What Do you do when it rains?
We embrace what the day has to offer. Working out in the rain teaches us the importance of mind over matter. It's liberating. It teaches us that our bodies can be warm and energised regardless of the cold and damp outside. It teaches us that its okay to get wet, it's only a state, that state will pass. It teaches us to be open in life generally when society has taught us to shut down and generate storylines about how ‘terrible it is’ just because it's cold and raining.
It's an important part of learning to take the rough with the smooth, with a smile in our hearts. It makes us tough, not just physically but mentally. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Yes its challenging, but it's good to be challenged and take calculated risks in life. And when you get hot working out, rain becomes your friend.
do you train in winter?
Yes. It’s an amazing time to - we need the vitamin D and wild more than ever! If it’s raining - we embrace it. Dancing and working out in the rain can actually be amazing fun, and you get the place to yourself. But it doesn’t rain that much in the South - East of our isles, contrary to popular belief. The vast majority of our sessions are dry. The only time we postpone due to the weather, is if there is over head thunder and lightening, or in excess of 50 mph winds. So this is very very rare.
Why Jungle & Drum and Bass?
Drum and Bass/Jungle is great to workout to, its motivating and driving, but its much more than that. Jungle music transcends social boundaries, it is unifying. The bass connects to some deep part of us. It's at once motivating, uplifting and grounding. Jungle music draws heavily on technology and sci-fi influences and culture. Its at once earthy (eco), futurist and creative, like our classes. When you are lost in the music all of the outward signifiers, what you are wearing, what you look like, cease to be important.
Jungle & roots music is tribal, connecting, chunky & timeless. There are plenty of classes to other type of music, but the music is core to this class, from ethos, to the dance steps in our routines. We love Jungle, Drum and Bass, bass music, & positive vibrations.
How Do I Join/book?
To join the regular class and one offs: You need to register online once (see 'register'). And then book the class via our booking page. To book a block of 10 classes & join our regular crew for the term, email email@example.com. Payment is by bank transfer for blocks, or personal training programs (coming summer 2021). You might like to book a drop in session here first to try the class. You can then put the price of that against a block, no problem.
To book private sessions, and events please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can also work in partnership with our friends at www.silentevent.co.uk for larger events and experiences. And are happy to recommend them.
What should I wear?
The important thing is to be able to move. Trainers/running shoes & dress for the season (weather not fashion). Make sure that you have plenty of light layers in colder months (that you can peel off as you warm up). Be prepared to get a bit muddy, its part of the fun. It helps to have a front fastening rucksack or running pack/vest/belt/good pockets to run with your valuables/water/layers.If you are going on somewhere, carrying a change of clothes, in a plastic bag, inside of your rucksack, is easy enough, but just be prepared to carry/run/walk with what you need, there are no lockers.
Most of the year bring gloves...we do tree stands, planks etc. On cold/foggy days - a hat & snood is helpful when warming up to modulate the amount of cold air coming into the lungs. Sunscreen and hats on hot days - and bring water. Finally for people with boobs - a high impact sport bra is recommended ... its quite a high cardio class in places.
Can I join if have a medical condition?
Often yes, especially if a doctor or other medical professional has recommended exercise that includes cardio, muscle & core strengthening, & stretching. Exercise can be an essential part of the recovery process; and or symptom management. Adaptations can be given with sensitivity. Private, personally tailored sessions are an option too, and Stacey is currently finishing a level 3 for GP referral qualification.
However any injuries and medical conditions must be highlighted at registration, so that we can offer you the best possible experience. Please also advise the instructor of notable changes to your health, or if you have been advised by a medical professional to refrain from particular types of exercise.
Where a medical condition or other factor is beyond the instructors area of expertise, we are happy to refer you to another local specialist trainer.
Why are you called London Jungle Runners when you aren't only a running club?
Many of us love running, but our core class, at this time, is a mixed training class, where everyone, runners and non runners alike, enjoy a mixture of fun Hiit games, cardio, core , strength and stretch work.
"Running", like stepping, refers, in part, to Drum and Bass/Jungle dance; and dance culture. Some of our high impact aerobic/training sections are akin to running on the spot/ the running man. The Jungle Runner is also a type of lizard. Part of the ethos is that we recognise ourselves as animals (and guests) in our native habitats, that we immerse ourselves in nature and consider ourselves to be a part of it, rather than considering ourselves to be something separate or aloof.
This is subtly encouraged through little activities, focuses and ideas that are brought in throughout the experience. London Jungle Runners is more than a fitness group. it is an immersive fitness practise that blurs the boundaries between fitness, wild play, the arts, and a more connected experience of nature and reality. It is a holistic and fun, approach to fitness. Classes are also carefully designed to limit our impact upon the fragile woodland environment.
A number of us are also keen runners. And LJR is a perfect complimentary cross training session for those who are training for events etc. It's a great class for runners, and non runners a like. We support functional health, and injury prevention, with careful strengthening and sound technique. This feeds into our running days around these sessions.
How are you different?
If you regularly attend and work hard in class, sleep enough, drink water and eat a healthy balanced diet, you should loose weight, tone up, get fitter etc, and its great to meet those bodily fitness goals and we can advise on and support those goals.
However these things are treated almost as a by-product. This class isn't just about obsessing about the body beautiful, or punishing ourselves. It’s incredibly fun; and about the feeling that it gives us inside. Over time, you will learn things about the woods and about yourself. The body beautiful is just a bonus. You will be encouraged to listen to your body, to work at an appropriate pace, and to never work through pain. If you enjoy exercise, you're more likely make it a habit.
I'm really unfit, is this class for me?
Yes. Whats great about this class is that you really can do it at your own pace. It can be a tough class if you wish, but alternatives are given, and safe adaptation for injury can be provided or found with clients. and the high impact aerobic sections can be completed at a low impact pace. You can find your level, and develop over time. We all start where we are at every session.
I'm super fit, is this class for me?
Yes. We don't do a great deal of running in class, but you will get heaps of other benefits from this class. Extension can be provided where necessary, and as it is a small group, the instructor is able to really tailor to those in the session.
Where do we meet for class?
Highgate Woods classes: If standing on the field in the middle of the woods, to the right you will see the information hut, we meet in front of it 5 mins before class. There are toilets just there by the meeting point & a nice cafe. All other locations: You will be sent location/instructions after booking.
Am I really a spiritual being or robot, having a human experience?
Probably. Who knows, save that one for the pub yeah?