Nathalie Errandonea-Mewes agrees. She runs low intensity, low impact barre classes as NRG Barrebody, and as a member of the local French community has spent years building a friendly vibe among students.
“Seeing people in the room again, having time to relax and have a chit-chat afterwards, that’s all more important now then ever,” she says. “People may feel worried at first, but rather than going to a big gym, try a small boutique space, where you feel safe, and we can also give detailed attention to each person.”
Australian Andrew Hudson is the lead physiotherapist and osteopath Guy Golds Performance Centre, which uses The Form Room to complement the osteopathic practice offered at its Jamestown Rd treatment rooms. “Here our work is more about exercise and rehabilitation,” he tells us, “so more strengthening and conditioning. We’ve been providing guidance, treatment and management of injuries sustained as a result of lockdown. These are typically from not having been moving around so much, sitting at bad workstations, or taking up new types of exercise.” He recommends considering a holistic approach to regaining fitness after lockdown, across many disciplines, and is always cross-referring clients to other trainers.
Kentish Town born-and-bred local Ben Smith is The Form Room’s in-house Physical Trainer, and is working on the space being a real hub for wellbeing as we come out of the pandemic, including the recent installation of a climbing wall. “We’re able to offer a non-intimidating space for people to come which is important, as the traditional gym environment is not for everyone,” he says. “But for motivation, being in a purpose-built facility rather than rolling around at home, bumping into the coffee table, does wonders for your motivation. It certainly does for mine.”