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A London fitness company is employing ex–convicts to run workouts

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Fed up of Beer Yoga, gym selfies and brunch-fitness hybrids? Well, this might be the antidote: The Hard Yard is championing simple workouts, in urban settings with no equipment necessary.

The London-based fitness company is inspired by the former lives of its trainers, who are all ex-convicts. The Hard Yard’s trainers started out in prisons, with limited space and equipment, so their methods focus on the power of your own body weight – and really hard work. No complicated apparatus and no intimidatingly fancy studio spaces. 

The Hard Yard says: ‘Our trainers are on their own journeys, making positive, permanent life choices. So can you.’ Talk about motivational. 

Find out more and book classes here

Want to work up more of a sweat? Try these seriously good spinning classes in London or stretch it out with our guide to yoga in London.


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