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Sweaty Betty arrives (again) in Manchester: An insider's look at the city's hot spots

posted on Thursday, 30th October 2014 | find under Fitness, Nutrition
From next Monday, Sweaty Betty will have an official presence in three nationwide Selfridges stores. That means a second concession for Manchester, in a gorgeous oasis within the centrally located Selfridges Exchange. So #TeamSB has been busy getting acquainted with all that Manchester has to offer, and the list is long... 

One centrally located gym with a difference, yoga studios at the city’s heart and a gazillion more in its outer perimeter (including one specialist Jivamukti centre), an exclusive health club with a cinema screen in the cardio room, a newly opened Barrecore studio to share Sweaty Betty Selfridges Exchange’s birthday, tea shops galore, flour-free cake eating havens, loft-style dining destinations and more. Sweaty Betty Roadshow Manager Georgie and thatsquatbot.com blogger Sarah share their favourite places to work out and hang out. 

Eat and drink… 

The Northern Quarter: Manchester’s answer to London’s Shoreditch, this area is home to kooky tea and gift stores like Fig & Sparrow, Teacup Kitchen and Earth Café. “Earth Café has great vegetarian food and juices. It’s especially popular with cyclists – there’s always a long line of bikes chained up outside,” says Georgie. “And at the
Teacup Kitchen you get a little timer with your tea so it’s brewed for the perfect time. Cute!” 

Spinningfields: Great for dining out, locals love to go from brunch to dinner at the NYC loft-inspired Artisan Kitchen. But the most glamorous venue in town is located beneath Spinningfields. Georgie says you have to “dress to impress” if you want to wile away the night in ultra-cool restaurant and bar Australasia

Further afield: There are also great healthy eating options outside of the city centre, including Love Juice in Chorlton and The Yard in Alderley Edge. 

“Louise, the owner of Love Juice, has a juice solution for every problem. Ask for the raw burger on weekends, and finish with a peanut butter brownie. So divine!” says Georgie. Good thing they also host a run club on Saturdays, giving you a chance to justify your indulgence.    

The Yard is conveniently located near The Edge walking trails with the National Trust. Work up an appetite then head to The Yard for a protein-based main like salmon or chicken plus three salads of your choice. Georgie’s advice: “Make sure you opt for the Kale Salad. And the Beetroot. And the Sweet Potato with Feta!” 

Work out… 

TRAIN: “This is an awesome CrossFit box headed up by former CrossFit Games champion Samantha Briggs,” says Sarah. 

Lifestyle Fitness: Located on Deansgate, this is a favourite fitness hot spot for lunchtime and after work exercise. “They have the most selective recruitment process of all the city centre gyms, so expect an abundance of knowledge from the PTs,” says Georgie. 

Hale Country Club: For the most premium fitness experience around, head out to Hale to take in its incredible health club. It’s frequented by celebrities and is loved for its amazing classes, enthusiastic instructors and lovely spa. And its crowning jewel is a cinema room with treadmills and cross trainers. “Sarah’s spin class is a must for cardio fiends,” says Georgie. “Or to slow down your workout, book a private session with Martina in the super soothing Kaizen studio.” 

Barrecore: This much-loved ballet-inspired studio from London arrives in Manchester on the very same day Sweaty Betty opens its Selfridges Exchange concession. 

Go running… 

Heaton Park: “Just a short tram ride out of Manchester city centre, you’ll find yourself in the company of friendly runners for a great workout atmosphere,” says Sarah. 

Still Waters Run Deep: Experience the social side of running and join this high-energy group every Monday at 7pm at Greengate Square. “There’s a Steady and Fast group,” says Sarah. “Whichever one you choose, expect whoops of encouragement and high fives.”  

Do yoga and Pilates… 

One Yoga Chorlton: This is a wonderful studio, and the only one in Manchester with a qualified Jivamukti instructor. “The owner, Andrea, is really inspiring and teaches the most high-energy classes,” says Sarah. “It’s also great for Ashtanga and Mum and Baby classes,” adds Georgie. 

Yoga Express: With the tagline “Compact classes for people on the go,” you know what you’re getting at Yoga Express. “The teaching is good and the pay-as-you-go system is great for young professionals who want to drop in on their way to and from work,” says Georgie. 

Come visit us from Monday 3 November at the Selfridges Exchange. You'll find us on the third floor, next to The Kooples Sport and Ted Baker! 


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