It would take you a while to try out every workout class in London, so we save you the hassle and reveal the capital’s top places to get fit. From aerobics to Zumba, we’ve got you covered. So let’s get going London: it’s time to get in the shape of your life at the best fitness classes in London.
Sweaty Betty Get Fit For Free
Sign-up to become a card-carrying member of Sweaty Betty (which is free) and you can attend weekly free classes at your local store – there are 34 stores nationwide that double as clubs. Classes include Zumba, Pilates, boxing yoga and circuit training.
Be sure to check out the new flagship Sweaty Betty store on Carnaby Street where you can also eat the best healthy food in town at their Farm Girl café as well as get your hair blow dried post workout!
Location – Sweaty Betty, No. 1 Carnaby St, London, W1F 9QF
The Cost – Free
The Link – www.sweatybetty.com
Each of the trainers has their own signature style, but all use a combination of cardio (bike work, battle ropes and plyometrics), with strength training (weights, TRX, and frame work), to build a long and lean physique.
Workouts last 50 minutes and are available throughout the day from 6am. Class sizes vary depending upon the time, with the 10.30am slot on Saturday mornings the current sell-out with a capacity of 14.
Location – Holland Park & The City
The Cost – £27
The Link – www.gym-class.co.uk
With a standout name and standout workouts, 1Rebel is definitely not your average gym. Give up on aimless treadmill runs and looking at the weights area in a state of bewilderment, 1Rebel makes it simple for you by providing three high intensity fitness classes -‘Reshape,’ ‘Ride’ or ‘Rumble,’ that will shake up your routine and transform your regular routine.
As a bonus, don’t worry about packing your bag full of a gym kit and accessories as fresh towels, water and toiletries are provided.
There’s no tying-down contract to sign or pushiness – simply book each session online so that you can ‘pay as you train’.
Location – The City – Broadgate & St Mary’s Axe
The Cost – £20
The Link – www.1rebel.co.uk
Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app is free and you can download it to your iPhone and take it to your gym or on your run, it’s like having a personal trainer in your back pocket.
But if you want a real life trainer then book in for NTC classes that happen weekly in various London locations. There’s strength and interval training, run clubs, yoga and train to run classes.
SportStylist recommends the class of Nike N+TC Elevated Trainer, Kezia Lopez. Be warned though, they fill up fast.
Location – London – Various Locations
The Cost – Free
The Link – www.nike.com
Barry’s hails out of Los Angeles, devised by the trainer Barry Jay. The first London studio opened on Euston Road and 3 other locations have been added since then. A favourite of the Beckhams, Carey Mulligan and other celebs, the classes are a great mixture of hard work and fun.
The workouts are made up of 1hr high-intensity intervals, alternating from 30 minutes of treadmill work (sprint intervals, varied inclines and dynamic movements) combined with work on the floor (depending on the session, a mixture of toning abs, arm work and use of weights starting from 4kg).
With great beats and low nightclub style lighting mixed with Barry’s motivational trainers, these London fitness classes have been known to help clients’ burn almost 1,000 calories per class.
Location – London – Euston Road, The City, Notting Hill, Belgravia
The Cost – £20
The Link – www.barrysbootcamp.com
This article has been updated since originally being published in June 2016.