Friday 21 December 2018 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Flexes its Muscles for a Fitness Takeover

Canary Wharf will be transformed into a wellbeing wonderland this January with the launch of a new festival, Strong Island. The week-long event will make use of the Estate’s unique spaces as a packed schedule of health and wellness experiences reaches into every corner, offering Londoners an unrivalled way to work out in the New Year. Curated by Carli Wheatley, Paleo Supply and Protein Haus founder, Strong Island provides participants a dynamic window into the world of wellness.

Featuring everything from carpark work-outs to sensory orchestras, Strong Island is designed to fuel, inform and inspire residents of the capital looking for ways to shake off the January blues and shake up their health routines. The programme offers something for everyone – wellness warriors and fitness newbies alike can pick from a selection of meditation classes, educational nutrition workshops or high intensity work-outs.

The line-up features leading talent from across the health, fitness and wellbeing scene, each bringing their expertise and approach to health to Canary Wharf’s festival. Throughout the week, there will be a wide variety of dedicated activities throughout the Canary Wharf malls, offering time-pressed Londoners tips and advice. Visitors will be able to speak to experts about running, healthy food and wellbeing offerings at Canary Wharf.

A week of headline acts

The week kicks off in the East Wintergarden with a talk and Q&A from performance powerhouse Phil Learney, a prominent figure in strength and conditioning fields for close to 20 years. On Tuesday, he is followed by Ben Coomber – the man behind the UK’s number one rated health and fitness podcast – who steps up to chat all things things veganism, nutrition and sustainability. Squat Clinic at Body Reform will also be making its debut on Tuesday, with a second class running on Thursday.

Londonders can then experience a work-out like no other as Third Space takes to the depths of Canary Wharf, running a brand-new concept The Yard in the underground car park at Cabot Square from Tuesday to Thursday, with functional fitness inspired classes to a DJ-led soundtrack. Those after a less intense session can join Third Space on Wednesday at the East Wintergarden for Exhale – an hour of flowing movement and meditation.

In a UK first, Barry’s Bootcamp will be taking over the East Wintergarden on Thursday – the first time they have taken their infamous Red Room out of their studio! Sessions will run throughout the afternoon.

Rounding off the festival is a weekend of classes from Young London where rising stars of fitness and wellness will put Londoners through their paces – with Saturday featuring HIIT inspired boxing workouts from Louis Rennox at The Boxx Method, where he will be showcasing new methods. Sunday sees classes from Kim Ngo’s Food & Lycra, while Courtney Fearon, The HIITman, will be launching a brand new concept on the day.

Camille Waxer, Canary Wharf Group says: “We are hugely excited to launch Strong Island for the first time – it represents the very best Canary Wharf has to offer in terms of health and fitness, and so much more – thanks to the involvement of some incredible people and brands. We have an amazing landscape here and its fantastic to be able to turn it into a giant wellbeing playground at a time when people are looking for health inspiration.”

EVENT DETAILS:

Strong Island:

Monday 28 January – Sunday 3 February
Times and prices vary
Throughout Canary Wharf
London
E14

Full details on Strong Island schedule:

Monday 28th January:
Phil Learney, Talk & Q&A: Gym myths debunked:
6.30-9pm, doors 6pm
East Wintergarden

Talk from Phil Learney on fat loss and the real world strategies that he applied for over twenty years as a coach and industry educator. The Q&A is also a chance to socialise with like-minded people.
Tickets: £10

Tuesday 29th January:

Ben Coomber
6.30-9pm, doors 6pm
East Wintergarden

Join Ben Coomber and an inspiring panel to discuss the future of nutrition on a live podcast recording of Ben Coomber Radio, looking at plant based nutrition, sustainability and evidence based nutrition. Join our 60 minute panel followed by a 45 minute Q&A from the audience. Not one to be missed
Tickets: £10

The Yard
6.30-7.30pm
Cabot Square Underground Car Park

After conquering the heights of Canary Wharf, it’s time to challenge its depths. For three days only, Third Space are taking their brand-new concept, Yard Strong, underground. Join them four levels down for a functional fitness inspired workout including log carries, farmer’s walks and sandbags set within a car park stage complete with live DJ.
Tickets: £10

Squat Clinic
6-9pm
Body Reform Gym

There is a great misconception that squatting is only for bodybuilders who are looking to lift heavy weights. As attendees will see; not only will this squat clinic boost confidence and energise the body, but also improve fitness; which ultimately is what everyone looks for in committing to a healthy lifestyle. To turn up the energy boosting session even more, the team goes through endless variations of squats to find the right one for all.
Tickets: £10

Wednesday 30th January:

Exhale
6.30-7.30pm
East Wintergarden

Strong Island isn’t just for strong bodies. Third Space, builds strong minds. Enter the East Wintergarden for an hour of flowing movement and meditation. Visitors can ground themselves in breath-work, mindfulness and hatha flow yoga to emerge with real focus.
Tickets: £10

The Yard
6.30-7.30pm
Cabot Square Underground Car Park
As above

Thursday 31st January:

The Yard
6.30-.30pm
Cabot Square Underground Car Park
As above

Squat Clinic
6-9pm
Body Reform Gym
As above

 

Saturday 2nd February:

Young London: Louis Rennnocks at The Boxx Method
12-5pm
East Wintergarden

Join Louis in his famous Boxx Method workout and a huge like up of sexy and fun fitness professionals. All day you get to experience the latest workouts in London with a chance to see a The Boxx Method’s new Boxx and Yoga concept – never seen before!
Tickets: £20

Sunday 3rd February:

Young London: ‘Food & Lycra’ and The HIITMan
12-5pm
East Wintergarden

Food and Lycra leads the way with their fun and sassy body weight workout, combining squats and twerks, push ups and planking to pumping tunes from the DJ and yummy food. Food and Lycra celebrate being real people who love their food as much as their fitness.

With his contagious positive vibe, Courtney Fearon, aka The HIITMan, and his line-up of friends who will launch his brand new concept to London.
Tickets: £20

ENDS

Enjoy 3 hours’ free** parking in any of our public car parks when you spend £10 at any of our shops, cafés, bars or restaurants. Simply ask for your ticket to be validated at point of purchase and use in the pay on foot machines before returning to your car.

For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
E: pressoffice@canarywharf.com

Notes to Editors:

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 17m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

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