In September I shared with you my review of a free yoga class at Sweaty Betty, Richmond branch. (You can read about it here.) I enjoyed the class and wanted to see how a class at a different branch would compare. For my second free class at a Sweaty Betty branch, I chose to attend a yoga class at the Chiswick branch.
The booking process is the same as for the Richmond branch class. Classes are released up to 10 days before the event on instabook. If the class you’re interested in is fully booked, you can add your name to a wait list. As I said in the Richmond review post, I found the wait listing super stressful. Being on a wait list does not mean that you move up one place when someone cancels and eventually, if enough people cancel, you’ll automatically join the class. No, everyone on the wait list stays in the pool and once someone cancels, we all have to fight it out to get that spot. So whether you’ve been on the wait list for 10 days or 10 minutes, if a place opens up everyone has to act really fast. In fact, that’s the title of the email that Sweaty Betty will send you: “Act fast! Your class has a spot”.
I gave the wait list a miss and just checked instabook every day until I saw a Sunday yoga class at the Chiswick branch open up. Easy peasy.
The Chiswick branch of Sweaty Betty is smaller than Richmond which means fewer people in a class – 9 at Chiswick, as opposed to 14 at Richmond. With the fewer students and smallish floor space the class felt intimate and the instructor was able to give everyone personal attention during the Vinyasa flow.
I was able to keep up with all the poses but found it really difficult to keep my eyes closed during Savasana. How could I not stare up at the fun Ski Shop leggings and tops hanging all around me? That’s the only drawback about classes in a Sweaty Betty store – you just can’t keep your eyes off the gear! I don’t plan on doing any skiing (although I am going to do a yoga class on Friday in a rooftop ski lodge… watch this space), but by the end of class I really wanted a ski base layer pair of leggings. Those bright blue ones are so cute!
Speaking of leggings – remember my yoga in the Walkways of Tower Bridge? The day I realised my leggings were much too big for me and had sagged so far down my crotch I looked like ballsy bloke? Well, the pair in question is now part of Sweaty Betty’s recycling scheme and I have a £10 voucher to spend on a purchase of £50 or more. Score! It feels good to know that my dodgy grey leggings is going to be rehomed or recycled to make a new pair of much better fitting leggings.
asking begging for a Sweaty Betty gift card for Christmas – and with my £10 voucher it will go even further. Fingers crossed I can buy a pair of Super Sculpt High Waisted Yoga Leggings in 2020!
Now that I’ve done yoga at Richmond and Chiswick, I think I will return to the Chiswick branch – the biggest reason being that it’s closer to my home, but also because it feels nice and intimate.
My verdict: if you enjoy yoga, if you like being surrounded by Sweaty Betty workout gear and if you like a freebie, visit Sweaty Betty instabook and book yourself a place at a free in-store class. I’m definitely doing it again!
Location: Sweaty Betty, 62 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 1QN
Time: 9:45 – 10:45 (the store opens at 11 am on a Sunday)
Date attended: Sunday 8 December 2019
Yoga mats provided: Yes
Yoga intensity: I forgot to activate the yoga exercise on my Fitbit Inspire HR until about half way through, but it still showed that I had burned 75 calories in 20 minutes with an average bpm of 104.
Good to know: Getting a space in a weekend London store class can be difficult. Figure out when the class you want to attend becomes available on instabook, and book your space quickly. The wait list system is a bit of a hassle.
If you like doing yoga in quirky places, outside, or in iconic London buildings, check out my list of Funky places to do yoga and pilates around London.