Get in shape in the great outdoors with small group sessions
Fitness classes in London’s parks have become a familiar sight. Chances are, if you’ve seen enthusiastic locals working out come rain or shine in Ravenscourt Park or Furnivall Gardens, they were sessions run by Babis Kanellopoulos and his Pod Fitness team.
Babis took the reins of the business last year from founder, Bianca Sainty. ‘I was the Head Trainer and we shared similar ideas about the advantages of exercising in small groups (maximum five people) in stimulating surroundings. When Bianca decided to move on she offered me the opportunity to take over Pod Fitness. I knew the clients and trainers, so the transition was easy. I was really happy!’
During lockdown Babis held sessions online. ‘They proved popular so we’re continuing with them, even though we’re fully back in action in the parks seven days a week.Making a personal connection is key to our philosophy. We welcome all ages and fitness levels, so when a new client joins we make a point of getting to know them, discussing their goals, training history or lack of it, and any past injuries. Then we adapt what we do to achieve the best results for them.’
One of the secrets of Pod Fitness’ success is the flexibility and simplicity of the booking system. ‘Clients can mix and match the types of training (Kickboxing, Stretching, Strength, High Intensity, Total Body and Circuits) and our trainers, who have their own styles, ensure the work-out is fresh, enjoyable and effective – and that social distancing is observed.
‘Our main package (Unlimited Membership) is excellent value; if you book seven sessions per week, the cost works out at just £7 each, we also have a 10-session Pass which can be used whenever you like and a convenient 24-hour cancellation policy.
‘I’m sure that there are significant mental health benefits to exercising outdoors, all the more so after the experience of the last year. If you would like to get in shape and meet new people – we’re like a family – do get in touch. We make the whole process fun!