MCF Corporate Finance Pilates classes

MCF Corporate Finance. Practicing Pilates in reception!MCF Corporate Finance are committed to the health and wellbeing of their employees and provide lunchtime Pilates classes for their staff at their London office. 

Classes take place either in the reception area, one of the offices or whatever space is free on the day.  As you can see from the photos no space is too small!No space too small for Pilates at MCF Corporate Finance You really can do Pilates anywhere.

We love that everyone joins in… from Company Director to Interns. It’s so great for team building.


MCF Corporate Finance lunchtime Pilates class“We have lunchtime Pilates classes at our office. What a great way to vary the day and recharge for the afternoon.

Pilates takes away the stress that builds up in our shoulders sitting down so much at the computer. It sets us up for the week.”
Clare – MCF Corporate Finance

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Festive Fitness Fun for your office

Looking to do something different for your office Christmas activities? Why not organise a fitness class in your workplace? Great for team building, burn off a few extra calories and engergise your body in preparation for your office Christmas party (or recovery after!)

Our Festive Fun Fitness Classes

Pre Party PilatesPre-Party Pilates
Strengthen and stretch your body to limber up for your office Christmas party dance moves! A series of mat-based exercises to help improve strength, flexibility, posture and help ease back pain after a day spent sat at your desk.

‘The Morning After’ Yoga class
Restorative Yoga sessionThe perfect cure for post Christmas party hangovers. Organise a restorative Yoga session for your team. Detox, wake-up and energise your body the morning after your office Christmas party.

Countdown to Christmas Conditioning  
Full body workout high intensity classes to kick start your ‘get fit’ new years resolutions. Plank against your boss!Circuits or Boot Camp style class which will be adapted to suit your office space.

Desk to Dance and Get the Party Started with Zumba
A calorie-burning dance fitness party in your office! Shimmy, shake and get the Christmas party dance moves started early. Great for team-building fun with colleagues.

How it works
We’ll come to your workplace to teach the class. All you need is a room or space in your office. Push any chairs and desks to the side.
All of our fantastic Fitness instructors are highly qualified and insured.
Prices start from just £5 per person.

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5 Top Tips for Sticking to your ‘Get Fit’ New Year’s Resolution

New years resAre you sticking to your ‘do more exercise’ New Year’s Resolution?!  Three weeks into 2015 and perhaps your good intentions are starting to dwindle. After all, it’s freezing out there, heading straight home after work is far more tempting than exercising.

If you’re finding it difficult to motivate yourself to stick to your ‘get fit’ or ‘do more exercise’ resolution’s here are my 5 top tips (cheap & easy) to get you started. 

1.  Arrange an active date with your partner or friend
Catch up with mates after work and go for a ‘jog and a gossip’ or a pre-dinner exercise class together. It is of course much easier to motivate yourself if your partner or friend is there to spur you along. Plus if you’ve pre-arranged to meet up, then it’s much harder to cancel your mate… you can’t piss off a running machine!

The research backs this up too. A recent University College London (UCL) study found that people are more likely to make a positive health behaviour change if their partner did too. The researched looked at over 3,700 couples. 66% of individuals changed their behaviour successfully and increased their physical activity when their partner did as well. This compares to 25% who increased their activity whilst their partner remained unhealthy. So text your boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, best-mate right now and get a date in the diary this week!

2.  Choose an activity you enjoy
If you hate running or can’t bear going to the gym, don’t do it! Chances are if you start a new exercise class or activity that you don’t enjoy you’re not going to stick to it. There are so many fantastic fitness choices out there right now you’ll be sure to find something you like……or mix it up and try something different each week.

3.  Run for charity… challenge yourself and help change lives
You don’t have to run a marathon. Pick something that’s a challenge for you. If you’ve never run before then training for and running a 10k is a huge achievement.  Plus if you do it for charity you’ll have the double achievement of raising funds and making a difference. Most charities will help you with your fundraising and have tips for training too.

