7 ways to take your training outdoors

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Feeling nostalgic for the days of athletics matches, netball tournaments and bulldog in the playground? Re-live the best parts of your schooldays with these outdoor activities…


Turns out, playing the sport as a grown-up is much more enjoyable than playing in school and definitely doesn’t feel as serious. You can wear jazzy leggings, there isn’t a PE teacher breathing down your neck and most importantly, you can have a glass of wine with your team after the game!

Price: Teams £5 per week. Small group £7. Individual £7.

Where: Multiple locations across London

When: Multiple dates

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Track Mafia
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Meet at Paddington recreational ground every Thursday 6:30- 8:30pm, where coach Cory will take you through a warm up, activation drills and timed group running exercises around the 400m track. A great one for long distance runners looking to improve their form and pacing technique and those feeling nostalgic for their athletics days.

Price: Free (just turn up and join in)

Where: Paddington Recreation Ground W9 1PD

When: Every Thursday 6:30- 8:30pm

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Gorilla Circus
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Ready for a flying lesson? Start with a warm up then move on to practice a simple trick on the low bar. Attempt the trick on the Flying Trapeze and towards the end of the class you’ll get caught by an instructor on a separate swinging bar. Do it for the adrenaline rush

Price: Flying trapeze class – £30

Where: Queens Gate Lodge. Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5ET / Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RT

When: Multiple class times.

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Join the last remaining classes of this pop-up fitness series at Aviary London rooftop bar. Based on Digme’s HIIT programme Matrix and its three pillars Run, Condition, Move, HIIT the Roof is a high-octane, full-body workout looking out over London’s skyline.

Price: Options are workout + cold pressed juice at £25 or workout + full breakfast £35.

When: Friday 11th August – 7am & 8am / Friday 25th August – 7am & 8am.

Where: Aviary London

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A ‘civilian friendly’ version of physical exercise (‘phys’) used to improve and maintain the fitness levels of the British Army, Navy and RAF – some of the fittest individuals on the planet. All class participants into three main ability groups: blue for beginners red for intermediates green for advanced.

Price: First class is free

When: Multiple dates

Where: Multiple locations from Finsbury Park to Hyde Park

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High intensity interval training disguised as playground games! Discover all your old favourites from British bulldog to capture the flag and stuck in the mud!

Price: One game any venue £14 per game

When: Multiple dates from

Where: Hyde Park. Finsbury Park. King’s Cross.

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If you loved swinging from monkey bars as a kid, you’ll love this fitness playground in Shoreditch. A dedicated outdoor fitness training site with classes for strength & conditioning, HIIT and obstacle course race prep. They also offer Personal Training, Sports Massage and Osteopathy.

Price: First session is free

When: Multiple class times

Where: Powerleague, Braithwaite St, London E1 6GJ

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