Get in Shape: Gyms in London


Was it your New Year’s Resolution (again) to get in shape? Start working out? Lose some weight? You’re definitely not alone there. Whether it’s to be healthier, for a hobby or to lose that baby weight, hitting the gym is a popular option for many women. Now is a great time to get started at a new gym – the rates are fantastic as they try to lure in the New Year’s hopefuls. Here are the big places in London:

Goodlife Fitness

Did you know that the very first Goodlife was opened here in London in 1979?  Now there are over 300 coast to coast and with eight clubs in London, there is likely going to be a Goodlife near you.  They offer both co-ed and women’s-only facilities, as well as many 24/7 locations which means you can get in your workout whenever your kids decide to let you leave the house! Don’t like working out with the night-owls? No problem, bring the kids along and drop them off in the child-minding section. Amenities also include: pools, chiropractor, group cycling, hot yoga, locker rentals, massage therapy, personal training, sauna, tanning, towel service, TRX, boot camp, free-weights, cardio machines… Whew! Check in with your nearest location to see what is offered there.

Movati Athletic

Never heard of Movati? It’s the new name for the Athletic Club! Same club, new name. Movati keeps it simple with two clubs: one north, one south, but both on the west end. They have women-only sections of the gym for your comfort, as well as co-ed. They also offer child-minding for the little ones and a Kids Club for the older ones to get active. Their amenities include yoga, group fitness, training solutions, cardio machines, free-weight and strength training area, cycling classes, aquafitness, squash courts, massage therapy, sauna’s and more. They are currently offering 50% off enrollment for the month of January.


The YMCA has three locations in London – east, downtown, and north, as well as locations in Komoka, Strathroy, and St. Thomas. The Y offers memberships for you or your whole family! They are so much more than just a place to work out (although they are that, too!). Full gymnasiums, pools, aerobic studios, free-weights, cardio machines… and then there are the kid activities! Not just child minding, your children could be having their own gym time, craft classes, pool fun and more. A family membership comes with the perks of recreational swims, parent and tot swims, open gym times, one session of swimming lessons per session (per person), and access to unlimited drop-in programs. They have a great Buddy Up promotion on now – find someone you know who is a member and let them take you there. You’ll get two weeks for free, they’ll have a chance at winning a free membership!

Fitness Forum

The Fitness Forum is located in south London and features cardio equipment, weights and strength training equipment, a pool, squash and racquetball, personal training, indoor running track, and 75 fitness classes per week. They also offer child-minding, for a fee. Start with your free 7-Day pass and go from there!






Word of the Year


If you aren’t too consumed with holiday crafts, parties, pageants, and every other wonderful thing that happens in mid-December, you may remember that the year 2014 is quickly coming to a close!  It has become very popular to choose a word of the year (or WOTY if you’re really cool) to summarize the previous year. Yesterday, Merriam-Webster announced that their WOTY for 2014 is CULTURE. Earlier, Oxford chose the word VAPE for 2014 and has chosen EXPOSURE.

While many media outlets are looking backwards over the past year, it is also a time to look ahead and begin planning for 2015. As words can be found to define an entire year, people have begun choosing words to replace mantra’s, quotes or resolutions for their hopes and plans for the coming year. A WOTY can be a goal, a positive thought, a hope or desire, a focus or even encouragement, and it can give you direction and guidance with decision making.

How Does it Work? Simple: Pick a word. Pick two or three or seven, it’s your year, do what you want. If a word hasn’t already jumped into your head, then pause a moment and think about the next 12 months, really think about it. Run your mind over all of the events already planned out. Maybe look over the last 12 months and think about what you liked about them, what you would’ve done differently, how you wish you would’ve reacted to different events. What do you want more of in your life? What do you want less of in your life? Find a word or words to describe your goal(s).

Need some inspiration? Here are a few popular words: Continue reading