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Top 5 physical activities in Mile End


Top 5 physical activities in Mile End

Finding new experiences is always difficult in an unfamiliar place or even in a familiar place for that matter. The vast park is an obvious choice to take part in the endless list of activities your imagination can stretch too, so for arguments sake we are leaving it out. The park is simply to elite for our list. To make everyones life easier we have made a list of what we think are the most enjoyable physical activities to do in Mile End, London.

1. Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is situated in the heart of Mile end park, not but a short walk from Mile End Underground station. The 1500 sq. m wall is housed inside an old pipe engineering works and has been since it opened 35 years ago.

This is perfect for seasoned professionals or If your a novice their is nothing to worry about Mile end Climbing Wall caters for you too.

If you go as a group you are sure to get some great shots of each other in action.

Climbing wall

Climbing Wall

2. Yoga

If you want some thing a bit more relaxing, Yoga Place offers sanctuary with a variety of yoga classes.

Each class is taught by a fully qualified and experienced teacher who will always show sensitivity to the individual. There is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, so if you are a complete beginner you will fit right in.

Yoga Place


3. Skatepark

Mile end skate park is a all cement creation with a marble smooth finish with a un convention design which pushes skateboarders to get more creative. The layout also complements beginners by being able to focus on particular spots.

Surprisingly east London has always been light on Skateparks so this makes for a unique experience.

Skaters love to be photographed so I’m sure if you are too shy to skate you will enjoy shooting some great shots.



4. Leisure Centre

The quality of the facilities at Mile End Park Leisure Centre are award winning.

This gym will always be a popular place to get fit but it also offers a huge number of activities, ranging from swimming to football.

Mile end football pitch

Better Leisure Centre

5. Mile End American Pool & Snooker Centre

Pool and Snooker are one of England’s favourite indoor sports and Mile End’s American Pool & Snooker Centre have excellent facilities in a calm playing environment so you can make that game winning shot.

The club has been around since 1999. From the beginning it has housed players of all standards.


American Pool and Snooker Centre

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Top Tips to stay fit – An interview with Connor Mcquillen (Personal trainer)

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Get the best tips, the best advice and the best body by following these tips from a personal trainer.

From someone who wanted to look good in front of a girl, to a personal trainer. I wanted to find out exactly what he did to make it possible.

I spoke to Connor Mcquillen, a certified personal trainer at Virgin Active to find out how he became the person he is today. One word was constantly mentioned whilst talking to him, and that was “motivation”. To start anywhere you need motivation or else the task will always seem bigger than it really is.

Talking about how he got to where he is now, I asked if he had his own personal trainer in the past. He replied saying he didn’t but envy’s those who did. There were several times where he lost confidence, he had a ‘down moment’ and he needed to pick himself up through this which was sometimes a bit of a challenge. Everyone has an off moment, an illness where they lose focus on the things that they were once motivated to achieve. He talked about his main job as a personal trainer is to motivate people. To pick people back up and focus on the journey ahead rather than the problems that they currently face. When describing how he motivates his clients to pick themselves up, he showed me a message that he sent to him. He was going through a rough phase and contacted Connor because he couldn’t see a way to get back into the routine of fitness.

The text read:

If I was in your position I would feel the same… you haven’t experienced true results yet. The motivation is not quite there. It’s natural. But that’s why we are doing this. Think about it, how far have you come already? Your strength has improved, you’ve lost body fat AND you can still walk up a set of stairs without losing your breath. It’s not about how far you have to go, look at what you have achieved already even with those barriers like the illnesses and work. You’ve achieved incredible steps and that is something you should be proud of! That’s your motivation.” – Connor McQuillen.


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Connor McQuillen – Personal trainer at Virgin Active

So how can we become motivated, how does he stay motivated?

