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No, I don’t have a dog. But I really want one! So today, I had to settle for texting a friend and asking if I could help him walk his. He said yes and I left the King’s Road to meet up with him at Battersea Park. The afternoon was perfect!

She made quite a few friends on her walk …

Recently in the gym, I ended up talking to a woman about how ‘comfortable’ us females generally become when in a long term relationship; and how it takes being single or something quite dramatic (like an increase in dress size) to stop taking ourselves for granted. So from now on, I’ve decided to hold as much importance to spinning classes as I do, cocktails! It just has to be done.

So, where are the gyms in Chelsea?

Well, KX (pronounced ‘kicks’) is the Mother of Chelsea gyms. Located on Brompton Cross, this is where Kylie and Gwyneth have been spotted; just to name a couple of celebrities who have stepped over their threshold. KX isn’t your average gym; it’s a haven. You’re working out in luxurious surroundings here.

But if the membership fees are slightly out of budget there is a non-members’ area: KX Spa, which is easily one of the most luxurious places to be pampered in Chelsea.

Chelsea Sports Centre sits just off the King’s Road alongside the entrance to the Chelsea Town Hall. It has a public swimming pool which is used during the day, by the schools in the area (there are a couple of lanes reserved for public swimmers). This is where I learnt to swim as a kid!

After work, the pool gets busy because of the private lessons and post-work rush. The best time to swim here is later in the evening from 8pm onwards, when the swimming pool is quieter.

Upstairs, there is a gym and studio. If you want to book a football pitch on St. Luke’s Playground, this is where you go. There is also an indoor pitch where (I think) they also play badminton and have karate lessons.

If you’re into spinning (which I am), there are no spinning machines (at the time of writing this post – please double check with the sports centre however); so it’s worth finding out if you can use your membership card at an affiliated gym. This used to be the case but I’m not so sure anymore, since its takeover from GLL.

LA Fitness in South Kensington: A friend of mine is a member and loves this gym. It has everything he needs. I haven’t been here but if you’re going to try it out, summer is definitely the best time to. Check out their website for their special short term (no contract) deals.

Virgin Active on Fulham Road: I considered this gym recently but decided not to join because I really wanted to find a place that did Body Combat classes, which they didn’t at the time of looking and when writing this post. They do have kettlebells though and my neighbour swears by their classes. For the yummy mummies, apparently there’s also a great crèche here.

Gyms beyond Chelsea:

British Military Fitness: I went on holiday with a few friends recently and one of them has turned into a serious fitty. Her body is beyond amazing and she trains with BMF in Battersea Park. She is walking testament that BMF produces results.

Fitrooms on North End Road is an independent gym, which means it has quite a personal feel to it. Their classes are also slightly different to most gyms, with plenty of boxing-type sessions on the timetable. There is also more of a focus on pilates rather than yoga, unlike other places.

Click here for the gyms’ contact details.

UPDATE: Since writing this post I’ve joined Virgin Active and moved to The Kensington Club, which you can read about here. It might also be worth keeping an idea on other Gym-related posts which you can find here.

Good morning! Here are some details I wanted to share with you about a new cycling scheme that is about to launch this month.

It’s called Bikeminded and not only will this campaign be somewhere for bike geeks to meet likeminded cyclists as well as a place to send their machines in for a checkup with Dr. Bike, but it looks like they’ll be putting on some interesting bike tours around the Royal Borough.

First off, Royal Plaque Tours:

Blue Plaque Family Tour: Saturday 23 July 2011, 10am.

Blue Plaque Tour: 24 July 2011, 10am.

The Food Tour also looks interesting: The aim of this day will be to race around Kensington & Chelsea (on your bikes of course) and to collect ingredients for a recipe that will be cooked up: a feast fit for foodie cyclists.

I love cycling through the backstreets of Chelsea and along the King’s Road so with a bit of local history or foodie adventure added to the mix, this should be total geek out fun!

The website launches on 23rd July 2011. In the meantime, here’s the link to their holding page.

Just back from an amazing run along Chelsea Embankment and I wish every autumn day could be like this. There’s nothing better than running along the river, across Albert Bridge (despite the current hoardings) and through Battersea Park. Days like these remind me of how beautiful Chelsea is.

But not every autumn day is as crisp as today and running outside in the cold and pouring rain isn’t necessarily ideal. I’m also not a gym bunny. I used to be. But I became bored of staring at myself in the mirror whilst on the treadmill. I prefer the outdoors and when the weather isn’t my friend, I know that I can rely on King’s Road Sporting Club and Chelsea Sports Centre to help me out in my moment of get-fit.

My indoor exercising routine is nothing without my Casall Rock Ring, which is unlike any other hula hoop. This one has weight bars that provide bumps on the hoop to pummel your waist as you hula. It really isn’t as painful as it sounds and it is so much fun starting the day listening to my favourite tracks whilst spinning the hula around. It really sets me up for the day.

Chelsea Sports Centre is also another great winter option for exercising especially on a Wednesday night between 9pm and 10pm for women, when the pool is at its least busy. Sometimes I find myself alone in a lane, which is so delightful. Swimming during rush hour feels quite hectic that it stops being fun or relaxing.

So as it becomes difficult to get out of bed in the cold mornings, I am determined that the only winter coat I put on is the one I can take off when I get home.

Bring on the season of indulgence. I am ready!

Mina Zaher

Follow her @kingsroadrocks

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