London Lite Tuesday, 14 July 2009 13 BARBECUING is fun, a fantastic excuse not to mingle at your own party, and one of the few remaining Man Only activities. Feminists will spot this soon and demand equality, so enjoy it while you can with these six great barbecues. ANGUS WATSON 15, tesco.com A RUGGED, pleasingly cauldron-like barbecue for only a few more quid than a disposable. You need a GCSE in Mechano to assemble it, and its the perfect height if youre five years old, but... its 15 quid! 40, burford.co.uk ELEGANT, cheap, cooks beautifully and you can take it anywhere. The Smokey Joe is like a great girlfriend, but it comes with a 10-year warranty and its broad enough to cater for several people. 149.95 (with holder, pan and grill) rawgarden.co.uk ITS called a Firepit, which makes it a real mans barbecue. You can also use it as a child-friendly bonfire (the edges stay cool) and, if you buy the lid, as a coffee table. 134.10, bbqworld.co.uk A GOOD-LOOKING, portable gas barbie, available in four colours. Perfect for control freaks who hate charcoals vagaries and cooking indoors. But its less portable than it looks. 387, johnlewis.com STYLISH and practical charcoal barbecue. The lid improves roasting, the granite side shelf is handy for chopping and serving and the whole thing wheels around, so you can whip it under cover when it rains. 1,200, heals.co.uk YOU can find much less expensive gas barbecues, but theyre mostly like small, ugly spaceships. This more elegant fellow hides the gas tank within, has three variable burners, and fits discreetly into a garden. WEBER BBQ SMOKEY JOE DANCOOK 9000 FIREPIT KINGSFORD O BARBEQUE JOHN LEWIS JLT1 TROLLEY EVA SOLO GAS GRILL barbecues GET IN SHAPE to take each posture to its extreme and my crumpled forms looked very different to the the expert poses down at the front of the class. The first hour is reserved for standing postures, then comes half an hour of sitting or lying poses. Between each of these prone postures you return to savasana, the plank pose, for a welcome break. They are so concerned with safety, that Emma wouldnt let me -- as a novice -- try the Murray push-up. I disobeyed her though, and had a try at the end of the session. I managed it. Admittedly only for a few seconds, but it spurred me on. Theheat HERES the reason the postures are kept simple. The heat! Oh my God, the heat. Relentless would be a word to describe it. I was sweating during the breathing warm-up and kept catching glimpses in the mirror of my big, red face getting bigger and redder. Half an hour in, I peeled off my shirt and started to understand why half the class was in swimwear. Apparently you get used to it after two or three sessions, but I think I might well have been, at that moment, the hottest person on the face of the Earth. Theattitude YOU are encouraged to take a breather and rehydrate whenever needed and advised that, as a beginner, you may well feel light-headed at times and you should rest. It is definitely a good idea to take a deep breath in when coming up out of postures to avoid seeing stars. Theatmosphere THE place was very easy-going, with an emphasis on fun. The instructor wore a Madonna mic and kept up a constant but mellow stream of instructions. This gave the class a bit of an aerobics feel. Thehealthbenefits WERE often told sweating is a great detoxifier, so Bikram must surely be the king of the detox workout. Im sure there are plenty of toxins lodged down there from my years in the pub and curry house and I really felt that if anything was going to encourage them to exit, this was it. Theaftermath I FELT a bit like jelly afterwards, despite having a cold shower, but I felt buff. I could feel the Murray effect taking hold. Theres no doubt Bikram is an extreme workout, and an excellent way to get in shape. It also occurred to me that it would be a great winter warmer, as it combines a sauna and workout in one. I will definitely be back. Next stop: press-ups on Centre Court. For more information, visit bikramyoga. co.uk Lift off: Gavin emulates the Bikram yoga move Andy Murray made on Centre Court this year, inset below IS THE PERFECT WAY TO TESCO CAST-IRON BARBECUE Six of the best index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html