Calling all challenge seekers (and your boyfriends, hubbys, brothers & boy mates!)
Have you ever thought of trying a Duathlon? Similar to a triathlon, just minus the swimming and double the running!
Join Team Boutique on Sunday 15 September to take on one of four challenges in London Duathlon within the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park. Open to all abilities, this run-bike-run event provides you with the perfect opportunity to enter the world of multi-sports.
What’s more… London Duathlon 2013 will be delivered by premium event organisers Limelight Sports, the same company bringing you Boutique Sport. So we know you’re in good hands!
Team Boutique will receive £5 off the entry fee until Sunday 30 June 2013 by quoting ‘BOUTIQUE5’ in the promotional code box when registering online.
We’re planning to have our own Boutique Sport area to meet, plus we hope to include other benefits like a designated bike area in the transition zone to make the day special.
That’s not all, for the first time ever Boutique Sport is opening up to the guys as well. We know a lot of our Boutique girls are runners, so if you want to sign up as a team entry with a fella and his bike (or vice versa), that’s cool with us!
Find out more about the challenges you can do at londonduathlon.redefiningsport.com
Interested but not sure what a Duathlon is?
A duathlon consists of three sets of athletic activity, but across two disciplines – running and cycling. The first set consists of running, followed by cycling, and then back to running. The distances of each activity vary depending on the challenge you choose… and there are plenty! Similar to a triathlon, you will go through transition to change between disciplines but don’t let that scare you!
*This discount code can be shared with friends and family. All females who use the Team Boutique code will be added to the Boutique Sport database and will be sent the monthly newsletter
Smoothies are a great way to get your important daily nutrition all in one glass, whilst keeping you hydrated and providing you with optimal brain power for the whole day.
Krystal, the Whole Foods Market Kensington’s Healthy Eating Specialist made some tasty smoothies for us after our Boutique Sport @ NTC session last week and she shares her recipe here for us to try out at home:
Almond and Berry Smoothie
For one portion simply blend all the following ingredients together.
Almond milk 1 cup
Almond butter 1 teaspoon
Sunwarrior raw protein powder 1 tablespoon
Frozen berries ½ cup
Raw cacao powder 1 tablespoon
Raw honey 1 teaspoon.
Obviously you can get all these ingredients from WholeFoods Market! Try it and tell us what you think.
Krystal also holds various classes, ranging from detox to making your own skincare, throughout the year; make sure you check out the Kensington facebook and twitter feeds for info and updates: https://www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsKensington and @WFM_Kensington
Plus she also gives free store tours for individuals or small groups and can tailor them for specific dietary requirements such as vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free or weight loss. Tours can be booked directly with Krystal via email. Krystal.Frost@wholefoods.com
Do you love indoor cycling (aka spinning)? Or do you fancy giving it a try? Then have we found a studio for you. Cyclebeat is a boutique indoor cycling studio which recently opened in the heart of the City. All they do is indoor cycling, and they do it rather well.
Indoor cycling is a brilliant way to get fit, and to stay fit. And if you are in training for a cycling or triathlon event, there is nowhere better in London to put in those miles.
Cyclebeat isn’t just another gym spinning studio. Here’s what you’ll get there:
• The instructors are simply brilliant. They’ve tracked down London’s finest to push you hard and make you smile.
• The unique Beatboard shows your work rate as you ride, adding a bit of competition for those who want it. It’s incredibly motivating, and will get you working harder.
• All your ride data is saved to your account, so you can track your fitness improvements.
• A beautifully designed studio with tiered seating. It’s an awesome place to ride.
There is no long-term membership commitment, so you can just pay and ride, with classes all day every day. You can find Cyclebeat here at 8 Lombard Court, London EC3V 9BJ (just a few minutes from Bank and Monument tubes).
