Looking to up your game as the Olympics draw closer? How about a 6am jog around your local duck pond? No. Would you prefer a post-work boogie to 80’s Madonna? Ah, now I’ve got a captive audience. The lucky residents of Queen’s Park are in for a treat this summer, because Shoreditch’s uber trendy gym, Frame, has opened up a second branch right on their doorstep. The studios are famed for their fun and feisty classes where you can learn a dance from a top West End musical, recreate a pop-tastic music video and perform a tribute to Jane Fonda, all in the name of exercise, and the new west London Frame offers all of the above and more.
This week I got the chance to road test the bright shiny new premises which include a dance studio and a pilates room complete with Reformer beds. As a pilates novice (I like to think of myself as more of a yoga bunny) I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the contraptions, but they actually made new postures and techniques a lot easier to negotiate. Not content with pilates, I then moved on to the Frame-Method. Using techniques favoured by the likes of Drew Barrymore, Dita Von Teese and Zooey Deschanel the class incorporates a series of isometric exercises that puts every muscle group to the test. Needless to say I’m feeling the burn, especially in my obliques – well we are entering bikini season after all. A total glutton for punishment, I finished off my session with Frame-Work, a sort of pick n’ mix if you will of all the best Frame has to offer, from yoga and dance to fitness and pilates. This class is great for anyone who gets bored easily or really wants to work up a sweat, which I did – hence why there is no photographic evidence of my morning at Frame. Luckily the changing room and shower facilities are perfectly equipped with products, straighteners and all, so I left feeling fresh as a daisy and buzzing on endorphins. Julia Fernandez
For info and class timetables, see the Frame Queen’s Park website.