Britains most beautiful gyms

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Daily Mail - Alice Hart Davis

1st May 2017

Tatler gym Awards

1st May 2018

Nottinghill & Holland Park

1st October 2015

Zana's book launched today

15th January 2015

The High fat diet

Zana Morris founder of The Library 

Co Author with Health Journalist Helen Foster.

The new book was launched today and has already sold 20,000 copies

 

The Saturday Times

3rd January 2015

Times Weekend

Zana Morris founder of The Library 

We were so excited with the Saturday Times Serial run over 2 weeks on how to lose fat and get toned through eating fat and 12 minute high intensity training sessions.  From a pretox, a 10 day blitz through to the 10 steps for keeping slim for life,  their readers only miss one thing, the personal tailored touch.


Make sure you book in for a catch-up so we can ensure you achieve all your health & fitness goals not just for January, but all of 2015!

Harpers Bazaar - Jan

January 2015

Victoria Hall reports:

 

Each year I join a gym and thrive off new-found energy, but by February my enthusiasm and intensity wane. In a bid to break this cycle and improve my fitness, I signed up The Library gym, a private members' studio in west London, which specailises in high-intensity weight training. The emphasis is on burning fat and building lean muscle with a quick 15-minute workout, three times a week. 

Weight training is the fastest way to increase strength and stamina: in three weeks my arms and stomach are more toned and I can run for longer. But the biggest change is the increase in my energy, especially in the mornings.

Corner Magazine

12th January 2015

The world according to Poppy Cross 

 

Notting Hill- based Blogger, Poppy Cross, is prennially in rude health. She shares her local secrets so that you can ape her hale and hearty ways - for January at least.

Acroyoga

19th December 2014

Anna plays at Pearlfisher's ball pool

Amazing display of Acroyoga by Anna Karides  

Please come and workout too..

 

Visit Pearlfisher during January to experience their charity Right to Play ball pool art installation supported by The Library 

London lifestyle awards

7th October 2014

simply We Won!

We are over whelmed and thrilled to annouce we won the London Lifestyle Awards category for Facility of the Year!

 

A massive Thank you to all our brilliant insightful clients who are the most important aspect to what we are doing with our programmes and the results that you getting with us.

Channel 4 News

3rd September 2014

The Library featured on the news

 

 

Channel 4 News today spent 15 minutes reporting on a new book launched by Nina Teloiche on Fat in our diet. 'A Big Fat Surprise' The Library was featured as the philosophy behind all Zana's gyms is based upon this science..

Library Leaves - Gold Award

20th September 2014

Gold Pentawards winner

 

 

The Library Leaves new range of teas has won a Gold award with highly acclaimed Pentawards for design in the Tea and beverage category
Zana Morris, a nutritionist has developed a blend of highly beneficial teas with the end benefit in mind.

The Tea Caddy's use recycled wine bottles, and support a community in Malawi who make the lids by lathing the local wood with their feet. True craftsmen! The Caddy's are limited and the teas have refil packs to support this innitiative.

 

Tea's Trainer for energy 

Tea Tox for a cleanse

Thyme Out for chilled moments

Sweet Treat for those that want a finishing taste but not the calories.

 

 

These will be available in The Library from next weekk
 

Red online

3rd September 2014

 

by Kate Spicer

My high fat diet experiment

 

I ate a high-fat, medium-protein and low-carb diet for eight days. Fruit was out, Boursin, butter and double cream were in. Watermelon was a sin, a steak with an inch of juicy fat was saintly. 


Zana Morris, a nutritionist and a personal trainer, puts clients at her high-end The Library gyms on high-fat diets. She also put me on a high-intensity 20-minutes-a-day exercise regime. And every day she asked me, ‘Now, are you eating enough fat?’
 
Morris thinks the high-fat diet is a good choice, not just for eight days, but for a lifetime. But only if you’re prepared to cut right back on carbs. I discovered this myself. In eight days, I lost an inch and a half off my waist and four pounds, while gaining the astonishing desire to bounce out of bed at 6am and never being hungry. Although I desperately missed a crisp apple or a frosty glass of white. 

