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Friday, 13 October 2017

5 Reasons To Join A Gym | Seafolly At Cocobay

Seafolly Mandala Printed Black Long LeggingsAlright, so I'm still obsessed with working out.  Nothing new there!  However, after having recently convinced a friend to join a gym and then hearing about how much she's loving it, I'm feeling a little more pushy than usual (sorry).  With the gym at The Tamburlaine Hotel setting the scene, accompanied by one of my all-time favourite activewear looks via Cocobay, I've put together a few reasons as to why joining a gym might just be the best thing you can do for yourself this year...
Line of kettlebells at hotel gymSeafolly at Cocobay Mandala Printed Black LeggingsUK Fitness Blogger Gym Medicine Ball WorkoutSeafolly New Arrivals at Cocobay Crop Top Leggings

B  O  D  Y   G O A L S

Stating the obvious, but it's the most effective way of achieving your ideal shape!  No matter how committed you are, eventually you're likely to need the range of equipment that comes with having access to a gym

M I  N  D  S  E  T

A sense of structure comes with creating and committing to a workout plan.  Plus, it helps to be surrounded by likeminded people - you find yourself pushing even harder

M  E  E  T  I  N  G

Alright, so I've not yet experienced it as a place to 'meet meet' people - but it's not unheard of!  You'll start recognising people over time who tend to go at the same time as you.  At the very least, you can add some friendly faces and new acquaintances to your routine

A  C  T  I  V  E  W  E  A  R

Oh you knew activewear would feature in the list!  Safe to assume most of us are obsessed with gorgeous activewear, right?  Joining a gym puts the fun back into fitness fashion and pushes you away from that bralet-and-shorts combo you wear for home workouts (hey, not judging.  We've all been there!).  In this post, I'm wearing a full look by Seafolly at Cocobay (check out last month's Aztec look from the designer-brand stockist if you fancy a little more colour!)

C  O  N  D  I  T  I  O  N  S

Sadly, it's not always safe to workout/run outdoors on your own - females, in particular.  It shouldn't be the case, but it is.  As much as I love (and encourage!) running outdoors, I've had an uncomfortable experience in the past with regard to this and have no doubt many of you reading this will have as well.  On a lighter note, it's also getting pretty damn cold out there and so doesn't avoiding frostbitten fingers sound like heaven?!

The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge Gym
Seafolly Active Mandala Printed Crop Top at Cocobay
List of blog reasons to join a gym ft. seafolly at cocobay
Medicine Ball Stack at Hotel Gym

Leggings - Seafolly Active Mandala Leggings c/o Cocobay

Shoes - Nike

Use the code GLASSOFICE for 20% off all activewear (inc. Seafolly!) at Cocobay

UK Luxury Fitness Fashion Blog Gym Workout
The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge Gym Dumbbell Rack
Standard Black Workout Mats on Gym Wall
If you fancy a sprinkling of motivation, check out my post on why now is the perfect time of year to Reset Your Fitness Goals.  This is literally one of my all-time favourite topics and so I'm super keen to hear your thoughts on both the Seafolly activewear from Cocobay, as well as how you feel about joining a gym!  Have I convinced you?  Or are you already a convert?  Let me know in the comments below...

Psst!  Time to treat yourself - use the code GLASSOFICE for 20% off all activewear at Cocobay.

Gym - The Tamburlaine Hotel
27-29 Station Rd

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. You are in a fabulous shape, Gabrielle! I have never joined a gym and don't think I ever will. I enjoy my at home yoga workout and now that we invested in a BowFlex, I really don't have a reason to join one.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  2. I've been meaning to join a gym for all of the reasons you stated above. I've never pushed through it though whichbis frankly disappointing. I love the outfit!

  3. I used to be a gym bunny, but with the kids (and the blog) I have returned to working out from home. It is a little harder to stay motivated, but I don´t loose any more time not being around the kids.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  4. I SOOOO need to join a gym! Haha! You're looking amazing doll xx

  5. The gym always makes me feel amazing so I totally agree with this! And your body is seriously amazing!


  6. I really needed some good reasons because I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Great post!


  7. That active wear is beyond beautiful!! It really suits you! I have never joined a gym but I'm very happy with my pilates sessions twice a week!! :)

    Hope you are having a great weekend Gabrielle!


