Interview with TAPPED

I caught up with the lovely Mags from TAPPED and answered some questions about working in the City, yoga, careers and planning for the future – interview is now live!

If you’re interested in reading the full article, click here. Thank you Mags!

screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-12-21-53Next week I am going to be trying out the newest fitness offering on the scene, Ministry Does Fitness. Definitely needed after 3 weeks on holiday eating and drinking everything in sight whoops!

Hope to see some of you there.

Feng x

 

Upcoming Yoga Classes

Some of you have asked when I’m next teaching yoga (thanks!) so I’ve listed my classes below.

I’m also working on a new part of the website which will have all my classes on it which will hopefully make it easier to navigate.

FEBRUARY 2017

Sunday 5 Feb

Saturday 11 Feb

Sunday 12 Feb

Sunday 19 Feb

Sunday 26 Feb

MARCH 2017

Sunday 5 Mar

Hope to see you on the mat!

THANK YOU

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came last Saturday to the TAPPED x FGB yoga class, you guys absolutely smashed it!

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So much concentration in the room…

 

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Breathing together ❤

Thank you to all my beginners for working your socks off and all my regulars for stepping up and guiding the class from the front row. Can’t wait to do it all again!

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Happy student happy teacher. Which one is which this time?!

Hope everyone enjoyed the goody bag and party afterwards! A huge thanks to TAPPED, Fierce Grace Brixton and Urban Fruit for making it happen 🙂

Feng x

Yoga by TAPPED x FGB

STOP PRESS: I’ll be hosting a FREE yoga class with TAPPED and Fierce Grace Brixton at 5.30pm on Saturday 14 January 2017 🎉🙏🌳

Sign up link below, be quick though as places are limited:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yoga-by-tapped-x-feng-x-fierce-grace-brixton-tickets-30896211400

All levels welcome, from beginners who want to improve their strength and flexibility to more advanced students who want tips to take them to the next level 😊 And even better, FREE TAPPED organic birch water afterwards to rehydrate and replenish! 

Hope to see you there x

ETHOS Review (TRX / Conditioning)

ETHOS is another newcomer to the fitness scene. Based in East London, near Spitalfields Market, this beautiful fitness space offers three disciplines: a spin studio, a hot yoga studio and a TRX studio all in one. I went along to try out their TRX class.

My first thought was “how can you spend a whole class using those TRX strap things?” followed by “what is TRX anyway?”. Turns out, TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise (I guess TBRE wasn’t as sexy). And a whole class using TRX can be done and is actually quite fun!

Hand in hand with my training buddy KK, off we trotted to investigate what all the fuss was about. We were lucky to be in a small class of 6 people so it felt quite intimate. We did various exercises, ranging from holds such as plank pose to more dynamic moves such as squat jumps, using our body weight to train and build muscle. Our instructor Russell was really good at varying up the exercises so that we felt constantly challenged and never bored. My favourite move was the plank to pike, absolute killer but so good for the abs!

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I’m flying! Kind of… 

Ignore the terrible dipped lower back in the first picture, oh ye gods of healthy spines, I repent my sins…

I’m excited to try out the spin and the yoga classes next – anybody have rave reviews?

Studio Lagree Review (Pilates)

Studio Lagree markets itself as “studio concept workout that effectively combines core, endurance, cardio, balance, strength and flexibility”. Does it live up to its big claims? I went and tested it (not just once but a few times, all for your benefit :P) to find out.

First things first: get ready for the most HARDCORE Pilates session of your life. Period.

 

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Whilst I’m definitely not a Pilates expert, I had been to a few classes before so I thought I knew what to expect. Some stretching, some core exercises and some flexibility work right? With some nice breaks in between?

The key to the Lagree technique is NO BREAKS. The workout itself is 50 minutes and the idea is to link up a whole series of exercises one after the other so that different parts of your body are continuously under tension as the muscles are worked.The exercises are linked in groups, e.g. working your core, then left legs muscles, right leg muscles, then glutes, arms, shoulders etc. The exercises are all done excruciatingly slowly, forcing you to really use your muscles and concentrate on surviving the burn.

Of course, most people take a couple of small breaks here and there to relax in between (or in my case, during!) the exercises but the instructors offer friendly encouragement to maintain your form. Additional health warning: the exercises all have really weird names (giant catfish, dancing bear, scrambled eggs, french twist?!?!) which takes a bit of getting used to but thankfully there were enough regulars in my class for me to copy whenever I got lost.

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This is OBVIOUSLY a French Twist…

 

The 50 minute workout will get your heart racing and sweat dripping off the end of your nose. You’ll also be feeling it for the next three days, in fact, I think this is most DOMS inducing workout in the whole of Classpass London, and that’s a big claim! DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU NEED TO EVEN RUN FOR THE BUS THE NEXT DAY. Doing any kind of weights training the day before Lagree is also a terrible idea. And all of these statements are exactly why I LOVED LOVED LOVED it.

Downsides? The price. If you’re not on Classpass, at £30 for a single class, it is not cheap. This hefty sum drops to a mere £21/ a class if you take out their biggest package. Uh-huh. To be fair to Lagree, you get a lot of individual attention as class numbers are limited to around 12 or 14 I think (it used to be 10 but they’ve snuck in a few more machines now) but it’s a big financial commitment.

Verdict: GO GO GO (on Classpass ideally) and make sure you stretch properly afterwards. 

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