 

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Porter Editors letter

August 2014

Letter from Lucy Yeomans

One of Lucy's rentrée beauty resolutions of fitting in 15 minutes of 'exercise that matters' every morning at The Library gym.

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Style Magazine

17th August 2014

20 ways to get fit…

The library gym by Kate Spicer

the science behind the gym; high intensity training (Hit)

mentions The Library Gym 'works'

Kate Spicer has regained her body, optimism and delicious new ability to bounce from bed at 6:30am

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|The Times Weekender

11th August 2014

Operation Beach Body: A Flat Stomach in Seven Days…

Zana Morris gives a full introduction on the daily workout, diet plan and weight loss.

Nine rules to follow to help you achieve the perfect beach body.

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The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible

July 2014

Whether it's the season for swimsuits or teh season for LBD's many women we know fret about how to get a flat(ter) tummy.

Zana fitness expert suggests a routine to encourage in a few spare minutes for each day either at home or in the gym.

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London Life

June 2014

London Life: Wake up and work out.here are physical advantages to a morning workout. High intensity training naturally kick-starts the growth hormones and triggers a fat-burning drive that stokes the metabolism for at least two hours. 25-65 year olds love the 15 minute regimes as they are juggling kids, careers and businesses

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Get The Gloss

June 2014

Zana Morris

featured products to help boost fitness tone and muscle suggests Strong Nutrients Creatine as a training supplement to her 15 minute workout. thelibrary.com

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Country & Town House

August 2014

Zana Morris

The genius of Zana's Library Gym is simple: she has devised a killer 15-minute workout grounded in good, simple science for time-poor Londoners in cool, calm environment that is the antithesis of a noisy, over stimulating gym-cave. We love. thelibrary.com

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Top Sante

August 2014

Get some Culture-Cise 

 

If books are your thing, visit The Library in London (thelibrarygym.com) where, in its sleek fitness studio, you'll find shelves full of novels to cool down with. 

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The Times.co.uk

July 5th 2014

Are you a midlife fittie?

 

The career women who train like athletes

 

Hardcore fitness sessions and extreme sports events are attracting more and more high-flying women.

 

Juggling a demanding jobe with a social life and family commitments would once have been the definition of a "superwomen". If you managed to squeeze all of that into your day and you'd be forgiven for relaxing, feet up, with a glass of wine when you get home. Now though, there is another requirement for high-flying women who want to have it all: they must display levels of super-fitness that would rival those of an Olympian

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The Times Weekend

July 5th 2014

Go hard or go home

 

There's a new breed of fitness fanatic: she has a high-powered job, a family and manages to fit extreme workouts into her life.

 

Zana Morris founder of The Library gym says there are many psychological factors behind the push to push yourself.

 

"There's no question that more high-powered woman in their thirties to early fifties feel they need to be fitter, healthier and stronger than their mothers were at the same age" Morris says "In their twenties women take it for granted that they can meet these phsyical challenges so it's partly a mental thing that they are proving to themselves that they can still do it as they get older. They are defying the popular view of ageing by propelling themselves over a very impressive bar"

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Vogue.com

23rd June 2014

The Library

 

Attendance in this exclusive gym in Notting Hill is capped at four at a time to allow everyone to work their way around a central column of weights.

 

The strength training lasts no more than 15 minutes, but can followed by a less-frantic yoga or Pilates session or an hour in the well stocked reading room.

 

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The Guardian

31st May 2014

Suzanne Moore: 'I've joined the gym!'

We are fat and getting fatter. Speak for yourself, you might say. Don't worry, I am. It's obviously not my fault. It's boredom, it's working at home, it's the deliciousness of crisps, it's hormones, it's a culture of grazing. It's part of my "enormous appetite for life" that sounds marvellous, but doesn't conjure the reality: guzzling my daughter's cold leftovers, celebrating the end of the day with the popping of a cork. Before you call me a champagne socialist, it's cava. Comrade.

