Fitness: Need some motivation? Read on. . .

To boost your workout mojo, we bring you the latest on Cambridge’s coast walking dad, a chance to dance with the stars, some seriously cool eco gear and soothing wellbeing products for post-workout pampering


Bodywork Company new commerical course (48701262)
Bodywork Company new commerical course (48701262)

How would you like to work with the choreographer that masterminded Beyonce’s killer routines or the coach behind Broadway smash Hamilton? Bodywork Company Cambridge Dance Studio is offering an exclusive new 12-week course in commercial dance, bringing together the crème de la crème of industry talent to teach cutting-edge choreography and techniques.

Among the inspiring teachers will be world famous hip-hop dancer John Graham, who has worked with Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and Justin Bieber; ZooNation Dance Company’s Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, choreographer for acclaimed hit-musical SIX, and resident choreographer on Hamilton; renowned krump dancer Duwane Taylor; and Cece Nama, who performs with Zara Larsson and Ed Sheeran.

With just 20 places available, competition is set to be as fierce as a Beyonce hip thrust. Plus, 99 per cent of Bodywork’s alumni go on to work in shows such as Magic Mike, Motown The Musical and The Lion King, within a year of graduating, making this a dream opportunity for any dancer.

For details of how to apply (by August 31) visit


With dynamic garment names such as Titan leggings and Bataboom pants, flamboyant designs and eco credentials, activewear specialists 3RD ROCK is our new favourite brand.

Offering a sustainable, organic range made with recycled and up-cycled materials, alongside soft organic cotton, 3RD ROCK’s gear is tough and flexible enough for rock climbers whilst being comfortable and supportive enough for road runners.

Key items include leggings, shorts, tees, sports bras, playsuits, swimwear, yoga pants and denim, in an array of eye-catching shades and designs. Planet friendly and awesome, too!

Shop at


Coast walking dad Chris Howard (48701268)
Coast walking dad Chris Howard (48701268)

Cambridge dad-of-three Chris Howard, who is walking the coast of mainland Britain to raise money for Children In Need, has reached Scotland. Chris, who set off from Norfolk in March 2020 – has been surviving with minimal kit and relying on the kindness of strangers along the way. Though covid lockdowns hampered his progress, the coast walking dad is now 65 per cent of the way through his epic challenge and has raised £25k so far.

“I think I’ve walked over 6,000 miles now and I’m averaging about 80k steps a day, but Scotland is a challenge of its own; solitude and mountains make life hard going,” he tells Velvet. “My spirits are high as ever though and my feet are in good shape plus the people I meet are very friendly and helpful.”

Chris is boosting his fundraising efforts by offering Zoom talks to businesses whilst on his coastal pilgrimage, and he hopes to be stepping into Cambridge for his grand finale walk before Christmas.

Buy Chris a (well-earned) coffee or donate to Children in Need at


Reward your body post workout with these two new hero products from ESPA’s Fitness Range. Harnessing the power of rejuvenating eucalyptus, warming clove bud and soothing lavender, the Fitness Shower Gel (£27) will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. Or light a candle and take a long soak in the tub, pouring in these divine Fitness Bath Salts (£33). Blended with arnica, comfrey, magnesium, dead sea salt, remineralising seaweed and skin-smoothing oatmeal, the aromatic crystals will ease aching muscles a treat.

Buy the ESPA Fitness Range at


Weighted eye pillow (48701349)
Weighted eye pillow (48701349)

Too much time spent staring at a computer screen, bad posture and stressful situations can cause tired eyes and niggling headaches. Self-care is incredibly important to combat these ailments, whether getting out for a walk in the fresh air, taking a yoga class or meditating.

This weighted eye pillow, which can be warmed in the microwave or used cold, can help to relieve sore eyes, earache and migraines. The linen cover can be removed and washed regularly and essential oils can be added for deep relaxation. How heavenly.

Weighted eye mask, £17, at

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