It seems like the one force rivalling the ubiquity of coffee shops at the moment is the meteoric rise in gyms. The fitness boom may be bustling, yet the dominance of dark, overly cramped spaces ironically undermines the very attraction of working out: that of cleansing the mind.
METHOD however, a new fitness and wellness studio in Chelsea, understands that catharsis is not achieved through exercise alone: the surrounding environment also plays a pivotal role.
Located in the basement of a Victorian terrace, Method is a haven for the health-conscious. It is the brainchild of former New Zealand basketball pro Joshua Clark. Employing his extensive background in fitness, Clark offers bespoke training advice, programmes and classes, coaching clients back to recovery and training them towards peak fitness; externally and internally.
Soho-based architecture and design practice Found were tasked with translating Clark’s philosophy into the design; placing emphasis on yoga as a key component of the fitness regime. Opting for soothing simplicity, Method has an all white aesthetic in order to enhance the sense of space and to channel the meditative energy that is at the heart of Method’s mission statement.
The pastel palette creates a calm continuity, aided by the subtle yet strategic use of mirrors to divide up the different areas - eschewing any jarring details that might disrupt the equilibrium. Flowing out into the garden area, Method’s charmingly unconventional arrangement also offers the unique retreat of an outside yoga studio, heated and equipped with a retractable roof for all year round release. The murals adorning the walls are evocative of Method’s all too rare appeal; a fitness space that’s a far cry from generic.
Specialising in Mediation, PT, Yoga, Barre, Boxing and HIIT classes, Method is open Monday to Sunday.