Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

Reaching the top of a wall at Westway Climbing

I am such a newbie with climbing that until a very little while ago, I thought ‘climbing’ and ‘bouldering’ were the same thing. Both might involve leaving the ground and going up, but that’s about where the similarities start and end. Climbing involves ropes and knots and working with someone to make sure you ascend and descend safely. I couldn’t wait to try it at Westway Climbing Centre.  

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Barry’s West has arrived! After four years in London, the studio has finally opened their third studio in Queensway and last week I had the chance to try an exclusive Nike x Barry’s West class led by Mr PMA himself, Faisal.

For the uninitiated of you (like I was about a week ago) PMA = Positive Mental Attitude and as far as I am concerned this is as important as physical health. I have been lucky enough to train with Faisal before – he’s always encouraging, motivating, and has the best tunes! (Seriously, I was singing along for the whole class)

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While I can’t run, I HIIT and when Meera (@TheCityFittie) invited me to try Another Space London’s HIIT class I was there faster than rash on a skin in winter. There were so many things about this class I was looking forward to, including but not limited to Saheed also being there, Courtney being the instructor, and that this workout required gloves because we’d be punching a bag.

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Rebounding is one of the newest and most fun fitness trends I have come across since it involves jumping on a very small trampoline in order to get fit. It’s low impact (so great for my knees), thoroughly enjoyable, and very effective. I can’t tell you how excited I was about this class, not only because I won a Rebounder a little while before and had no idea how to use it but also because it’s a trampoline that I get to jump on as an adult.

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