sweat around the world



There's a reason that people pack their stretchy gear when they travel to a new place. Yoga mats and running shoes unite us, regardless of where we are in the world or what language we speak. To celebrate our growing international family of ecommerce sites which includes Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, I asked local sweat enthusiasts in each location for their recommendations on where and how to experience their hometowns with your mat and/or running shoes in tow.

london


The Chelsea showroom team pigeon-ing in London.

Sweat out your jet lag: Check out Kari McCreath’s sweaty spin class as H2BikeRun just off of Carnaby Street. Between getting sweaty and listening to some pumping music you'll leave feeling energized.
Go for a run: You can’t beat running through the hidden paths in Hyde park or running along the Southbank! If you’re out east hit up Regents Canal and run all the way up to London Fields Market if it’s a Saturday.
Post-flight yoga class: Vinyasa flow with Mercedes at Triyoga Primrose Hill or Elizabeth Reumont at The Life Centre Islington. If you take Lizzie’s class grab a Zinger juice from Planet Organic of Coffee from the Food Lab afterwards!
Enjoy a post-yoga snack: Enjoy a steaming sweet potato with a delicious filling of your choice from Spud in Covent Garden. Also, the raw carrot cake at the Madder Rose café at Triyoga are to die for and they are good for you.
Tip for getting around: Get around town like a true Londoner with an Oyster Card! A Mini London A-Z map book may come in handy and don’t shy away from hopping in a black cab… you never know what conversation you’ll end up having with a cabbie!
Make sure you: Hit up Shoreditch on a Sunday! Start with brunch at The Book Club, then wander along Brick Lane checking out Spitalfields market, the hidden boutiques on cobble streets (grabbing a coffee at Rosa’s café on route) and end at Columbia Road flower market to pick up a fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers (tip: head to the flower market at noon to get ‘two for a fiver!’)

hong kong


Get SMAC'ed with ambassadors Ed and Babs!

Sweat out your jet lag: After sitting on a long flight, you're going to want to move your body, so head to SMAC, an invigorating outdoor workout with Ambassadors Ed Haynes & Babs Mountain.
Grab your runners and go to: Bowen Road and Happy Valley track offer tranquility in the city for running at any time of day.
Best post-flight yoga class: Nora Lim at the beautiful The Yoga Room, or Claudia at Flex Studio – you can vinyasa and then hit up Stanley market which isn’t too far from the studio. Just hop on a bus and off you go to explore a little bit of Hong Kong.
Local lingo: Finish your coffee order by saying 'thank you' in Cantonese – “mmm goy!”
Grab a post-yoga snack: something sweet and something refreshing at Life Café in Soho or a flatbread from Mana on Wellington Street.
A different way to sweat: Buffet at one of the hotels! Buffets are like a sport here. A local favourite is the one at Café Too at Island Shangri-la.

melbourne


Our ambassador Kent Cuthbert runs along Albert Park Lake.

Sweat out your jet lag: Strength and circuit training at the HIT Centre in South Yarra. Workouts are not for the faint of heart, but here technique is priority number one so you can feel like a pro at any level.
Go for a run: Albert Park Lake or Royal Botanic Gardens, lovingly known by locals as 'The Tan'. The garden-hugging track features some serious flora and fauna (50,000 plants to be exact) and a lake (fish, turtles and eels included) so tie up your runners and get ready for a wild jog.
Best post-flight yoga class: Melt your travel stress away and Savasana in style at the beautiful and tranquil Union Yoga in South Melbourne.
How to order coffee: Order a ‘flat white’ (a latté with no foam, or ‘froth’ as Aussies call it) for a shot of espresso and milk. Be warned: if you ask for an ‘iced coffee’, you will get coffee… and ice cream. Try Proud Mary coffee in Collingwood or Dukes Coffee Roasters in Windsor.
Post-yoga snack: Melbourne’s suburbs are diverse and known for different types of cuisine, from Greek food to Vietnamese treats. But anywhere you roam you’ll find cheap and fresh sushi hand rolls, like traditional sushi before they are made bite size, so you can simply grab one and go. After a workout try a brown rice vegetable roll for a healthy and satisfying snack.
Local lingo: Locals greet each other with ‘hey mate’ and ‘how you going?’, and a simple ‘no worries’ will suffice in place of 'you're welcome.'

