Vita Boutique Fitness is Sloane Square’s brand new high-end fitness hub. Located directly on the square, the light and airy six-floor building is home to a range of classes including barre, reformer pilates and yoga. Also on offer at Vita is massage, nutritional guidance and osteopathy. The full wellness package.
To enter the studios one walks through Kiss The Hippo; a luxury café serving London’s first ever carbon neutral coffee. A selection of juices, teas and coffees, breakfast bowls, healthy treats, sandwiches and salads renders it the perfect place to meet friends or enjoy a post-workout pick-me-up. I ordered a flat white which was served in a neutral coloured china beaker; effortlessly stylish.
The building is tall and narrow meaning there are a number of stairs to climb before reaching each sumptuous studio. A great way to warm up before class! My first ever reformer pilates class took place on a sunny evening and the windows overlooking the square were wide open to welcome in the cool breeze.
The class consisted of the subtle movements which make up pilates with added resistance from the reformer machine to further improve our strength (particularly around the core, back, glutes and thighs) as well as our flexibility and balance. There were only five of us in the class meaning that our instructor, Alexander, could walk around and adjust our positioning where necessary. While pilates is not typically known for being an intense form of cardiovascular fitness, we did get a sweat on as we placed intense focus on every single movement. It took me a while to get used to the reformer machine but by the end I felt that I’d got to grips with it. The machine contains springs that provide differing levels of resistance which can be adjusted to suit each exercise and individual requirements. Pilates is worthwhile on its own, but unrivalled using the machine.
I tried out a flow yoga class which was simultaneously challenging and calming. Our instructor, Moon, incorporated breath-work and stretching with fast-paced movements to create a practice that worked every muscle in our bodies. There were only three of us in the class which meant that she was able to advise us individually and adjust our positioning frequently throughout. There’s a lot to learn and build upon in yoga and being in such a small group is extremely beneficial. The class concluded in Shavasana (known as corpse pose) which is meant to calm our central nervous systems and promote a sense of peace. I left feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead. Both Alexander and Moon were incredibly attentive, welcoming and willing to answer any questions I had along the way.
If you’re looking to embark on a healthier lifestyle – and one that’s enjoyable – Vita Boutique Fitness is unparalleled with its centrally located luxury studios, expert instructors, small class sizes and, of course, the state-of-the-art coffee shop.
To discover more, visit: vitaboutiquefitness.com
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