Category Archives: Fitness

The Juice Well – London

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With many of us overindulging over the holiday season what better to kick off the New Year        than with a much needed detox  and the most popular of late has been the juice cleanse.

Several companies and juice bars  now offer cleanses so we decided to try one out for ourselves and opted for The Juice Well in London’s Soho, which specialises in cold pressed juices, smoothies and healthy snacks. The cold press refers to the method of juice extraction which is said to retain the highest level of nutrients from the juiced fruits and vegetables, plant cells are crushed slowly using a hydraulic press juicer to release the nutrients without altering, heating or destroying them in any way. At The Juice Well all their juices are pressed and not grinded that means that no oxidation will have taken place, leaving all the vital minerals, enzymes, vitamins, proteins and nutrients intact.

Cleansing has been a hot topic recently with talk of its health promoting benefits (boost immunity and assist in detoxing your liver, kidney & blood)and a great way to kick start a healthier lifestyle.

The Juice Well offers four different types of cleanses which come available in 1 day or 3 day options which the team worked with alongside rusted nutritionists and chefs.

The four options are….

Rainbow – As the name suggests is the most colourful options with plenty of fruit and vegetable juices that deliver 100%RDA of 23 vital vitamins & minerals and soluble finer.
1 day £55/3 days £160

All Nighter- Designed for those looking to combat skin problems thanks to anti-inflammatory ingredients are loaded with phytonutrients.
1 day £55/3 days £160

Energizer – Provides a great source of mineral, zinc & iron. It’s high amount of natural chlorophyll alkalizes and cleanses body & blood.
1 day £55/3 days £160

Green – The most intense of the four and designed for those who want to do a cleanse with fewer natural sugars, it also contains 96% RDA of soluble fibre.
1 day £58/3 days £170

Each day of the plans includes 6 x 500ml juices alongside a bottle of Reverse Osmosis (super filtrated) water and two concentrated juice ‘shots’, the 6 juices are intended to be consumed at  two hour intervals to keep energy levels at a high.

We opted for the Green cleanse, the most restrictive of the four the juices are mostly green vegetables based to limit sugar levels and as a result also has the lowest calorie levels with 753 calories a day.  The juices are intended to be consumed in a particular order to optimise their health boosting benefits so it is recommended you follow these, each bottle will be clearly labelled.

Kicking of the fist of the 6 daily juices if the Hungry Buster, though scary looking (thick black liquid) at first the juice itself is quite tasty – a mixture of chia gel, Galia Melon, Vanilla Extract and charcoal (one of nature’s best detoxers) the juice is rich of Omega 3 and the mixture is full of Vitamin C, B and potassium.

The remainder are all green juices – some tastier the others – the ones with fruit give it a naturally added sweetness, the Sweet Greens fixes apple, Kale, spinach, romaine, lemon and pear.

Alongside the juices are two juice shots, these concentrated 30ml shots are designed to be taken on their own or mixed in with any of the other juices in the plan, included in the Green cleanse are the Beauty Elixir and Fat Burner.  Two 500ml bottles of Reverse Osmosis Water are also included, to wash  away toxins.

The 3 days were quite intense and if its your first time on a juice cleanse I recommend going for one of the less restrictive  plans, the fruit juices are sweeter and make it easier to stick to. However if you want to go all out and go for the ultimate green juice cleanse then I do recommend it, thought a bit difficult at first the plan does get easier as the days pass and after the 3 full days you will feel less heavy and totally rejuvenated along with  a brighter complexion to boot.

The Juice Well make the cleanses very easy with all 3 days worth delivered straight to any address in greater London and each day individually packed in a cooling bag making it easy to take with you to work, just stick the bag in a fridge and drink every 2 hours.

To sign up for a plan and to visit the full range of products visit www.thejuicewell.co.uk

Shinola x Muhammad Ali Center Collection

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Detroit based lifestyle brand Shinola has teamed up with The Muhammad Ali Center to create the latest instalment of the Great American Series, which is dedicated to American visionaries and industrial pioneers.

The mantra of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

This latest capsule in the series features a limited edition watch, sweatshirt, boxing gloves, robe and two books on inspired by the boxing champion himself,  Muhammad Ali.

Highlights of the collection include a grey regional knit jumper with a screen print on the chest of Ali’s birth name, Cassius Clay.  The stylish piece has a slight 70s vibe and made from 100%cotton melange French terry.

For the ultimate Ali experience then there’s a a white robe, created in partnership with the company Sleepy Jones, the hooded design comes with Ali’s name embossed in the back and is made from 100% cotton.

Prices start at £40 for a photography book  by Thomas Hoepker to £1930 for a the limited edition watch.

www.shinola.co.uk

Pure Gym – Hammersmith – London

Memberships at fitness centres are at an all time high. Helping to improve your life physically, mentally and even socially, its clear why we have seen soaring rates of increase in participation. 

I myself play a part in those increasing figures ,spending up to 8 hours in the gym a week I would describe myself as a fitness fanatic. 

Over the past three years I have been a member at a number of gyms, at a number of locations, most recently of which is pure gym, Hammersmith. The facilities offered by pure gym at this location are absolutely outstanding. I was truly shocked at the variety, quality, and quantity of equipment provided. Before we speak about the value offered for money at pure gym, it is a notable factor that not only is the gym open 24 hours the day, but there is no contract involved in the membership Iike what I have experienced at some other more expensive gyms. This make pure gym a perfect option if you often work long hours and prefer to work out at a later time.

Due to a busy schedule, I often find myself in the gym after 10 PM. An added advantage of this is that the gym is far less busy. I also find with work that I often need to travel for prolonged periods of time away from home, meaning the absence of contract is perfect because I’m able to simply pause my membership whilst I am away, avoiding unnecessary costs!  