Taking in a yoga class or going for a run in a different country is one of the best ways to beat jet lag and experience the local community firsthand (or should we say firstfoot?). Which country have you recently unrolled your mat on or gone for a run in? Got any tips for us?

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I just moved from Vancouver to Lyon, France and there is fantastic running here! Along the Rhone river and around Parc Tete d’Or, it’s fantastic. It’s a giant multi-purpose park with a zoo, rose garden, a lake, endless bike and running paths…I won’t get tired of running there anytime soon. My other daily sweat is climbing up to our neighbourhood … there are 243 stairs to climb! I love it!

Comment by Megan — November 13, 2012 @ 1:25 am


Along Lac Leman in Geneva- superb views and even better people watching!

Comment by Catherine — November 13, 2012 @ 4:42 am


When in Hobart, Tasmania go for a run along the pipeline track that is hugging Mt Wellington and enjoy rain forest and magnificent views. It’s even enjoyable in the heat of summer as the first part is nice and shady. :)

For a good stretch go to Bikram Studio Newtown (with lulu ambassador Ben Korkmaz).

A post run smoothie (or juice) you can grab from Pulp Friction in Trafalgar Centre (Collins St). And the best coffee in town you’ll get freshly brewed in Criterion St at Villino Coffee. Loads of delicious food options available in the CBD/Salamanca/North Hobart.
For a delicious lunch break right in the city center (nicely set a bit away from the street) you can get at Ethos Eat Drink in Elisabeth St. Absolutely fabulous athmosphere and delicious and unusual food.

Comment by Anissa — November 13, 2012 @ 2:30 pm


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Comment by jD — November 14, 2012 @ 9:01 am


Love being in the city of Vancouver where there’s yoga + fitness everywhere. Love to try the classes in HK soon!

Comment by Mandy — November 14, 2012 @ 9:58 am


There are so many lovely places. One of the best is running or inline skating on a summer evening with the not-setting sun along the Lake Saimaa in Taipalsaari, Finland, spectacular scenery! Or try smaller roads on the Finnish countryside. Discover Le Citadel in Lille, France and check out the old castle in Oslo Norway (uneven cobblestone but the view is awesome) or enjoy morning mist “auf dem Deich” in Emden, Germany.

Comment by Heidi — November 14, 2012 @ 10:07 am


I spent a summer in the French Riviera, my favorite place to run was the Promenade Des Anglais!!!! Most popular oceanfront walkway.

Comment by Sarah — November 14, 2012 @ 11:05 am


Can’t wait to see a whole map of various places to do yoga + fitness on Lululemon website! :) #thesweatlife

Comment by Mandy — November 14, 2012 @ 11:18 am


I moved to Yaounde, Cameroon in central Africa three months ago and I’ve been running Mount Febe once or twice every Sunday along with a thousand (not an exaggeration) or so Cameroonian “weekend warriors.” The mountain is about 2 mile from base to the top, so my Peace Corps running partner and I make a 6 or 7 mile loop up/down the mountain and through a village and repeat as needed for our marathon training plan. The locals that run this mountain regularly have calves the size of mangoes!

Comment by Kristen Toth — November 14, 2012 @ 3:04 pm


Visited LA this summer, and checked out a couple of yoga classes… Free yoga classes everyday in Runyon Canyon, an beautiful park great for taking a hike and taking in some views of LA. Also, took a class with Mary Beth LaRue (Lululemon Santa Moncia Ambassador) at Studio Surya in Venice Beach. So many more classes/teachers I would have liked to experience, but will have to wait until next time!

Comment by Erin Barker — November 17, 2012 @ 12:58 pm


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