Editor: Diane Hutchinson Editor@girlgamersuk.com

Those that love Jigglypuff as much as jogging will be able to work up a sweat next week whilst boosting their Pokémon numbers, as Virgin Active hosts its first Pokémon GO inspired training run, based on the mobile game craze that is sweeping the nation.
 

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The guided run, which will be led by a qualified personal trainer will feature multiple PokéStops and Pokémon capture opportunities along its route.
 

Currently London’s avid Pokémon Trainers have to steadily traipse the city looking for PokéStops and Pokémon gyms scattered around the capital. Virgin Active will take them from a real gym to Pokémon gyms and back again, building both the users’ fitness and training Pokémon simultaneously.
 

A key section of the run, which will start and finish at Virgin Active’s Walbrook club, will take place alongside the river Thames, enabling members to capture water Pokémon. The distance also provides the perfect chance for trainers to hatch their 5K eggs.
 

Whilst capturing city-dwelling Pokémon, participants will be challenged with interval outdoor bodyweight training, turning Machops into Machamps.  A tough work out including press ups, tricep dips and lunges will give wannabe Pokémon masters the strength and stamina they need to achieve gains – whether it’s in a Pokémon or real-life gym.
 

The first run will take place on Wednesday 20th July, and non-members can apply for a slot by visiting the @VirginActiveUK Twitter page.

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