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This summer, Equinox launches their summer residency at Mondrian London: A series of fitness classes showcasing the best of Equinox' unique offerings, all from the glittering Rumpus Room with its incredible views over London. On June 11th, Miranda will be teaching "Gold Barre" - The Equinox take on a traditional barre class. We caught the busy London fitness influencer in a rare moment of downtime to talk about her beginnings in the fitness world and her favourite healthy city spots. Plus, don't miss Miranda's four moves for a hotel room workout - with absolutely no equipment necessary.
So, Miranda, where are you from?
I’m from Edinburgh, originally, but I’ve been in London for eight years now.
What neighborhood do you live in?
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into fitness as a profession?
Well, it probably began when I was at drama school. We were training long hours and I became really aware of how fit you had to be to maintain that level of mental readiness to do things. But also when you’re doing long runs of shows, weird hours. You want your body to be as ready as it can. Also, with physical theater, you have to literally be able to pick things up when you need to.
So, you started off as a yoga instructor?
Yes. I was in India at a friend’s wedding and my friends and i thought it would be a fun idea to try yoga teacher training and we ended up spending a whole month there! It was a really happy accident. I started with Ashtanga and then everything led on from that.
Gold Barre is the class you’ll be teaching at Mondrian at the Equinox Summer Residency at Mondrian. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
So Equinox worked with an Olympic figure skater, Tara Lipinsky. They developed a format that incorporates all the training necessary for an Olympic figure skater but with all the best bits of barre. So, you get the flexibility and the balancing of the body that you get from ballet and pilates movements. You get a cardio hit with the jumping. You balance and strengthen all of your muscles at the same time with the spin sequences. So, it really is your full body and it’s got more of a cardio boost than a normal barre class.
What are some of your top tips for healthy living?
I’m a failed vegan. Although it was great when I was travelling, It didn’t work for me when I was here. So, I’m a pescetarian. With my schedule, I have to be really organized with timing my meals. So I eat five small meals a day. I always follow the maxim: “Eat to live. Don’t live to eat.”
What are some of your favourite healthy spots in London?
My favourite place to go for a walk in the summer is Hampstead Heath. You can go swimming in the ponds or practice yoga outside. We'll sometimes do yoga picnic brunches in the summer out there.
My favourite healthy restaurant is Nama in Notting Hill. It’s all raw food. Their courgetti is amazing. I didn’t know you could do those kind of things with nuts to create cheese. Very exciting!
For exercise classes (other than my own!) I love Dharma Mittra classes. Especially Mark Kan’s classes. The craziest stuff happens in his classes.
Miranda’s Moves For An In-Room Barre Workout:
Start with your back against the wall. Bending your knees, slide down the wall until you’re able to step the feet away as though you're sitting in a chair. Take feet hip distance, toes parallel, heels under knees and knees in line with hips. Draw your navel to spine and imagine you are squeezing a ball between the thighs.
1) Start by holding the position for a count of 8
2) Then, do 8 micro pulses up and down.
3) 8 x Open and close knees.
Kneel on all fours. Hands shoulder width apart. Draw ribs in and tuck tailbone slightly to maintain a flat back. Extend the right leg behind you and flex your foot. Bend the knee and bring heel towards your right glute.
1) Pulse foot up x8
2) Pulse up and hold x8
3) Squeeze heel to seat x8
Then, repeat on left side.
Lie on your back, arms by your side with palms pressing down. Bend your knees and walk the feet close towards your seat. Tuck tailbone and press lower back into the mat. Lift your hips a fists distance off the floor.
1)Take small pelvic tucks to the centre.
2)Then alternate side to side.
3) Repeat 1 and 2 with your heels lifted off the floor.