The bitter winter is slowly starting to creep through the cracks, the evenings are becoming darker and more dreary, and the joy of Christmas still feels like a long stretch away – in other words, the miasmic chaos of the cold season 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 help you get ahead of the inevitable health-and-wellbeing surge in January, we’ve pulled together a considered edit of some of our favourite fitness-focused things from some of our favourite brands, including a set of sessions from a leading London gym, premium training gear to help ease the physical ardour, grooming staples for that post-workout glow-up, and much more – and we’re giving you the chance to win the entire selection, worth over £2,700. Here’s what’s on offer…
Hylo Athletics training gear
Though outdoor training can be a tasking job in the depths of winter, we’d like to think our tight selection of Hylo Athletics products might inject a sense of joy into the ordeal. Up top, we have the Performance Quarter Zip, which is thermo-insulating; the Sweatshirt, which we like for its breathability; and a Performance T-shirt, ideal for when the temperatures rise just a little on those mercurial-weather days. For below, there’s the Performance Shorts, an item coveted for its quick-dry time.
Sōma Sportswear base layers
Adding further insulation to your activewear wardrobe are Sōma Sportswear’s base layers – a Long Sleeve Top and a pair of Shorts – pieces that are distinguished for their use of pure silver and wood pulp, the result of which creates a feel that’s far, far softer than cotton.
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’ (bike workout). Sessions are often held in the dark and feature live acts and DJs, meaning each visit is a pulsating, high-thrill experience.
As big fans of Superga’s pared-back canvas sneakers, we couldn’t help but usher readers towards the label’s athleisure-style trainers, which are defined by their uppers in faux leather, 90s-inspired aesthetics, and chunky soles.
Heath grooming kits
Having a nice bevvy of grooming goods isn’t only handy when wanting to scrub off a workout, but it also pays dividends when ridding yourself of the day’s detritus – especially so during the long winter hours. For such moments, we have the ideal packages: Heath’s The Face Set, which comprises the brand’s two hero products, a Face Wash and Moisturiser; and The Facial Routine Kit, a comprehensive bundle that showcases those two products as well as a Shower Mask and Eye Serum, all of which arrives in a travel-friendly leather washbag.
CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Face Mask
The boom in the LED face mask industry seemingly has no limit at the moment, and, for this competition, we’ve chosen one of our favourites from within that sector. This CurrentBody creation is light on the face, slim enough to slip into a travel bag (ideal for on-the-go grooming), and its LED wavelengths, which make use of Pillow Technology™ for total coverage, are said to brighten complexions, balance tones and plump skin.
Workshop and session with Sarah Hyde
Ideal for a new-year reset, we’re also offering you the chance to partake in a session and workshop with Sarah Hyde, a breathwork coach and self-development mentor. To imbue you with a sense of renewal, winners of our competition will be gifted an online one-on-one breathwork session that’ll last an hour, as well as two tickets to a London-based two-hour workshop, all of which are aimed to help ease the burden and tension that comes with the rigours of daily life.
Tracksmith running gear
This year, Gentleman’s Journal partnered up with Tracksmith – the Boston-based running-apparel brand that’s distinguished for blending heritage-style aesthetics with top-end performance – on a number of events and campaigns. From the label’s extensive portfolio, we’re giving away its Fens Fleece, crafted in a shearling style to lock-in warmth, and the Tracksmith Eliot Runner, a neutral trainer featuring a Pebax® footbed that’s triple the thickness of its counterparts on the market.
A session for four at Padel Social Club
For years, padel has been blossoming into one of the world’s most popular past-times, and, in London, Padel Social Club is a pioneering destination of the scene, welcoming novices, intermediates and obsessives. Beyond high-quality courts, it also features bars, lounges and monthly events, helping to create a community feel, with a show court in Empress Space, members’ courts at Babington House and, as of spring 2024, a multi-court club at The O2. As part of this bundle, you’ll get a 90-minute slot for four people at Empress Space, with racket and balls rental included, followed by a complimentary post-match drink of choice in the lounge.
Floating therapy at Float Hub
Ending on a light note – rather literally – we turn to a pack of four floating-therapy sessions at Float Hub. Once inside a sizeable pod – each with no light, sound or ‘external’ pressures, and filled with water and 525kg of premium Epsom salt – users will float effortlessly for 60 minutes in an effort to reset and refresh their mind. The benefits of floating are said to include: improved sleep, alleviation from mental-health issues, and stress relief.
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