African children’s charity Lively Minds has places for the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon (10th May) or Run to the Beat (10k set to music, 13th Sept). So do something amazing… sign up for a run and support a small charity like Lively Minds. You’ll be making a huge difference to thousands of children as well as yourself.
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4.  Be nice to yourself
If you do miss a week or two of exercise don’t punish yourself. We all have weeks where we feel less energetic or might be too busy. Try not to focus on the negative if you’re not achieving your goals as quickly as you would like. Think of what you have achieved… perhaps you can hold a plank for 10 seconds longer or can run that extra 1k further than you could 2 or 3 weeks ago… See, you’re amazing!

5.  Organise an exercise class in your office
Here’s one I can help with! Why not organise a Pilates or other fitness class in your office. It’s easy to arrange you just need a space or meeting room with the tables and chairs pushed to the side, some willing colleagues and just throw down your mats and away you go! Classes can be held before/after work or in a lunch break.

With classes from just £4 per person it’s affordable, we come to you and classes are held during the working day – so no excuses!

Find out more about booking an exercise class at your office.
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– JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from University College London (UCL)

Clocks go back… darker earlier… harder to motivate yourself to exercise right?

The clocks go back; it’s darker earlier, days get colder, you’re finding it harder to motivate yourself to leave the office at lunchtime & an increased desire to go straight home after work and not exercise… Sound familiar?! 

Clocks go back Yes it’s that time of year again… and we had such a fabulously long and warm summer, I fear the impending darkness will be sure to hit us Londoners hard! It will be at least 5-6 months before we can enjoy after-work jogs in the sun, lunchtimes spent sat wherever we can find a piece of green, waking up to the sun streaming in through the curtains…. Feeling depressed yet?!

So you know you’re going to find it hard to motivate yourself to keep active right? Not leaving the office for your usual lunch time walk – preferring to microwave some soup and browse the internet instead. And then rushing home from work to stay warm on the sofa and catch up on the latest box set is far more tempting than the gym or an exercise class after work.

Do not fear …. Exercise in the City is here to help!

We bring lunch-time or before/after-work Pilates classes (or any other fitness class of your choice) to you at your London officeIt’s easy to organise, low-cost and a great way to keep active during your working day.

Did you know? Melatonin is a hormone that affects sleep. It’s produced by a small gland in your brain (pineal gland). When it’s dark, the pineal gland produces melatonin to make you feel sleepy. So in winter, when we’re exposed to less sunlight, some people produce higher amounts of melatonin. This results in symptoms such as sleepiness & low energy levels *

Physical activity is a great way to keep energised, stay motivated and can also help combat the effects of SAD (Seasonal affective disorder, also known as ‘winter depression’)…. And if we’re coming to office each week…. you’ve no excuses!

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* NHS Choices website 

Bit of calm for the HuffPost offices

Huffington Post UK invited Julia, Exercise in the City Founder, into their London office to teach a lunch-time Pilates class for staff last week. This is what they had to say via @HuffPoLifestlye …

Julia from @eitcLondon brings a bit of calm to the HuffPost offices
— HuffPostUK Lifestyle (@HuffPoLifestyle) June 13, 2014

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The easy way to keep your ‘do more exercise’ new years resolution

Hands up if one of your new years resolutions was ‘do more exercise’ ‘get fit’‘go to the gym more often’... ?

Hands up if by the end of January you’re pretty sure you’ll be back to your old ways?! After all January is wet, cold, grey… the last thing you want to do is go to the gym or for a run after work when it’s dark and rainy.

Exercise in the City makes it easy and affordable to keep your ‘do more exercise’ new years resolution. 

I bring Pilates and other fitness classes direct to you at your London office or home. So no need to go to the gym, drag yourself out into the cold and. no excuses!

exercise-in-the-city_w-logo1.jpg… at work
All you need is a free room or space in your office and some willing colleagues.
Classes can be held during a lunch break, before or after work.
Find out more about exercise classes in your office

… at home
Private Pilates classes in the comfort of your own home.
First session includes a free postural analysis so I can design your personal workout plan and help you achieve your fitness goals. I am also qualified to teach pre and post natal ladies so can help you stay active whilst pregnant or get your pre-baby body back.
Find out more about private Pilates classes in your home.

Serve with a side of Pilates!

