About us

About us

We’re twin sisters Faye (Mouse) & Rhi, founders of Strong + Bendy: a unique fitness studio and exercise garden in Hackney Wick, East London. 

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.

We want Strong + Bendy to be like your favourite café, somewhere you keep coming back to because you enjoy it, not because hitting the gym is another thing to ‘tick-off your to-do list’ or ‘a punishment for what you ate’

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. 

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 on the walls of our exercise garden and 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’.  

We both have a long list of their own sporting achievements behind us, including ultra-marathons, endurance swims, and ironmans. 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. 

Strong + Bendy is easily accessible from Victoria Park, Hackney, Clapton, Homerton, Chobham Manor, Stratford & Leyton. We’re a few minutes walk from Hackney Wick overground station, secure bike parking is available on site and on-street car parking is available at evenings and weekeneds.

Meet The Team


Jay | Boxing & HIIT delivered with East End charm.


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

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


Vicky | Offers powerful and vibrant Vinyassa flow sequences that move around the mat.


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


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


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


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


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


Mel | Free flowing and upbeat Vinyasa Flow Yoga with a focus on listening to what your body needs.


Chloe | Bundles of joy and body positivity in CheerFit and Dance Workshops.


Shaun | Specialises in Desk Therapy Yoga combating aches and pains from desk based work.

Jessica Penelope Elaine

Big Jess | Studio Hound | Queen of Rest Days

Little Dug

Studio Hound | Romanian rescue living his best life. “Having teeth is over-rated….”

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