July 09, 2014 - 11:30 BST hellomagazine.com For brides who want to get into shape before the big day and loose a couple of pounds, a boot camp is just one of the ways to reach your target goal Boot camps may seem like a daunting experience for brides, but some, like the two-night package at Champneys Tring resort are a more gentle option and balance exercise with relaxation . For those wanting to get into shape before the big day and escape the stresses of wedding planning, the Hertfordshire health spa in the middle of the countryside beckons. HELLO! Online writer Ainhoa Barcelona braves a group weekend away of spinning , circuit training and calorie-controlled diets ... and looks to the facials and massages at the end of the boot camp tunnel. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY VIEW GALLERY Champneys Tring in Hertfordshire How long is the boot camp for? 2 nights and 3 days. What does the three-day schedule involve? Looking at the rigidly scheduled programme, all I could see were scary words like " circuit training ," " body conditioning " and " boxing workout ". The nicer phrases like "snack," "treatment" and "dinner" seemed unattainable - I felt we'd never make it to those rest periods given our 7am starts . The fitness instructors did push us, putting us through a different activity an hour but the sessions were balanced out and went surprisingly fast. Fun I would even say. We started the day with a calming yoga or pilates session , followed by a hike through the peaceful woodlands before the real exercise kicked off. We were encouraged to throw ourselves into new types of exercise - I discovered I actually quite enjoyed spinning, aqua aerobics and boxing my stress out. And the day ended at about 4pm , when we were treated to a massage or thalassotherapy session in the pools to ease our muscle pain. As with any package, guests are allowed to use the gym, swimming … [Read more...] about Boot camp review for brides at Champneys
February 09, 2021 - 18:25 GMT Gareth Herincx HELLO! reviews the Volkswagen ID.3 – here's what we thought of the electric family hatchback when we put it to the test Just before Christmas 2020, Volkswagen quietly ended production of the e-Golf (a pure electric version of its iconic people's car) in favour of the all-new ID.3. A total of 145,561 were built during its six years of production - a figure expected to be overtaken by ID.3 sales within a year. With the UK ban on new petrol and diesel cars due in 2030, surely it's only a matter of time before Volkswagen's ID family of electric vehicles (EVs) deposes other familiar names in the range including the Polo, Tiguan and Passat? RELATED: MINI Electric review 2021: The British automotive icon goes green The Volkswagen ID.3 is about the same size as a Golf The ID.3 is about the same size as a Golf, but its futuristic styling means it looks like nothing else in the hatchback sector. It's the same story inside (which is almost as minimalist as the Tesla Model 3) where there's a floating 10-inch centre touchscreen and a small display ahead of the driver with a dinky twisty gear selector just behind the steering wheel. VW's first purpose-built EV is initially available with a 58kWh battery pack, though 77kWh and 45kWh options will be added later. Depending on the battery, claimed ranges are between 260-340 miles. We tested the 58kWh version which is capable of a 0-62mph sprint in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. READ: 11 best new cars coming in 2021: From the futuristic family SUV to the all-new electric car It can be charged at home overnight via a 7kW wallbox More importantly, on paper, it has a useful range of 260 miles. The ID.3 can be charged at home overnight via a 7kW wallbox. If you can access a rapid 50kW charging station then it should be able to get to 80% in an hour, while an ultra rapid (100kW) charger … [Read more...] about Volkswagen ID.3 review: What it’s like driving the ‘electric people’s car’
February 23, 2021 - 09:53 GMT Gareth Herincx We test drive the new plug-in hybrid version of Jeep's baby SUV. Read HELLO!'s review of the Jeep Renegade 4x4 The Jeep Renegade has always been well worth considering if you're in the market for a compact 4x4 that's as much at home in the city or the countryside. It's now an even more tempting proposition because an electrified version (known as the 4xe) has been launched. Jeep's first plug-in hybrid vehicle, it combines a 11.4kWh battery and small electric motor with a 1.3-litre petrol turbo engine, meaning this charismatic crossover can travel for 26 miles on electricity alone. If you charge it regularly, there’s the possibility of some very low running costs (Jeep claims it can return up to 134mpg), while CO2 emissions start at less than 50g/km. The battery can be topped up in under two hours using a home wallbox or under five from a standard three-pin plug. READ: 10 reasons to switch to an electric car MORE: 10 best-selling cars of 2020 Like all hybrid cars , it's also possible to add charge during braking and coasting. Called regenerative braking, it's a way of saving the wasted energy from the process of slowing down a car and using it to recharge the battery. Despite the addition of hybrid technology, the Renegade remains much the same, which is no bad thing. Distinctively styled, it's a great option for families because there's ample space inside (front and back), visibility is excellent, there’s a high-driving position and there are plenty of cubbyholes for smaller items The only slight change (due to the new battery pack) is that boot space is down 20 litres to a still useful 330 litres, while the overall 1,277 litres with the rear seats folded is as impressive as ever. Available with two versions of the same petrol engine (128bhp or 178bhp), you can choose from three trim levels - starting with Limited and moving up … [Read more...] about Jeep Renegade 4xe review 2021: The popular SUV goes green
