Jessica Farmery

Tower Hamlets

25Good deeds

25runs

101cheers

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Don’t Band So Close To Me

Mon 7 Jun
Report written by Laura Williams

A hot, humid Monday was no match for tonight's GoodGym runners who turned up in a whopping group of 12 for this evening's Monday Meath fitness session.

We welcomed first time runners, Tj, Stephanie and Geir before starting with a stretch; proceeding to some mobility and balance work, before tackling tonight's drills and speedwork.

We then whizzed through our mini-band workout but be sure there was nothing mini about this workout. We tackled lower body, abs and core and upper body, before finishing with our favourite greyhound-and-hare speedy lap of the park, and calling it a night with our Peaceful Music playlist, and some stretches under the sky.

We then said our farewells.

Well, some of us did while others headed off with Stephen, (Task Force Pro, who's heading up our new social squad), to the pub. What a great way to end your first GoodGym event - well done everyone.

Another lovely evening, working hard, enjoying one another's company, looking forward to sociable summer get togethers.

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Mondays at Meath: Face-to-face fitness session

Mon 7 Jun 19:45 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
This week we're back to the resistance bands. With a bit of running.

Welcome to Team Monday.

We'll meet in huge, picturesque Meath Gardens, for a fitness session led by Area Activator Laura, which will run as follows:

  • Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
  • Quick lap of the gardens
  • Some simple speedwork (suitable for all levels)
  • Resistance band exercises, for upper and lower body
  • Last minute lap
  • Cool-down and stretch
  • Cheerios!

PLEASE BRING A MAT OR A TOWEL TO LIE ON THE GRASS.

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To tree, or not to tree

Mon 17 May
Report written by Laura Williams

What are you all doing here??

Hardly the greeting you'd expect from your Area Activator attending a session she'd listed. But such was my delight when a good little sized team met at the Mystical Meath Tree for tonight's session as the heavens continued to open.

We whizzed through heaps of moves, and in the absence of mats and floor work, practised agility drills over the Meath mounds; dips and push ups on park benches, endless single-leg exercises on the slippery tree trunk, not to mention some treacherous side plank crunches.

And then there was the matter of the 'teeny tempo lap'.

Not a peep, not a murmur... Just lots of beautifully executed reps. By a team who'd come out on possible the wettest night of the year, and some of whom came straight from a tough, woodchip-shifting session at Hollybush Gardens.

Team Monday - you are the business.

Until next week.

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Mondays at Meath: Face-to-face fitness session

Mon 17 May 19:45 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
Come and join our sociable, summery outdoor workout!

Welcome to Team Monday.

We'll be meeting in huge, picturesque Meath Gardens, for a fitness session led by Area Activator Laura, which will run as follows:

  • Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
  • Gentle jog warm-up
  • Quick stretch
  • Running circuits
  • Glutes, abs and upper body circuit
  • Last minute lap
  • Cool-down and stretch
  • Cheerios!

PLEASE BRING A MAT OR A TOWEL TO LIE ON THE GRASS

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Sun in a Million

Mon 10 May
Report written by Laura Williams

What a start to the week.

There we were in picturesque, spacious Meath Gardens, with the blue, blue sky; the refreshing breeze and the best company in town.

Tonight's team of 15 was a cheerful one. We took great delight in welcoming Leona​ to her first training session; said hello to familiar faces, some of whom had joined from the 6pm task at Hollybush Gardens.

And then the work began.

We whizzed through 50 minutes of:

  • Laps and running drills, ranging from hip mobility to knee strike; hamstring-activators and stride lengths.
  • Standing core work, focusing on recruiting those deep abdominals, glutes, and balance skills.
  • Floor work focusing on abs; rotator cuff muscles, glutes - and more core stability.
  • The greyhound-and-hare game, helping to tick those speedwork boxes.
  • Much-needed stretching.

And then that, as they say, was a wrap.

We dispersed promptly, into the setting sun, bidding one another farewell, and looking forward to next week. So, until then!

If you have any questions, queries about tonight's session - or if you're new and thinking of joining - just drop our Area Activator Laura a line, at laura@goodgym.org. We'd love to see you at a Monday night session soon!

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Mondays at Meath: Face-to-face fitness session

Mon 10 May 19:30 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
Come and join our outdoor workout!

We'll be meeting in huge, picturesque Meath Gardens, for a fitness session led by Area Activator Laura, which will run as follows:

  • Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
  • Gentle jog warm-up
  • Quick stretch
  • Running drills
  • Glutes, abs and upper body blast
  • Last minute lap
  • Cool-down and stretch
  • Cheerios!

