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About us

About us

Unique fitness studio & exercise garden

We’re twin sisters Faye (Mouse) & Rhi, founders of Strong + Bendy: a unique fitness studio and outdoor gym Hackney Wick.

We believe no one should feel intimidated when walking into a fitness studio or gym. We offer fun workouts, led by friendly teachers, in a beautiful unique environment. Everyone is welcome, regardless of fitness level.

No quick fixes or false promises

We’re passionately against so many things that have become the norm in the fitness industry; mostly the promise of quick transformation, be that radical weight loss or super-quick muscle building. We refuse to sell on false promises. All our classes focus on how you feel, not just how you’ll look. 

Outdoor + indoor workouts

We are the only studio that offers both indoor and outdoor workouts (each class on the timetable is lablled with where it will be held).  If you like the fresh-air you get working out outside, but want your home comforts (hot showers, water cooler, all the equipment) we are the perfect studio for you.

All bodies and fitness levels welcome

That’s not to say our classes are all easy: we have experienced trainers offering everything from advanced yoga workshops through to strength classes to master pull-ups. 

The incredible murals (by world famous street-artist @zabou) you’ll see when entering the studio are portraits of some of our founding members. Celebrating members just the way they are is our ‘peaceful protest’ against the fitness industry norm of pushing ‘transformation’.  

Genuine knowledge and experience

We both have a long list of their own sporting achievements behind us, including ultra-marathons, endurance swims, Ironmans and even a world record! However we’ve created a warm and welcoming environment open to all, and our team has the expertise to help you meet your fitness goals, however big or small. 

 

 

MEET THE TEAM

The friendliest teachers in East London. You will never feel intimidated trying a class with us!
Dancehall Teacher

@fitchicksacademyldn

Jessy | Our incredible Dancehall Teacher. Brings her amazing moves and sense of humour to every class.

Boxing Instructor

@anicat_london

Anika | It’s hard to believe someone this nice can punch that hard 🥊😂 Teaches Boxing, Battle Ropes and TRX with endless enthusiasm.

Boxing classes east london

@jay_matths

Jay | Boxing & HIIT delivered with East End charm.

Owners of Unique Gym in Hackney Wick Mouse and Rhi

@strong_bendy

Mouse + Rhi | Strong + Bendy founders: putting the win in twin since 1984! | Pop HIIT Pilates, Battleropes, Kettlebells & PT

Clean and covid secure studio

too cool for instagram

Caroline | Facilities Manager | If it looks nice, smells nice and works properly – that’s all thanks to Caroline! The heart of Strong + Bendy.

Vinyassa and Yin Yoga by Hongyi

@hongyihuang

Hongyi | Brings kindness & calming energy to Vinyassa & Yin classes.

Mara yoga teacher east london

@maracimatoribus

Mara | Delivers inspiring Vinyasa flow sequences with a playful approach.

Grace Power Yoga Teacher

@gracefloraaa

Grace | Powerful but welcoming Vinyasa flow yoga from a friendly northerner (+ our BFF!)

Katy teaches circuits, pilates and battle ropes

@kit_it_simple

Katy | Our pocket rocket: big workouts from a small package! Battleropes, Circuits and Pop HIIT Pilates.

Fatoumata Flow Vinyassa Yoga

@at.insideyoga

Fatoumata | Brings intelligent sequencing and calming energy to Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

Dance Teacher with Pom Poms

@chloeabb

Chloe | Bundles of joy in inclusive CheerFit and Dance Workshops.

Studio Dog Jessica

Jessica Penelope Elaine

Big Jess | Studio Hound | Queen of Rest Days

FITNESS CLASSES

Friendly trainers teaching the best indoor and outdoor classes in Hackney Wick.

Outdoor Gym

We run outdoor classes in our unique outdoor gym in Hackney Wick. Forget your typical resistance machines in the park, this is so much more.

We offer pull-up bars, kettlebells, battle ropes, TRX (+ more) in a beautiful environment. The most exciting place to do a workout in East London.

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Indoor Studio

Our indoor studio is on the ground floor and opens out onto our beautiful outdoor gym. Filled with natural light and plenty of fresh air it’s the perfect place to practise yoga and our try signature class POP HIIT Pilates.

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Yoga

We offer different styles of yoga to suit your mood, including Vinyasa, Yin and Mandala Yoga. Our yoga teachers are some of the most sought after in East London, leading you through unique and challenging practises.

We have one of the most beautiful yoga studios in Hackney.

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Dance Classes

Our dance classes include Dancehall, CheerFit (dance fitness with pom poms!) as well as dance workshops learning signature routines from the Pussycat Dolls, Megan Thee Stallion, Britney Spears and more. Some of the most fun dance classes in Hackney.

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Battle Ropes

You will not find this class anywhere else in East London or beyond! We are the only fitness studio or gym in Hackney Wick that offers battle ropes classes. Expect tough cardio and strength training all rolled into one in this unique fitness class.

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Boxing

If you’re looking for a boxing class in East London our class has the perfect combination of technique, footwork and HIIT training to keep you fit and learn basic boxing skills along the way.

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Pop HIIT Pilates

This fitness class is totally unique to Strong + Bendy. Expect pilates inspired moves, combined with high intensity interval training (HIIT) all choreographed to music.

An incredible all over body workout that is so fun you’ll hardly notice how hard you’re working!

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Strength Circuits

The most popular fitness class on our timetable. Outdoor exercise classes don’t get any more challenging or motivating than this! Try everything from battle ropes, to pull-up bars and TRX all in one class.

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Kettlebells

Kettlebell classes in London are not easy to find. At Strong + Bendy we have a wide range of Kettlebells (from 2kg – 24kg) and experienced trainers to help you get the most out of this amazing workout.

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TRX Training

London’s only TRX class held outside in a beautiful outdoor gym. Outdoor exercise classes in London don’t get any cooler than this. Work on your strength, balance, coordination and flexibility in this fun fitness class.

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Personal Training

Personal Trainers in East London don’t come much better than this. Our head coach (Rhi, who’s also the studio’s co-founder) has a background in endurance sports and is a world record holder. Whatever your fitness goal… you’ll be in good hands.

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