough Mudder, I have spent almost as much time in sweat-wicking leggings as I have in my favourite retro dresses.

Strangely, I’m loving it.

Though I have yet to find my ultimate pair of trainers (the holy grail), I have been racking up quite the collection of new fitness gear and this outfit – Adidas at JD Sports exclusives paired with chic sunnies that sit securely throughout runs – has become a mainstay. With the addition of a leather jacket, I’ve even gone straight from training to meetings without needing an outfit change.

What I Wore:
Reload tank top
Sports Essentials Linear Tights
Leather jacket (similar here)
Sundried sunglasses
Neon trainers (similar here)

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Nordic Balance
It started with an Instagram*.

A little over one month ago I agreed to join a beloved friend at next April’s Tough Mudder when we ventured out on a muddy run in the woods. Because 12-mile obstacle courses are a sensible challenge to accept for someone who primarily dances and shops for exercise.

A week after ‘training’ started (read: running myself exhausted and berating myself for doing lady pushups), I bit the bullet and signed up for the Summer Body Blast at Nordic Balance.

Located in the luxurious side-streets of Piccadilly Circus, Nordic Balance was not only an unavoidable stop for my Soho-based meeting days but a beautiful one. The building used to be home to the Earl of Kent but now hosts fully equipped weights and cardio rooms, a swimming pool with jet-stream technology, a jacuzzi, sauna, treatment room, stretching area, and the oldest squash court in London.

For Summer Body Blast, my initial 360 degree assessment used medical grade testing equipment to measure key metrics like hydration, water retention, muscle mass, fat mass, metabolism, and stress levels to assist in personalised goal-setting.

The next three weeks of training – with the scrupulous but delightful Alessandro – were a muscle-flinching blur. For the first time ever, I knew I was being pushed to my physical limits; the high intensity sessions (45 minutes, three times a week) were challenging in the most literal sense.

Then again, I got out what I was forced to put in. With the programme’s added bonus of a weekly sports massage, I started to feel fit. Really fit. Fit enough to jump a rope without a bounce jump, fit enough to run up the stairs at Leicester Square, and fit enough to crush a set of proper pushups.

This may only be the beginning but I imagine I’ll look back at this blog come Tough Mudder with extreme gratitude towards Nordic Balance’s expert building blocks.

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This is going to sound a little infomercial-y. A little ‘this post is proudly supported by…’. For your own sake, I must assure this this is no sponsored endorsement – I have simply fallen in lust with ClassPass.

When it comes to fitness, I have to be enjoying some aspect of my routine to stick to it. If I run? I make a kickass playlist to go along. If I gym? I create orchestrated plans and dance from machine to machine.

If I do a fitness class? I ClassPass.

The fitness site (and app) launched in London just over a month ago after gaining mass hype in the US and it took only one Hot Vinyasa session at Lumi Power Yoga to become addicted. Long story short, a ClassPass membership gives you unlimited access to the best fitness classes in London.

It is as easy as a tailored search – days, times, areas, class types (yoga, pilates, strength training, cycling, dance) – and a one-click ‘book’! It gives you the perfect opportunity to trial new studios, challenge yourself, keep things interesting, and fit everything from boot camps to pole dancing into a very busy schedule.

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