Notting Hill’s newest members club The Library opens its doors

The Library has launched, offering members intense exercise regimes previously reserved for Olympic athletes

From gym buddies to fitness phobes, team Marie Claire have finally found a gym to suit all. No really, you’ll like this one – stay with us.

Because, tucked away in leafy Notting Hill, The Library neither looks nor sounds like a gym. It’s like a white, spacey, slightly posh townhouse (yup, two floors inc viewing balcony), complete with gilded mirrors, antique books (yes, really) and a pool table.

And it’s no accident – between grunts as I work a pair of hamstrings I never knew I had, I ask owner Zana what her vision for the club was: “Somewhere our members can come and relax, use the facilities, and work out if they want”. It seems designed to take the training out of training, behaving more like a modern member’s club than your traditional sweat-box.

It’s all totally bespoke – you get your fat percentaged (much, much less scary than it sounds), nutrition analysed, and body parts measured before you even reach so much as a dumb-bell. And then your sessions are all supervised and monitored.

Oh, and they boast an average fat loss of 7.5lbs after 12 days with them. Working out 15 minutes a day. So… no brainer?

It’s a bit like a health & fitness guardian angel.

To join The Library, visit the website.

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