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pilates Hackney

I don’t know about you, but we had a hard time finding a suitable place for Pilates here in Hackney, East London. Here is our story: my wife got very interested in Pilates, for the one or the other reason. I guess she got the idea from one of those “women magazines” she is reading all the time.

So we checked several fitness studios here in the area, each one of those where they said they offer Pilates classes, but no matter where we looked at, they all seemed kind of crappy.

The first fitness studio that we checked, we were immediately put off by rather unfriendly staff.

Well, “the staff”, it was only one person working a desk, and that person seemed extremely annoyed to give us any kind of information about their classes. She still tried to sell as a membership though, even though we mentioned several times to her that we were only looking for Pilates courses.

The next studio that we checked out was not much better. It was a very large, known fitness chain and at least they had several people working on the premises at the time when we got there. It turned out that their Pilates classes where, how should I call it, more like a gimmick where they have several inexperienced students as “teachers”. They also didn’t have a real interest in getting as signed on for their Pilates classes, but instead also tried to sell us their normal gym membership.

This entire ordeal basically repeated itself a few times.

This was until Jenna told us about London Fields Fitness where she is currently going to their yoga classes. She is very happy with them, but we didn’t know whether they also offered Pilates. Long story short, yes they had. And now Jenna is also going to the Pilates classes with my wife because she thinks there are even “cooler” than the yoga classes. So if you are looking for a good place for Pilates Hackney, you might want to check out London Fields too! As for myself, I haven’t been at their Pilates classes but I can attest that the studio itself is very nice, with modern equipment and very friendly staff. And according to my wife, the Pilates classes are fantastic and I have no reason to doubt her.

Here is a good link for you if you want to learn more about Pilates:


We now know the price that British racing is asking their bookmakers to pay for becoming an authorised betting partner for digital horseracing.

This past autumn, the policy was announced as one way to capture some of the approximate 30 million that is not being contributed to the levy. The policy immediately draw the ire of a large number of bookmakers in the United Kingdom.

Bookmakers who will route their digital horseracing business via offshore means will be required by British racing to contribute 7.5% of their gross wins to the 2016-17 levy.

Only a handful of bookmakers in United Kingdom, among them Betfair, bet365 and 32Red have put their signature under theĀ  new policy which gives preferential treatment to those participating. Those bookmakers who are not participating expect overall disadvantages including but not limited to potentially being barred from accessing racecourse press rooms and parade rings.

British horseracing groups Arena racing company, Jockey club racecourses along with several others to get away racecourses Chester, Fakenham and Newton Abbot are currently backing the initiative by the ABP. Tracks such as York and Pontefract will continue to work with sponsors who are not part of the ABP but not grant sponsorship to new bookmakers who didn’t sign the new policy.

Those book markers that signed are more also be granted a kite mark to show that they support the initiative and horse racing in the United Kingdom.