Terrolls’ dream, has always been to take Block WorkOut back to his roots, to the estate he grew up on and loves.
Now, in response to enthusiastic demand from residents on Angell Town for an outdoor gym, Block WorkOut has installed pull-up and parallel bars at three locations on the estate and will begin running Saturday morning fitness classes as part of the Evening Standard’s initiative to reinvigorate community life.
It is one of several grants to support an array of community-led projects on the estate and which has been jointly funded by Citi banking group, Lambeth Council and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
Going back to Angell Town is like off the charts for me,” Terroll said. “People will watch it and think: ‘What is that? Let me try that’. It’s more than just physical — it’s a mindset, a philosophy.
“Once people work out together, a different sort of energy floats and gels. Everyone is there to better themselves but it’s also a group thing, a community thing. We help you to become a better you. In so doing your estate becomes a better estate.”
This is just the beginning, he added. “Angell Town will be our first estate. I want to get a red double-decker bus, brand it Block WorkOut and take it to estates across London — every week a different estate.
It is called Block WorkOut because I come from the block, ‘the estate’, and taking it to the block is the biggest thrill. We will have nutrition advice on the lower deck, a hip-hop DJ on the upper deck and outside all the bars and equipment for our workouts.”
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