Today’s edition of the Northern Wellness Guide is a central Manchester studio guide by Vicki Mellard, a female-focused PT based in the city. She uses her experience with disordered eating and self esteem issues to help women to build confidence and a positive relationship with their bodies. You can find her in studios across Manchester centre including V1be, mentioned below, or on her blog and Instagram. Over to Vicki…
The Manchester fitness scene is growing and I’m all here for it, with more boutique style studios popping up around the city offering the people of Manchester more than just the gym.
V1BE, Northern Quarter
If you want to work hard, challenge your body and get a sweat on this is the studio for you. High Intensity Training that is monitored by a MyZone heart rate monitor so throughout you know what you are doing and can keep tabs on your progress. Their L1FT classes are structured between the treadmills and floor work. On the treadmills you will find yourself interval training – think speed sprints and hills. The floor work will see you using free weights and bodyweight combinations to work the whole body with some intensity exercises thrown in for good measure. Their STR1KE class contains all the above with the addition of boxing-based combinations on the punchbags. No muscle group is left untouched and you will leave feeling challenged and ready for anything.
Barry’s Bootcamp, Spinningfields
Carrying on with the intensity vibes on the other side of town we have Barry’s Bootcamp. The first Barry’s in the UK outside of London has made its home in Manchester. Known as the red room the workouts focus around treadmill intervals and floor work. Depending on the focus of the class you will be using resistance training and bodyweight exercises during your floor work to target specific muscle groups. You are guaranteed a sweaty workout with a playlist to match every time.
Hot Yoga at The Life Centre, Deansgate
For people that want something a little different when it comes to yoga why not try hot yoga? They offer 4 yoga classes in a heated studio (38-40 degrees) all focusing on different things. There is the Hot Yoga 60 which is their signature class working through 40 postures to work the whole body. Hot Flow a faster paced class offering more of dynamic flow of postures, Hot Candlelit Yoga where the class is done in candle light to a flow of the instructors desire and finally Warm Flow and Restore a bridge class as the temperature is cooler than the others at 28 degrees. All the classes are designed for the heat, allowing your muscles to stretch and your mind relax.
Lululemon Studio, St Anns Square
Within the store there is a fitness studio at the back where they hold a selection of yoga classes, movement and meditation, BarreCore and a run club. The classes tend to get booked up fairly quickly so I would advise looking at what is happening over on their facebook page and contacting instructors personally from there. They also offer workshops and events that are open to the public.
Further options and new openings
This is just a selection of what Manchester has to offer when it comes to fitness because there are many more studios around the city centre and beyond. Also worth a mention is Kor, a spin and resistance HIIT studio; and Gym & Juice. And if what you want isn’t here yet the chances are it will be on its way within the next couple of years! Keep your eyes peeled for Blok opening up very soon.
Photo credit: V1be fitness.