It’s all well and good owning all the latest wearables and fitness gadgets, but what good are they if you’re only taking them to the gym once a week – or worse – keeping them locked in a cupboard for safekeeping? If this is you, then perhaps it’s time you put your tech to good use; in a way that they were intended: at a big fitness, wellness event or challenge.
Whether it’s a smartwatch, fitness tracker, GPS, heart monitor, or even just your latest earphones, your tech should be taken full advantage of, and so here’s a bunch of the biggest upcoming fitness and wellbeing events in the UK where you can get a serious sweat on.
Cycle a circle around the UK capital: Dulux London Revolution
Date: 11-12 May 2019
One of the UK capital’s biggest annual cycling sportive sees 2,500 riders making a loop around London, and also through it in this 300km ride taking place over just one weekend. You can take your time and kick back at festival camp at halfway, or go for the Ultra and ride the whole 300km in one day, Gulp. A perfect opportunity to crack out the cycling tech.
Book a spot here: london-revolution.com
Best tech to test: Canyon Endurace road bike, Garmin Edge 1030 GPS, Wahoo heart rate tracker. Check out my Best Road Bike Tech article for more ideas.
A weekend of boutique fitness: Balance Festival
Date: 11-12 May 2019
If you prefer your fitness less of a test of endurance and more of an intensive hour of pure sweat in the form of a boutique class, punctuated by nutritional treats, wellness treatments and
A range of brands attending Balance Festival will also be bringing their own wearable tech for attendees to test out so if you don’t have any devices of your own just yet and want to see which could work best for you, then this event is right up your street.
In terms of fitness, they’ll be a curated programme of over 150 cutting-edge workouts, some exclusive to the festival as well as a sample of London’s best boutique studios.
Book a spot here: balance-festival.com
Best tech to test: Any smartwatch such as the AppleWatch or Fitbit Versa Lite
A triathlon with a twist: Quest Wales
Date: 8 June 2019
Quest Wales is a triathlon with a difference, instead of your bog standard triathlon set up of swim, cycle, run, this one-day multi-adventure sports race – which starts and finishes in the village of Betws-y-Coed in Northern Wales – is made up of a run, cycle, and kayak! Taking place across the mountains and valleys to challenge attendees in a way they’re probably not used to, Quest Wales is a great opportunity to really put all your wearables through their paces.
You can choose from three routes, with one to suit all levels of fitness, the 53km Expert, 42km Sport & 25km Challenge. Kayaks are provided as part of the entry fee, too. Not sure if you’ll find “kayak” mode on your smartwatch, though.
Book a spot here: questadventureseries.com
Tech you can test: Canyon Endurace road bike, Garmin Edge 1030 GPS, any smartwatch or heart-rate tracker, especially Garmin
Escape the world just one hour outside London: The Escape by Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Date: 14-16 June 2019
Set within 500 acres and surrounded by 1,000 years of history, you’d never guess the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire and the estate on which it sits is just one hour out of London. That’s probably why the esteemed hotel brand figured this branch was a perfect venue to host an event like ‘The Escape’, a new fitness retreat that is said to “push the boundaries” of those in attendance, allowing them to “achieve results they never thought possible”.
With up to 12 hours of training, three hours of spa treatments, breakfasts, healthy lunches and dinners, all included over a two nights stay, “Escape” will undoubtedly feel like a mini-fitness retreat, just without the stressful long distance traveling either side.
Tech you can test: Heart-rate monitors, chest straps, smartwatches with heart-rate tracking and long battery lives such as the Polar Vantage M.
Book a spot by calling +441252 853 000
Swim, cycle and run: London Triathlon
Date: 27-28 July 2019
Now marked the gold standard in multisport events, the triathlon’s structure of three continuous and sequential endurance races is the perfect way for anyone to push the boundaries of both their physical and mental abilities, whether that’s a fitness obsessive, or just the average Joe wanting to challenge themselves.
If you prefer this traditional form of triathlon of swim, cycle, run, then the AJ Bell London Triathlon – London’s biggest Triathlon event of the year – has to be the best of its kind out there. Another great opp to test out all your fittech.
Book a spot here: livetotri.co.uk/london
Tech you can test: Check out my Essential Triathlon Gear feature for a complete list.
Stretch out in style: Soul Circus
Date: 16-19 August 2019
Now, many yogis would say yoga and tech just don’t go together, but if done well, and subtly, it really can – and Soul Circus is a perfect opportunity to test this out. It’s a wellbeing festival with a difference: where yoga meets music and other holistic therapies as well as glittery, festival antics and after parties.
Stretch out in yoga tipis and lush Gloucestershire countryside by day and dance under the stars by night, well as long as the UK summer lives up to last year’s, anyway.
Book a spot here: soulcircus.yoga
Tech you can test: Apple Watch, Liforme yoga mat, or check out my Yoga Innovations feature for more ideas.