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Time of Your Life: The Clock in Wimpole Street

SEEN had the great pleasure of visiting gym and health and wellbeing centre The Clock, last week. We chatted to founder and owner Zana Morris, who was delighted to let SEEN wander around this luxuriously appointed members-only building. The Clock is the very antithesis of the usual gym club; it is housed in an elegant building on Wimpole Street and the interior has lost none of its old-world charm, whilst still incorporating elegant gym equipment, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a grand piano, relaxation and event rooms and a treatment and consultation area.

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Zana herself was born in Dundalk, Eire and studied modern languages before being bitten by the fitness and health bug, fuelled by an early enthusiasm for yoga. She worked in New York and London before opening her own gym in St John’s Wood and The Library in Notting Hill.

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The Library and The Clock both offer the same core training programme, focused on 15-minute High Intensity training with nutritional plans that suit their client’s goals. Her business partner came up with the idea of gym equipment that could comfortably accommodate several people at once. There are two of these splendid machines at The Clock. Their shape emulates that of the magnificent clock that is part of the gym room.

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The atmosphere is very relaxed and home-away-from-home. Clients are welcome to make use of the kitchen and avail themselves of a personalised health and diet plan via the personal trainers whom Zana employs. The ethos is very much one of getting fit and healthy, but not getting obsessive about it. Zana’s clients are often already driven in their careers and busy with their families so the object is not to add to their anxieties, but to get them to a stage where they can enjoy their lives more, through exercise and a healthy diet. We agreed that there was nothing in life that didn’t benefit from being healthy and fit.

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Zana is the author of The High Fat Diet, which, combined with regular 15-minute workouts assists in weight loss and an improvement in wellbeing. Zana herself glows with health and vitality, it must be said. She has also created Smart Buttons – chocolate buttons that also contain nutrients. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of treats. Refusing to rest on her laurels with Wimpole Street, Zana is now looking for premises suitable to house a cinema and a swimming pool; amenities that complement health and wellbeing perfectly. All hail the 15-minute workout. Who wants to spend hours in the gym if you don’t have to?

The Clock
42 Wimpole Street
London
W1G 8YF

The Library
206 Kensington Park Road
Notting Hill
London
W11 1NR

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