Last weekend I spent two days getting sweaty, zen and mindful with 6000 other people at the Sweatlife Festival hosted by Lululemon at the Tobacco doc in London. This is the first time I have ever attended anything like this and it was the best thing I have ever done! The festival runs over two days and includes unlimited yoga classes, unlimited meditation and two classes run by different studios around London per day. I thought I’d run through the highlights of my weekend and the classes that I attended!
I started the weekend with a 9:00 am spin class called Ride 45 hosted by Psycle. I usually don’t really get into spin classes because I don’t find them very motivating and end up lowering the resistance on the bike, but this class was something else. I came out dripping, I don’t think I have ever sweat as much as I did in that class in my entire life. The girl next to me was fanning herself and I thought, if you’re feeling as hot as I am that fan is not going to help! It was intense but it was amazing, the woman running the class was incredibly motivating and created an atmosphere of ‘you can do anything’ which is just what you need when your dying on a bike! I enjoyed this class so much that I have actually looked into attending more of their classes and that says something because I am not or was not a spinner at all!
The second class I attended on Saturday was called Frame Rave hosted by Frame. This was basically an aerobic dance class which sounds pretty boring but it was the most fun I have ever had working out. It felt like a group of friends clubbing except my feet didn’t hurt and I felt good after! The guy running the class was a trained dancer and really hyped everyone up! It was so lovely to see people moving their bodies in a way that feels good and enjoying it rather than dying! Don’t get me wrong I was getting sweaty but it wasn’t the most challenging class of the weekend! That being said I would definitely do it again!
The first class of my second day was a Calisthenics class run by Jermaine Straker. I signed up to this class because I have followed individuals on Instagram who take part in calisthenics and I wanted to give it a go. The layout of the class went a bit like: here are your exercises, go do them, which I wasn’t a fan of. From my understanding thats how calisthenics classes are run but for me personally I prefer having someone tell me what to do or having someone to be accountable to. The exercises reminded me a lot of conditioning in gymnastics so it wasn’t my favourite but I’m so glad I went because I have been intrigued about this type of training for a while.
My last class of the weekend was Sweatbolic Conditioning hosted by Crossfit London. I signed onto this class, again, because I have been interested in crossfit for a while. It was amazing! We had to pair up with someone and the perform a series of exercises: 50 calories on the air bike (who invented air bikes?!), 100 kettlebell swings, 80 snatches, 60 v-up’s, 40 clean press, 20 burpees. As a pair we split the number of each exercise between us and while one was working the other was resting. It was a hard class, probably the hardest but it felt so good! Being in a pair was so motivating for me and really made me push myself so I absolutely loved it!
Yoga and Meditation
Over the course of the weekend I attended 3 yoga classes; Align , Explore, Awaken with Mia Togo, Coming Back to Earth with Chloe Faulkner and Yoga Conditioning with Katie Silver. I loved every single one of these classes. Each one was such a different style and each instructor was so different. Yoga conditioning was the most challenging because it incorporated the flow and flexibility of yoga as it usually is but also an element of strength and conditioning training. Basically: very sweaty.
As for meditation, I only made it to one class as all the others were full. I was disappointed that I didn’t manage to get a place on any of the RE: Mind classes however, the one meditation I did attend was mind blowing. I have never been someone who finds it easy to meditate, I’v never really understood it honestly but this class was the best of the whole weekend. It was called Breathe In and Bliss Out with Breathwork by Richie Bostock. During the class we went through two types of breathing which make your fingertips and face feel tingly with pins and needles (sounds odd I know) and then after a while you don’t really know if you’re awake, asleep or in another dimension. If you ever get a chance to attend a class like this I could’t recommend it more, It is game changer.
Everyone that is apart of Lululemon or associated with them is so motivating and inspiring it’s incredible which is why I am so glad I attended a few of the talks. On Saturday I went to Do Less but Better hosted by Lululemon. The talk went over how being busy can be associated with success which doesn’t have to be the case. They discussed how putting your energy into lots of things won’t give you the outcome you wish for if you were to put the majority of your energy into the thing you love most. I found it hard to relate to the things other people were sharing but I still found the talk eye opening. On Sunday morning I attended Goal Setting that Works which did what it says in the title, helped on setting goals and achieving them. It was really inspiring to hear other peoples goals as well when we shared. The last talk I went to was the Science behind Wellness hosted by Dr. Anjali Mahto (a dermatologist), Dr. Zoe Williams (a GP) and Dr. Christopher George (a GP). The three of them went through and myth busted a whole load of information and trends around wellness heath and fitness which I, personally, found really interesting.
In between going to classes, yoga, meditation and talks there was a variety of food trucks which smelled and tasted AMAZING, a market place giving out free samples of more AMAZING food, goal setting trees to share your goals, a Lululemon store and a mermaid cave with free glitter designs and hair do’s. Overall I had the best time. I will definitely be attending the festival again next year, it’s such an amazing feeling to be around people who are interested in the same things as you which I’ve never really had when it comes to health fitness. The atmosphere was incredible and it might give Glastonbury a run for it’s money!
Thanks for reading! Tune in next week for Glastonbury Festival 2019!
Peace out guys x