What a rewarding TV year this is turning out to be. The latest new series worth finding time to watch is Weeds creator Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is the New Black . Like many of my recent favorites, including FX’s The Bridge , this might seem skip-able if you skim a synopsis, and maybe even while you’re watching the pilot, but the deeper you get into it, the more unusual it seems. Based on Piper Kernan’s 2010 memoir , it’s a comedy-drama about a clueless yuppie named Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) who gets sent to a women’s prison in Litchfield, Connecticut, for her long-ago and one-time-only participation in drug smuggling. She learns that her old sense of self means nothing there, if it was even solid to begin with. If, like me, you found Kohan’s Showtime drug comedy Weeds entertaining and well-acted but at times insufferably wacky and cute, given the subject matter, the show’s opening scene may prove off-putting: a flash-forward to the willowy white heroine already in prison, stepping out of a prison shower and getting intimidated by a big African-American woman who checks out and rates her breasts. There’ve been so many prison tales throughout pop-culture history, and a good many of them were Tarzan fantasies about white folks learning to be badder than the people of color they were stuck behind bars with. Fortunately, Orange isn’t about that. It’s about a lot of subjects, all fascinating. One is the privileged worldview that white folks and anyone in the upper middle class eventually take for granted (Piper admits that in her thirties, she became “the nice blond lady that I was supposed to be”) and how this same worldview crumbles once you’re deprived of all your psychic anchor points. Another subject is power, as exercised by the prison officials and guards over the inmates and by the inmates over each other. Related to power are the intricacies of social interaction, and how it’s possible to doom yourself to being perceived a certain way based on … [Read more...] about Seitz: A Rewarding TV Year Continues With Netflix’s
Norman Korpi, Kevin Powell, Julie Gentry, Heather Gardner, and Andre Comeau (with his back to the camera) catch up on The Real World Homecoming: New York . Photo: Courtesy of MTV/Paramount+ “That ignorance was just bliss.” Heather Gardner, one of the seven strangers who shared a loft in the first season of The Real World , says this in the first episode of The Real World Homecoming: New York. She’s sitting on a sectional sofa in the same exact loft nearly 30 years later, remembering what it was like to be young and unencumbered and have her experiences recorded for the benefit of MTV viewers. “I miss what I felt back then,” she says, waxing nostalgic for a time without cell phones, when her parents were still alive, and when an extra 50 bucks meant you had enough money to party for a weekend. The Real World Homecoming: New York , a reunion of the cast of the first Real World, the show that created the template for contemporary American reality television, is designed to be embraced by viewers who also miss what they felt back then. Its target audience is seemingly Gen-Xers who remember watching — or at least absorbing via cultural osmosis — the 1992 iteration of the MTV series and being young around the same time those Real World New Yorkers were young. With its first episode dropping today on Paramount+, the newly revamped iteration of the CBS All Access platform , The Real World Homecoming is also designed as a gateway into the deep library of Real World episodes that are just a click away. (Twenty seasons, just waiting for you!) Season one, in which seven artists move into a Soho loft to have their experiences documented on MTV, is an extra-special sort of TV time capsule. It captures an era when people regularly walked around looking like Evan Dando, when smoking indoors still happened unapologetically, and when there was one single television in an apartment — imagine it, just a single screen that had to be shared — and it was the … [Read more...] about Is a Welcome Revisit of a Reality-TV Time Capsule
From stem to stern, it was a night of keeping up appearances, a simulation of normalcy in a year where normal doesn’t seem possible. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW Ten winters ago, a trove of snaking, lascivious R&B tracks appeared seemingly out of thin air, credited to someone or thing called the Weeknd. They were studies in stark contrasts: “Loft Music” floated gossamer samples of Brooklyn indie rockers Beach House over trap drums, and “What You Need” sunk a sample of Aaliyah’s voice under gauzy synths, her whisper bubbling up through the watery mix like a lover emerging from a warm bath, all of this in service to an angelic voice uttering the most devilish advances. The singer, an East Toronto native and recent college dropout named Abel Tesfaye, gave voice to our darkest late-night moods, to the allure of pushing a body past its limit in pursuit of pleasures both psychedelic and carnal. In March 2011, the Weeknd released House of Balloons, a mixtape sequenced like a journey through the highs, lows, and lonesome aftereffects of a wild night out, setting the scene by advising the listener in the first song that “You’ll wanna be high for this,” then wandering through strip clubs, parties, and after parties to the inevitable anxieties and pangs of withdrawal that surface as you sweat everything out the next day. The Weeknd turned R&B on its head without showing his face. Without glossy videos or a lively social-media presence — this in the days before Instagram caught on — Abel lingered in your head like stifled urges. In the intervening years, Tesfaye has evolved from an invisible man into a ubiquitous one, careful pivot by careful pivot, logging increasingly successful hits increasingly removed from the chunky, post-genre soup of his early mixtapes. The sound got cleaner. Tesfaye sought out pop and dance music veterans like Daft Punk and Max Martin and duetted with Ed Sheeran and … [Read more...] about So Now the Weeknd Is Our Collective Escape From Hell?