A workout on ice

Mix up your workout routine with a refreshing new twist – a muscle-flexing fitness class on ice followed by a leisurely brunch

Define London will host a fitness class at Ice Rink Canary Wharf, followed by brunch at the nearby Plateau restaurant
Define London will host a fitness class at Ice Rink Canary Wharf, followed by brunch at the nearby Plateau restaurant

For a workout with an edge, head to Ice Rink Canary Wharf on February 2, where fitness studio Define London is hosting a class led by founder Ashley Verma, the former Broadway dancer and actress, followed by brunch at French restaurant Plateau.

The party will position themselves on the ice, holding onto the side of the rink, for the stretch class
The party will position themselves on the ice, holding onto the side of the rink, for the stretch class
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Guests will not require ice-skating skills (or boots), as Verma begins the 50-minute Define Barre session on yoga mats, guiding them through a combination of postures, many inspired by ballet. The warm-up will be followed by a half-hour stretch class, where the party will position themselves on the ice, holding onto the side of the rink. This approach promises to increase muscle control and flexibility, while participants take in the striking scenery around the arena – think twinkling trees set aglow by fairy lights against the backdrop of Canada Square Park’s towering edifices. “The rationale is that the cold encourages enhanced endurance,” says Verma. “Guests will have to work harder to keep warm, thereby torching extra calories throughout the workout. It’s also extremely fun.”

Define London founder Ashley Verma guides a class through a series of poses during a session on the rink
Define London founder Ashley Verma guides a class through a series of poses during a session on the rink
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Following the exertions at the rink, Verma will host a two-course brunch with a drink at the nearby Plateau restaurant. The event, including the class and meal, is priced £32 per person.

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