He uses a personal trainer just like we would. He gets help, just as we should. Using websites to motivate you is free but it takes motivation in itself to look at them, no matter how easy you think it is. As Connor is a personal trainer himself, he understands the importance of persistence and teaches himself that a ‘journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. This step, if you can motivate yourself to do it is to begin. Look on websites that give you advice. Check out for some great advice to become successful in your physique transformation. Another great website that Connor used and this time it was for the diet side but still has some great fitness tips too was, these websites that he mentions offer great advice to those looking to stay fit or those who want to question the means how. Everyone needs help, everyone wants to inspire, its how you do it that is the question. To get a personal trainer is motivation to stay on track, to go on a website is relying on yourself. The websites mentioned are both by personal trainers that are willing to help and you can contact at any time via their website. Other ways to get engaged without using just one individual is to look at which features articles and tips on workouts, nutrition, supplementation and of course, Motivation!

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Workout Equipment


Today I did a set of still life photographs of workout equipment in a studio set up.

Doing this shoot was very interesting because it was something different then doing a shoot inside of a gym or showing someone working out. I decided to do this because it was something different from what I would normally do, which is fashion or portraiture/ even though I do all kinds of photography.

My Idea for this shoot was to make everything look attractive even though it was simple props I was working with. On this shoot I have made the photographs look as if the props are coming out of the image, this is due to the living I used.

The lighting used for the shoot drowns into the props I have used because they are really bright and eye catching colours. Most of the props I used for this shoot are bright colours, they all have quite unusual shapes and textures which is why the photographs stand out.


Here is one of my final photographs from this shoot:

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By Shanayshanicephotography©


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One shoot I really enjoyed was capturing the action of the balls moving when playing pool. I feel that even though they are still images they have a sense of movement (action) in them. I found capturing the movement hard when also trying to balance the light that was available.


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GBR Fencer Photoshoot

GBR_Fencer-6 by Joseph Thompson.

One sport that I wanted to photograph is Fencing. Fencing photography is something that I can be very creative and artistic with and allow me to play with lighting in the studio. I contacted the head office of British Fencing who then, after a lot of convincing, put me in contact with one of the training grounds in North London that some of the GBR and Northern Ireland team train at. I called them and asked them if any of their fencers would be happy to do a photoshoot with me in North Greenwich. One of their fencers called Niall Dowse lives 30 minutes away and said that he would be happy to do so, as long as he can use the images himself.

For the photoshoot I used 2 Elinchrom 600 heads, 2 strip soft boxes, 2 black poly boards. The camera I used was a Canon 5DMkIII. I have uploaded a lighting diagram that I used for the shoot. I didn’t use a backdrop for the shoot, I brought the model to the middle of the room and lit him so that the background wasn’t visible. I used a fast shutter speed so that I could capture him whilst lunging and jumping.

These are my favourite photos from the shoot. The first one is full length but the others concentrate more on the body and the shape and movement of the fencer. Niall did a really great job on the shoot and offered a lot of lunges and different moves for the camera.


GBR_Fencer-7 by Joseph Thompson.

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Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club.


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Today, i had the pleasure of going to and meeting the members of the Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club. After having initial contacts with the Head Tennis Pro, Greg, i had arranged to visit the club and meet its members today as they were holding a friendly tournament.

I was interested in photographing the Tennis Club as i wanted to promote and capture sports around London at both professional and amateur levels. I think that the programme that Blackheath Lawn Tennis club offers is great. It allows adults of all different ages and abilities to practice, play and compete as well as presenting an opportunity to keep fit and active.

Throughout the day, as the members played their different matches against different components, i was allowed to wander around all of the seven courts, photographing at my own speed.

There was a very friendly atmosphere throughout the day, although it was a competition, which made the experience of photographing the members of Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club very enjoyable and i was made to feel very welcome.

As i was not restricted on time, i was able to capture some great action shots, as well as shots that perfectly reflect the friendly nature of the Tennis club and the enjoyment all members get from it.

Thank you to Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club for allowing me to join you for the day.

Alex Dell.