But my clothes were tight, and I had aches and pains. I am the average middle-aged woman. There are regular warnings about our bulk.Headlines scream that the UK has the fattest girls in Europe. Female flesh is always up for grabs, the having of it and the losing of it are considered are newsworthy spectacles. The unhealthy obsession is pitiful. If the camera puts on 10lbs, many of those pictured on the red carpet at Cannes look close to hospitalisation.

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Tatler 2014 Gym Awards

28th May 2014

The Library has won two Tatler Gym Awards 2014!

The Library is listed as the winner of ‘Best for... A Quick Fix’

Zana Morris is listed as the winner of  ‘Best for... Rehab

Out of the 12 award categories The Library and Zana Morris have been recognised for the quality and result driven 'results' they acheive for their clients. Long may they continue to fight fro the battle of the fittest and healthiest.

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Get the Gloss

30th May 2014

Confused about protein? We clear up the misconceptions about this lean body essential.

Chances are that if you were to tell a woman to eat more protein, she’d probably look at you in horror. With a reputation for making you bulk up rather than slim down, could this under-rated dietary component be more essential in our quest for a bikini body than we think? In a nutshell the answer is, yes.

Adding more protein is one of the best adjustments that we can make to our diets to achieve a longer and leaner body. When used in the right way it can ensure we get the most out of our workouts, allow us to burn fat more efficiently and build the right type of muscle to both look and feel better in the long run.

 

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Huffington Post

2nd May 2014

Tried and Tested: How this 15-minute workout blitzed my body fat.

I have a confession to make. I've spent the last month struggling to stay healthy. I've fallen off the wagon, if you will. Blame it on birthdays and Easter, but I've consumed too much wine and too much chocolate.

Funny thing is, I've lost 4.5lbs of fat, gained 3.5lbs of muscle which equates to 3.3% of body fat disappearing from my frame.

How? I worked out for 15 minutes, 16 times over the last month.

I feel like a cheat. A happy, fit cheat.

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Well and Good

7th May 2014

The Library Gym

It’s a weights-and-pulleys workout and neighborhood favorite that locals pop in and do for just 15 minutes a day. Day one might be chest and back, legs the next, and arms and shoulders on day three. "It’s lightning fast, needs no brain power," says a regular, and its metabolism-boosting method produces a toned, she-looks-after-herself bod. Founder Zana Morris has grown to three locations now, the buzziest being The Library in Notting Hill, and two Little Libraries. But all practice the signature circuit-style method, where everyone is working their way around the central column of weights, and attendance is capped at four fitness fanatics at a time.

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Get the gloss

7th May 2014

Four toning exercises you can do at your desk -  Sitting at a desk all day can make it hard to keep up your fitness levels. Here are four desk exercises from expert Nutritionist and The Library Gym owner Zana Morris that you can slot into your 9 to 5 routine.

1. Glueal exercise

2. Retraction yoga variation while seated

3. Stretching exercise

4. Work out your abs

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Healthista

1st May 2014

The rise of Boutique fitness -  The latest trend in fitness comes from cool, specialised centres where intimate, targeted classes get results and your a name not a number.

Remember the Big Fitness boom in the 80? High energy workouts and banks of exercise bikes were de rigeuer, and set the tone for the next two decades. Now despite a gym on every corner we are fatter than ever and the number of people with obesity has trebled in the last 25 years. A Which? study has found that we squander £500 a year on unused memberships. And with factory-style gym chains who's to check if we don't turn up?

Library gym in London, with interiors to rival private members retreat Babington House, if they have'nt seen you for a few days. the manager calls you to check you're OK

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About time

1st May 2014

The Library in Notting Hill is a haven of tranquilty -  Nestled between the busy streeet of Portobello Road and Ladbroke Greove is a white washed converted synagogue turned gym, complete with beautifully simple stained glass windows, that looks like it's been plucked out of a greek island postcard. I'm telling you, you enter the building and a feeling of zen engulfs you. The interior is cleanly old school with beautifully bound books and a delightfully high ceiling. But this is no ordinary Library. This is a private members library which is actually a gym; a private members library where you're not reading. you're training.

