Elle About Town: Gym, Swim & Spin

In this one week just gone, I’ve been able to amalgamate training and being out and about! They sounded so great together I put them in one post for you!


I headed over to PureGym Oval on Wednesday evening to see what they were all about. It was recently announced that PureGym are the biggest gym operator in the UK with 91 gyms and 500,000 members!

PureGym offers people affordable membership between £10.99 and £24.99 (London) a month.  The gyms are also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide members with 50 free classes a week. All memberships are on a rolling month by month contract too! 

They told me that 30% of the PureGym members have not been a member of a gym before- so I went along to see what it was about PureGym that has gotten everyone hooked! 

Firstly, their gyms are unstaffed so every member has a unique pin code to allow them access into the building via a space ship like door! The space was pretty big and everything you needed was on hand via vending machines (drinks, snacks, padlocks, towels etc). The changing facilities are also accessible via your pin code where you can find lockers, showers and toilets. 

There were numerous different areas with cardio machines, resistance machines and free weights. My friend and I set up camp in the free weights area with mats to do a core challenge workout. It was a weekday evening, and the gym was buzzing with people and classes going on. There were also lots of Personal Trainers delivering sessions with clients. Everyone seemed to be just going about their workout so thats what we did too! 

Would I go back!?! If I had a session that I needed to do with equipment, and it needed space I definitely would as their day pass rates are pretty reasonable. Unfortunately they don’t have a location near me, but I’ve heard on the grapevine that they secured their first central London location which I can only guess will be opening within the next year! So keep your eyes peeled for more information!


Then on Thursday evening, I headed over to the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park for my first ever open water session with Swim For Tri.

Yes, before you ask, it was cold. Just 12 degrees in the water, but it was a massive win for me! I hate cold water and at one point I thought I’d made a wasted journey as I just didn’t know how I was going to get in! But I did! And I stayed in till the end of the session!

I used the freestyle option on my TomTom Cardio to record my session and it reckons I swam 1.17km. Somehow, I don’t think I swam that much but I’ll go with it! The map also makes me think I need to work on swimming in a straight line!


Saturday morning will see me checking out Spin LDN which sells itself as the Urban Cycle Show. I’m looking forward to catching up with some brands I love, meeting new people and generally pretending to be a cyclist!

Then I’ll be off running the Hackney 5km as a warm up for Hackney Half which is happening on Sunday! Wish me luck for all this running and keep an eye out for my posts sharing #MyMoments from the events!

Have a great weekend! 

Elle 🙂 


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