From boxing yoga to bootcamp, we reveal the capital’s best places to get fit. So let’s get going London: it’s time to get in shape.
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.
GymClass uses high intensity interval training (HIIT) to raise the body’s metabolism and burn fat, whilst developing core strength, flexibility and balance. 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. (As reviewed by Vogue Magazine)
Yes it’s in London and yes it’s got a cool name but 1Rebel is definitely not just another gym. Forgot aimlessly running on a treadmill, or staring at the weights section in complete confusion, at 1Rebel you’ve got two high intensity fitness classes to choose from ‘Ride’ or ‘Reshape,’ that will put your usual workout routine to shame. Plus, you don’t need to lug an annoying gym kit around with you as towels, water and even makeup remover are provided. And there’s no contract to to sign you simply ‘pay-as-you-train’ by booking each session online. (As reviewed InStyle Magazine)
Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app is free and you can download it to your iPhone and take it to your gym, it’s like having a PT in your 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 book up fast.
Classes at Barry’s first London location near Euston Station are notoriously hard to get into (what with the potential of having the Beckhams or Carey Mulligan next to you) so, as from last year, the burgeoning fitness company opened its second London location on City Road.
The workouts consist of one hour of high-intensity intervals, alternating from 25-30 minutes combined on the floor (toning arms and abs with weights starting from 4kg as well as bodyweight work) to treadmill (you’ll do a combined 25-30 minutes varying between sprint intervals, increasing inclines and dynamic mode – when the only thing moving your Navy SEAL-approved Woodway treadmill is you…).
With pumping tunes and low, club-style lighting mixed with Barry’s energetic trainers (no negativity here, despite the ‘Bootcamp’ name), these workouts have been known to help clients burn 800-1,000 calories per class. (As reviewed by Sheerluxe Magazine)