Membership start at just £10.99 a month. Included in this membership you will be free to use over 220 pieces of he latest gym equipment that covers everyones fitness requirements and goals. There is also 40 free classes a week and additional specialist classes offered if they are of interest, such as Zumba. There is also a free induction you can utilise if you are a beginner and personal training offered if you would like assistance with you workout technique, plan or even dietary advise. I am overwhelmed with the service provided my Pure Gym, a true peoples business!

www.puregym.com

Kickboxing for Fitness

Kickboxing makes for a well-rounded workout that provides a vigorous cardiovascular exercise while effectively targeting your core muscle groups. Kickboxing is an intense, calorie-burning exercise –an average person can burn approximately 700 calories in an hour, making it a great workout option for those wanting to lose weight.

Pierre Abena Kickboxing

Doing the punching and kicking in consistent intervals will also help build muscles, while improving muscle definition and retention. The rapid arm and leg movements will also improve balance and flexibility. Ready to give it a try? Glove up at the MMA Atletica Box.

Photos courtesy of Pierre Abena

Vitamins for healthy looking hair: Simple as A, B, C, D & E

Your hair….. Too many products leave it looking dried, frazzled and abused. Not enough product and it looks unkept and unloved. Here’s a quick breakdown of the 5 Best Vitamins for Healthy Hair and where you can find them so you’re not just feeling your best, you’re looking it too.
A

Responsible for healthy vision, glowing skin, and healthy hair, vitamin A contains the compounds retinol and beta-carotene, which also help in maintaining healthy vision and glowing skin. Dietary source include fish, meat, dairy products and carrots, dark leafy greens, apricots and grapefruits,

B Complex

B Complex vitamins are a powerful group, verified by that fact that at least three of them
Biotin (B 7), Cobalamin (B 12), Niacin, (B 3) are responsible for healthy hair growth. They play a role in creating a healthy scalp, stimulating growth and strengthening hair fibers already on your head. Unlike fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E & K, the B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning your body doesn’t store them so you need to have a rich supply in your diet on a daily basis. B Vitamins are readily available in a wide variety of foods, including but not limited to fish and shellfish, poultry, dairy, leafy greens, cereals and beans. In other words, EAT!

C

What isn’t Vitamin C good for? This revered immune booster is also an essential catalyst to grow new hair and strengthen the brittle fibers on your head. Many shampoos are adding C as a result now, and dietary sources include the citrus family and brightly colored fruits like papayas and watermelons, as well as cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

D

The most readily available vitamin on the planet thanks to your body’s ability to synthesize it from sunlight, Vitamin D encourages healthy follicles, the roots of hair, so get outside for a few minutes on a regular basis and you should be fine. Dietary sources also include fish, eggs, poultry, meat and beans.

E

Vitamin E reduces inflammation, encourages healthy skin growth and repairs damaged follicles below the surface. Best found in foods such as dark leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils.

Many shampoo brands now add some of these vitamins into their products, so check the labels and replenish your stores from the inside and outside for a natural, healthy looking shine to your hair.

Iron and Zinc

True, Iron and Zinc are minerals, not vitamins, but since they’re both crucial to healthy hair and skin, we though to include them as well.

Iron is essential for the transport of oxygen to your cells, including your hair follicles. No oxygen equals no growth. Tt is found abundantly in red meat, fish, poultry, spinach, beans and cereals.

Zinc is crucial to growing healthy skin, hair and nails as it contributes to proper cell growth and division. Food sources of zinc include seafood (fish and shellfish), meat, chocolate, nuts and seeds.

Versace Menswear SS15 Campaign

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Italian fashion house Versace has released its SS15 menswear campaign.

The new imagery was photographed in New York by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by David Bradshaw and directed by Giovanni Bianco.

Models featured are Filip Hrivnak, Alessio Pozzi and Miroslav Chech.

Hair by Garren and Make up by Lucia Pieroni.

More information on the label here

Words by Cristian Burbano

DKNY MEN’s Spring 2015 Campaign

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DKNY has released its 2015 Spring campaign for menswear

British models Sang woo Kim and Jackson Hale are among the faces featuring in the new set of images released by the brand, also making an appearance is model du jour Cara Delevingne.

The new campaign was shot by Gregory Harris on location in New York’s Coleman State Park. Looks featured include suits and lounge/sportswear, with Delevingne herself wearing a a black 2 piece suit from the men’s collection.

More casual styles include denim looks with ripped, cuffed & patchwork denim, with white and navy colour ways appropriate for the season.

The campaign’s talent was a mix of New Yorker’s & talent from around the world, all with a connection to NYC.

For more information on the brand visit here

Words by Cristian Burbano 

Bastian Schweinsteiger


World-Class footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, FC Bayern Munich and Captain of the German National team, keeps his fashion style infantry classic and military basic. Bastian can be found off the field in a pair of retro combat boots, a vintage M-65 leather or canvas field jacket, always featuring a concealed hood to keep him dry and warm. He often throws in a light weight survival scarf for that Apocalyptic look. For his more formal attire Bastian’s go-to brand is Hugo Boss.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Style

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori, Asia’s top male tennis player, has been signed to represent Japan-based street-fashioned brand UNIQLO. Kei was once clothed by Adidas and still chooses to wear their shoes when competing. The popular active wear features bold vivid color blocking for Short and Track pants, T and Polo shirts and Track jackets.

Kei Nishikori

All clothing features the UNIQLO DRY-EX microfiber with fast drying properties, eliminating perspiration as soon as it’s formed. When you’re the new face of Jaguar’s F-TYPE Coupe, why would you ever break a sweat?