    Seize your Style

  8. I love training at the gym, but for some reason as soon as I sign up, the laziness creeps in and I start eating anyhow. Few months ago I started jogging and I've grown to love it, but yeah I do agree with the weather becoming cold now. Will see anyways.

  9. I've got a small gym in my apartment building but I never go, haha. I've been meaning to start going though, at least a couple of days a week after work but just haven't gotten around to it yet!

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  11. I love going to the gym! Love the activewear that you were wearing x

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

  12. I really want to joing a gym, I am hopefully when I move! Love the activewear you are wearing!
    Isabelle x
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    Twitter @izzy_elli

  13. Now I know why you look so perfect! Nice tips Gabs! Love that sporty-fashion look!

  14. This is exactly the kind of post I need at the moment, I've not been really good at going to the gym lately! Thank you for sharing :)

  15. agree with you! the gym looks fabulous!

    xoxo style frontier

  16. Thank you for the motivation.
    I've not been really good at going to the gym lately,
    so really thank you for sharing and the inspiration.

    take a look at my BLOG and also INSTAGRAM

  17. I joined our local gym last year and while I'm really enjoying seeing the transformations it's making to my body, I'm also really embracing mixing it up and little bit and taking part in classes offered there too!

    Musings & More

  18. This post is so good and inspiring! I need to get my membership back. Loving your active wear :)

  19. I agree it's all about the mindset. And although it's getting cold I wish we lived in a world where women could run in peace! grrr! One day... Inspiring post too!


  20. Your photography is absolutely incredible and I love your outfit in the photos! I am absolutely obsessed with going to the gym and it is by far my favourite place to work out due to the range of equipment you get access to, and just being in an environment where everyone is working super hard makes me want to push myself. Great post :)

    maria |

  21. You look great! The pics are just breathtaking as always. :)

    Check out my new post on my blog: Shoot for the stars

  22. You giving some major fitness goals babe!

  23. I'm not really a gym person, although I have to say you make some good points about the benefits of joining one! I'm quite good at motivating myself to work out at home - I have no shape whatsoever if I don't so I have to keep it up! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  24. You look amazing! And I love your gym wear! :) xx

  25. Great reasons. I agree with you on Mindset. It is very helpful to be in a community with similar goals to motivate you along.


  26. I love your workout outfit! Seriously, so much #goals going on right here!! I wish I had the same motivation as you to go to the gym. Kudos to you and keep up the great work!!


  27. Girl. I wish I had your enthusiasm for physical fitness. I have to say though, you've made some great points, and the active-wear is lovely. Though I usually stick to the treadmill in the spare room, I do wonder where the closest gym is...

    I hope you had a great weekend Gabrielle!

  28. I do home workout program but I can certainly see the appeal of working out at a gym for the structure it provides. You’ve definitely made a really convincing argument here Gabrielle and looking totally fab and fit :)

  29. Wow, great body you’ve got there, babe! xoxo

  30. ohhhh you look amazing!!
    kisses from the sandpit ☀️☀️

  31. I love the print on your exercise gear! :) I'd love to have the time to join a gym - at the moment I'm trying to find a way to fit in my usual at home stuff around the boys. I think when they are bigger it will be easier, and I can get to the gym and have all the advantages you've listed :)

    Hope you have had great weekend! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  32. I always feel good after a gym session. Love the pics.

  33. Omg I am OBSESSED with your outfit!!! I'm heading over to that brand now to order their stuff!

    You are in such perfect shape it isn't fair! You look beautiful as always <3

  34. Loved your post babe, I really needed that to get back to the gym haha !

  35. Such a nice post! I love your workout outfit! Gemma x

  36. I've been battling with joining a gym for ages as I always feel really self conscious so I just tend to work out at home, but this has finally motivated me to go out and just do it. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Love you workout gear too!

