We enjoy inviting guest coaches to share their expertise with our members in short courses, workshops and events, introducing us to whole new ways of moving that we didn’t know existed. There are so many approaches to doing exercise; together we can find the way that you really enjoy.

Courses and workshops are not included in any memberships, though members of the co-operative get 10% off.

Short Courses

Short courses run for 4-6 weeks as an extended exploration of a particular area of fitness.

How to Lift Weights with Great Technique

Fridays 18:00-19:00 on 28th January, 11th and 25th February

This three-workshop series will cover everything you need to know in order to lift weights safely and effectively.

Many of you will already have experienced what a knowledgeable and attentive coach Isidora is, and this is a great chance to really go into detail with all the fundamentals of good lifting:

  • Mechanics of lifting and the perfect set-up from feet to head
  • Spine alignment and core stability – how to minimise risk of injury
  • Breathing patterns and intra-abdominal pressure
  • Mobility drills to improve the range of motion in the ankle, hip and thoracic spine

Sessions begin on Friday 28th January, 18:00-19:00, and repeat every other week from then.

We will cover a different movement pattern each time:

  • Week 1 – 28th January – Squats – goblet squat, front and back squats, sumo and narrow-stance, split squats
  • Week 2 – 11th February – Deadlifts – kettlebell deadlift, barbell deadlift, sumo deadlift, single-leg deadlift
  • Week 3 – 25th February – Row – bent over barbell row, wide barbell row, single-arm row

Book the complete course for £35 or an individual session for £15. As always, co-op members get 10% off.

If the course proves popular, we will make this a regular thing!

More info and booking here

Free Weightlifting Classes for NEET Young People

Wednesdays 14:30-15:30 from 19th January to 9th March

We have teamed up with Off the Record to offer a series of free weightlifting classes aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are not currently in education, employment or training.

If you know anybody who might be interested, please share the details! They can book on through OTR’s website.

We all know that lifting weights develops physical strength but there is also an increasing recognition of the role it can play in improving our mental health too. When we begin training, we make improvements very quickly, and this plus the changes in our brain chemistry from exercise means we’ll likely leave feeling better than when we walked in. In the weight room we can control challenges in a measurable way and track our progression through adding weight, doing more repetitions, or moving more comfortably and with better technique. Things that seemed impossible very quickly become possible and this can have an impact outside of the gym too, where we can apply that learning to other challenges in our lives.

We would love to begin this journey with you, introducing you to safe and effective weight training in a supportive environment.

More info and booking here

Workshops

Workshops are one-off weekend sessions that last 2-4 hours and give opportunity for a focused, deep dive into a subject.

What to do at the Gym

Sunday 23rd January, 10:00-12:00

Guy will be leading a workshop about how to get what you want from a gym membership while hopefully avoiding the fitness culture rubbish.

It will be a sort of extended induction for all gyms rather than any one in particular, covering:

  • The different kinds of gyms there are and how they came to be
  • What to bring to a gym and what to expect when you arrive
  • What different pieces of equipment are called and how and when to use them
  • Broad categories of exercises and how to get a well-rounded workout
  • Where to find decent ready-made workout plans
  • How to alter the structure of a workout to achieve different results
  • How to choose the intensity to work at in order to safely progress, and how to measure that progression
  • How often to train and how to recover between sessions
  • How to establish a context that means you’re more likely to stick with your plan
  • Where to look for further information

More info and booking here

I loved the “Strongman Picnic” workshop we did during the summer! It was so much fun and knowing that people I knew from the co-op gym would be there made me a lot less anxious