Cyclebeat are offering Boutique Sports members a discount, so you can ride for 30 days for just £25. To get that deal, just go to cyclebeat.co.uk and buy the 30 day introductory offer, using the promo code BOUTIQUE. If you need any more information check out their website or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Boutique will #powerup the night at the Energizer Night Run in Battersea Park on Saturday 13 April. This got Boutique HQ thinking about what to wear to the event! Here are some ideas for kit that will match the glowing vibe of the race:
For pre and post race you need to keep limber muscles warm, for that, this jacket is a must and if ever there was a time neon pink and yellow rocked, it would be to #powerup at the Energizer Night Run. Unisex Flex Fleece
Our *slight* obsession for print leggings in the office is getting a little out of hand. We could do a whole blog just on them. However, for the sake of succinctness we found these bright Lululemon ones that make us think of Spring!
If you’re more of a shorts than legging kinda gal, then these Lorna Jane bad boys could be for you. Plus they have a concealed zip which is always handy for keeping keys and a mobile safe.
If you want to your feet to do the talking on your neon outfit, these Nike Air Max hit the spot in any colour enough to power you up through the race.
Not sure what you did before Barry M nail polish? Us neither. These pots are so affordable that buying several at a time is still cheaper than your lunch (take note Chanel). We’ll be trying out these ice cream coloured , matt nail varnishes
Whilst we wouldn’t advocate wearing jewellery whilst running, (black eyes from bouncing necklaces, scrapes from a fellow runner’s ring), studs seem to be fine and we couldn’t help but fall for these super cute lightning bolt ones from Etsy, to, er…help you run as fast as lightning? *hangs head in shame*
Oh and if you hadn’t heard the ‘Scrunchie’ is back, which on one hand is great (less split ends) and on the other…well the jury is out. If you’re a dedicated follower of fashion might we suggest you purchase something from the vintage-inspired mecca American Apparel.
When you join Energizer Night Run you receive a race t-shirt as well as a head torch to light up the night sky, so sign up with Team Boutique we can’t wait to see you there
Spring is in the air and with the clocks about to change it’s time to get fit fast!
Slice Urban Lifestyle Studios, in south-west London is offering our members and a friend the chance to try out one of their classes for FREE!
For your chance to claim a free class at Slice Urban Lifestyle Studios all you need to do is introduce someone new to Boutique Sport. Email email@example.com with your name and the name and email address of the person you would like to introduce. Easy peasy!
Following your email, Boutique Sport HQ will provide you with further details on redeem this offer. All classes booked are subject to availability.
With three studios and a large café at member’s disposal, Slice provides the perfect space to drop-in for an instant escape and allows the inspiring team to help you shape your mind and your body, and most importantly your lifestyle.
Slice offer pay-as-you-go classes, with classes ranging from vitality-infused Yoga, Pilates, Zumba Fitness, 80s Aerobics, Total Body Workout, Adult Ballet and Barre Workout. Class durations range from 30 to 90 minutes, and take place in the morning, lunchtime and evening to mould around your life to energise your goals.
Slice’s chic modern studios are less than 3 minutes stroll from the Parsons Green tube and local bus routes. Those who have had their run of over-crowded spaces will be pleased to know that participant numbers are limited at Slice, ensuring the experience is never diluted.
*By providing your details in conjunction with this offer, you accept future correspondence from Boutique Sport and Slice Urban Lifestyle Studios
New Year resolutions driving you bananas? We think you should go nuts instead!
You and a friend could WIN a month’s supply of Vita Coco 100% Natural Coconut water, each! Full of important electrolytes, Vita Coco Coconut water is the low-calorie, fat-free and nutrient packed choice for natural hydration. The perfect addition to any workout and so yummy too!
For your chance to win all you need to do is introduce someone new to Boutique Sport. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, and the name, email address and phone number of the person you would like to introduce by Friday 8 February 2013.* Easy peasy!
Winners will be drawn at random and announced on Monday 11 February. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
*By providing your details in conjunction with this offer, you accept future correspondence from Boutique Sport and Vita Coco.