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Spirit & Destiny

May 2014

I ate rice once last year.

Zana Morris is a nutritionist and owner of London's The Library Gym. Her 12-day high-protein and high-fat diet plan is famed for its fast weight loss and long-lasting results. 

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You Magazine Online.

16th March 2014

The superfood superstars: 'I eat when I'm hungry and never deprive myself. Salad is my fast food'

The regime The 12-day plan is low-carb with good fats (avocados, olive oils, nuts, peanut butter) combined with meat, fish and vegetables. Zana herself tends to eat ‘a late breakfast around 10am and an evening meal. I’ll eat fish and salads or poached eggs on toast. I’ll have porridge twice a week, but not every day because of the carbohydrate content. Other days I’ll have yoghurt and nuts,’ she says. ‘I’ll eat when I’m hungry and I will never deprive myself.

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You magazine.

16th March 2014

The superfood superstars:They’re ultra-glamorous, adored by the A-list and (naturally) have enviably glowing skin – meet the new healthy eating experts who are transforming our diets. Zana, 39, has her mother to thank for her passion for food and fitness. ‘I was one of five, and she said mine was such a difficult birth that she got into nutrition afterwards to recover,’ she says. Her own baby is The Library, a chain of gyms focusing on a 12-day low-glycaemic nutritional plan combined with 15-minute daily high-intensity interval training. ‘Muscles are worked to the point of exhaustion, releasing growth hormone. This targets belly fat and stabilises insulin, as well as helping to replenish protein throughout your body, which is essential for muscle tone, bone density and even the collagen in your skin,’ says Zana. Lightbulb moment ‘At university I followed very low-fat, low-protein eating plans – grains, vegetables and fruit – but would find myself bingeing once or twice a week. I could eat almost a whole box of muesli in one go! When I learned about high-fat nutritional plans, my hunger pangs disappeared and my energy improved. Now I keep carbs to a minimum and eat good fats such as avocados and nuts.’

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Cotswold Style.

10th March 2014

Get Fit: Visit The Library (no really)

We all know the Cotwolds is a great place to do business, but it's also a great escape from the hectic London lifestyle and a perfect base for those balancing a city job alongside a family. If you fall into this category, travelling weekly or even several times per week to the capital can cause havoc with your exercise and nutrition regime. There is also the small matter of how fit in a workout when half of your day is spent in meetings and the other half on a crowded train.

You'll be delighted to know that our resident Health and Fitness Expert, Lucy Denver has not one but two options for you, so now you have no excused to skip out on your workout!

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Fitpro article

2nd March 2014

Think outside the box

article refers to the boutique qualities of the gym which is housed in an old synagogue- Zana Morris describes the gym as more of a ‘members club than a traditional gym’, a space she created for members to treat like their home- Zana Morris also describes the location of The Library Gym as an integral part to its success describing the space and demographic of Notting Hill as perfect

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Daily Express.

25th February 2014

Helen Fospero:TV presenter: Eating fat helped me lose my mummy tummy.

Slim and Toned TV presenter Helen Fospero is as famous for her long shapely lest as she is for the stints on the Day Break sofa, yet just a few years ago she was feeling overweight and despairing at a stubborn paunch that she just couldn't shift. 

At 9 stone 10lbs, almost a stone over her normal weight, the crunch finally came when a colleague mistook her for being pregnant - 18 months after giving birth to her second child Jack.

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Porter. (new Net-a-Porter magazine)

7th February 2014

The beauty of doing short durations of high intensity is that you increase your metabolism for up to 48 hours after each session, says Zana Morris, whose new gym in London's Notting Hill. the Library, focuses on regular 15-minute workouts. There is also evidence that working out too much can be counter productive. Beyond 45 minutes you start burning into more muscle than your body can recover, says Morris...

