We went back to the DOPE 90s. Did you?

We went back to the DOPE 90s. Did you?

While it may seem controversial for a fitness brand to host some of the wildest events in London, we all know by now that Gymbox doesn’t follow the crowd. After many successful parties in the past, this Spring they took it back to East London and rewound to the 90’s, recreating those nostalgic vibes from way back when.

I must admit I had no idea what to expect from my first Gymbox party. Although, if it was anything like the atmosphere in the gym itself, I knew it was definitely going to be go hard or go home (hopefully minus the box jumps and burpees).

It’s safe to say I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out it was a 90’s theme. It was the decade where the best fashion and music were born (along with my good self in ’92 when the world became that bit brighter). So dressed in my finest double denim, we headed to Studio Spaces in East London for a throwback to remember.

When we arrived, it was like we’d entered a time machine. I was immediately brought back to the years of bandanas and baggy pants. All around me, people were head to toe in Tommy Hilfiger, Levi and Calvin Klein to name but a few, paired with dungarees, crop tops and jelly shoes, these were some of the worst but the best 90’s get ups. Even a shell-suited Ali G weaved his way amongst the crowd. Everyone had made a great effort; it was surely going to be a night to remember.

Gymbox also ensured to round up some classic 90’s gear, from Nintendo 64 Super Mario to a Union Jack Mini Cooper come photo booth. We gamed and we posed, taking home our instant print out as a reminder of the night’s antics.

As if the fashion and the memorabilia weren’t great enough, the music was on point. Classic 90’s R&B, garage and hip-hop delivered by some of London’s hottest DJ’s, the tunes were pumping before we even entered the building. With some of the best selection from TLC and Nelly to Dr Dre and Notorious B.I.G., the nostalgia hit hard and carried us through as we threw shapes into the early hours of Saturday morning.


The energy from the crowd was electric as we all sang along to the classic songs of a much simpler time. When it was over, I was exhausted, achy and had no voice left. For one night, I had left adult life at the door and was back to my pre-teens where I hadn’t a care or responsibility in the world. And I loved it.

Gymbox, you allowed us to throwback and party like it was 1990-1999, Thong Song and all. These parties are not to be missed, it was my first, but it definitely won’t be my last.

Reviewer: Catrina Imray
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