Dog House Fitness + Milk

Weekend workouts require a brunch after. This one is doggy friendly too.

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START: Dog House Fitness, 23 Harberson Road, Balham SW12 9QX, London.

FINISH: Milk, 18-20 Beford Hill, Balham, SW29RG, London.

TUBE: Balham.

THE WORKOUT: Monday 7am spin with Katie. The dog-house; somewhere you may have found yourself earlier this week when you strolled into work late because you went to grab coffee #priorities. Balham’s Dog House Fitness however is a doggy friendly boutique studio where you can sweat out your sins via Spin, Box, Barre and Stretch.

The venue houses two intimate upstairs fitness spaces; one cycle, the other box/barre. At Ride, expect a 45 minute disco in the dark. Pumping tunes and carefully choreographed routines, coupled with resistance band work, in a night-club-like setting. At Smash, it’s time to put up those paws and take to the boxing bags. The small group training is set up like circuit meaning you’ll sweat your way from floor to bag and back again before ending with a juicy finisher. 

The Dog House Fitness schedule has also recently expanded to encompass low impact Sculpt and Stretch sessions to improve overall strength and flexibility.

THE FOOD: After a challenging workout, you’d be barking mad not to celebrate with a good feed and luckily Balham is bursting with options. A stone’s throw from Dog House Fitness is Hildrith Street, a buzzy cobbled area which plays home to a number of cafes, coffee shops and dining al-fresco. 

Milk is a long standing, long time time favourite thanks to their flavour-some dishes using high quality, organic ingredients. Menu staples include; ‘The Convict’ (so popular you can even buy a Convict branded T-Shirt): dry-cure bacon, egg, sausage and hash in a muffin sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and epic hangover sauce then there’s the ‘Young Betty’: poached Burford brown eggs on toast with rich, smoky hollandaise (so good!) - not to mention a changing rota of seasonal stuff including homemade brioche, buckwheat pancakes and soft serve ice cream. 

FYI: Needless to say Milk is a resounding hit with the locals so at peak brunch times it gets busy and there’s often a queue. Milk is open 7 days a week serving breakfast from 8am or 9am on Sundays.

THE PRICE: Dog House Fitness: Intro offer; two class credits for £20 (valid for 7 days). One week unlimited £40 and one month unlimited £125. One class credit is £18, five class credits are £80 and ten is £150. Milk: The Convict and Young Betty around £8 plus extra for sides such as bacon/salmon/spinach/avocado.

BEST FOR: A weekend workout whilst your four legged friend waits patiently downstairs, followed by prime people watching sitting by the French windows at Milk.

Dog House Fitness + Milk

Written by health-curious Emma. Find her at @fromfitnesstofork

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Image credit: Dog House Fitness

Image credit: Dog House Fitness

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Image credits: Milk

Fluffy buckwheat pancakes topped up with soft ice cream, raspberries, crumble and flowers at Milk London.