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The Kensington Magazine

4th February 2014

The Library is an intelligent, high intensity, 15 minute gym space set in the heart of Notting Hill. Zana Morris, nutritionist and yoga teacher, created this unique public space for intelligent thinking and wellbeing with a welcoming, exclusive environment for members to train, be advised on  nutrition, relax, enjoy complimentary talks and lectures or attend classes with globally renowned wellbeing experts.’

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GQ.co.uk Saving Face...in 15 minutes

24th January 2014

The Library gym and states that the diet is ‘high-protein and high-fat with the aim to reduce insulin, which suppresses the body’s natural growth hormone. In addition to the diet, Morris uses a HI concept to re-sculpt your body in single 15-minute sessions in less than two weeks.’ 

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businessofeminin.com

21st january 2014

GYM: The Book of places

The Library under best global fitness spots referring to the collection of gyms as the ‘most chic and trendy in France and international sporting addresses.

set in a former synagogue, the gym offers a 15-minute workout per day plus yoga program, pilates and boxing.

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Get the Gloss - The Library gym, Strong Nutrients and Zana Morris

17th january 2014

In May 2013 Zana launched The Library, a private members training club housed in a tranquil former Notting Hill synagogue.

 

ABOUT

The ‘author’ (read: founder, brains and brawn) of the exclusive, members club style group of London-based Library gyms, Zana, approaches fitness, business and life in general with wit and wisdom. Highly qualified in nutrition, personal training and yoga, Zana has been a wellbeing powerhouse from the get-go, having grown up in a health-conscious Irish household and cut her teeth working in a forward-thinking Galway health store. It wasn’t long before she left the Emerald Isle to expand her training and horizons in the U.S, and thankfully for us she brought her cutting-edge coaching skills and science-based nutritional know-how to our shores some time later, establishing her first gym on London’s Harley Street.

 

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How to spend it FT.com - Spa Junkie at The Library

14th january 2014

Our covert reporter heads to a new 'intelligent' gym that swaps bootcamps for book clubs in

the quest for the body beautiful.

 

 

 

Just as the private members’ club has evolved from a rarefied establishment reserved for gentlemen in tweeds into a hip hangout à laSoho House, fitness training has been undergoing an overhaul. Gyms such as KX, Bodyism at The Bulgari, Matt Roberts for Grace Belgravia and now The Library in Notting Hill are all challenging the idea of what it means to work out by injecting it with some serious style.

The Library is a self-proclaimed “intelligent gym”. The founder is dubbed “the author”, the trainers are known as “scholars” and in addition to weights you'll find shelves of novels and billiards tables…

 

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dailymail.co.uk -From flab to abs...the 3 minute muffin top blaster

11th january 2014

Our covert reporter heads to a new 'intelligent' gym that swaps bootcamps for book clubs in

the quest for the body beautiful.

 

 

 

Just as the private members’ club has evolved from a rarefied establishment reserved for gentlemen in tweeds into a hip hangout à laSoho House, fitness training has been undergoing an overhaul. Gyms such as KX, Bodyism at The Bulgari, Matt Roberts for Grace Belgravia and now The Library in Notting Hill are all challenging the idea of what it means to work out by injecting it with some serious style.

The Library is a self-proclaimed “intelligent gym”. The founder is dubbed “the author”, the trainers are known as “scholars” and in addition to weights you'll find shelves of novels and billiards tables…

 

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2014 Beauty Trends - Alice Hart Davis

8th january 2014

Orange lips: These were everywhere on the catwalks, and will be all over us all by summer. Start with a gloss if the mere thought of orange makes you feel all shy and work your way up to a full-on, densely pigmented matte number… you might just come to love the fresh look and the way it brightens the complexion.

 

Exercise – think small…  or find a smaller gym: the latest ones are small, discreet and luxurious, like the Library (theLibraryGym.com in Notting Hill) 

 

 

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