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To deal with the pace and pressures of modern life, a fitness regime is essential – to ensure you cultivate both a healthy body and mind. For me, where I carry out that regime is very important, the traditional sweaty smelling gym with damp changing rooms just doesn’t cut it anymore and really doesn’t help my motivation. Which is exactly where The Refinery Yoga and Fitness Studios comes in! The Refinery’s E9 Studios are based in the heart of East London and offer a funky but tranquil space, with an amazing ambiance, that promises to support both your physical and emotional wellbeing.

The Gym
The gym is 3,500 square feet of expertly designed indoor fitness space which includes 3 fitness studios, a Wi-Fi connected lounge area and comfortable male and female changing rooms. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve just entered a fab new bar; this is working out with style! Think curved walls, spectrum lighting, a tunnel walkway and of course some amazing tunes to get your blood pumping before you even begin!

The Staff
The instructors are a dedicated, passionate, friendly group of people, ready and waiting to share their considerable knowledge and support you on your journey.

The Classes
The range of classes is tantalising; which to pick! Traditionals like yoga and Pilates are of course on offer but often with a twist so how about “Yoga Fit Flow” or Mandala Flow Yoga”. “Disco Barre” or “Ballet Rebels” also take my fancy. And then of course there’s more hardcore fitness classes: the fantastically titled “Express AAA: Ass, Arms, Abs” or “Can’t Stop: Won’t Stop Cardio”. Mindfulness classes also feature heavily, this is not just a gym that focuses on physical results but mental and emotional improvements too. Attending a combination of these classes will increase your stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed and agility; helping you feel connected and healthy. The timetable varies each week so you can always try something new; cross-training in this way is fantastic for your fitness levels.

The Passes
There’s a very flexible range of options for passes, again with some fabulous names! A “No Ties Class Pass” gives you 1 month’s unlimited access and a discounted rate is available if you subscribe to this pass monthly. The “Kick Ass Class Pass” gives you 5 classes or upgrade to the “Bad Ass Class Pass” for 10 classes, but why stop there?! The “Rock Ass Class Pass” gives you 30 classes and the “Immortal Class Pass” is the ultimate for 60 classes! A reduced rate is available for your first class and you can purchase a “Trial Period” pass for 10 days unlimited access. Drop in classes are also available. Workshops run on the weekend that last 2-3 hours and allow you a more in depth masterclass on a specific technique or body area.

For an after class treat, there are also a range of therapies available onsite; why not book a massage or a facial to extend that post-workout glow. We are not the only ones a little bit in love with this place; it was the Tatler2016 gym awards winner!

So for a positively energising treat for both body and mind; pay the Refinery a visit. Take a break from your daily challenges and get ready to face life an altogether stronger version of yourself!

The Refinery

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