The Library Gym
In the leafy heart of Notting Hill, a former Synagogue houses The Library Gym, a place where members can experience personalised training in a welcoming and social environment. Don’t be fooled by the calming and relaxing décor, this gym is still a studio for members to work hard with a results driven team led by founder and fitness specialist Zana Morris.
Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, Morris admits that The Library Gym’s design was a conscious step away from testosterone-based gyms and created for people who need a different type of space to thrive: "The whole design was a space where you actually want to be and you feel special being in. While the whole core philosophy is to get results, we genuinely want to make people comfortable and feel like they are in their own home".
The whole design was a space where you actually want to be and you feel special being in.
The boutique gym offers close and personal training. All sessions are appointment-based with a maximum of four clients per trainer and all classes capped at six. These smaller classes, currently including yoga, boxing and tough ballet-based exercise Barre, make it easier to cater to individual skill levels. Aside from classes, training at The Library Gym is all based around unique 15 minute high intensity training with speed and weights, which is ideal for fitness, the heart, building muscle and fat burning. "Traditionally with training is was about duration and how long you train for; now it is about getting as much out of the few minutes you are at each station" says Morris.
Everything is tailored to each individual from the moment they sign up. With an initial consultation, each member is assigned a one-on-one trainer who will determine their goals, injuries, level of fitness and how quickly they want results. Morris says of the bespoke nature of the service: "In terms of physiology bodies are very similar and ultimately we have very core training principles that apply to everybody regardless, and then we work around them depending on the individual".
Everything is tailored to each individual from the moment they sign up.
You won’t find any unused memberships gathering dust with trainers keeping all members accountable, getting in touch if they have been absent for a while. Members also have the option to pause their membership if they are out of town for a few weeks.
With busy CEOs and media professionals amongst her clients, Morris admits her aim was to take thinking out of the training processes and give members a place to breathe. With an outdoor garden relaxation space as well as a mezzanine, members can take time for themselves, work in peace or socialise.
Morris got her start in health and fitness when she was in diapers with a mother who had an interest in the industry. That interest saw Morris training as a nutritionist and yoga instructor while studying at university before going on to personal training. Nearly a dozen years ago she relocated to London, working with private clients before launching her studios in Barnes and Harley Street. These are now The Little Libraries.
Having always kicked around the idea of The Library Gym in her head, the turning point for Morris came in the form of Pearlfisher’s Karen Welman, a client who quickly became a friend and later a business partner bringing her keen design eye and business smarts to the project.
With an outdoor garden relaxation space as well as a mezzanine, members can take time for themselves
If you thought this dynamic duo were done collaborating after the success of The Library Gym you would be wrong, with the pair recently releasing a line of nutrient supplements designed, much like the studio, to differ from traditional regimes. Morris’s specially created formulas started as a side project but have now taken on a life of its own and are popping up in stores across London including Selfridges.
With the Library Gym and Little Libraries being such a success, Morris hopes soon to take the concept to new venues within Central London and beyond.
Quintessentially Lifestyle Members are entitled to exclusive benefits at The Library Gym, please contact your Lifestyle Manager for further information.