Feeling inspired to play tennis watching the Wimbledon Final today? Perhaps you’re already an aspiring Murray?!…  Serve with a side of Pilates to help prevent injury and strengthen your serve.

Tennis is a fantastic sport and exercise choice, not only for its cardio benefits, but the skill and coordination required gets your brain working too. But like all one sided activities, it can take its toll on your body. All the force used on one side to serve and the power required to return the ball can result in muscle imbalances which can lead to back and shoulder pain, or even injury. Pilates is a fantastic exercise for injury prevention and recovery.

Pilates focuses on strengthening your ‘core muscles’, those which protect your spine, give you support and balance – beneficial for all sports (not just tennis) and everyday life. Pilates also rectifies muscle imbalances and can improve posture and flexibility – to name just a few of the many benefits.

There are plenty of other one sided activities we do every day that can cause muscle imbalances  – carrying your bag on one shoulder or sitting at a desk using your mouse.  So Pilates really can benefit everyone… So book your first class today!!

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Today is Workout at Work Day

Today is Workout at Work Day! A fantastic initiative led but the Charted Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). The campaign highlights the importance of why employers should be keeping their staff healthy with lots of tips on how to do this.

Exercise at work in 3 easy steps!!

Exercise at work in 3 easy steps!!

One easy and low-cost way for employers to help their staff lead healthier lives is by offering fitness classes during the working day.

Exercise in the City brings Pilates and a range of other fitness classes to offices across London.  All you need is a free room or space in your office. Classes can be held during the lunch break, before or after work.

The CSP today released shock poll results highlighting London ‘screen slaving’ workers are putting their health at risk. They are warning London office workers that they are putting their mental and physical health at risk by working nearly three hours extra each night on their commute and at home.

Three quarters of officers workers polled in the city for the CSP said they continued working on smartphones and other devices after they left the office, and spent an average of two hours 50 minutes doing so.

These stints came on top of an average of six hours 54 minutes in front of a screen in the office during their regular working day.

Physiotherapy staff across the UK are encouraging people to be more physically active in order to combat stress and avoid musculoskeletal disorders, like back pain.

Dr Helena Johnson, chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: “The results of this survey are a huge concern to physiotherapists, who see the consequences of poor posture and bad working practices each day.”

The survey also revealed that 66% of those surveyed reported suffering job-related ill health such as headaches and back pain.

Fewer than one in four people told the survey that they considered their posture when looking at screens outside of work. Long hours can also contribute to stress-related illness.

The CSP hopes employers will become more aware of the need to keep their staff healthy, and will encourage better working habits among staff.  The CSP recommend these simple low cost measures.

  • Arranging and supporting activities that help staff to get active, like lunchtime Pilates classes
  • Encouraging staff to report any concerns about their health at an early stage
  • Encouraging staff to take regular breaks and be physically active during lunchtimes
  • Displaying leaflets and posters promoting good posture, health advice and activities for staff
  • Encouraging workstation assessments to reduce and treat musculoskeletal disorders.

Access to fitness classes were one of the top three services that many workers in the survey said they would like in their office.

…And I know it works – I first started practising Pilates through weekly classes held in my office, during a lunch break, in a meeting room with the desks and chairs pushed to the side! The opportunity to get away from my desk for an hour, network with colleagues, and generally re-energise and stretch always made me more productive and focused for the afternoon.

So book your first class today!
Contact julia@exerciseinthecity,com

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Exercise in the City… bringing fitness to you

Today is the launch of Exercise in the City!

I recently took the plunge and left my full-time Project Manager job to focus on setting up Exercise in the City. Like everyone, I found motivating myself to go to the gym after a tiring day at the office hard.  So I make it easier by bringing a range of classes to offices and homes across London.

Bringing fitness to you…

… at work
All you need is a free room or space in your office and some willing colleagues. Classes can be held during a lunch break, before or after work.
Find out more about fitness classes at your office

… at home
Private Pilates classes in the comfort of your own home.
First session includes a postural analysis so I can design your personal workout plan and help you achieve your fitness goals.
Find out more about Pilates classes at your home

For more details or to book your first session contact me at

I look forward to hearing from you