PLEASE BRING A MAT OR A TOWEL TO LIE ON THE GRASS

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Band and Deliver

Mon 26 Apr
Report written by Laura Williams

There was chat, there was running, there was a pre-training task... Yep, it was Monday night at Meath Gardens.

All the regulars!

What a lovely turnout. A full list of sign-ups arrived at the fallen tree in huge Meath Gardens, an oasis nestled away behind bustling Roman Road.

We welcomed back Task Force member Kat, who'd flung herself right back in at the deep end, co-leading tonight's task at Hollybush with Becky. A supersquad no less.

And so we gathered in our favourite semi-circle with mats, resistance bands, music and a blue, blue sky.

What we did...

We ran to the basketball court a couple of times ("Maybe 3/10 intensity on the way there, and, say 7/10 on the way back?"); enjoyed some static stretches, dynamic stretches, and a core set-up, before running through top-to-toe moves with our looped resistance bands.

We finished with the greyhound-and-hare speed game, perfected by Simon who did the best hare impression, even after a sprint finish.

Shout-outs of shout-outs

Thanks to Becky and Kat for top task-leading, and to Becky for leading the run from Hollybush; to Jess and Simon for being our speedy, fun, courageous hares, and to the whole crew in general for committing, showing up, welcoming one another, and just being living, breathing Team Spirit.

See you in a fortnight!

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Mondays at Meath: Running-and-resistance-band workout

Mon 26 Apr 19:30 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
Our Monday night series continues! This week: another optional pre-workout run!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

OPTION 1: GROUP RUN TO FITNESS SESSION

OPTION 2: MEET AT MEATH GARDENS FOR FITNESS SESSION ONLY

  • 7.30pm: Meet at Meath Gardens near SureStart Centre.

SESSION PLAN (Please bring a small mat or towel for this evening's session to lie on the grass).

  • Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
  • Gentle jog warm-up
  • Quick stretch
  • Couple of laps, bit of speedwork (suitable for all fitness ability)
  • Resistance band workout
  • Last minute lap
  • Cool-down and stretch
  • Cheerios!

Injured, out-of-shape but still fancy coming? Plenty of exercise modifications if you'd like to join!

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Flex and the City

Mon 19 Apr
Report written by Laura Williams

Back together again...

A lovely sized group headed to our favourite Meath Gardens this evening for our Monday night fitness session.

We arrived in dribs and drabs: some came straight to Meath; others arrived from our Monday night task at Hollybush, thanks to fabulous task-and-run-leading by Leo.

Show us your moves

Tonight's movement menu consisted of a couple of running drills, to work on hip drive and hip mobility; some standing balance-and-core moves, before a tough little lower body/upper body/core circuit.

We finished with our favourite grey-and-hare relay-esque speed game before some fiddly-but-effective stretches.

Pat on the back.

Well done to everyone who showed up and ploughed through all this content. It's lovely to learn how to be together in a group once again, with a little small talk and a lot of strength work.

Shout outs tonight to Joanna, our wonderful Task Owner from favourite Meath Gardens who we saw on her way home! And who took some fab aerial pics of us working out.

...While shout-out of the night goes to Leo, who didn't miss a beat when picking up our first group run baton, taking both the good-sized team to Hollybush, navigating a picturesque canal run, all before devouring 45 mins of fiery fitness moves.

Thanks for a lovely evening, everyone. Until next week.

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Mondays at Meath: Floor-and-Core (face-to-face fitness session)

Mon 19 Apr 19:30 pm
Meath Gardens, 1 Smart St, London , E2 0SN
Our Monday night series continues! This week: optional pre-workout run!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

OPTION 1: GROUP RUN TO FITNESS SESSION

OPTION 2: MEET AT MEATH GARDENS FOR FITNESS SESSION ONLY

  • 7.30pm: Meet at Meath Gardens near SureStart Centre.

SESSION PLAN (Please bring a small mat or towel for this evening's session to lie on the grass).

  • Welcome, hello's, how-are-we-all-doing...
  • Gentle jog warm-up
  • Quick stretch
  • Balance challenge
  • Lower body, core and upper body circuit
  • Last minute lap
  • Cool-down and stretch
  • Cheerios!

Injured, out-of-shape but still fancy coming? Plenty of exercise modifications if you'd like to join!

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