Part of the problem some potential run commuters come up with which puts them off running to work is simply about how to deal with cleaning up after the run. An exercise session over and above a mere stroll will leave you in need of a shower and a place to warm down and stretch after the run. It doesn’t feel great stewing in your own juices after a good run. And let’s face it it’s not going to make you Mr or Miss popular with your fellow workers! And a quick blast with deodorant is just not good enough!
For those who work in large corporations or in forward thinking companies, there might be showers available. My office in Soho has about 300 peeps in it and 2 showers. Not bad, but not great. Doubling up in the shower might appeal to some folk, but suggesting it to the wrong person in your office will lead to a sharp tap on the shoulder from HR faster than you can say Usain Bolt.
I’ve been a member of a gym in the west end for a number of years and it suits me down to the ground. Besides, as well as being a decent place to stretch and shower after running to work, I also use it for weight sessions and the odd spinning or core workout class. But it’s not cheap and I consider it a bit of a luxury, perhaps too much in these recessionary times.
This is why I am thinking about joining H2Club in Soho. H2 style themselves on an affordable alternative to the usual gym format, aimed at people who like fitness classes and running to work or cycling to work.
In their words: ”The H2 concept was created by a team with a passion for fitness, cycling and running inspired by a lack of changing facilities for commuter cyclists and runners.”
Check out their YouTube video for a better idea
Prices are extremely competitive and they have abundant lockers and facilities to freshen up after a run. Less about weights, more about getting fit with what you were born with: your two feet!
If you’re considering running to work or cycling to work in London then check out H2 Club in Soho. It’s a cool part of town, too!