Start the new year as you mean to go on! We round up personal trainers who are ready to get you in shape.
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It’s that time of year when, after all those festive excesses, people vow to lose
weight, get fitter and eat cleaner. Nearly half of those, however, lose their willpower after just a month. But in London, we have some of the world’s leading personal trainers, gyms and treatments, which is a step in the right direction.
If you have ever wanted to look as fit as Jennifer Lawrence, you can start by booking a session with the personal trainer who got her into shape for the X-Men film franchise: Dalton Wong. ‘Dalton changed my body for a movie, but taught me skills to change my life,’ says the actress.
When Wong was 10 years old, his father died from a heart attack. The accident spurred him on to lead a healthy lifestyle. Born in Canada, he moved to London in the 1990s and worked at a health clinic in Harley Street. He later founded Twenty Two Training, a private boutique gym in South Kensington, which has a nutritionist, yoga instructor, acupuncturist, hypnotherapist and kinesiologist – a person who studies movement.
‘Our approach isn’t just about losing weight. We offer clients a lifestyle choice. We’ll support you through your choices and help you achieve the very best from your body,’ Wong explains ( 22bElvaston Mews,SW75H7).
At ESPA Life at Corinthia you will be able to combine sightseeing with staying in shape. The Mindful menu has treatments that get you on to London’s streets: during Park Power, which takes place in St James’s Park, a personal trainer takes you through aerobic exercises to help reduce your risk of injury and improve your posture; while
River Rush, which takes place along the South Bank, sees you and a trainer take part in high-intensity exercise to reduce body fat and learn running techniques and breathing patterns. Both treatments cost £160 for 90 minutes ( Whitehall Place, SW1A2BD). In Richmond, a leafy suburb of southwest London, a new eco-wellbeing escape has opened. Bhuti infuses a mix of yoga, Pilates, meditation and holistic spa treatments. There are more than 35 weekly classes to choose from, ranging from beginner to advanced. When you have finished your session, visit the café which has a vegan, organic, gluten-free and refined sugar-free menu. The Asian-inspired smoothies include Shakti Power, made from quinoa milk, banana, nut butter and maca; and Kali Fire, made with beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger and turmeric ( 50 HillRise, Richmond, TW106UB). Start your new regime now for a healthy 2017!
Clockwise from main image: Bhuti yoga class; Bhuti studios; Bhuti treatment room; Twenty Two Training room Below: Dalton Wong