Despite being based in West London, and indeed already teaching classes myself in Kensington, I have never been along to check out the ultra sleek Equinox gym and fitness studio just off High Street Ken, so when the invite came through from the gorgeous Ming and Bianca Bridges to join them at one of the Bridges Manor events at a signature Equinox “Get Whipped” class I was first on the RSVP list.
What is the Bridges Manor? I’ll let the girls tell you in their own words:
“The Bridges Manor is a philanthropic club for women in London. The objective of the club is to raise money for selected charities whilst participating in cultured events and classes to broaden knowledge and skills. This includes yoga, chess classes, self-defence lessons and inspiring talks. It’s a place for women with similar interests to connect over common interests and bond over the club’s ethos and goals. We also really like to eat brunch.”
The sisters had organised for Equinox Group Fitness manager Caitlin to put us through our paces in her gruelling 45 minute circuit class – featuring the class’ namesake move – the Battle Rope whip. Here’s yours truly whippin’ it Wildcat style 😉
There were plenty of other killer moves in there too – full body burpees, 30 seconds flat out rowing, dumb bell squat press, resistance band plank jacks and bosu push ups to name a few. Yes, after 45 seriously sweaty minutes I now know how my clients feel…..
After our class we were treated to a gorgeous brunch in the cafe – spinach frittata with creme fraiche and a green juice were the perfect post workout fuel, and it was a great chance to chat more to some of the other girls who had come along. Not only that, but we left with an amazing goodie bag – well that and some serious glute DOMS for me this morning when I woke up! As fantastic as all of that was, the best bit for me was knowing we were doing it for such a fantastic cause, and on this occasion, it was Destiny Rescue.
Destiny Rescue is an incredible charity that plans missions to rescue children in Asia from sex slavery. They go through dangerous situations to embark on rescue missions, house the girls and teach them life skills to train them into a working life. Money raised goes towards helping rescue another girl (it costs £1,200 to rescue a girl, funding the mission, housing and teaching), and for the next few months the goal of the Bridges Manor is to rescue as many girls as they can. So imagine my happiness to see today that through the past few events the girls have painstakingly organised, they have raised enough money to rescue two girls from sex slavery! I feel so humbled to have been even a tiny part of that, and that through doing something I love so much with a group of lovely like minded individuals I can help literally change the life of a young, vulnerable girl who needs it most.
Fitness with a focus – what an awesome combination. Thank you Ming and Bianca for making this happen!
If you would like to donate to Destiny Rescue and also be a part of their amazing missions, please visit their website and indeed give generously to this amazing cause.