Worried About Those Festive Calories?

At this time of year, every newspaper will come up with a different number of kilos which we should expect to put on over the Christmas period. But it doesn't have to be like that. Here are a few of our bulge beating tips:

Don’t passively eat extra calories - make those Christmas treats worthwhile!

If you fancy one of those festive coffees, do it. But do it when you have time to sit down and enjoy every last one of those syrupy, creamy calories. The rest of the time, stick to your usual coffee. You don’t have to drink a gingerbread latte topped with freshly whipped cream, gold stars and a gingerbread man, every single time you pass a Costa. Have it once for an indulgent treat, and make sure you really enjoy it.

Pass on the indulgent love - tactfully!

Guests feel obliged to bring treats whenever they visit at this time of year. But don’t feel obliged to consume them. Discreetly re-gift, or donate to a food bank or soup kitchen. Basically, just get them out the house before you get chance to rip open the cellophane wrapper.

Keep it in perspective - you can do it!

Parties, broken routines, travel & stress means that most of us are less active & eat more in December.  Accept that this might happen, but avoid going down the “I’ve blown my diet, I may as well keep going” route. Make some healthy choices, fit in some exercise and you'll feel much better for it.

The shops are only closed for one day - don't panic!

Avoid stockpiling crisps, nuts and snacks, just in case someone pops in (and then polish them off yourself because "it’ll be a shame to waste them"). Buy the things you’ll need and no more.

Select your festive treats carefully - there's lots of hidden calories you can easily avoid!

Here are a few simple swaps you can make:

- Buy/make open top mince tarts as these can have around 50 calories less than mince pies with lids on.
- Choose satsumas to graze on rather than nuts. If you can't resist the nuts, buy ones with shells on, you'll eat a lot less of them.
- Avoid drinking creamy cocktails, Baileys and sweetened mulled wine. Stick to fizz (the bubbles will fill you up) or regular wine.

Join our Mince Pie Burn-Offs - fun calorie crushing workouts

Sat 24 Dec, 8.30-9.30am, South Park Gardens
Sat 24 Dec, 10.00-11.00am, Wimbledon Park
Wed 28 Dec, 9.30-10.30am, South Park Gardens

These classes will be high energy & burn lots of calories. It'll be fun too. All levels & abilities are welcome. If you have little ones, they can come along and play/sleep/eat nearby (they remain your responsibility). We're expecting a great mix of both men and ladies at these sessions.

You'll need to book your place in advance (class passes are not valid) It's only £8.50 a session, and bookings will close on 17th December. Or drop us a line to find out more.

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Wimbledon Common Buggyfit Classes

Wimbledon Common

It's so lovely to see the sails back on Wimbledon's Windmill. Just in time for our new Buggyfit class on the Common!

Check out our new Buggyfit timetable below, which starts this week.

If Buggyfit isn't your thing, don't forget we've got some great BootCamps coming up!

New Buggyfit Timetable - Starts on Monday 14th November!

9.30am South Park Gardens
11.00am Wimbledon Park (New class)

Our last 9.30am Wimbledon Park class is on 16th November

9.30am South Park Gardens
11.00am Wimbledon Park

11.00am Wimbledon Common (New class)

Click on the above links for details of meeting points & parking for each location.

As you hopefully know already, we've got a very flexible class pass system. You can either pay-as-you-go or save a bit of money & buy one of our class passes. Don't forget that you can also use your pass at our Fit In The Park sessions including Monday evenings, Friday mornings & Saturdays. Check out our full timetable for all the details.

How many classes can you do in one week? Drop us a line, we'd love to know!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

South Park Gardens Early Morning BootCamp - Starts 21 November

Join us in South Park Gardens for our November 5 day back-to-back BootCamp.

Join us in the park everyday at 6.15-7.00am, from Monday 21 November through to Friday 25 November (plus a bonus session on Saturday 26 November).

Each day we will focus on a different areas of the body, mixing it up with a huge variety of exercises & workouts. You'll get to train with a few of the HA fitness team, so that you can benefit from our different styles (& idiosyncrasies!).

No matter what your goals, whether it be weight loss, boost your fitness levels or tone-up, you'll feel great (& smug!) by day 5.

Book your place now before you change your mind. You'll get far more compliments for working out than you will from sleeping in!

Posted by Heather Waghorn.

Durnsford Park, Not Wimbledon Park This Week

With the Tennis Championships heading our way, SW19 will soon become the sporting focus of the world again.

During this busy fortnight (27 June to 10 July), all of our classes will continue to run, however this year we'll be temporarily moving out of Wimbledon Park (it's the Council's new policy unfortunately).

So this here's the plan:

Buggyfit postnatal classes will take place in Durnsford Park (see below). We'll be there at our regular times of 9.30am on Wednesdays & 11.00am on Thursdays (29, 30 June & 6,7 July). If you've got older children, bring them along as there is a fantastic little playground!

Fit In The Park 6.15am sessions will meet just outside of the Revelstoke Road Wimbledon Park gates. We'll then be putting you through your paces with some running drills around the grid & surrounding areas. It should be fun & you don't have to be a runner to take part! See you there at 6.15am on Wednesday & Friday.

Fit In The Park Saturday 9.00am classes will also take place in Durnsford Park (see below). We'll be there on 2 & 9 July with some challenging new moves for you!

Durnsford Park is a lovely green area just off Durnsford Road (put SW19 8EY into your sat nav). You'll find street parking (pay-at-machine) on Wellington, Lucien, Gordondale, Havana & Mount Roads. It's a bit further away from where all the action is, so there are no Wimbledon Tennis parking restrictions.

Obviously we do recommend leaving your car at home & giving your workout an extra boost by walking, running or cycling to our classes. However, if you're driving around Wimbledon during the tennis fortnight, it can get very busy, so it's wise to plan in extra travel time. Parking can also be challenging as there are restrictions in place. Go to the Wandsworth & Merton council websites for details. 

All of our South Park Gardens classes will be running as normal. Check out our timetable for full details of all our classes. Be warned though, we've got some great workouts planned & we may even include a tennis theme here & there. We know this is a busy time, but we'd love to see as many of you as possible training with us over the coming weeks. If you need to renew your pass, or buy a pay-as-you-go session, head over to our purchase page.

Happy Training,


Posted by Heather Waghorn.