Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lazy Boy's Gym Guide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lazy Boy's Gym Guide

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Byline: ANASTASIA STEPHENS

THEY may want to get fit quick but, for men, boredom is a key reason for an alarming dropout rate at London gyms - which is why many institutions have launched a series of evermore inventive methods to get demotivated men in shape. But just how good are they? We tested eight.

THE ICE WALL Fancy mountain climbing? Nip down to the country's first indoor ice-climbing wall, Vertical Chill, at Ellis Brigham in Covent Garden. Using a pickaxe and crampons you claw yourself up an eightmetre block of ice.

Best for: The daring and adventurous.

Works every muscle in the body but great for triceps, biceps, back and abs.

Find out more: To book sessions costing [pounds sterling]40 call 020 7395 1010.

THE CYBERRIDER PlayStation addicts can work out on an exercise bike with pedals that control computer games. Designed by Reebok, the CyberRider plugs into a PlayStation 1 or 2. Sensors transmit your efforts to the game and your body power navigates all actions needed to play.

Best for: PlayStation junkies can become superfit in their quest to get to the next PlayStation level.

Find out more: www.buycyberrider.com or call 0800 093 1563.

THE FOOTWEAR WORKOUT Walk yourself fit with no extra effort in the MBT shoes. The soles are cut away at the heel and front, and are thickest at the centre, forcing you to actively balance, using core muscles, thighs and abdominals simply to stand.

Best for: Couch potatoes who dream of being fit. Gives you the equivalent of a Pilates class without the effort.

Find out more: www.mbt-uk.com

THE CLIMBING GYM Europe's largest indoor climbing gym is tucked away beneath the Westway flyover inside a giant, tent-like structure.

Try rope climbing on forest and icethemed walls or bouldering, where you climb up to three metres.

Best for: Great for all-round fitness and strengthening the back and upper body. …

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