It's one of life's conundrums; when things gets comfy nothing
much progresses. Which is how I was feeling about aspects of my
exercise regime. So when Form pilates opened up in Notting Hill, I
was one of the first through the door.
After years of working in LA, Form founders Elissa
Elhadj and her husband Jeremy Abadom (who between them are rumoured
to train David and Brooklyn Beckham, Al Pacino and model Alessandra
Ambrosio) have returned to London - bringing with them their unique
METcore is a 50 minute session in the new Form studios off
Portobello Road, using a piece of kit called the MOTR; think foam
roller meets pilates reformer, something that looks benign but
becomes a monster as it intensely challenges your balance, core and
strength. This is followed by a Speed 8 section; just eight minutes
of 40 second bursts of High Resistance Training using a Nordic Ski
simulator, TRX bands and Kettlebells - followed by 20 seconds of
panting rest, stimulating growth hormone and raising the metabollic
After a one-on-one with the brilliant and encouraging Elissa, I
felt elated and ached for the next week. Just what I needed.
Welcome to the un-comfort zone.
77a Lonsdale Road, London W11 2DF
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