British winters are generally quite miserable affairs but they do have one saving grace- they're a great excuse to put on a few extra "comfort" pounds and hide our newly found lumps and bumps under acres of woollies. But with summer just around the corner it's time to rid ourselves of our excess blub, and what better way to do that than under the watchful eye of the British Military.
British Military Fitness is run by men and women who have either served in the military or are still serving today. Alongside their military experience they all have fitness training qualifications so are more than equipped to put you through your paces. The BMF run classes in parks throughout the UK, including many in London (Hampstead Heath, Battersea Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Park to name just a few). The sessions last for one hour and according to the website includes "effective and varied fitness training." Judging by the look of some of the trainers, I don't think these guys mess about.
But they do cater for all ability levels so don't be put off by the fact that you're out of shape. After a winter like ours who didn't take comfort in a few more pies than usual? All you need to do is go onto their website and fill in an online health questionnaire.You can then attend a free taster session where an instructor will talk you through the different ability levels and which one you'd be most comfortable with.
BMF are clearly a very sociable bunch outside of hours too, hosting a number of events throughout the year including a London Summer Party this July 10th. The event will be held on the north side of the River Thames close by to Monument Tube Station, and the ticket price (£45) includes unlimited beer and wine for an hour, plus food, a DJ and photographer. Other events include a surfing trip to the Algarve and an activity weekend on the Isle of Wight.
BMF clearly inject a bit of fun into the fitness concept, which is no-doubt why they're so popular.