Please note, this is a collaborative post with Esquared.
Working Out with Esquared
If you’re like me and struggle with commitment the new Esquared app is going to be perfect for you. But you’ve probably clicked on this post wondering what exactly Esquared is. Well, I’m going to tell you and divulge a little into my experience over the past month with the app…
What is Esquared?
Esquared is an on-demand fitness app where you are able to book 2-hour gym sessions and one off classes in real-time. Available on iOS and Android, all you need to do is register, fill in your details and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget your gym kit.
All you need to do is search ‘Esquared’ in the app store, or check out their website here. You’ll need to load ‘credit’ on to the app though.
How does one use it?
Once you’re logged in, you can search your neighbouring area (or further out) for gym classes or sessions. You can search by time, type of fitness class and cost. All which are major factors depending on your budget, what kind of class you’re after and the time of day (or week) you want to visit.
I’m an after work gymmer, simply because the mornings are mine and am I really doing anything else after work? I might as well take out the stress of London life in a healthy way right?
What classes are on offer?
· Spinning classes
· Yoga classes
· Pilates classes
· Toning classes
· Dance classes
· Boxing classes
· Swimming classes
· Resistance Interval Training classes
· Cardio Interval Training classes
How I made use of it?
I actually have a gym membership (which I shan’t not mention given this post isn’t about them) and as much as I ‘enjoy’ going there, there isn’t a branch close enough to work for my liking. Consequently, the first week I used the app, my gym was closed for refurbishment, so it was meant to be.
Generally when my gym is closed I find myself a little lost as I’m not one to workout at home. It was great to have an alternative for once. I really liked the fact I could search by budget, as I love to make the most of my money, but I also like to treat myself. I found the prices pretty standard, especially for London and they ranged between £5 – £20. It all depends on your preference.
Once upon a time I used to be scared of going to the gym, I would get there, stay in the bike or treadmill for 30-45 mins and leave as quick as I can. These days, I have a personal trainer, I don’t care about what I look like or the people around me when I go as I am going for me. This made me trying new gyms a breeze and it was interesting to see the different gyms that are available in London.
Best of all, if you’re a meticulous planner OR need a reminder, you can add the gym session to your calendar so you won’t forget you have a session booked. Brilliant for us busy Londoners who have 1001 things going on in our head and inboxes at any one time.
Where I tried…
Crowne Plaza, Kings Cross
I was drawn into going to this gym as its on my way home and it looked like a luxury on a budget. At £8.50 for an evening session, it’s great as a one off, or even better, you can hit the pool.
This was the first foray using the app and its new to a lot of the gyms too but thankfully the entering process is really simple. All you need to do is give the attendant the 4-digit pin and you’re good to go.
The gym equipment at the Crowne Plaza was a little outdated for my liking, I did actually question if I sneezed, would the machine I’m on break? Not only that it has no windows (it’s down in the basement), so it can get a little confusing as to what time it actually is when you’re in there. However, to turn this critique into a positive, it’s great if your travelling for business or just need a quick workout as it does the job. However, if you have a little more time, I would use the pool facilities instead, as it doesn’t get overcrowded and it feels like luxurious compared to some of our local pools in London.
Urban Fitness, Chancery Lane
This was one of the gyms I was eager to try as every time I exit Chancery Lane station I am bombarded with leaflets. Great advertising but you have to save the trees… anyway, Urban Fitness is just off Chancery Lane, roughly a 5 minute walk from the station and it truly feels like a city worker gym without the pretentiousness. I was actually the first one to have used the app when I tried it here for the first time, but there was no problem with it at all.
Can you cancel a session?
Of course! I found this feature really useful as sometimes I would be working late meaning that I’d be stuck at my desk instead of hitting a dance class. Some gyms require to pay for classes or sessions online with a no refund fee, which is pretty annoying. It’s good to know Esquared doesn’t have this as so many things pop up and may cause you to cancel.
Who is it for?
• Digital nomads – If you’re only in London for the week but don’t want to miss out in your gym routine, you can use Esquared as you please.
• Business travellers and freelancers – Same reason as above.
• Trying out a gym before committing – Want a peak into some of London’s gyms but not wanting to sign a contract? You can visit as you wish without paying a monthly fee or a hefty cancellation charge.
• Working in different areas – If you work around different areas of the capital, it can be hard to stick to one gym, so flexibility of Esquared puts you in control of where you want to exercise.
Exploring different parts of London
Not only that, Esquared is great for travelling in your own city. You can book a workout in a different borough and explore it too. Always fancied working out in Chelsea? Now you can and get some new pics for your Instagram.
Make your session more social
If you find it hard to workout alone, so when you book your exercise class or gym session, you can also send an invitation for others to join you. In a few taps you’ll all be training together. Gotta get those #TransformationTuesday goals together, right?
I have a code which will give you 15% off too HAYNES15 … You can also find it on my discounts page here too.
Please note, this is a collaborative post with Esquared; all views are my own.