    Heather xx

  37. Working out at a gym isn't for me, but I love your reasons for joining. My Mum is terrible for joining and then never going! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  38. Great post ! Love your workout gear too !

    Have a great start to your week beautiful!

  39. I like gym - I think it's worth to be active - for your health and good look as well :-) Awesome pictures dear xx

  40. Girl this post was full of amazing tips!! Body goals is definitely a big one for me, I love it when you start to see the changes in your body as it always spurs me on to train harder! I've been running 3 times a week and noticing a big difference which is such a confidence booster! Bloody LOVE those leggings, I've become one of 'those' people who loves buying activewear now haha!

    Hayley xo

  41. I've never understood the concept of joining a gym haha, but I guess I partly see the charm and interest in it. Anyways, love love love your workout wear, so chic and fun with print! Xx

  42. I totally feel the same Gabrielle!!!
    I'm used to work out regularly since... well, really, since ever!
    I did many years of ballet, then aginistic atlethics and martial arts, now I'm more for a less demanding training so I last year I started Crossfit and I became pretty addict to it in no time!^^
    You're right there are so many benefits on reagular work out that once you start you cannot stop!
    Super cute outfit, hun! You look so chic (and in perfect shape) even working out!

  43. I would love to join a gym club too !
    The reasons were so motivating.

  44. I love this gym-wear from Cocobay! I've always lusted after the Seafolly swimwear collections and had no idea they did gym clothing too! It looks perfect on you Gabrielle! I'm trying to up my gym activity before the world and his wife joins up again in January!!
    Jaz xoxo

  45. I love working out, it's such a great way to relax and it always makes me feel really motivated and happy. It's as good for the mind as it is for the body! However I haven't taken the step of joining a gym yet, I do my workouts at home because I don't feel comfortable with working out at the gym. However because I agree with all you said here, I should definitely take that step soon!

    Julia x
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  46. Some really great points here and so true too. I think being able to go somewhere everyday helps you to commit like you said, and I've always found working out helps me so much mentally as well as physically too - there's nothing like working up a good sweat to help beat stress and also just generally improve your fitness. I really need to get back into this as I've fallen so far behind with my fitness so this is a real goal for me at the moment. Great post Gabrielle! - Tasha

  47. these are all really great reasons! Makes me feel like I need to step it up again and hit the gym hard! lol

  48. You are in amazing shape, Gabrielle. I love going to gym and I can't imagine my life without working out.

    Nina's Style Blog

  49. I love your fitness posts, they always inspire me to change things up with my workout routine. I love the idea of getting to use all of the different equipment at the gym, but I just find I work better doing home workouts because I'm more consistent that way. I usually can never be bothered driving all the way to my gym, working out and then driving home.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  50. Interesting post, you look great! I admire your energy and your will (:

    CM | XIII.

  51. Gabrielle your figure is looking incredible, so incredibly toned! Looking forward to chatting about all things fitness (and chocolate - yes the two things can go together) when we meet :)

    You're right, you get to a certain point and then you do need to up your weight game, for me it's mission abs and glutes!

    I absolutely love your gym gear, it's ever so funky especially the leggings, they're so funky and love the detailing!

    Keep up the great work gorgeous girl, you're very inspiring indeed!

    Lots of love!

    Laura xo

  52. Your in fab shape. Well done. I need to get myself to the gym. I'm not my best after having 3 children x

  53. First of all - love your gym outfit! It looks so stylish and cute; those pants alone would be my motivation to go the gym haha! I go the gym, but only to the professional pool (since I am a swimmer). Mindset is key! xx

    Naya //

  54. All the reasons you mentioned are really true and these are very good reason to join a gym! I trained in the gym nearly daily for 10 years but finally stopped it as I had the feeling my gym time is over :) Now I do workouts at home what I really like, too! But who knows what the future will bring ...
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  55. If you join the right gym there are excellent benefits! I love the reasons you presented Gabrielle. I always enjoy gym amenities, meeting people and a sense that everyone is working towards a goal. Great workout attire.

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