I love being a part of the online fitness community – it is both motivating and inspiring to be a part of the journeys of so many like minded individuals. What is even better is getting to meet some of these bloggers/vloggers in person and earlier this year at the Charli Cohen catwalk show I was lucky enough to meet health, lifestyle and pilates blogger Lottie Murphy. So when Lottie announced she would be hosting a Sunday morning pilates class and brunch in central London I knew I had to go.
On Sunday 20th May myself and 11 other girls descended on Six3Nine in Covent Garden for Lottie’s event. A beautiful and functional Personal Training space, it was the perfect venue for a 50 minute “Body with Lottie Murphy” pilates class that worked our entire body and for me at least really pushed my flexibility and core strength.
Ask me to squat my own body weight or perform 50 burpees and I would relish the challenge but flexibility, mobility and core strength are areas that I often overlook. However every time I do pilates I can instantly see and feel the difference – and it also helps to highlight where my body is super tight and could do with loosening up. For me in Lottie’s class this was my hips and lower back – I was shocked at how tight my hip flexors were and how other girls were able to move much more freely where I was impaired by tightness. Personally it is so easy for me to get caught up in high intensity and strength training and neglect the basics like functional movements and joint mobility and this amazing class really gave me a wake up call that it’s time to make pilates part of my weekly fitness routine! Lottie encouraged us to forget the outside world and be present in her class – this really struck a chord with me as I find it mentally so hard to switch off – but forcing myself to focus on the routine and my body movements was an amazing experience and I left feeling calmer and clearer than I have in a long time.
As any fitness fanatic will tell you, one of the best parts of a workout is the refuelling afterwards and Lottie’s brunch did not disappoint! From her homemade healthy brownies and cookies to Rude Health muesli and granola, Coyo coconut yogurt and incredible juices from Press we were spoilt with a beautiful healthy spread – the perfect accompaniment to such an inspiring and well though-out workout.
I loved every minute of the class and the brunch afterwards (both the gorgeous food and the chance to meet fellow fitness bloggers) so it really was an added bonus to take home a fantastic goodie bag which included products from Neal’s Yard, green tea from Clipper, healthy trail mix from Wyldsson and a spa voucher from Neom. Thank you to Lottie for sourcing and these fabulous brands for treating us (I’ve already drunk all the green tea…!)
So it may be a bit late for new year’s resolutions, but I think I’ll start a new traditional of Summer resolutions – and mine is most definitely to practice more pilates! Thank you so much Lottie for a brilliant event, and such amazing fitness inspiration.