There's a new gym that has just opened in Clapton called Blok and it might just be the trendiest fitness studio we've ever been to. How trendy? Well, it's in a converted warehouse, it also incorporates an art installation space and is the only gym in the UK to have a bone broth (or 'stock' as some people call it) bar. Sheesh, sounds insufferable, right? We went along last night and actually found it to be... really nice. And we didn't see one person doing a workout selfie, thank god. Here's the lowdown.
What's the vibe?
The decor is seriously swish. With its exposed brickwork and steel beams, it's like a hip minimalist restaurant but with kettlebells and boxing bags. There are no treadmills here – it's all about the classes.
What kinda classes?
There are two studios. One is dedicated to boxing, high-intensity interval training and dance-fit. The second is for yoga, barre and pilates. We tried the signature class, BlokFit, which is a pretty gruelling workout through a series of circuits – we've not been so exhausted since we were forced to do the bleep test in year eight.
What else is on offer?
They're thinking of introducing one-on-one personal training sessions, so look out for those.
Let's cut to the chase, what's the damage?
There are currently no membership fees at Blok – hurrah! You pay for classes, which vary in price from £14 for a one-off, to £12 each if you buy a bundle of ten.
So what's that stock – sorry, bone broth – like?
Actually rather nice! And apparently full of nutrients. You could do a lot worse than reaching for one of these on a cold London day. If you're veggie or vegan they also do coffee, shakes and have a whole fridge of weird and wonderful juices.
Anything else I need to know?
There's underfloor heating in the changing rooms, so no need to do the cold-foot hop as you get dressed. Oh and for people who judge a gym on the brand of body wash in the showers, Blok uses super posh Bamford products. Make sure you get a squish of that body lotion!
Blok is at Clapton Tram Depot, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road. Find out more at bloklondon.com.