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Sweaty Betty's Insider Guide to Glasgow

posted on Thursday, 23rd October 2014 | find under Fashion
#TeamSB is thrilled to be opening the first Sweaty Betty boutique in Glasgow this week, right off the bustling café-lined Buchanan Street. Just outside the shop is a statue of Wellington, who is typically be-hatted with a traffic cone. He's something of a sensation to Glaswegians, and you're certain to get a knowing nod when you mention him to locals. To see Wellington for yourself and discover the newest Sweaty Betty boutique, head along to 14 Royal Exchange soon. And if you're able to attend our opening day on Friday 24 October, come early because the first 30 customers will receive a free coldpressed drink from local juice bar Juice Warrior

Here the Roadshow team and local fitness bloggers share their insights into healthy living, Glasgow style. 

Sweaty Betty Glasgow boutique
Picture by Fiona, cadsandscallywags.blogspot.com

Eat and drink… 

Riverhill Coffee Bar: Roadshow Manager Georgie fuelled many hectic mornings with an espresso from this Gordon Street gem, located between Glasgow Central Station and Buchanon Street. You can spot it by the queue outside. “Don’t be fooled by its size, this coffee bar churns out some of the city’s tastiest brews, and offers quirky baked goods including vegan and gluten free,” says Georgie. “It’s an amazing on-the-go option, with the vibrancy and friendliness that many high street chains just can’t offer.”

Martha’s: “This is my all-time favourite when eating in town,” says Glasgow-based fitness blogger Fiona, author of cadsandscallywags.blogspot.com. “Crazy good food, super healthy and brilliant for lunches!”. This central café offers fast, natural food, and they’ll even deliver their freshly made soups, salads and daily specials. 

Ox and Finch: One of the most popular restaurants in the Finneston area of Glasgow, this is a great place to sample several dishes. “Their sharing plates look so artistic and it makes for great Instagramming with your friends,” says Glasgow Boutique Manager Robyn, who also runs a fitness blog at prettyfoolofgoodness.wordpress.com

Work out… 

The Arlington Baths Club: According to fit blogger Fiona, this is THE gym to go to. “Their USP is a pool with trapeze equipment and travelling rings above it! Plus you can unwind in its traditional Turkish baths.” 

Omnipotent Crossfit: Glasgow has a prospering Crossfit community, and this central studio hosts popular WODs (workouts of the day), yoga sessions designed to complement the Crossfit training program and open gym sessions. 

Do yoga and Pilates… 

Infinity Hot Yoga Glasgow: This studio in the heart of Merchant City offers both heated and unheated yoga and Pilates classes - everything from Bikram to Ashtanga. It’s owned by Sweaty Betty Glasgow’s own Yoga ambassador Colette Ward, who learned many forms of practice and Ayurvedic therapy while travelling in Asia. “You always leave class with a big smile on your face,” says Robyn. 

Go running… 

The River Clyde: “There are some gorgeous places to run in Glasgow, but my favourite route goes across the Clydeside bridges. You can do anything from 3-20 miles,” says Fiona. 

Try outdoor sports: 

Glenshee and Glencoe: These favourite Scottish ski resorts are just a couple hours north of Glasgow and make for a great weekend trip. Snowsports lovers also flock to Soar in Braehead, where visitors can ski year-round in the indoor ski arena and even have a go at ice climbing. 

Glasgow Climbing Centre: “Climbing is really popular in Glasgow,” says Fiona. “My personal favourite is the Glasgow Climbing Centre, which is in a beautiful, refurbished church with bouldering walls extending into the eaves.”

Glasgow Wellington statue

#TeamSB looks forward to seeing you at the new boutique on 14 Royal Exchange Square
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