NIKE Box Functional training + Surf House
Group outdoor fitness kick-starts Saturday morning in social style. An aussie-style brunch follows and satisfies both healthy and less healthy appetites.
START: Nike Box Barcelona, Calle Pontevedra 51, 08003 Barcelona.
FINISH: Surf House, Almirall Aixada 22. (Playa de la Barceloneta), 08003 Barcelona.
THE WORKOUT: Saturday at 10am Functional training by the outdoor fitness team who call themselves Functional World. Box Barcelona functions as a sports store, co-working community and of course meeting point for beach sports from fitness, SUP paddle board, Pilates, running, Yoga and today its high intensity training. Meet outside the box and head to a spot by the beach where you train as a group. Move through various circuits and exercises using your own body weight as resistance. Think step sprints, burpees, high knees, push-ups, tricep dips, bear crawls and plank holds. The team process to accelerate your metabolism, improve your strength and endurance without sacrificing on mobility. You’ll end back at the Box to stretch, cool down and then head for brunch.
FOOD: The kind of healthy and tasty food you imagine surfers eat. Breakfast includes acai (with banana, strawberries, granola, chocolate chips and shaved coconut), huevos rancheros (which comes with guacamole and tortilla chips), nutella bread, fruity pancakes and cinnamon french toast. The lunchtime menu is pretty varied and caters to healthy and hedonist - so whichever you’re going for you’ll be satisfied. If you aren’t hugely hungry then try the grilled pumpkin with chipotle hummus and pita. There are several salads including quinoa with carrot, and avocado, mango with lentil or for meat-eaters a chicken, bacon and sweet potato chipotle one. Vegan corn tacos with marinated seitan, guacamole and hot sauce are fantastic. Otherwise go all-in by ordering one of the hefty burgers with sweet potato fries. End your meal with a “Cenningan’s Yoghurt” (Greek yoghurt, oreo and nutella is a dreamy combination) and take it to go for a stroll down the beach. Ask ahead about beach clean-ups; Surf House organises them on the reg and you can get involved very easily. You can even organise a beach clean-up yourself by taking out one of the paddle boards for an hour and picking up the rubbish you find on your floating travels.
THE PRICE: Its €10 for a class or buy a pack of five classes for €40. Surf House Acai bowl €8.6, poached eggs, bacon & cheese €13, Nutella bread €5, French toast €7, Pancakes €7.9. Vegan tacos €8.3. Burrito Sweet potato fries €4.1 and dip €1. Tuna poke bowl €15, vegan seitan poke bowl €13. Quinoa salad €8.9. Chicken salad €8.5. Pumpkin and hummus €7. Cenningan’s Yoghurt €5.2.
BEST FOR: A Saturday morning sweat session to earn a fully loaded brunch. Also great for do-gooders who want to do their bit and clear up a little bit of the ocean.