The bitter winter continues to creep through the cracks, the evenings remain dark and dreary, the joy of Christmas is in the rear-view mirror, and those New Year’s resolutions have likely lapsed – in other words, the miasmic chaos of January is well into its groove.
However, here at Gentleman’s Journal, we’ve got a little pick-me-up that might get you through the next few weeks: to help provide a balm to these bleak, cold days, and to also guide you back on to your new fitness-focused, healthy-eating path, we’ve brought together a small edit of some of our favourite things from our favourite brands, including a set of sessions with two of London’s most premium gyms, a device to help you alleviate muscle tension, essential bites for your post-workout recovery, fragrances to keep you feeling light, and a GJ Clubhouse membership that’ll give you access to the capital’s most exclusive venues – and we’re offering you the chance to win the entire selection, worth £2,090. Here’s what’s on offer…
10 Sessions at 1Rebel
Launched by James Balfour in 2014, the 11-chain 1Rebel gym offers a wide-selection of dynamic classes, including ‘Reformer’ (Pilates), ‘Reshape’ (quick-fire exercises), and ‘Ride (spin). Sessions are often held in the dark and feature booming live performers, meaning each visit is a pulsating, high-thrill experience.
One-Month Membership at F45 Camden
With January work deadlines approaching thick and fast, time is of upmost importance this month. For those looking to sneak in a workout before heading to the office, during the lunch slot, or after the nine-to-five, we suggest F45 Camden, whose sessions are done within three-quarters of an hour. All instructions are shown onscreen, a feature that streamlines your whole experience; there’s a mix of cardio and weights; a lack of mirrors cuts out any self-consciousness; and you’ll likely burn 700 calories every time you visit.
One-Year Membership at SW7 Academy
Co-founded by rugby legend Sam Warburton, SW7 is famed in fitness circles for bringing professional-level training to the public. Between the academy’s three coaches, there’s a combined experience of over 50 years in the industry – including the two-time British and Irish Lions captain who was known for his explosive, dynamic athleticism on the pitch – and the areas covered by them include nutrition, lifting and elite-standard testing.
Hypervolt 2 Pro Massage Gun by Hyperice
To help maximise our fitness gains, we frequently turn to this massage gun by Hyperice. Used by world-renowned athletes, it features five speeds of percussion, each of which will alleviate muscles from any soreness, tension, knots and pain, providing you with a quicker-than-usual recovery time. The sleek, refined build is an added benefit.
Whoop 4.0 Tracker
One of the world’s most advance wellness-focused wearables, Whoop 4.0 tracks your sleeping patterns, blood oxygen levels, resting-heart rate and daily activities to work out how you can continuously improve fitness levels; ascertain when you should rest; and advise on when you should push through a workout. Of all the functions, we particularly like the haptic alarm that softly vibrates at your optimal wake-up time.
The Muscle Collection and The Performance Collection by Innermost Nutrition
To complement the tech side of things, a bevvy of nutritional supplements will help create a holistic approach to your post-workout routine. Innermost Nutrition has made waves of late by eschewing artificial additives and preservatives, having a low-calorie count, and helping boost the immune system. To get you started, we’ll provide the essentials: ‘The Performance Collection’, which is an all-round package that encompasses ‘The Fit Protein’, ‘The Energy Booster’, and ‘The Focus Capsules’; and ‘The Muscle Collection’, a strength-focused line-up of goods that comes in either a chocolate or vanilla flavour.
One-Month Supply of Tenzing
Plant-based and low in calories, Tenzing is a fine alternative to the sugar-loaded energy drinks that currently saturate the market. Its raspberry-and-yuzu flavour makes for a vibrant libation; apple and seaberry draws upon prime British produce; and pineapple and passionfruit packs a tropical punch.
Five-Day Trial with Fresh Fitness Food
When dealing with the in-tray feels like a Sisyphean task, dinners can often turn to the local takeaway or meals that throw your healthy-eating promises out the window. Fresh Fitness Food, however, offers a remedy to this, with specially curated, nutritious ready-to-eat meals that takes the fuss out of the kitchen. Sent directly in a cooler bag to your doorstep, each meal is tailored to the customer’s tastes and fitness plans; those looking to build muscle, for example, can dine on a three-peppercorn steak. Better still, every customer will be assigned a nutritionist who’ll make sure each meal plan is adapted over time, depending on the progress of your goals.
The Facial Routine Kit by Heath
Having a nice bevvy of grooming goods pays dividends when ridding yourself of the day’s detritus – especially so during the long January hours. For such moments, Heath has put together a selection of its finest products, including a face wash made with Brazilian-papaya extract; a shower mask that will leave your complexion glowing; an eye serum that helps firm and brighten tired-looking eyes; and a soothing moisturiser.
Leather Oud and Honey Oud Eau de Parfums by Floris
Storied perfumer Floris has been a long-time Gentleman’s Journal favourite – and the fragrances we often fall back on are ‘Leather Oud’, a heady, complex mix that’s offset by the refreshing smack of bergamot; and the smooth-smelling, velvety ‘Honey Oud’. Both options, when sprayed on in the morning, make for a lovely olfactory lift that’ll set you on the right path for the day ahead.
Robe and Cotton Pyjama Set by Hamilton + Hare
Make those evenings of recovery that little easier with these two homewear essentials: Hamilton + Hare’s luxury pyjamas are made from luscious natural cotton, and its sage-green hue will brighten up dark winter evenings; meanwhile, the schlubby robe is an easy throw-on piece for off-duty lounging.
A massage at AIRE Ancient Baths London
This Covent Garden Spa is known for its antiquity-themed aesthetic and dizzying arrangement of thermal baths and pools, all of which are set at varying temperatures. The exclusive visit will allow you to delve deep into the candlelit venue, tour its winding networks, and receive a relaxing 45-minute massage.
Gentleman’s Journal Clubhouse Membership
Live a rich life with an exclusive membership to the GJ Clubhouse, your friend in high places. Benefits include access to London’s most exclusive restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, hotels and brands; 15% off select brands on Gentleman’s Journal Shop; invites to exclusive events; and much, much more.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this exclusive prize, simply fill out the form to enter now – best of luck!
Shirt by Thomas Pink
Indeed, putting in a shift on the treadmill does wonders for raising the endorphins – but, in terms of dressing, few things can boost one’s confidence than a well-fitted, sleek shirt, an item that can elevate most outfits. This option by Thomas Pink is made with long-staple cotton, has a soft, silky feel, and its textured ‘marcella’ weave adds subtle detail. (If your preferences lean towards something else, then the winner can opt for their own style and colour of choice.)