Healthy Brockley

The Brockley Bowling Green is the starting point for both gentle and vigorous exercise programmes this weekend. Choose your path...

Gentle

The Francis Drake Bowls Club's home ground is the Hilly Fields theatre of dreams. They are always looking for new members, of any standard and their new website provides a comprehensive run-down of fixtures and club news.


Vigorous



This Saturday will see the launch of Brockley's OpenGym, a series of outdoor fitness sessions run by a local trainer, which uses Brockley's green spaces to help you get fit. As anyone who did the fun run can tell you, Hilly Fields is a challenging terrain.


The sessions will be run by Jo Hill, a qualified fitness instructor, who was inspired by SE4 to create OpenGym. She explains:

"The idea is to provide fitness sessions in Hilly Fields – a fun and local way to exercise which is much nicer than slogging away on a sweaty old treadmill! The first OpenGym class is on Saturday and I will be running them every Sat and Wed from now on. We will meet by the bowling green."


Classes start from £7.50 and full details can be found at the OpenGym website.

28 comments:

lb said...

I got handed an OpenGym flyer at the station a couple of mornings back. Sounds a nice idea, though I suspect I'll probably achieve a similar effect for £7.50 less by just getting up and running round Hilly Fields a few times every morning. Still, I'd be interested to hear what it's like.

On another note, can anyone recommend a good yoga class locally? I need to start doing this again before I seize up completely.

Brockley Nick said...

@Lb - I can recommend the yoga classes for pregnant women at the Sunflower Centre (not personally, you understand). I suspect that's not much use for you, but on the basis of what I've heard the Sunflower Centre is worth looking in to.

lb said...

One for non-pregnant men would probably be more appropriate in my case, but thanks - I will check them out at some point.

There is something in Deptford calling itself the 'Ashtanga Yoga Institute', but it seems to be a fairly shadowy kind of organisation and I can't find out much about it. It could be a money-laundering front, for all I know.

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to do pilates, I am getting on a bit and I need to get fitter to cope with things.

Moira said...

Are you sure its not the Iyengar Yoga Institute? There's no website for the New Cross branch, nor anywhere on the internet where I could find information on classes, but you will find a phone no.

Try the noticeboard at the Telegraph Hill Centre as they certainly used to do yoga and Pilates, and the Sunflower centre is excellent. There's also classes at St Hilda's.

brockley mutha said...

@ moira, or anyone else in the know - any feedback on pilates at sunflower would be appreciated. i'm interested in taking it up.

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting, does anyone know how long the classes are for? Is it all in Hilly Fields?

Moira said...

Brockley mutha
I do the studio pilates (using machines) on Sat with David Canevaro. Classes have a maximum of three people and cost £20. If they are booked up say you'd be willing to fill in when someone can't make it and that way you can get an idea before committing for 5 weeks. David is a fantastic teacher and being an osteopath, he really knows what those of us with chronic illnesses can and cannot do. Getting one to one tuition means that I don't do anything to damage my back which has always happened when doing mat Pilates. However, since doing the studio Pilates for nearly a year now, I am strong enough to attend mat Pilates -Mon & Wed evenings at Telegraph Centre - (the teacher is also excellent).
The Sunflower Centre also does mat Pilates.

Anonymous said...

Moira you're wonderful, always helpful.

Tom said...

OpenGym sounds like a less hardcore version of british military fitness, which operates in parks across London, including Blackheath/Greenwich.

I've gone to the latter and can definitely say that working out in the open with a group I found a MUCH more fun and effective than going to a gym.

lb said...

[Moira] You're quite right, I got my Ashtanga mixed up with my Iyengar.

I'd like to do a few classes but my budget really is limited at present.

veggiegirl said...

Kathy King also teaches Pilates at the Sunflower Centre. I've been to some of her classes at another venue - good teacher & I'd recommend her.

Sue Luxton said...

Isn't there still a yoga class at St Andrew's Church on Brockley Road? In fact I think it was twice a week last time I noticed it advertised.

Tamsin said...

All sorts of Yoga and Pilates at the Telegraph Hill Centre - follow the link from the home page to their What's On page which gives you some contact numbers. Also Egyptian Dancing Wednesday mornings or Tai Chi on Tuesday evenings (part way through a course, but new ones starting - we hope - in June and September).

brockley mutha said...

@ moira - great thanks. I'll follow that up.

Jo said...

Hi Tom

Yes you're right Open Gym classes are a less hard core version of the British Military Fitness sessions that happen in Greenwich. Those session are good but if you're not so into the army camouflage thing then Open Gym is a less scary option!

Anonymous - Open Gym classes last one hour and are designed as an all round body workout but everyone can go at their own pace.

In terms of Pilates - over the winter I went to classes with Jo at the Sunflower Centre - they were excellent. I'm sure if they offered outdoor yoga / pilates in the park over the summer it would be popular.

Anonymous said...

My verdict is - fun class, nice people, you can go at your own pace so it's as taxing as you want to make it.

THere's a fitness assessment on Sat am apparently so, if you want to monitor your fitness, you can go then and then compare your results with 4 weeks' time.

All the World said...

Hi

Can anyone let me know of a friendly absolute beginners yoga class starting soon. I am starting the fight back to fitness as I am overweight and need to do some regular exercise. Please advise anyone!

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Re: Iyenger Yoga - i tried the Iyenger institute in new cross a few months back - you need to book your induction over the phone as you can't just turn up. Glennis (i think she owns it?) is an inspiration. I think she's 62 yrs old and is still incredible at yoga. Iyenger is slow and good for building awareness of posture and strength as well as dealing with injuries - i only left because i wanted something a bit faster -ht

Anonymous said...

If you are still looking for a local yoga class or looking for gentle ways to relax, stretch and strengthen your body and calm your mind, I hold a weekly hatha yoga class for beginners every friday at St. Andrew's Church, from 6.45pm - 8.00pm. Love to see y'all there. Any queries please call/email ntathu, yoga teacher on 07973 777 882/ntathu@yogainspires.co.uk/www.yogainspires.co.uk

Tamsin said...

The classes mentioned above are all still going on on the Telegraph Hill Centre. Matter of which is the most convenient in time, style and place.

Gill said...

Clair was running both Pilates and Aerobics classes at St Catherine's church hall at Telegraph hill but they stopped completelyon 27th April, Goldsmiths Uni have some classes but I am looking for High impact Aerobics and Caibo Aerobics if anyone knows of any in the area please advise, does anyone know what the open gym entails in hilly fields?

Gill

wendy said...

I run a variety of Iyengar Yoga Classes, some suitable for complete beginners, in Greenwich, Blackheath, Nunhead and East Dulwich. For information see my website www.wendymcguire.co.uk
Hope to see you at a class soon.

Anonymous said...

I know the original post in this thread was ages ago but I'm really keen on the Open Gym thing and the Open Gym website does not mention Hilly Fields. Does anyone know if it is still going ? Or any other Hilly Fields running, fitness group to join ?

Tressilliana said...

I think they might still be going. I saw a group doing keep fit in the snow last year, which was quite a sight to see.

Enlightenment Dude said...

They are definitely still going strong - often in the dark. It makes a couch spud like myself feel quite guilty to see them.
Here's the link.
http://www.opengym.co.uk/Brockley

Anonymous said...

Pilates at the Telegraph Hill centre is very good. The teacher is great, and there are concessionary rates for lots of people.
Blokes are obviously welcome, and actually attend too.
You're very likely to enjoy it :)

Kate said...

If all human beings were self motivated, millions of people would be out of business. People talk the good talk but never do it, £7-50 is a small price to make commitment.

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