Nike always host some of the coolest events and this week, for Nike Women’s Week 2016, it was 5 days of sweaty epicness and I threw myself into it. I remembered how much I loved it last year and how much fun all the events were. Like Women’s Week in 2015 every single class and event was allocated through a ballot system: of course I entered everything!
My week started with a gentle 5k run through the streets of London with the Nike Women’s Run Club. My knee has died and in that picture you can see how strapped up I am. What you can’t see is the support underneath the leggings. I have a marathon coming up and have resigned myself to not being at my best for it but I want to stay running as the days tick by. So this gentle 5k was a test and I was over the moon when I finished it in almost no pain. Of course I didn’t push myself and it was only a 5k but I was thrilled with it.
Nike have taken ownership of #TrainTuesday and this week they made it the biggest one yet with classes all around London in some of the best studios. As I said I applied for everything and was over the moon to get two Frame classes, one for Barre and one for Reformer Pilates.
I have never done Barre before but have always seen myself as an expert ballet dancer. Like, seriously, I am in the best. Of course my imagination and reality are very, very different and I can tel you all that I am not some sort of ballet prodigy but I did have a brilliant time. Resistance bands though, are not my friend;I could not get the stupid things to do what they were supposed to, ever. In the end I just gave up and did the class without them. With Barre there was a series of core workouts which I loved and I have started doing those moves at home making sure ‘feeling the burn’ is now a literal and common occurrence.
I then made my way over to the Reformer Pilates class. This was also with Frame but in a different location. I am just very glad that the Frame studios have power points because I was there about half a day early.
I LOVED Reformer Pilates. I didn’t expect to but it was such a wonderful workout. My knees (both of them, even the one not currently hurting) felt amazing after. In fact my whole body did. I hurt because I had been working out but I was also more stretched out and relaxed than ever.
On the third day of
Christmas Nike Women’s Week Nike hosted a speed session. I didn’t get into this but even if I did I may not have gone just because of my knee. Instead II did an NTC workout at home, once again concentrating on slow, steady, continuous movements rather than explosive power which would have aggravated the knee further.
Rest Day. The day to take a break, and in my case, fall asleep at a ridiculously early time. It was also the time to eat a lot of Pip & Nut peanut butter.
On Thursday Nike had a lock in in their Women’s Store. Inside there was the chance to tie dye shoes, get your trainers cleaned, and as I already said, eat all the peanut butter in the world.
I love that I live in a world where you can make a living from cleaning trainers. I love that I live in a world where trainers are so important to people. I mean, I am amazed at it but also love it.
This was the finale of Nike Women’s Week 2016 and the one event I really, really wanted to go to. Since I wanted it so much it was also one of the events I didn’t get a lace at. Fortuitously my friend couldn’t make it and gave her spot to me. So I went in under an alias…shhh, tell no one.
Day 5 was also a perfect opportunity for Nike to introduce us all to their new YouTube series Margot VS Lily based on two sisters who decide to challenge each other to change their lives. I will be talking more about this later, first the workout.
Nike took over the Royal Horticultural Society and split the hall into four section, yoga, spinning, boxing, and HIIT. Even one of them would have been amazing but all four? Yes please. Of course before we started my amazing fitfam and I decided to see if we could do the triple plank. Of course. It’s what everyone would do isn’t it?
One of the best things about Nike and the events they run is that they have curated an amazing team of experts and professionals. They along with Team GB athletes were all introduced before we began and I loved that. These man and woman have made sweating fun and accessible for me. When I started running it didn’t occur to me that I would like doing things other than running, but I do and a good amount of credit has to go too these amazing people.
As there were four sections to the evening we were all split into four groups. My only criticism of the whole evening was that yoga was first. I would have loved to do yoga last but as criticisms go this is a tiny one and only because I had a pink band. Jessica Skye is quickly becoming my favourite yoga teacher and this short class was wonderful. If I ever start doing classes regularly, and I should, I will do it with her.
We were all given headphones to wear throughout the evening. I can only imagine how old fashioned I am but I had expected megaphones and shouting. Instead the trainers spoke to their groups through the headphones and it was brilliant, mainly because I could adjust the volume to suit me.
Post yoga selfie – notice the lack of sweat. This changed very quickly.
Yoga was followed by spinning with Tamika. I had never had the pleasure of working with Tamika before but I really enjoyed her style of teaching. I have been to spin classes where the instructor associates each and every single move with a mental release. This is powerful and effective but sometimes I just want to have a good time and laugh the whole way through – that is my emotional release from the stresses of the day. Tamika’s class was like this: it was fun and her love of the songs was contagious.
Number three for me was boxing and this was the one I was really looking forward to before the day started. I love boxing – I love the way my arms feel during and after the sweat.
This was also the sweatiest workout ever, Just look at me now.
The fourth and final section was HIIT and possibly the one I enjoyed least because I was so exhausted and the dreaded resistance bands were back. On Tuesday I couldn’t make them work and I wasn’t all that sweaty: on Friday drenched in sweat I had no chance at all! But of course I tried. With the band in one hand and a weight in the other I pushed myself as much as I could.
And this is my selfie once all the workouts were done. See that shine on my face? It’s not glow or perspiration, it’s sweat and I was very, very proud of it.
Then after a cool down it was time to watch the first two Margot VS Lily episodes.
I thought I would find it boring. I didn’t understand what Nike were trying to do and I didn’t want to because it was a waste of my time. So with a lot of grumbling and bad grace I sat on a massive cushion and watched the show.
You know, every thing I do is an opportunity for me to learn something about myself. Do you know what all of this taught me? That I am an idiot and very good at channeling my inner Jon Show – I literally know nothing. I loved the first two episodes. The series follows sisters Margot and Lily, one is into fitness and one isn’t, as they challenge each other to stop out of their comfort zone. It was funny and charming and has me hooked! The first episode is officially being launched on the 1st of February and I urge you all to give it a go. The Nike tick is obviously throughout but the episode isn’t full of ‘buy me, buy me’. In fact it’s full of ‘do something active’ which is so much more powerful a message than just commercialism.
I loved this whole week and am fully aware how lucky I was to get to go to so many events and try out so many things.