Not only has London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park got a
spectacularly swishy new 'wellbeing facility' - but they've also
nabbed top trainer Ruben Tabares.
So alongside the 17 metre pool, Technogym filled fitness centre,
sauna, steam, ice fountain and squashy gel-filled beds that change
colour and squirt essential oils according to your your mood - you
can hone your body with the man who helps shape folk including
David Haye (see left- Former Heavy Weight Champion of the World),
Tinie Tempah and Puff Daddy.
Unexpectedly Ruben's physical career began with ballet.
But he quit aged 13, "I started at a new school and didn't want
anyone to find out I was Billy Eliot," he explains.
A swathe of sports followed: basketball, football, rugby -
alongside playing the piano, double bass and learning jazz at
Italia Conti school. "My mum instilled a competitive edge in
me," says Ruben. "She said, 'Even if you're a road sweeper,
you need to be the best road sweeper in the world.'"
There was no road sweeping for Ruben. He became English
junior hurdles champion. Then disaster struck. He
contracted Epstein Barr virus and spent two and a half years in bed
until finally he discovered Dr Robert Jacobs - a Chinese herb,
homeopathic practicing surgeon from Dorset, who got him well
It was overcoming this physical blow, and as a result learning
about health, nutrition and psychology that gave Tabares the
holistic edge as a personal trainer; whether it's changing
David Haye's diet to stop him cramping and getting injured or
preparing Tinie Tempah for a huge tour. And now he's
available to train Mandarin Oriental Hotel guests or gym
members. "I love working at the Mandarin Oriental," he
explains, "because the level of service mirrors my standards."
And Ruben will take on all challenges, "whether someone's
recovering from injury, want the legs of a ballerina, or want to
get a six pack in six weeks!"
Ruben Tabares personal training at Mandarin Oriental from
£200 per hour.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
For further information and bookings please contact Mandarin
Oriental Hyde Park, London on +44 (0) 20 7235 2000 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/london
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park offers all Vanity
Fair A-List members the chance to win two personal training
sessions with Ruben Tabares combined with use of the new fitness
facilities and swimming pool (total worth £400). To enter
this prize draw, send your details (name, address, email, telephone
number) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on
Friday 15th August. Terms and conditions