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Is exercise the new social lubricant?

Tuesday April 28, 2015

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Believe it or not, I used to exercise. A lot. Granted, I was 16 and yes this is an ‘I was a contender’ plea, but still, I like to think I know a thing or two about getting fit.

One thing I know is that working out in a gym is boring. As is going for a run. Or a cycle on your own. I’m a social being. I want to interact with people while slowly killing myself in the interests of health led vanity.

Unfortunately, my couch based stand against anti-social exercise has taken a bit of a knock recently thanks to two companies who seem to know what they’re doing. The Outdoor Fitness Collective and British Military Fitness are changing the way we view exercise making it a far more social activity.

Both offer outdoor classes with a wide variety of exercise types but the main drive is to do so together. I’m not entirely sure if trying to date while coughing up a lung and looking like a dazed lycra clad beetroot is the best way to go about such things but given my stomachs propensity to supersize my trouser purchases I’m willing to give it a go.

Seriously though, I think the idea is brilliant. Not only do you get to meet a whole bunch of like-minded individuals, if you’re like me the motivational aspect may just encourage you to push that little bit harder. You’re all in it together after all.

And it seems that London’s singles are driving this trend towards group exercise. No longer the realm of South West London yummy mummies, the classes offered by both companies are becoming dominated by young professional singles looking for a way to get fit and expand their social networks.

I think we should run exercise based speed dating sessions myself although I may have to get in training before hosting such an event.

It’s nearly summer. I think it’s the perfect time to not only treat your body to a bit of a workout but flex your dating muscles at the same time. What have you got to lose?
The Outdoor Fitness Collective have been described as ‘London’s friendliest fitness group’ and have over 20 coaches and a whole host of activities for you to choose from.

Check them out here. They’re also currently running an offer giving you your first ‘Insanity’ class for just £5!

British Military Fitness have become so popular that they now offer classes nationwide. As the name suggests, nearly all their coaches are former members of the forces but don’t worry, they’re a really amazing and relaxed bunch.

You can see what these guys are up to here. Check out their ‘First class free’ offer!




The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.