By The Man About Town
A single man in London who likes to spend, but who likes to save even
A long, long time ago in a land not so far away it used to
be the case that I could eat and drink whatever I wanted and maintain a body
that was more Johnny Depp than Johnny Vegas.
But, as the years go by and the metabolism slowly grinds to a halt, there
comes a time in a man’s life when he has to face the facts — notably, if
something isn’t done soon I’ll be rejected from internal flights in the
USA (if you know what I mean).
The cold, harsh fact that I’m cultivating a beer keg is
accentuated by summer and the layers of clothes that conceal any excesses are
no longer available to wear. I know the
weather’s not been great recently but it’s not cold and, fingers crossed, the
UK summer will start sooner rather than later which means exposing one’s self
to the rest of London and, more importantly, London’s female population.
So what to do? I can’t
diet seriously and I don’t want to stop eating carbs again. I tried that before and, after about a day, it
felt like I was going to pass out by midday.
I suppose I could cut out beer but there are just too many ‘events’
where you simply have to have a couple of beers! Which leaves only one thing for it –
hardcore exercise and that costs money!
I’ve decided to start with some cheap options to get the
fitness ball rolling. I don’t mind
running and, with the long evenings at the moment, I can run after work when I get
However, first things first, I need some new running shoes and JJB
Sports has some amazing deals so at least I will look the part
as I pant and sweat my way round Wandsworth Common!
If any girls are reading this and feel inspired to turn over a new leaf and new some new gear then Sweaty Betty has some good deals right now – like new customers save 10% when you order with Savoo.
But I can’t run forever and still start to look
like Brad in Fight Club so other measures are called for — the dreaded gym
I’ve been a member of gyms before and I even used one for an
extended period of time (before my last surf trip) but I don’t like them. Full of body builders who make me feel
inferior or flexible folk that make me feel old.
The alternative is the British Military Fitness who is currently offering a free one hour session for you to see if it’s your
cup of tea. Unfortunately I can’t do that because of the things I have said about the
people as I drive past them on my way to golf in the morning!
So, the gym it is and possibly even a PT further down the
line. If you take location out of the
list of pros and cons then the following seem to be the best deals right now;
- LA Fitness
has a free three day trial and I am more of a fan of this brand than many. I have no idea why — maybe because this is
the one gym group I actually used.
First is closest to my house and my office and is offering a free one day
trial that I will certainly use to see what it’s like.
A slightly more expensive option (which I guess
means a nicer experience) is Virgin
Active. I can’t see any deals right
now but there are a lot of good options for different individual needs on the
- The new kid on the block that looks like fun is
Gymbox. It certainly has the best website and I like the deal where if you
refer a friend you win tickets for you and three friends to Lovebox (which I
went to last year and loved).
– If you really hate gyms and need privacy and
want to work out at home (and we’re not talking Wii Fit here) then you need to
know that buying the right gear isn’t cheap. But, if
you are serious then Savoo
does have some good fitness deals right now – not only on equipment but also
on those muscle supplement shake things you see advertised by that Welsh guy
and Martin Corry.
Now, I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t rate my opinion as I
can hardly profess to be an expert but Time
Out knows a thing or two about London life so you might want to check out
its London gym roundup.
Essentially I guess it doesn’t really matter which one you
go for because if you want to get fit, look good for summer and lose
weight then you need the correct mental attitude. So that’s what I’m psyching myself up for
right now. A change in attitude…
Once I’ve got the mental toughness and have started the
regime I’ll be sure to update you on my progress, but until then if you see a
bloke in trouble running round the common be nice and say ‘Come on, keep going’!