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Five Ways to Keep Fit in Holland Park

09 May 18
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Five Ways to Keep Fit in Holland Park

09 May 18

Just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean you have to give up all those endorphins generated by your usual exercise regime, especially if, like us, you tend to over-indulge when travelling. Instead of hiding away in an anonymous gym, however, why not get outside and use your workout to explore one of the city’s most attractive—not to mention sports-mad—green spaces? Unlike most public parks in London, many of which have manicured lawns with multiple restrictions, Kensington and Chelsea’s Holland Park welcomes fitness fanatics with open arms, and provides an array spaces to work up a sweat.

If tennis is your game, grab a partner and take your pick of one of the six hard-surfaced courts (two of which are floodlit), available to book for less than £10 an hour. Think your backstroke needs professional attention? Or you’ve never played but are keen to try something new? Get in touch with the Holland Park Tennis Club and arrange a private lesson with one of their friendly coaches. Alternatively, you can join one of the bi-weekly Holland Park cardio fitness classes on court for a truly heart-pumping workout.

If you prefer to get in shape solo, Holland Park is also equipped with a free outdoor gym for bodyweight training. Located in the southern section of the park, just behind the tennis courts, it offers a set of parallel bars, low bars, a monkey bar and incline benches for core training. If the weather takes a turn for the worse (this is England, after all!) and you don’t fancy braving the elements to get your daily dose of exercise, the nearby Core Collective on Kensington’s Phillimore Walk has an extensive and dynamic timetable of classes, including power yoga, mat Pilates, circuit training, spinning and full-body workouts (you don’t have to be a member to join in).

There’s no better way to get to know a new city and feel like a local than by jogging through it. We recommend taking a 2km loop of Holland Park and then exploring its many criss-crossing pathways. Salute the statue of Lord Holland (whose land this once was), then take in the stunning Kyoto Garden, London’s very own petite piece of Japan, full of colourful cherry blossoms and home to Holland Park’s famous peacocks.

Team games are not only a great way to keep fit but also provide fantastic opportunities to meet new people while travelling, or to catch up with friends while you’re in town. Whether it’s a game of netball or basketball on the hard courts, a kickaround on one of the many football pitches, or a spot of cricket in the summer, Holland Park has got your fitness needs covered.

For those visitors keen to work on their golf swing, the Holland Park Golf School provides a relaxed and secluded environment in which to learn the basics or hone your skills. With over 25 years’ experience teaching in the London area, coach Sean will teach any ability, from complete beginners right up to professional level.

 

Feature images © RichVintage; Kit Leong; Chris Dorney; Core Collective; Simonkr

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