Kerry Patterson is undertaking a new challenge in 2013 ‘RunThatTrack’ Here she explains all in her first blog for Boutique Sport…
From what I have noticed, a lot of ladies at Boutique Sport have a real passion for running. I’m very much a novice in this domain and my exercise routine attempts to avoid running at all costs, and that means at all costs. Give me a Muay Thai session or a Crossfit workout and I’m much more of a happy bunny. The problem arises that in order to shred the fat I hold so dear to my heart, I need to throw in a bit of running to these sessions. Cue my 2013 Fitness Goal - ‘RunThatTrack’.
RunThatTrack was conceived in 2009 after a few drinks one night and now takes place at each and every Formula 1 Grand Prix. It’s an event whereby any and everybody who works in F1® can participate. The problem being that F1® is not only very competitive in its nature as a whole, but it’s completely overrun with men. Not a bad thing I hear you say. True, but when it comes to a novice competing, the stakes are high and I may only bring shame to my door and get a life time of ridicule from my boss.
What makes RunThatTrack even more compelling, is that it has developed in to a charity run too, where each new person posting a time at that specific track results in a $50 donation to the Make A Wish Foundation, courtesy of charity partner UBS.
I’m travelling to 6 out of the 19 races in 2013 and first up for me is Malaysia in March. The countdown is on to get this non runner in to a runner who can handle the distances and the inclines each track will offer. The tracks aren’t as flat as you might think!
So now my goal is set (and in order to save face) it’s time to tackle the training. Being a novice I’ve started following a program called ‘Cardio for Leanness’ to shred a few pounds and make lugging this rump around a bit easier. HR monitor at the ready – it’s time for training to begin.
Cheer on Kerry by following us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @BoutiqueSport using the hashtag #RunThatTrack
The lucky ladies Down Under will be getting a spring in their step as Boutique Sport, the ultra-glam way to work out, launches a pilot in Melbourne in the New Year.
Help us make it a success by getting your Aussie girlfriends on board and encouraging them to sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming exclusive events in their area!
We are also looking for Melbourne-based glambassadors to help us shape Boutique Sport Australia and spread the word. If you know someone in Melbourne who loves all the things we do – sport and fitness, fashion, pampering and having a good time – then tell them to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Following our very successful exclusive event at BOOM! Cycle Studio, Shoredich back in May, Boutique Sport have once again teamed up with our friends at BOOM! Cycle, to offer you and a friend the chance to try out one of their classes FOR FREE!
For your chance to claim a free class at BOOM! Cycle all you need to do is introduce someone new to Boutique Sport. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, and the name, email address and phone number of the person you would like to introduce by Wednesday 19th December 2012*. Easy peasy!
Following your email, Boutique Sport HQ will provide you with further details on redeem this offer. All classes must be booked between Wednesday 12 December 2012 – Sunday 6 January 2013, and are subject to availability.
*By providing your details in conjunction with this offer, you accept future correspondence from Boutique Sport and BOOM! Cycle
On Monday 19 November we served up our hottest event yet; with 50 London ladies taking to the mats at Covent Garden studio, Yotopia, to experience Hot Pilates (workout in 40°C) or traditional Yogalates (at room temperature).
With both classes fully booked and lots of new Boutique faces, it was a great way to start the week off, even if we can still feel it. After the classes, tasty nibbles promoting post workout recovery were provided by Soulmate Food, as well as refreshing Vita Coco, 100% Natural Coconut Water – a Boutique favourite!
Lorna Jane Activewear showcased their latest winter workout wear; with brightly coloured workout tops and all weather leggings, perfect for those cold winter night sessions. Our ladies were even treated to an extra 20% off sales on the night! Everyone left with a goodie bag and a big smile.
We loved the Yotopia studios, and would definitely recommend a visit; it’s just 5 minutes away from Covent Garden tube station and is a great oasis away from the busy street of Christmas shoppers. For more information visit: www.yotopia.co.uk/