In a class of their own
with Hilary Rowland, BOOM Cycle Joint Founder, Paola Di Lanzo, Paola’s Bodybarre Founder, Max Henderson (Hotpod Yoga) hosted by Chessie King.
Last year was all about boutique fitness as people swapped offices for treadmill meetings and evenings at the pub for socializing at a spin class.
Chessie King speaks to these fitness founders about what’s behind the surge in pay as you go classes, how they started their business and where they see it moving in the future as well as their top fitness tips!
In 2009 Hilary Rowland moved to London full time to be with her now business partner and husband Robert. A firm believer in having multiple passions, Hilary remained a model, but knew there was something else on the horizon. Keeping fit was one of her passions and she found that London lacked a sense of boutique concepts that champion what they do to the maximum-she had found her next calling - this is where BOOM Cycle was born. In 2011 raising funds through investment and personal capital, Hilary and Robert opened their first BOOM Cycle studio in Shoreditch, which was the first ever boutique spin studio in the UK. Since then they have opened a further studio in Holborn and are looking to expand throughout London and the UK in 2017.
Paola Di Lanzo career in health and fitness began 25 years ago in Australia. After completing her degree in Physical and Health Education in 1991, her passion for fitness and nutrition led her to move on to personal training. Barre was something she loved and having attended numerous classes in both UK and Australia, she decided to create a succinct and efficient routine that combined all the best elements of what she had taught in the past, including Dynamic Pilates and ballet barre conditioning. The end result was Paola's BodyBarre. Paola’s unique method combines all the fitness disciplines into one and as her clients will testify, it’s a winning formula. This highly efficient, effective and results reaping workout will guarantee long, lean, chiseled muscles and a bottom lift like no other.
The method is currently available in all the PBB Pop-Ups, Royal Garden Hotel-High Street Kensington, Brunswick-Club Fulham, Karen Hardy Studios- Imperial Wharf, Hot Spot Yoga-Parson’s Green, Hot Yoga Society-London Bridge, Lorna Jane Covent Garden, Paola’s BodyBarre Wimbledon and at Private Members' Clubs Grace Belgravia, KX Gym Kensington, and the South Kensington Club
Max Henderson and Nick Higgins, co-founders of Hotpod Yoga, have a simple mission: to make the benefits of hot yoga accessible in as many ways (and places) as they can think of. They passionately believe in the transformative potential of yoga, and are finding innovative ways to take it to everybody. Thus; Hotpod Yoga was born.
Max started London life as a strategy consultant, working with multinational corporations to improve the sustainability of their operations. Always an entrepreneur at heart, it was an easy leap to make when Hotpod Yoga began to take shape. With a late-blossoming love for yoga and a stint at London Business School under his belt, Max acts as Managing Director, and is as passionate as ever about the mission and the business that was launched in 2013.
Chessie King is a London-based health and fitness influencer, presenter, creator of C.Krets, and popcorn fanatic! Infecting the social media world with her energy and smile, @ChessieKingg has earned herself over 73,000+ followers on Instagram alone with a current growth rate of over 4000 new followers per month. 2017 will see Chessie continue her social influence as well as hosting high profile events such as the UK Blog Awards.
2016 has seen the formation of Two Peas in a Bod. A collaboration with her friend and co-influencer Healthy Chef Steph. Taking the health and fitness world by storm, with their high energy workout videos, fitness tips, recipes and behind the scenes footage of their lives. Two Peas in a Bod have already started working on some incredible brand deals including becoming Brand Ambassadors for Nike Women and JD Women.