In This Café, You Pay for Your Food in Sweat and Blood. Literally.


Thanks to the holidays, many of us have packed on a couple of kilograms whilst our wallets have shrunk in size. So if you have a few inches around your waist to spare instead of spare change, this cafe is ideal for you. 

Situated in London (unfortunately), the David Lloyd Gym has launched a pop-up cafe titled ‘Run For Your Bun’ where you can pay for your meals with exercise. Upon entry, diners can order from a healthy selection of food such as:

  • Smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, chilli and lime on toasted wholemeal bread
  • Giant cous cous with apricots, raisins, pine nuts, lemon, coriander and fresh basil with a balsamic dressing
  • Grilled chicken breast burger with tomato, red onion and garlic mayo
  • Pitta pockets with mixed salad and a choice of smoked salmon or grilled halloumi filling

In return, patrons have to engage in a short ten minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which includes sessions on the rowing machine, the spin bike, the treadmill and followed by sit-ups, squats and lunges. Only after the workout is completed will the food be served to you. 

The trainers at David Lloyd Gym have devised this HIIT regime to increase the diners’ heart rate to a “fat-burning zone” and to tone up the muscles. Also, by doing a short intense burst workout, the “afterburn” effect will be activated where the body continues to burn calories despite after the workout has ended. 

The David Lloyd Group intends to remind us about the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In Briton, the average British office worker spends 7 hours a day sitting down. Closer to home, the obesity rates have also increased from 8.6% from 1992 to 11.3% in 2010 in Singapore. With the sedentary lifestyle that permeates society today, it is crucial for us to at least move about and watch our diet. 

Hopefully, cafes such as “Run For Your Bun’ will pop up in our bustling city to spread the awareness of healthy living. 

Or maybe there is one after all, but it’s a privilege reserved just for Singaporean males. It’s called IPPT and RT.

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