Date Night at…The Gym!

A gym date – no I’m not joking. Last week it was Leo’s turn to plan date night; we normally do dinner or a show, that sort of thing, but this time he said to me, “I’ll pick you up at 7pm and I’m bringing your workout gear”. Wtf?!

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“I squat and my house is clean…one of these is a lie” – I personally don’t squat, although I really should start #
getitrightgetittight 😉😄We headed to Frame, a fitness studio in Shoreditch, where he had booked us in for a Boxfit class with Lisanne Van Sonsbeek (check out her website here). The vibe of the studio was very “Shoreditch” – lots of character with exposed brick walls, a colourfully-painted ceiling and cool-looking merchandise displayed on the wall.

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I quickly got changed and we headed in to kick fat’s butt!

There were about eight other people in the class – who all looked considerably fitter than either of us and A LOT more comfortable (naturally I didn’t take any pics during the actual class)Frame Studio - reallifewithlou.com

What followed was 45 minutes of intense burn! Squats, punch combos (at the mirror rather than each other), ab work, lunges, BURPEES! …I legitimately thought I was going to die – my life was flashing before my eyes and all that. Don’t let me put you off though, I’m a bit of a weakling. I tend to avoid gyms like the plague, and much prefer more “fun-based” workouts like dance classes, team sports and the like.

Lisanne had me sweating “like a Christmas goat” – as my dad would say. But as soon as the class ended the endorphins hit me and I felt great! (Or maybe my body was just glad the ordeal was over 😂) We took a few cheeky pics as always, stayed for a chat with Lisanne and the rest of the staff – who were all absolutely lovely!

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…then headed out to find some food…

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Flat Iron was nearby and steak sounded like a great idea right about then! We started with a well-earned bottle of wine while we waited for our table, then proceeded to devour the most delicious steak dinner.

The first time I went to Flat Iron (click here to see that post) I was a little underwhelmed and rated it about 7/10. However, I am now a BELIEVER – I don’t know whether it was the workout that had our appetites raging, but it was one of the most delicious meals I have had in a while! So delicious that I have had to update my previous rating to 8.5/10 😀
(Only not a 9 because I found the portions a little too small, I could have eaten twice!)

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So my dear readers, if your significant other suggests a gym date do not despair (or punch them 😉). It may be tough, but it will be worth it…especially if you get a damn good steak out of it!

Till next time,
Lou xx

P.S. In the meanwhile, what is your favourite post-workout meal? Let me know in the comments below…

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8 thoughts on “Date Night at…The Gym!

  1. Gym date – SO FUN! My only gripe would be going out sweaty (boo!). The gym looks awesome though. My fave post workout meal is pho!

    1. Yeah the sweaty aspect was a bit cringy to be honest, but we stood around chatting for so long that we didn’t even feel it 😂

      Pho though, what a great idea! Healthy and delicious – especially in the winter. I always struggle to eat clean after a workout because I’m usually starving and convince myself that I’ve earned the calories haha 🙈

  2. Really, a gym date sounds awesome. I thought so as I saw the heading, and was convinced when I read the post. And you look good😃

    Oh… And I’ll love to have a post work out meal… I just need to sort out the “work out” part of it 🙈😂

    1. Hahahaha I’ve been skipping the “workout” part of the meal too, I guess that’s why Leo planned this 😂

      Thanks so much for reading! 😘😘

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